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Left winger a likely loan target as Bradford City struggle without Kyel Reid and Gary Jones
City must quickly come to terms with the double whammy of losing Kyel Reid and Gary Jones.
Phil Parkinson is demanding his squad pick up the slack while they do without their two most creative performers.
City were beaten 4-3 at Dagenham on Saturday, despite a fierce second-half fightback, in their first game minus both key men.
Parkinson expects midfielder Jones to be absent for “several more” weeks with a back injury. Reid’s torn groin will keep him out until the end of next month.
The Bantams boss is set to dive into the loan market for the first time this season – with a left winger his likely target to cover Reid’s loss.
Parkinson said: “It’s not an excuse because teams get injuries and you’ve got to deal with it.
“But we are missing statistically our two most creative players, there’s no question about that. Reid and Jones have been at the heart of a lot of good things.
“We have to be sure we find a way to play that gets the best out of the other players on the pitch.”
Parkinson changed his formation at half-time after bringing on Alan Connell for the ineffective Zavon Hines. Connell played behind the two strikers, scoring once and winning the penalty for one of Nahki Wells’ two goals.
Parkinson said: “Alan made a big difference when he came on. He got the penalty after taking a whack at the back stick, which left him with blood pouring down his face, and he scored a goal as well.
“That’s what you need your strikers to do and I thought he was tremendous.”
But having fired successive blanks, City’s return to the goal trail in a thrilling finale could not rescue a point after an awful first half.
They trailed 2-0 at the break and quickly let in a soft third before bombarding the Daggers in a desperate attempt to grab a point.
Parkinson said: “The baffling thing is that we conceded four goals. With the players we’ve got, that’s not good enough.
“We spent time preparing the lads for Dagenham’s up and at ’em style but didn’t handle it. In the first half, we were second best everywhere.
“The third goal hurt us because we had the real momentum at that stage. Loose marking from a corner cost us.
“You can sort of forgive the fourth because we got done on the break after going gung-ho.
“But we still should have got a point out of it. We had enough pressure and enough moments even after letting in four.”