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Parkinson credits comeback

24 November 2012

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson commended his side for the spirit and character they showed at a rain-soaked Memorial Stadium to come from behind three times to earn a hard-fought point against Bristol Rovers.

Conceding with less than a minute on the clock when former Bantams defender Guy Branston scored from a corner, City battled back from their nightmare start to equalise on three separate occasions to secure their share of the spoils.

The battling point was no more than City deserved after having the better of the contest for large periods.

Parkinson felt the Bantams were actually worthy of the win given their domination of the game, but the City chief admitted afterwards he was pleased with the point collected given the circumstances in which it was earned.

Parkinson said: "The way we responded today after receiving set-back after set-back was absolutely magnificent."

"If you take into consideration the amount of games we've had recently, the weather, the long journey down and everything else, that was something worth crediting from the boys today.

"Despite deserving all three, it's a good point for us.

"Even two-one down at half-time, I still felt we could win the game.

"Every time we went forward I felt we looked threatening.

"We obviously started slowly, conceding from the first attack of the game, but overall I felt it was a game we dominated.

"Scoring three times away from home - it's a game we should really have won."

With City's three goals coming from three different sources, Parkinson was pleased in particular to see the Bantams' third goalscorer - James Hanson - get back onto the score-sheet with his first goal since the encounter with Morecambe back in September.

Parkinson added: "It was so important that our two strikers have scored today, especially James Hanson."

"He needed that goal. His overall play has been good for us recently, but all strikers need goals.

"In his defence, since Reidy (Kyel Reid) has been out we probably haven't got enough quality crosses in the box.

"But Tommo's (Garry Thompson) cross was first class today and the big man was there where it mattered to stick it in the back of the net."

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