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Phil Parkinson demands instant Bradford City response
You’re not out the woods yet – that’s the warning for City as they face another big week.
Saturday’s last-gasp shocker at Shrewsbury left them still looking over their shoulders above the League One relegation scrap.
A late goal from Andrew Davies should have set City on the way to three points against a side without a home win for four months.
But Shrewsbury hit back to snatch it with the final kick of the game through loan debutant Shaun Miller – and leave Phil Parkinson furious.
Now the Bantams boss is demanding his side make up that lost ground against Walsall tomorrow or risk being sucked into trouble.
Parkinson said: “It was a game there for the taking and we needed to see it through – unfortunately we didn’t. We’ve given them a lifeline and I’m bitterly disappointed.
“A win would have made that gap (from the bottom four) even bigger. But we didn’t get there, so we’ve got to make sure we forget this and do that tomorrow.
“We’ve got to capitalise at home now. It’s going to be a difficult game but we’ve got to be ready for it.
“Any team in our position who think they’re safe can quickly get dragged back into it and we’ve got to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
City stayed 13th after the weekend loss but the safety margin was cut by a point to seven. Walsall drew with third-placed Leyton Orient – where Parkinson’s men go next Saturday.
Nathan Doyle is likely to miss the Saddlers clash with a groin strain, which forced him off before half-time. Aaron Mclean also took a heavy knock on the hip but should be okay.
Parkinson said: “It’s going to be sore but he’s the type of player who will take a few whacks. We’ve got to patch him up and get him back out there.”
The City boss named the same team for the third game in a row but they struggled to replicate the form shown against Colchester and Gillingham in a poor match hampered by a gusty wind.
Parkinson said: “We didn’t pass with the same quality that we have done in the last couple of games. Hence we didn’t create as much because we were a little bit slack with the ball.
“It was a very scrappy game and the conditions were always going to dictate that.
“But we should have seen it through after going ahead against a team obviously lacking confidence.
“They haven’t scored in a long time and haven’t been great at home. But it was the old saying that you’re at your must vulnerable when you’ve just scored.
“We switched off for their first goal but 1-1 still wouldn’t have been the worst result in the world.
“We stopped playing the right balls in the right areas towards the end of the game. We gave it away cheaply at times and got punished for it.”
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