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Just that little bit missing

7 November 2012

City boss Phil Parkinson was left to rue his side's lack of a killer touch in attack this Tuesday evening following the Bantams' goalless draw at home to Chesterfield.

Parkinson's men endured a frustrating evening in front of their home support, trying in vain to find a way past Paul Cook's well-organised visitors.

With several of City's fellow promotion hopefuls also only picking up a point on the night though, the draw - Bradford's first home blank draw of the season - keeps them firmly in the Play-Off picture ahead of the weekend trip to Aldershot Town.

But despite declaring himself contented with the stalemate with the Spireites, Parkinson couldn't help think of what might have been if his side could have just found an all-important opening goal.

"It clearly needed a goal from ourselves," admitted Parkinson.

"If we could have got that vital breakthrough, the game would then have opened up and Chesterfield would have had to come onto us a bit more.

"We could have then gone on to perhaps get another one - it would have been a different game.

"In a tight game like that, the first goal, if it came, was always going to be crucial. 

"You were just hoping that a moment of magic from Nahki (Wells) or Zavon (Hines), or Alan Connell when he came on, would change the game in our favour, but it wasn't to be.

"Every credit to Chesterfield though, they did a really good job tonight. They were really solid and disciplined in the way they approached the game.

"We had a couple of moments in the game from set-plays when we looked to threaten and other times when we should have hit the target more than we actually did.

"In the second half, I thought we got a little bit frustrated with ourselves because we couldn't get that goal - we sometimes shot or dribbled with the ball when we should have passed.

"Once again though, I can't fault the lads for the way they have applied themselves tonight (Tuesday). I thought they were first class, and defensively very good once again as well.

"Chesterfield seemed happy with their point and if they were to score at the end, it looked like it would be from a ball over the top to (Craig) Westcarr to chase onto on the counter-attack.

"We had to make sure we were concentrated at the back because of that, and I thought we did that really well. They (Chesterfield) came here and got a point, which, away from home, I suppose is a good point for them.

"We've now got to go to Aldershot Town (City's game on Saturday) and make this a good point for ourselves."

City's draw with Chesterfield saw Sunderland defender John Egan make his Bantams debut after signing on loan from the Premier League side this Monday.

Parkinson added: "I felt John did very well - it was a good debut for him.

"He looks a good player. He's strong, decent on the ball and he's confident in his own ability. I was certainly pleased with his start."

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