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Parkin reflects on Dale draw

3 October 2012

City Assistant Manager Steve Parkin refused to be too downbeat post-match despite the Bantams being held to a goalless draw by ten-man Rochdale this Tuesday evening.

With the Bantams already edging proceedings before Robert Grant's 35th minute dismissal for a wild lunge on Rory McArdle, City then took almost complete control of the flow of the match without being able to find the vital breakthrough.

City, who were minus usual skipper Gary Jones due to a back injury, saw a late effort from Andrew Davies kicked clear from off the goal-line as they were forced to share the spoils with their hosts.

Parkin said: "We were delighted with lots of different parts of our overall display tonight (Tuesday). We moved the ball really well and played some good football. 

"We created quite a few good half-chances and a couple of really good chances during the match.

"We are all obviously just disappointed, however, that we didn't manage to score that vital goal. Being away from home, I felt our play warranted it.

"Having come across it a number of times during my career, losing a man can sometimes galvanise a team. 

"If we could have managed an early goal, it could have been different and forced them to open up slightly. We've had one cleared off the line, we've had Zav(on Hines) put one wide and Ricky (Ravenhill) has tested the 'keeper with one as well.

"Looking at the game overall, against a decent side, we've had enough chances to win the game.

"The players kept pushing away, trying to make space and get some good link-up play going, but we just didn't quite have that cutting edge required in the eighteen yard box. 

"That is something to work on, but the rest of the display was exceptional. In terms of keeping concentration levels high, it was an exceptional performance from the back four. 

We've all seen it in the past when a team goes down to ten man and still go on to win the game by sneaking a goal.

"When you have long periods of possession like we had, it would have been easy for our defence to switch off. I thought the defence and midfield were excellent with that side of things though. It's great to keep a clean sheet because come the end of the season, clean sheets definitely matter.

"To get a point at Rochdale, although they were down to ten men, there's no reason to be unhappy. Picking up points away from home is difficult but we'll now look forward to going down to London (Dagenham & Redbridge) at the weekend."

Coupled with last Saturday's barely-deserved defeat at home to Port Vale, City's draw with Rochdale means the Bantams have now gone two games without a goal despite dominating both fixtures.

Parkin feels that there will be periods like this for the vast majority of sides this season and believes there is no need for City to change anything too drastically to get them back among the scorers.

He added: "I don't think it's too uncommon for a side to go throughout a little spell like the last two games for us. The most important thing though is that we keep creating chances and keep creating as many as we have been doing recently.

"The football we are playing is still good and I feel things have progressed in terms of how we are playing now compared to last season.

"We look a very capable team both defensively and in the middle third we just perhaps need that little bit of luck, a deflection or something like that, just to get us off and running again."

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