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Parkinson pleased with performance

1 December 2012

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson was full of praise for his side after they put in an encouraging display on their way to earning a replay from their F.A Cup Second Round encounter against League 1 Brentford this Friday.

After falling behind to a first half strike from Bradford-born Bee striker Clayton Donaldson, Parkinson's men came back to grab a fully-deserved leveller through James Hanson midway through the second period.

Parkinson said: "I thought there wasn't much in the first half and their goal was perhaps a bit harsh on us."

"We were excellent in the second half, however, even before the subs came on. Obviously the subs helped us though, they gave us a lift and gave us that little bit extra quality we needed on a difficult surface.

"After we scored, we had chances to win it as well. 

"James (Hanson) and Gary (Jones) went close with chances and Nahki's probably had an even better one when he's hit the post.

"Brentford are a good team, they'll be up there at the top end of League 1 come the end of this season.

"I was confident coming into the game, however, that we would give a good account of ourselves. 

"I asked the lads to back up my faith and confidence in this team with a performance and I felt they did that tonight."

City second half comeback was helped by a bold triple substitution made by Parkinson just past the hour mark which saw Will Atkinson, Nahki Wells and Gary Jones all introduced.

Parkinson added: "Me and Steve (Parkin) always have a meeting about the game beforehand to discuss what we might look to do in certain situations. We felt after sixty minutes if we were not winning, we were going to go for it."

"If we were winning at that stage, we'd probably have gone down a different line. Given that we were losing at that stage, however, we had to have a go.

"We took a bit of a gamble by bringing all three on, but I felt all three made a big contribution when they came on."

Loan duo Curtis Good and Blair Turgott both made their debuts in the Brentford tie, catching Parkinson's eye in the process.

The Bantams boss said: "I was really pleased with the two lads making their debuts tonight."

"You are never quite sure how young players are going to adapt in a game like that, bearing in mind those two have been playing Under 21 football this season.

"To throw them in at the deep end a bit against a good side on a difficult night to play football, I think they both showed signs that they are going to be good additions to the squad for the next month or so."

The forthcoming replay with Brentford following Friday's draw will be City's ELEVENTH cup tie this season when the match comes around in just over two weeks time.

The match also means the club have as many as nine matches to fit in between now and New Year's Day.

Parkinson said: "We are used to playing on Tuesdays."

"Unfortunately, it seems that the lads' Christmas do is going to have to be cancelled now. That's a shame for them, but December is a big month of football and football is our job.

"We have to focus on each and every game, and this replay coming up will give us another good challenge.

"That goes for the players, coaching staff and other staff behind the scenes. I'll be sitting down with the chairmen now to try and sort out anything we can to make sure the preparation is right for these games coming up.

"If that means spending a little bit more, I'll sure that will be a possibility because the chairmen know all about the importance of this month."

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