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Parkinson pleased with night's work

6 March 2013

City boss Phil Parkinson felt there were plenty of positives to take from his side's goalless draw with second-placed Port Vale this Tuesday evening - including the point itself.

Parkinson's men enjoyed the better of the second period at Vale Park, with James Hanson heading against the crossbar from one of a few decent scoring chances for City after the restart, as the Bantams pushed for their second away win in four days.

With Vale's current League 2 top-scorer Tom Pope looking to threaten on occasion though, including forcing Jon McLaughlin into a world-class save in the first half, Parkinson felt City could be happy to leave Stoke-on-Trent with a share of the spoils.

Parkinson said: "I thought we started the game quite well, then Port Vale had a decent spell where we had to be strong and weather it. 

"I felt we were terrific in the second half. We dominated for long periods and had some good chances, unfortunately we just couldn't take one of them.

"Equally though, let's remember Jon McLaughlin has had to pull off one of the best saves I've seen in a long time to deny Tom Pope in the first half. 

"Pope also had a couple of chances in the second half, so it wasn't all about our attacking play, we've had to defend well at times also. 

"Port Vale are a good side, and I don't want it to be a hard luck story tonight just because we've played well and haven't won. 

"It should be a big 'well done' to the lads for the way they have played.

"We have created chances, but it could easily have been one of those games, like we had at home to Port Vale, where we dominate but still somehow end up losing the game.

"All in all then, I'm pleased with the point.

"We've set out to win it, we've made substitutions to win it, but I thought the overall performance from the lads, despite not getting the win, was terrific."

Garry Thompson came off at Vale Park just after the hour mark nursing a knock to his ribs.

Despite the attacker's early withdrawal, Parkinson believes Thompson, who was replaced by Nahki Wells, has only suffered mild bruising to the area.

Parkinson added: "Gaz has got a bit of a whack on his ribs.

"We'll have a look at him tomorrow (Wednesday) but I don't think it is anything too serious.

"As we know with Gary Jones earlier this season though, you have to be careful with rib injuries sometimes.

"In fairness, we were probably going to make that change sooner rather than later anyway because I felt it was getting to the stage where we just needed Nahki's freshness up top."

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