Phil Parkinson, the Bradford City manager, has threatened to make sweeping changes for tomorrow’s visit to Bramall Lane after describing Tuesday’s 6-0 defeat by Bristol City as the lowpoint of his career, writes James Shield.
And, despite effectively dismissing the visitors’ chances of forcing themselves back into play-off contention following a poor sequence of results, Parkinson is adamant there must be no repeat against Nigel Clough’s side.
“I probably played players who weren’t quite right,” Parkinson said. “I’ve got to pick a team on Saturday that is physically fit and ready to go.
“There are no excuses for a performance like that.”
Mark Yeates is among those set to miss the game with fifth-placed after being withdrawn with a shoulder problem during the midweek rout at the Coral Windows Stadium.
Parkinson, whose squad has now lost four of its last five outings, added: “I’ve never seen us play as badly as that in all my time at Bradford.
“We didn’t do the basics in our defending well and when things went against us we got worse at them. Instead of regrouping and making sure we didn’t concede again, we got worse.
“Players who have played so well for us this season performed so poorly. So many of them together on the same night.
“Why? I’m not quite sure. Maybe we were a team who were feeling sorry for ourselves after playing well before and getting nothing for it.”