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22 April 2015

Club News


22 April 2015

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson was encouraged to see his side fight back once again for another creditable point on the road as City drew at Scunthorpe United this Tuesday.

Four days on from their drawn fixture at Sheffield United, another Billy Clarke leveller - his thirteenth goal of the season - saw Parkinson's men come from behind to secure a share of the spoils against Scunthorpe.

Parkinson said: "I'm pleased with a point.

"I thought we started the better of the two sides in the game but after they scored we were second best up until the break.

"Credit to the lads at half time though, we really got it going again and deservedly got back in the match.

"It was a good finish from Billy (Clarke) for our goal. I think the best thing you can say about Billy's goal is that he made a difficult finish look an easy one. It was a very calm finish.

"As a manager, you are looking for your quality players to take their chances. If you look at the match as a whole, (Gary) McSheffrey for them, one chance, goal. For us, Billy Clarke, one chance, it's in the back of the net.

"Taking chances when it counts is what separates most teams, certainly at this level, and Billy is looking really likely to find the net most times at the moment."

After playing with a front three at Sheffield United on Saturday and having Billy Knott supporting from midfield, Parkinson stuck with the same formation for the trip to Glanford Park.

Parkinson recalled Gary Liddle and Jon Stead back into the side, however, with Stead playing on the left of City's attacking three.

A suspension for Rory McArdle meant Christopher Routis begun the match in central defence and Liddle started in midfield. The pair swapped positions at half time though.

Parkinson said: "We kept with the same set-up as Sheffield United on Saturday but Andy Halliday has been struggling a bit again with his sciatica so we asked (Jon) Steady to do a role on the left hand side cutting inside on his right foot.

"We changed Christopher Routis into midfield in the second period just to give us his quality on the ball and passing range further up the pitch."

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