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Parkinson: We were second best

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson felt his side were second best after Rotherham had taken the lead in their 1-0 win at Valley Parade.

After a frantic start, the visitors scored what proved to be the winning goal after 20 minutes through Newcastle loanee, Slovenian Haris Vuckic.

The Bradford defence failed to clear after a surging run from Lee Frecklington and the ball fell to Vuckic, who scored with a superb shot into the far corner from just inside the penalty area.

The result extended Bradford's run of home matches without a win to six, going back three months and means they have lost their last sixl league and cup matches against Rotherham.

Parkinson, whose side have won only one match in 13, said: "I thought we played well up to the goal, but the goal set us back.

"We came back strongly towards the end of the first half, but in the second half we were really poor.

"We looked unrecognisable from what we are all about as a team. Our basic passing was really poor and that is taking into consideration we were up against a really good side."

Bradford lacked strikers James Hanson, Andy Gray and Caleb Folan through injury and Parkinson handed a full league debut to 17-year-old striker Oliver McBurnie.

Parkinson added: "Although we were weakened I still felt we could have done a lot better in the second half.

"We looked like a team that had conceded again in the first half. In the past we have always found something in reserve, but we didn't have enough quality.

"We were poor - we can't hide from it. We made too many basic errors and we didn't play with enough calmness while Rotherham worked incredibly hard to close us down and made it very difficult for us to break them down.

"It was a shame because it was in front of a big crowd and I know supporters will feel we have let them down."

The home side rarely looked like saving the game in the second half and it needed two fine saves from Jon McLaughlin to prevent James Tavernier from increasing Rotherham's lead.

First, he turned away Tavernier's free-kick from from the the edge of the penalty area in the 48th minute and made a diving save to deny the Rotherham player in the 65th minute after Tavernier made a strong 30-yard run into the penalty area .

The only serious save Rotherham keeper Adam Collin had to make was to keep out a first-half effort from Garry Thompson.