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'No rift with Parkinson' - Pressley

1 April 2014

The City boss also believes the Bradford test will be a tougher than the last two victories...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has said the rift with Bradford boss Phil Parkinson from the 3-3 draw in November is 'water under the bridge'.

In one of League One's games of the season, the Sky Blues and the Bantams shared an entertaining draw at Valley Parade.

Andy Webster put City ahead in the first minute of the game before Leon Clarke doubled City's lead with seven minutes gone. Bradford levelled the tie thanks to a brace from Nahki Wells before Callum Wilson added a classy third for City to put the Sky Blues ahead at the break.

Wells completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot in the final minute of the game and Pressley admitted it did get slightly heated on the touchline, but said it was part of football.

The City boss said: "It is water under the bridge. These things happen in football. It is an emotive game we work in and certain things can spill over.

"Phil Parkinson is a passionate manager. He is passionate about his team and he wants to see his side win, and that is exactly what I'm like.

"It was unfortunate what happened on the day. We've spoken and I've seen him at a couple of games so there is no issue there. There is no aminosity.

"That's football. It is the industry we work in."

Bradford travel to Sixfields tonight looking to build on their 1-0 victory against Leyton Orient at the weekend.

The Sky Blues come into the game on the back of two victories over Stevenage and Crewe Alexandra but Pressley is expecting a tougher test tonight.

He added: "They have changed considerably since we last played them. As Nahki Wells left in January, they have had to find other solutions to get the goals.

"They like to play in your half which means we're going to have to withstand a lot of pressure from their forwards. They have got different options and have changed their approach.

"As they proved last time out, Bradford's wide players are a real threat and James Reach often likes to find space and cause problems.

"It would be good to see us build on the victories we've had and we will need the same sort of approach to get the three points we need."


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