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Pride in defeat

19 December 2012

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson believes there was plenty of positives to take from City's F.A Cup Second Round Replay with Brentford despite eventually losing the tie.

Parkinson made as many as nine changes to his side - resting many regulars in the process - and also handed out to senior debuts to apprentices Forrayah Bass and Nathan Curtis, who came on as a late substitute.

Despite the unusual look to City's match-day squad, Parkinson's men commendably took the League 1 high-flyers to extra-time at Griffin Park.

Taking the lead of the tie for the second time on the night in extra time and forcing Brentford boss Uwe Rosler to bring star performers Clayton Donaldson and Harry Forrester off the bench, City pushed their hosts all the way.

Parkinson said: "I'm really proud of the lads tonight."

"They put a great shift in against a good side and they did immensely well to take the game to extra-time.

"We made a lot of changes tonight but the players who came in gave it their all.

"There was a great amount of effort and commitment out there on show. 

"It was great to see some of the younger lads get some good experience under their belts.

"Even the ones who didn't come on, it will have been great for them to be on the bench and have a taster of the hard work and effort that is required to make it at a senior first team level.

"There are a lot of good things we can take from tonight.

"The only part of the game where we've had a poor five minutes or so is when they scored their goals in extra time.

"There were probably some tired legs out there at that stage, but Brentford have some great players and they are right up there in League 1.

"Obviously we're disappointed to be out of the cup but there are a lot of pleasing things to come out of tonight."

Two of the changes made by Parkinson saw Kyel Reid and Zavon Hines both return to the starting line up for the first time since injuries to the pair.

Reid lasted just under an hour, while Hines got around seventy minutes under his belt.

Parkinson added: "It was certainly a boost to see them both out there."

"We knew we couldn't risk them both for the full 90 minutes so they probably got out of the game as much as they could of.

"Normally you would have given Kyel and Zav a reserve match each to get their match sharpness back,

"Because of our recent run of games though, we've basically had to give them their run-out in an F.A Cup match.

"They will certainly benefit from this and be an added bonus to us once the games come round in the next few weeks."

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