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Parkinson pleased with comeback

14 September 2013

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson was pleased with the reaction of his players in the second period of an entertaining contest with Colchester United as City came from a losing position at half-time to earn a home point.

Following an opener from Nahki Wells, City found themselves in their first real sticky patch at the Coral Windows Stadium this season when goals from Jeffrey Monakana and Jabo Ibehre within four minutes of each other gave the visitors the lead at the interval.

Wells' second of the afternoon, and his ninth of the season already, put City back on level terms early after the restart, however, and it was Parkinson's men who finished the game the stronger.

Despite his players not quite having enough to muster a third and secure a fourth straight home victory, Parkinson was contented with the draw against a Colchester side who he rates highly.

Parkinson said: "It was a good game - Colchester played well. They played well, and I thought they would before the game. I'd said in the press beforehand that Colchester have played some good football if you take out their match at Coventry City last weekend when they had some injuries.

"We started the game well, but my only criticism of us today (Saturday) is that I felt when we got the first goal we seemed to have a feeling about us that this was going to be another home game where we would go on to get two or three.

"We switched off slightly and let Colchester back into the match, but second half we looked excellent and I felt we did everything we could to get back into the game. We got the game back to level again and then had chances to win it.

"Any time you concede goals, as we did today, you are always disappointed. I wasn't happy certainly with the goals we let in because I thought they were poor ones to give away, in particular in the second one.

"As we said to the lads at half-time though, that is football for you - you don't always get everything your own way. This is a very competitive industry where you go up against a manager and a set of players who are also trying everything to win as well.

"We had to make sure we responded in the second half, and we did. I thought there were some excellent performances out there. Mezzer (James Meredith) doesn't perhaps get the credit he deserves sometimes but he was snapping into tackles today, on his front-foot and driving the team forward when he could. 

"We know everything isn't going to go our way at home as it had been doing in our previous games. You are going to get goals and decisions against you. But when you do, you have to find something within you as a team to come back, and I was so pleased we did that.

"Today was a really good test for us and we came through it well. It was a great game to be involved in, and I am sure, like me, the fans will go home knowing they have seen a good spectacle. You can sense from games like this that the level of quality from the teams we are playing against has obviously gone up from last season.

"I am so pleased with the lads though. The level of spirit among them is just where it should be and that will stand us in good stead."

While Parkinson may have been pleased with City's second half showing, he was less than happy with the fierce tackle on Mark Yeates in injury time that resulted in a straight red card for Colchester substitute Daniel Pappoe.

Despite initial fears that Yeates had suffered serious damage to his left leg following the needless lunge by the visiting defender, the Irish winger was able to finish the game after some on-pitch treatment and could be seen walking around the stadium after the game in not-too-much discomfort.

Parkinson added:"The whistle has gone and the lad has launched himself in at Mark Yeates. At the time, looking at Yeatesy from where we were, I feared for a second that he may have broken his leg. It was just such a needless tackle, the game had been stopped. It was crazy really. 

"Luckily, he (Mark Yeates) seems ok now. I think it was just the sheer ferocity of the tackle that shook him. I think Matt Barrass (Head Physio) was initially concerned as well but he does look ok now though. We see how he is in the (Sunday) morning."

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