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'Parkinson has done a fantastic job'

14 February 2014

The City boss also believes it will be a completely different game from the 3-3 draw between the two sides in November...

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has praised Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson ahead of the weekend's game against the Bantams.

The Sky Blues go into the game looking to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat against Notts County at Meadow Lane last weekend.

City shared an entertaining 3-3 draw at Valley Parade against Bradford in November and the game ended with heated discussions on the touchline between the two managers.

With City set to welcome the Bantams to Sixfields tomorrow, Pressley believes it will be a tough game against Parkinson's side.

Pressley said: "Their form might not be at it's best at the moment but they're still a very strong side who proved in the 3-3 draw that they're very dangerous.

"They have two very good strikers. James Hanson caused us a lot of problems last time out and we need to be aware of his threat.

"They're a team who know how to play and with their wide players, they will always be a threat. 

"I know Phil and myself had a little bit of a fallout at the last match but the truth is he has done a fantastic job. The amount of progress he has got out of his players is remarkable."

When City faced the Bantams in November, the Sky Blues had strikers Leon Clarke and Callum Wilson in the starting line-up whilst Bradford City had top-scorer Nahki Wells.

Clarke moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers during the January transfer window whilst Wilson is out injured and Wells moved to Championship side Huddersfield Town last month.

City manager Steven Pressley believes it will be a completely different game from the 3-3 draw as his side look for a vital three points.

He added: "In the last game we played against Bradford, five of the six goals were scored by players who won't be involved at the weekend.

"It tells you that both clubs have had to deal with certain situations and have had to find solutions.

"We've obviously bolstered our squad with two players today so it is all about finding those solutions, so that is part of management.

"There are plenty of excuses we could take but that is not what this football club is about and no matter what problems we have, we're always looking for three points."


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