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PARKINSON PLEASED WITH CITY'S RESPONSE

19 April 2015

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson says he was pleased to see his side give City's supporters something to cheer about as they came from behind to earn a creditable draw at Bramall Lane against promotion hopefuls Sheffield United.

Hurting after Tuesday's night to forget against champions Bristol City, Parkinson's men fought back from Jason Holt's opener for Sheffield United to grab a share of the spoils thanks to Billy Clarke's equaliser six minutes from the time.

With the Blades virtually guaranteed a spot in the end-of-season Play-Offs, City's hard-fought away point will go down as a highly creditable one. 

Given the fact that the Bantams arguably engineered some of the best clear-cut chances in the game, the point could also be seen as a deserved one.

Parkinson said: "We've restored some pride today (Saturday), and it was important that we did so.

"The manner of the display was good from the lads. We've had some great chances to take the lead in the first half.

"We've had an effort kicked clear just in front of the line, a strong penalty appeal and a chance through James Hanson thanks to a great little pass from Billy Clarke.

"Going a goal down in the second period then was clearly a blow, but we never let our heads drop.

"We've got the goal back and we were able to hold our heads high and clap our supporters off at the end - that was important.

"Football is full of little challenges, and we've had one to face today.

"Coming here on the back of a heavy home defeat, confidence levels were always going to be affected by what happened in midweek.

"There is no hiding place in football, however, and we had to respond.

"We rolled up our sleeves and worked hard as a team for each other."

Clarke's leveller in front of the 2,500 travelling Bradford supporters at Bramall Lane was his twelfth goal of the season - moving him one clear of James Hanson at the top of City's scoring charts.

Parkinson added: "I believe that is eleven league goals in twenty-nine starts for Billy now.

"That is a great return for Billy because he quite often plays that little bit deeper for us than a regular striker.

"He has got stronger as the season has gone on and he has just got better and better for us.

"I really do think there is more to come from Billy Clarke in these last three games (of this season) and for next season."

Along with heaping praise on Clarke, Parkinson was also pleased by the performance of the returning Andrew Davies.

The influential centre half made his first appearance for Parkinson's side since damaging his hamstring towards the end of last month.

Parkinson continued: "(Andrew Davies) Davo was a colossus out there.

"He won every header and he was solid as a rock - that is him all over though. He enjoys defending.

"He does the job for the team - he gets his blocks in, wins his headers, and he was always in the right position."  



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