PHIL PARKINSON is keeping his fingers crossed for a much-needed selection fillip ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with play-off chasing Swindon Town.
City, who dropped down to 11th spot in League One after their Boxing Day derby loss to Rotherham United, are without a home League win in six matches ahead of the clash against the Robins – managed by Mark Cooper, son of ex-Leeds favourite Terry.
Parkinson’s side haven’t led in a home match since October 26 and wholly lacked conviction against the Millers – minus the services of principle targetman James Hanson along with the experienced Andy Gray, who were both out injured.
Adding to Parkinson’s woes has been the exit of Caleb Folan following a short-term stint with the club, although midfielder Ricky Ravenhill returned to the Bantams early ahead of the Millers encounter following his loan spell at Northampton Town – he had been due to stay with the Cobblers until January 4.
Gray missed the Millers game with a dead leg after impressing in the game just before Christmas at Peterborough United when he found the net on his first-team return.
A combination of a calf injury and illness kept out Hanson against the Millers, with Parkinson hoping for better selection news for tomorrow’s test.
Parkinson, who handed teenager Oliver McBurnie his full debut on Boxing Day, said: “We need some of them back. Hanson has obviously also been ill over Christmas as well as having his injury. But he was back in on Boxing Day morning with Matty (Barrass – physio) and I will have a sit down with Matt and ascertain where he thinks he is at.
“We are struggling for numbers and just had enough to fill the bench against Rotherham. Ricky has obviously come back and he is a character we need back in the trenches with us.”
Assessing the debut of McBurnie, he added: “For a 17-year-old kid to make his debut and play the full 90 minutes would be quite extraordinary.
“He wasn’t quite ready to do that and the time he had on was more than enough.
“But I think he did everything possible in his powers to give the team a lift.”