Date: 16th October 2015 at 8:21am
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Bradford’s involvement in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy came to an end for another season when the Bantams exited the competition on Tuesday.

Barnsley JPT Highlights – Click Here.

Phil Parkinson has told the Official Website of his ‘frustration’ at the exit, more so the manner of this!

A one-nil lead was overturned by Yorkshire rivals Barnsley, who eventually went through to a ΒΌ final meeting with York after a two-one win at Valley Parade in the rearranged JPT tie.

Defeat happens and you can accept that but the way Bradford slipped to this left Parkinson disappointed as he feels ‘silly and needless’ fouls were given away in ‘dangerous positions’ that gave Barnsley chances to capitalise on the strengths they have.

These were strengths the Bantams boss said had been spoken about ahead of the game.

‘It was a frustrating way for us to lose the match because we’d spoke before the game about Barnsley’s strengths at set-pieces.

‘They have a good delivery from Conor Hourihane, plus the height and presence of their three centre halves (Lewin Nyatanga, Alfie Mawson, Marc Roberts) and their two attackers (Marley Watkins, Sam Winnall).

‘When the opposition have that threat, you can’t give any silly and needless fouls away in dangerous positions.’

Bradford did follow out the gameplan as Parkinson wanted ‘on the whole’ and didn’t do what was warned the Bantams should when they didn’t and he knows ‘we got punished from the two that we did give away.’

If these were given away he added we needed to ‘defend the set-pieces better’ and that is what ‘ultimately’ caused us to lose.

There was a positive though, with Greg Leigh finally coming in to make his Bradford debut.

His performance, when he slotted in at left back was praised, has seen him challenged to ‘put pressure’ on James Meredith with him doing his chances no harm. Nathan Clarke was also branded ‘tremendous’, as Parkinson added.

‘Some of the lads who came into the side after not playing too much this season – the likes of Nathan Clarke, Greg Leigh – were tremendous.

‘Greg showed what he was all about and put in a very positive performance. I’ve told Greg that his job is to put pressure on James Meredith for that left-back slot. He certainly did that tonight – he was excellent.

‘He is a forward-thinking player and he always looks to drive into space. His next touch is always a forward one.

‘Considering that he hasn’t played first team football for us this season before the game, you have to say that was a very good first appearance for us.’


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