Phil Parkinson backing Bradford City to end goal drought against Dagenham

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Phil Parkinson is backing City to rediscover their cutting edge against the Daggers – even without the speed threat of Kyel Reid.

The match-winning winger is set to miss the next six weeks after a scan revealed a tear in the tendon above his groin.

Either Zavon Hines or Garry Thompson is expected to take over for the trip to Dagenham as City look to get back on the goal trail.

They have fired back-to-back blanks this week despite peppering both Port Vale and ten-man Rochdale with chances.

Phil Parkinson focused yesterday’s training session on shooting but does not see a problem developing for his previously free-scoring team.

He said: “We’ve had 37 attempts and hit the target 20 times in the last two games. That would normally result in three or four goals.

“Of course we’re looking to improve in areas and we’ve done that in training. But there’s also an element of misfortune in that.

“I’ve watched every moment of the DVDs and there are some bits when we could have done better but there are others when, with a bit of Lady Luck going our way, we would have been sat here with another five points.

“Nathan Doyle has hit four really good shots, two of which have got blocked and the others were struck so well they’ve gone straight at the keeper. They go in on another day.

“We scored three times in the space of ten minutes against Barnet. It could easily have been the same case.

“But you get periods like that in the season and you just try to keep doing the right thing and approaching games in the manner which we’ll do.

“We look an attacking threat. The more you analyse the Port Vale game, it’s beyond belief that we didn’t score.

“But we went to Rochdale and showed a great attitude and we’ve got to do the same tomorrow. Dagenham is a place where the environment is sometimes the biggest test.”

Ricky Ravenhill is expected to continue in central midfield as Gary Jones recovers from the back injury he suffered against Burton.

Parkinson said: “It has settled down but not a great deal. He’s got to be right to play and we’ve got a very good replacement in Ricky.

“I thought his first two appearances have been excellent and I’ve no qualms about it.

“You expect to get injuries throughout the season and you’ve got to deal with them. That’s what the squad is for, and we will do.

“We’ve got good players to come in and they’ve got to grab hold of the opportunity, like Ricky did on Tuesday.”

The Daggers cashed in on City’s efforts by grabbing a point off a jaded Vale to follow up last week’s first win of the season over Wycombe.

Parkinson added: “The lads must be aware that Dagenham away is about putting your bodies on the line first and foremost.

“Dagenham won’t change their way of playing. John Still has done a great job down there and he recruits a lot of good players from non-league.

“They played well to beat Wycombe and were good again in midweek but Port Vale were apparently flat and had no energy in their legs. That sometimes happens after the effort they put in to win at our place.

“But Dagenham are a decent side. You’ve got to remember that they were a League One team the year before last.

“They’ve been up there where we haven’t. So we won’t go there thinking about ‘little old Dagenham’.

“We know they can be a force at this level and must make sure we are ready.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for what John has done down there on limited resources.”

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8:07am Fri 5 Oct 12

shaun from richmond says...

FEW!!!....Thank heavans "deadbeat" is backing us to start scoring goals!!.
I mean, after two league games of NO goals...the law of averages would say we will score Saturday!!.
GOOD OLD "deadbeat" always stating the bleedin obvious!!.
FEW!!!....Thank heavans "deadbeat" is backing us to start scoring goals!!. I mean, after two league games of NO goals...the law of averages would say we will score Saturday!!. GOOD OLD "deadbeat" always stating the bleedin obvious!!. shaun from richmond
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8:41am Fri 5 Oct 12

Go Torps! Yer flying. says...

Shaun, you REALLY ARE a complete tw@t.
Please go away.
Shaun, you REALLY ARE a complete tw@t. Please go away. Go Torps! Yer flying.
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8:50am Fri 5 Oct 12

Thornton Bantam says...

Shaun. It obviously comes very natural you being a complete toilet.Ill second that. PLEASE go and play on the M62
Shaun. It obviously comes very natural you being a complete toilet.Ill second that. PLEASE go and play on the M62 Thornton Bantam
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8:55am Fri 5 Oct 12

CTID says...

I know Shaun, we're only the 6th highest scorers in the division, we've only had 37 shots in the last two games against two of the best teams in the leagues... what a DEADBEAT PP is, what NEGATIVE football. Tool
I know Shaun, we're only the 6th highest scorers in the division, we've only had 37 shots in the last two games against two of the best teams in the leagues... what a DEADBEAT PP is, what NEGATIVE football. Tool CTID
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9:42am Fri 5 Oct 12

Innocenti says...

Don't suppose there is any chance of a 6 week loan of Gareth Bale whilst Reid is sidelined ?
Don't suppose there is any chance of a 6 week loan of Gareth Bale whilst Reid is sidelined ? Innocenti
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10:25am Fri 5 Oct 12

Peter300 says...

Like I say, the only GOOD point about SHAUN is that City get some money out of him. They nor anyone else connected with football receives any value from SHAUN...............
.he plays GOLF you know. I hope EVERYBODY knows THAT!!!!!!!!!!......
..Shaun.........the real DEADBEAT.......!!!!!
!!!!!!
Like I say, the only GOOD point about SHAUN is that City get some money out of him. They nor anyone else connected with football receives any value from SHAUN............... .he plays GOLF you know. I hope EVERYBODY knows THAT!!!!!!!!!!...... ..Shaun.........the real DEADBEAT.......!!!!! !!!!!! Peter300
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2:45pm Fri 5 Oct 12

shaun from richmond says...

Peter300 wrote:
Like I say, the only GOOD point about SHAUN is that City get some money out of him. They nor anyone else connected with football receives any value from SHAUN............... .he plays GOLF you know. I hope EVERYBODY knows THAT!!!!!!!!!!...... ..Shaun.........the real DEADBEAT.......!!!!! !!!!!!
"LOVE IT"!!..Peter!.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: Like I say, the only GOOD point about SHAUN is that City get some money out of him. They nor anyone else connected with football receives any value from SHAUN............... .he plays GOLF you know. I hope EVERYBODY knows THAT!!!!!!!!!!...... ..Shaun.........the real DEADBEAT.......!!!!! !!!!!![/p][/quote]"LOVE IT"!!..Peter!. shaun from richmond
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7:30pm Fri 5 Oct 12

jam1966 says...

You can't really fault Shaun as he feeds his narcissism and neurosis in exemplary fashion and ensures that every City article in the T&A ends up being about him, his fantasies and role playing.
The team is creating a momentum not seen for a number of seasons and creating confidence in the support, the replies on here and various other blogs attest that.
Yet this man is able, single handedly mind you, to turn this aside. To turn all the effort by the club and it's thousands of supporters, their shared hopes and pride in some long awaited sense of purpose, direction and achievement into a mere sideshow for his delusions and inflated sense of importance.
Well played sir.
You can't really fault Shaun as he feeds his narcissism and neurosis in exemplary fashion and ensures that every City article in the T&A ends up being about him, his fantasies and role playing. The team is creating a momentum not seen for a number of seasons and creating confidence in the support, the replies on here and various other blogs attest that. Yet this man is able, single handedly mind you, to turn this aside. To turn all the effort by the club and it's thousands of supporters, their shared hopes and pride in some long awaited sense of purpose, direction and achievement into a mere sideshow for his delusions and inflated sense of importance. Well played sir. jam1966
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9:30pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Birky Neil says...

Why do people even respond to this guy? He clearly shows that he enjoys people messaging about his comments so until you stop responding to him them he will always be annoying Shaun!
Why do people even respond to this guy? He clearly shows that he enjoys people messaging about his comments so until you stop responding to him them he will always be annoying Shaun! Birky Neil
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