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Parkinson positive after Morecambe draw

1 January 2013

Despite his side failing to turn their second half domination into all three points at Morecambe this New Year's Day, Bantams boss Phil Parkinson said he was glad to see City get back on the right foot following last Saturday's disappointing home defeat against Rochdale.

On a difficult playing surface, City took the game to their Lancashire hosts, looking the more likely winners for large periods, but they failed to find the vital breakthrough required to turn an away point into an away win.

Although clearly sharing the slight sense of frustration within the City camp that all three points couldn't be secured at the Globe Arena, Parkinson was happy to look to the positives from the Bantams' first match of the new calendar year.

"It was important that we got something to get us going again after the defeat to Rochdale," said Parkinson.

"On the balance of play, we obviously should have won the game.

"We've dominated for long periods but we just couldn't get that goal.

"We've had some chances to do that - James has had a good one and we've had some other decent opportunities - but it wouldn't go in the back of the net for us.

"But, all in all, from where we were on Saturday after the Rochdale result, it was a good response from the lads today.

"There was some good energy in the side today and we played some good stuff on a difficult surface.

"It's a good point to get after a defeat like we had at home. 

"You have to respond after a result like that, and I thought the response of the lads was great.

"They've given us everything today. As I've said, on the balance of play, we should have taken all three points, but we'll take a point."

For City's first game of 2013, Parkinson made four changes to his starting eleven, including recalls for Ritchie Jones, Will Atkinson and Ricky Ravenhill, as the Bantams boss went with a 4-3-1-2 formation at the Globe Arena.

Parkinson added: "I just felt we needed some fresh legs in the team.

"I felt we lacked some energy against Rochdale. That was the first time I'd seen that from us this season really. That was probably a combination of our selection being a bit too open and some players still carrying a few things.

"We just felt here, coming to a very difficult place like here, we had to stiffen the team up a little bit. 

"I thought the system worked really well and the lads who came in were great."

As well as bringing in the changes before the game, Parkinson also made two alterations at the half-time interval when James Meredith and Zavon Hines were replaced by Curtis Good and Nahki Wells.

Parkinson explained: "James had been sick in the dressing room before the game. 

"He said he was fine to play but it was clear he wasn't quite on the pace in the first half. Curtis doesn't normally play at left back but he had mentioned that he has played there in the past. 

"We had a call to make about Nahki, whether to start him or not. He hasn't training much recently so we decided to start him on the bench.

"There is a lot of games coming up so I didn't want to take that particular risk. I always had it in my mind, however, to give him a good run out in the game because I felt he could do something for us.

"I was going to leave the change until 10-15 minutes before the end, but I thought we might as well go for it at half-time because if we were to get a chance, he is one of those players you would back to take it."

Parkinson also confirmed post-match at the Globe Arena that Garry Thompson has suffered minor knee ligament damage - an injury that he picked up against Rochdale last weekend - and is expected to be sidelined for the next 7-10 days.

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