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Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson puts referee on the spot
Phil Parkinson is calling on referees to give City a fair crack of the whip with penalties.
Parkinson believes his side are being short-changed with spot-kicks after seeing another strong claim turned away in Saturday’s first home defeat of the season.
Port Vale defender Robert Taylor appeared to handle in the box but official Paul Tierney ignored City’s appeals. Tom Pope scored Vale’s winner two minutes later.
Parkinson said: “We thought it was a penalty on the bench. The ball bounced up and hit him on the arm.
“The ref should have given it and I asked him about it at the end. He just said the lad was trying to take his arm out the way.
“But it’s about time we got a penalty. We don’t get many.
“We’ve had a few near misses and that’s a decision you’d expect kicking towards our home end with 11,000 fans packed in the ground. But we didn’t get it.
“I’d just like to think the refs would be honest and if it’s a pen they’d give it. To me, those are normally given.
"Refs have got to make big calls. We conceded soon after that and Port Vale must have thought it was their lucky day.”
The loss ended their perfect record at Valley Parade and was only the second in 21 home games since November.
But Parkinson took plenty of encouragement from the performance with his side on top for long periods without managing to break through.
“I hate losing. But if you get beaten playing as well as we have done then you can live with it.
“Some of the football first half was exceptional. When we pass the ball simply and move it quickly we look a good side.
"We had a tough game on Tuesday and the worst thing you want after that is to chase a game. But the fitness levels again were superb and the lads kept going.
“We knocked on the door numerous times and the amount of crosses we got in the box would normally have resulted in two or three goals.
“But we’ll dust ourselves down and go to Rochdale tomorrow and be really positive again. Hopefully we’ll take as many supporters as possible and that will give the lads a lift.
“There’s no question about this team’s character; absolutely none at all.”
Meanwhile, City will cash in on Andre Wisdom’s rise into the Liverpool side.
The 19-year-old defender, who left Valley Parade for Anfield five years ago, made his Premier League debut in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Norwich.
Under the terms of the deal, the club are due a payment for each of his first 50 appearances in domestic competitions.