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Parky pleased with performance

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson hailed a much-improved performance from his team after the 1-1 home draw with Swindon.

The result extended the Bantams' run of home games without a win to seven and they have won only once in 14 matches in all competitions, but Parkinson was pleased with the showing after being critical of his side following the 1-0 home defeat against Rotherham on Boxing Day.

"It was a much improved performance," he said. "The lads have given everything. The spirit in the team is still firmly in place. We were just lacking a bit of quality in and around the box to win a game of football."

Bradford led at half-time with a goal after 16 minutes from defender Rory McArdle following skipper Gary Jones' corner from the left. The Northern Ireland international scored with a header that went into the net off the underside of the crossbar.

Swindon equalised in the second half through on-loan Tottenham midfielder Alex Pritchard. The 20-year-old collected a ball on the right after 63 minutes, beat five players as he weaved his way through the Bradford defence and scored with a low, left-foot shot just inside the near post.

Parkinson said: "Alex Pritchard is far above this level of football and it was a fantastic goal, but we spoke before the match about the need to get round him quickly whenever he gets the ball and I don't think we did that quickly enough on that occasion."

The Bantams were unfortunate to lose leading scorer Nahki Wells with a hamstring injury in the 28th minute, and Parkinson added: "Any team would miss their top scorer and without him we lacked a clinical edge in the final third."

The good news for the Bantams boss was that Wells' striking partner James Hanson returned to the team after missing two games through injury, but Hanson's return was negated by Wells' injury.

Parkinson said: "Wells and Hanson are regarded as the best front two in League One. Unfortunately, we can't get them on the field together at the moment."