The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FOURTH ROUND - By Paddy von Behr

BRAD­FORD CITY took just four points from the five games be­fore yes­ter­day’s trip to Fleet­wood, but man­ager Phil Parkin­son in­sists he is a long way from push­ing the panic but­ton.

The Ban­tams were threat­en­ing to break into the top six at the end of 2015 but have since slumped to midtable and been knocked out of the FA Cup by Bury.

But Parkin­son feels he wit­nessed enough in Tues­day night’s 1-0 de­feat by Barns­ley to sug­gest the tide will soon turn.

“We know we are go­ing through a dif­fi­cult pe­riod,” he said,“but the brav­ery shown by the play­ers to keep do­ing the right things on the ball, and the sup­port shown by the fans all the way through Tues­day night, gives us great heart.

“We will stay strong as a group, as we al­ways have done, and come through this.

“We have al­ways prided our­selves on hav­ing real char­ac­ter, and our men­tal­ity is as strong as ever.

“The sup­port­ers were ter­rific through­out the game on Tues­day and re­ally stuck with the lads.

“I would ask them to stick with them again and, to­gether, let’s see if we can get things go­ing again.”

POS­I­TIVE: Phil Parkin­son

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