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Phil Parkinson rues missed chances for Bradford City

2 April 2014

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson was frustrated his side could not find a winner in their 0-0 draw with Coventry City at Sixfields.

Aaron Mclean and Jon Stead were denied by two brilliant saves from Sky Blues keeper Joe Murphy and Adam Reach hit the crossbar with a second-half header.

"Obviously we are disappointed not to have won the game," said Parkinson.

"We had some really good opportunities but their keeper pulled off two phenomenal saves to keep it level, we had our moments. You've just got to make sure you stay solid at the back because these are the type of games you can get hit with a sucker punch.

"I'm pleased we remained concentrated and we kept nice and solid.

"The lads are disappointed not to get the win, but four points from the last two games on our travels is a good return.

"A point is probably good for both teams in terms of the league table, but you've got to remain focused until relegation is mathematically impossible.

"If we take our eye off the ball two or three games later we're under pressure again, and we're not going to let that happen."

Steven Pressley also felt a point was a good result for his side, and praised the work ethic of his Sky Blues in their battling display.

The Coventry chief said: "I think it's a very important point. We went into three games with Stevenage, Crewe away and Bradford, and seven points and one goal conceded is a great return.

"In terms of creativity we were not our best. We were better in the second half when we starting getting players closer to Nathan Eccleston up front.

"We worked on a system prior to the game, but it was completely undone due to Jordan Clarke being ruled out late on with illness. That's not an excuse but that's the situation we had to deal with.

"In terms of the players' application and wanting to work for this football club - that was outstanding. I'm really, really pleased with the group.

"It wasn't a brilliant performance in terms of fluency, we had a lot of possession without creating anything clear cut but it was a good, organised performance."

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