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My toughest run - Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson

12 February 2014

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson admits that their 1-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Carlisle United has left him feeling down.

Despite having earned just one win in their previous 21 games Parkinson's Bantams dominated large stretches of the game after Lee Miller's goal without managing to break through.

And when Aaron McLean pulled a snap shot wide in added time it summed up the Bantams' frustration.

Parkinson said: "It's the toughest run I've ever been on as a manager and I have tried everything I can to turn it round. I'm down at the moment because it's a game we should have got something out of and we have to keep searching for the solution.

"The players did everything they could in the second half to get back into it, but it just wasn't to be.

"I thought in the first half after the goal we lost our way and didn't play with composure. It looked like we had lost our way. But in the second half we came out and responded well and controlled the game for long periods without having enough craft at the top of the pitch."

"We started well, but the goal knocked the stuffing out of us and it took until half time to settle everyone down. We were a completely different team in the second half."

Miller's moment of magic came when the City defence made a hash of dealing with James Berrett's corner from the right and as the ball dropped on the six-yard line Miller, with his back to goal, produced an overhead shot to find the net.

It was a much needed win for Carlisle who had won just two of their previous nine games and manager Graham Kavanagh expressed his pride in a battling performance.

"I'm proud of my players," he said. "We have had a difficult time but we have picked the players up and it's a great reward to get a clean sheet and three points.

"We had a lot of tired bodies out there and I was pleased to get over the line. Bradford never know when they are beaten. They battered us down there, but everything fell into place. The buzz in the dressing room is fantastic."

Kavanagh was full of praise for Miller's goal. "It was tremendous and getting that win on board should give us the chance to push on," he said.

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