Date: 2nd February 2015 at 9:03am
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Was the win over Chelsea a ‘distraction’ for Bradford going into the weekend game with Colchester? Phil Parkinson has admitted that it perhaps was…. He’s also bemoaned the state of the pitch at Valley Parade though!

The state of the pitch is something that Parkinson has been concerned about for weeks, he defended the job that the groundsmen have done as they can only work with the finances that they have available to them.

Parkinson, speaking to the media after our one-one draw, has called on the board to address this issue with him thinking that the week vilified his recent thoughts that our bad run of form was down to the state of the pitch and not the players’ quality.

He said: ‘I’ve told the board the pitch is terrible. I asked them to help the groundsman, give him some funds to improve the pitch, otherwise we’re going to be in trouble.

‘I think at the time they thought I was making excuses because we’d had a bad run at home, but I don’t make excuses.

‘Nothing was done and I’ve got to defend the groundsman because he’s working so hard and hasn’t got the help needed from upstairs to make the pitch better.’

He feels that, if it wasn’t for the fact that he made it clear to the referee that the pitch has been worse previously, and played on, he would have called it off at 12:30pm – something that Colchester manager Tony Humes had called for when he turned up at 1:30pm….

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