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Phil Parkinson's pledge to help Bradford City wing wizard Zavon Hines reach his full potential
Phil Parkinson has vowed to put Zavon Hines back on track after the winger’s moment of magic.
Hines came off the bench to fire a superb equaliser in City’s 1-1 draw with York.
It was the perfect response to the previous league outing when he was hauled off against Dagenham at half-time. City put the winger through an intensive week’s training – and got their rewards as he rescued a point from the Valley Parade derby.
Parkinson hopes Hines’ first goal for the club can encourage him to rekindle the talent that marked him down as a potential star when he was a youngster at West Ham.
He said: “Zavon’s a terrific lad, he’s got a big heart and he wants to improve. When you’ve got those qualities, we’ve got something to work with.
“You have to remember that he has played in the Premier League and for England under-21s. He’s lost his way and I’m going to help him get back on track.
Reidy is still a while off and the specialist feels it’s going to be more ten weeks than six. Jones is not improving as quickly as we thought he would doPhil Parkinson
“Zav got brought off last week but a lot of players could have been. He’s reacted tremendously well and been working every day with our fitness coach to improve.
“I’m so pleased with him to get that goal because he needed that. It will give him a massive lift.
“It wasn’t a tap-in but a great individual goal. But he’s capable of that because he’s got pace and skill.”
City need an on-song Hines after discovering that Kyel Reid is likely to be sidelined until December – a month longer than they first thought. Parkinson, who is also missing Gary Jones for the foreseeable future, will sit down with the board today to discuss bringing in a loan reinforcement.
The City boss ruled out one potential winger target last week but he feels now is the time to act.
He said: “Reidy is still a while off and the specialist feels it’s going to be more ten weeks than six. Jones is not improving as quickly as we thought he would do.
“We won’t do anything for the sake of it. We’ll assess things but if the right person comes available, we’ll try this week.”
Parkinson felt that City’s hectic schedule caught up with them in a sluggish first half which saw them trailing to an Ashley Chambers volley. But Hines levelled within five minutes of coming on and City could have won it. Fellow sub Garry Thompson hit a post and Nahki Wells fluffed a one-on-one which he put wide.
Parkinson added: “You’d normally expect Nahki to score that because that’s his forte. On another day, he would have scored. It wasn’t Nahki’s best game but you leave him on the pitch because if he gets that moment then he’ll take it.
“We looked a tired team and you can understand that to a certain degree with the amount of games we’ve had. But you have to give the players credit for having a real go in the second half.”