BAT­TLING BAN­TAMS SUR­VIVE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Steven Chicken

Brad­ford boss Phil Parkin­son in­sisted he was de­lighted af­ter their first clean sheet earned them their sec­ond point of the sea­son.

The Ban­tams re­main with­out a win af­ter a hard-fought game that saw Barns­ley hit the post twice.

But Parkin­son de­clared the per­for­mance the best they’ve played over 90 min­utes this sea­son.

He said: “It was a lot bet­ter from us. We had dis­ci­pline and were com­mit­ted with­out the ball, and as the game wore on we got stronger and stronger.

“Re­ally we should be sat talk­ing about three points, but I’ve just got to fo­cus on it be­ing a proper Brad­ford City per­for­mance.

“You could see the re­sponse from our sup­port­ers be­cause they de­tected that’s how we’ve got to play to earn re­sults.”

Parkin­son was also re­lieved to see Barns­ley skip­per Al­fie Maw­son’s header bounce off the post in in­jury time from Conor Houri­hane’s crossed free-kick.

He added: “It would have been cruel be­cause Barns­ley looked on their last legs in the last 25 min­utes.”

Barns­ley played with great flu­id­ity and had the bet­ter chances of a fiercely-con­tested all-York­shire game.

Mar­ley Watkins struck the post from Marc Roberts’ long throw on 12 min­utes, and Maw­son nod­ded just over the bar 11 min­utes later.

Sam Win­nall then shook free of his de­fender and sur­prised Ben Wil­liams with a low shot that the keeper saved.

Ben Pear­son hit a fe­ro­cious drive on the stroke of half-time, but Wil­liams was able to get it clear. That ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of Brad­ford blow­ing a half-time lead im­me­di­ately af­ter the break as they had done in all four pre­vi­ous games this sea­son.

Steven Davies’ de­ter­mi­na­tion drew City’s best chance of the game mid­way through the sec­ond half, but he was un­able to find the tar­get un­der pres­sure from Tykes keeper Adam Davies af­ter rob­bing Josh Scowen 25 yards out.

Maw­son went ag­o­nis­ingly close with that in­jury-time header, but wasn’t able to find the net as the game ended in a stale­mate.

The re­sult ex­tends Barns­ley’s un­beaten run to four games, but boss Lee John­son was dis­ap­pointed not to make it three wins on the spin come the fi­nal whis­tle.

He said: “I knew it was go­ing to be re­ally tough.

“There were two con­trast­ing styles and I thought it was quite a good game.

“There maybe weren’t as many shots on tar­get as we’d all like, but I think ev­ery­body ap­pre­ci­ated that it was a tough game all round.

“There were lots of pos­i­tives. The way we moved the ball at times, we de­mor­alised them with our pass­ing, and we didn’t quite have enough on the end of it if I’m hon­est, but we cer­tainly con­trolled the game.

“I’m com­ing out of it up­set be­cause we wanted the win, but gen­er­ally know­ing it’s a de­cent point.”

PIC­TURES: Gor­don Clay­ton

LAST-GASP: Al­fie Maw­son’s late header strikes the post

CHASE: Steven Davies and Barns­ley’s Ben Pear­son

STAR MAN MARC ROBER

TS Barnsle

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