Parkin­son says Cup was not dis­trac­tion

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Leigh Curtis

PHIL PARKIN­SON said Brad­ford City’s FA Cup quar­ter-fi­nal re­play was not to blame for sur­ren­der­ing two points at Notts County.

The Ban­tams had taken the lead on the stroke of half-time when Jon Stead con­verted Fran­cois Zoko’s pull-back, to leave them on course to win.

But they missed a se­ries of chances in the sec­ond half and were made to pay when Mike Ed­wards headed in Gary Jones’s cor­ner.

Ban­tams boss Parkin­son, who made seven changes to his team, blamed a lack of ruth­less­ness, rather than minds con­cen­trat­ing on Mon­day’s piv­otal trip to Read­ing.

“I thought we were out­stand­ing and we’ve let them off the hook,” he said.

“We had four or five gilt­edged chances to kill the game off and, when you don’t take them, you al­ways put your­self un­der pres­sure.

“The only real chance they had in the sec­ond half was a set play and the lad scored.

“But the way we played I couldn’t have asked for any more.

“We de­served the three points, but in foot­ball you some­times don’t get what you de­serve.

“But there have been no minds stray­ing to­wards Mon­day and every­body could see that was the case in our per­for­mance.

“We made sev­eral changes and I thought the lads who came in were our best play­ers.

“Ob­vi­ously it was a very dif­fi­cult team se­lec­tion, with such a high pro­file game on the hori­zon and then ask­ing them to go again.

“We rested some play­ers, but the lads who came in didn’t weaken the team.”

Notts boss Shaun Derry was de­lighted to se­cure a point, which brought to an end a mis­er­able run of form at Meadow Lane.

He praised his play­ers for their re­ac­tion in the sec­ond half, hav­ing con­ceded just be­fore the break.

“It was a big point for us,” he said. “The half­time team talk went out the win­dow, given the goal we con­ceded, which re­ally dis­ap­pointed me.

“But the re­ac­tion in the sec­ond from the play­ers was big. We dug in where it mat­tered.We de­fended like Tro­jans and then we scored from a set-piece our­selves.

“It’s been a long time com­ing this sea­son. I’ve been crit­i­cal of the set­pieces this year be­cause they’ve not been up to stan­dard, es­pe­cially the work we put into them.

“But it is what it is. We man­aged to nick one to­day and it gives us a big lift for the game against Rochdale on Tues­day.

“At times we played some good stuff and we per­haps lacked that killer pass or shot on goal.But we dug in.We stuck in there and we’ve not had a lot go our way.”

STAR MAN MIKE ED­WAR

DS Notts

County

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