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Parkinson pleased with Bray workout

29 July 2012

City boss Phil Parkinson was pleased to see a productive Irish tour for his squad end in winning fashion after the Bantams defeated League of Ireland Premier Division side Bray Wanderers on Saturday.
Goals from Nahki Wells and Ross Hannah - keeping up the pair's record of scoring in every pre-season game so far - was enough to earn City their second win during their week-long stay in Ireland.
Coming after Tuesday's victory over Wexford Youths and last Saturday thumping win at Tadcaster Albion, City's Bray win was their third straight in their pre-season programme so far.
And despite seeing his side concede a late consolation goal from Bray's Ryan Dooney, Parkinson declared himself happy with City work in the match and the tour in general.
Parkinson said: "I'm very pleased with the game and the lads' attitude throughout the whole week.
"I'm a bit disappointed to see us concede right at the end but I suppose I'm being a bit harsh on the lads with that one.
"They worked really hard and put a lot of effort in. Some of them, the two centre backs included, even played their first ninety (minutes) of pre-season.
"Bray are a decent side and they have a big squad so they had the ability to mix things around and throw some fresh legs on.
"So it was a test for us, but I thought there were some really good performances out there.
"The lads are pleased with themselves for the match and they work throughout the week, and rightly so.
"Their attitude has been spot on all through the week. They have really bought into what we were trying to achieve with this trip and they have really knuckled down.
"They have gone about their business in a really professional manner and I'm really pleased with them."
Parkinson gave right back Stephen Darby his first piece of action in City colours at Bray since joining in the summer. He played the first half before being replaced by Ricky Ravenhill at the interval.
Darby had previously missed the Bantams' first two pre-season friendlies with a slight toe and groin problems.
"We wanted to give Stephen just 45 minutes because of his slight injury problems and the recent lack of football he's had as a result," the Bantams boss added.
"I thought he did well though and I'm pleased to see him get through the game ok."
As thoughts turned back to home for City, Parkinson reflected on a successful trip in general for his squad.
"I've been delighted with this week - it couldn't have gone better really," Parkinson said.
"The hotel we stayed in was brilliant - they looked after us really well - and the pitches there too were absolutely first class.
"The discipline and attitude of the players in and around the hotel during the week has been excellent.
"I can't fault any part of the whole week. Every box we wanted to tick has been."
Despite being thrilled with his squad's work in Ireland though, Parkinson is still aware that further recruits are required to get City ready for the big kick off next month.
Parkinson added: "I still feel we need to make a few more signings to strengthen the squad because it's not quite strong enough yet.
"But it is something we are working on all the time, and when we get those signings I think we''ll be a strong unit.
"The season is getting ever closer now. The lads will keep working hard to improve and get themselves ready and my job in the background will be to bring in a couple more bodies in during the next week or so.
"We've looked at a few trialists here as well, so when Monday comes around I'll have a sit down with the chairmen to talk them through the options available to us to help improve our squad."

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