Parkinson positive in spite of winless streak

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson
Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson
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WITH Bradford City on their longest winless streak under Phil Parkinson, Bradford City’s players and supporters could perhaps be forgiven for being on something of a downer right now.

The opposite, however, is true with the memories of last weekend’s thriller against Coventry City still fresh in the mind as the Bantams prepare to take on Milton Keynes Dons.

“When you look at the game and us being 2-0 down so early on,” said the Bradford manager, “the way we played and the way we came back deserves huge credit.

“It was a great game and I am sure everyone sitting at home enjoyed watching it. As a manager, I always want to win but I felt what ourselves and Coventry produced was a match that was a huge credit to League One.”

City’s 3-3 draw with the Sky Blues, achieved thanks to a dramatic stoppage-time penalty from Nahki Wells, means the Yorkshire club have not won in seven league and cup outings.

It beats the two previous occasions when Bradford had gone half-a-dozen games without tasting victory under Parkinson, the first of which came in his very early days in the job way back in the autumn of 2011.

The Bantams chief said: “I know we haven’t won lately and that obviously has to change. But we have been involved in some great tussles that could have gone either way during that run so everyone still feels confident.

“I couldn’t have asked for any more from the players in terms of effort against Coventry. We just need to defend better.”

Bradford did start very sloppily against the Sky Blues, whose manager, Steven Pressley, was involved in a post-match spat with Parkinson.

The two men have since spoken on the telephone to make up and the Bantams chief is looking for a big performance today at stadium:mk.

He added: “We have three games in a week coming up. Plus, our last game was on a Sunday. So, we have had to tailor our training accordingly.

“We have done that and we are all looking forward to taking on MK Dons. Karl Robinson was at the game and I don’t know what he will have made of things.

“But MK Dons are a well established team at this level and he is doing a good job. So, we will have to be at our best.”