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Still plenty of positives

29 September 2012

Despite his clear feelings of frustration, Bantams boss Phil Parkinson believes there were still plenty of positives to come out of City's barely-deserved loss at the hands of Port Vale at the Coral Windows Stadium this Saturday.

Vale ended the Bantams' 100% home record for this season thanks to a solitary Tom Pope goal but the visitors had to withstand large amounts of pressure from Parkinson's men before picking up the points.

Parkinson said: "On another day we could have won this game, we've dominated for long periods. I felt we started the first half really well and had some good chances to open the scoring.

"We conceded a poor goal, we can't hide away from that, but the lads have been clapped off at half time by our supporters which I think says everything. The manner of their display (in the first half) was superb.

"We've come out in the second half and tried to perform again but I felt there were some tired legs out there (after Tuesday's Capital One Cup with Burton Albion, which went to extra-time).

"Having said that, we've still had enough crosses into the box, enough set-pieces, enough chances to get something out of the game.

"It just didn't seem to fall for us today. Hans (James Hanson) has had a few headers where he maybe hasn't quite been able to get enough power on them. Credit must go to Port Vale as well though, they defended well.

"We always said to our players that if teams are going to get something from here (Coral Windows Stadium) then we have to make sure that they (the opposition) have to play well and defend well to do so. 

"We have to put them under the cosh, and that is what happened today, but the Port Vale lads stood up to it strong.

"I think Micky (Adams, Port Vale's manager) will be thinking on his way home tonight that his defenders have had to make a lot of vital blocks and tackles to get them the points.

"Equally, I think Micky will know that we should have got something today.

"Some of our play, especially in the first half, was magnificent. I don't think we could have done much more, we couldn't have asked much more from the lads.

"I don't think Port Vale created too many chances before they scored - I can't remember many - and we've played the majority of the game in the final third of their pitch.

"I'm very proud of the boys. Coming into today's game off the back of Tuesday night, which was a tough night for us, to perform like that is an enormous credit to them. 

"We haven't got anything out of today, but if we perform like that for the majority of the season then we'll win a lot of games."

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