On-song Wil­liams de­lights boss Phil

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Paul Green

BRAD­FORD City boss Phil Parkin­son sin­gled out Ben Wil­liams as his saviour af­ter the goal­keeper’s stun­ning late save se­cured a point at in-form Millwall.

A largely scrappy game sprung into life 16 min­utes from time when Shaun Wil­liams’ goal­bound strike from the edge of the area was tipped sharply over the cross­bar by the Ban­tams keeper.

The glove­man had been a vir­tual spec­ta­tor up un­til that point, as had op­po­site num­ber Jor­dan Archer in a clash that rarely suc­ceeded in cap­tur­ing the imag­i­na­tion.

But that stop proved to be a de­ci­sive mo­ment and en­sured the York­shire out­fit left the Den and headed back north with a share of the spoils.

Parkin­son said: “I’m pleased with a point but you al­ways want three.

“We asked the play­ers to show re­silience and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“We had to do that and we did it. We’ve re­stricted them to very lit­tle.

“Ben Wil­liams has had to make a very good save in the sec­ond half but apart from that prob­a­bly just our fi­nal ball let us down.

“We got into some great cross­ing po­si­tions and didn’t quite pro­duce that bit of qual­ity you need, but all in all we are go­ing back up the mo­tor­way with a well-earned point.”

Wil­liams’ at­tempt aside, Millwall strug­gled to cre­ate much in terms of op­por­tu­ni­ties as Brad­ford’s defence stood firm.

The vis­i­tors saw a penalty claim ig­nored mid­way through the first half af­ter De­vante Cole went to ground un­der a chal­lenge from Tony Craig.

Lions de­fender Car­los Ed­wards al­most broke the dead­lock in the seven min­utes later when he burst for­ward be­fore fir­ing over the bar.

But de­spite the blank, Millwall man­ager Neil Har­ris was largely sat­is­fied with the fi­nal out­come as his play-off chas­ing side ex­tended their un­beaten run to six games.

He said: “I was de­lighted with the clean sheet. The ef­fort, the de­ter­mi­na­tion and the de­fend­ing was fan­tas­tic at times.

“Maybe it just lacked a lit­tle bit of qual­ity all over the park re­ally, not just in the fi­nal third but just a lit­tle bit of com­po­sure.

“I just felt that as a team we weren’t proac­tive on to the next ball, we were a lit­tle bit re­ac­tive and maybe it was just a sign that it was a game too far for our bod­ies out there.

“But on the whole I’m de­lighted with the clean sheet and the point and it shows how far we’ve come since Oc­to­ber 3 (and a 5-3 de­feat) at Peter­bor­ough.

“It has been a big ef­fort and they’ve given me every­thing they’ve got.”



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