GILLINGHAM 0 BRADFORD 0.
The Bantams created the best chances throughout this goalless stalemate, James Hanson missing two gilt-edged chances in the first half, but Parkinson was satisfied with his team's performance.
"The lads were terrific at a difficult place, in very windy conditions," he said. "Strength of character is very important in football and we had real character out there. This is a massive challenge, probably bigger than I thought. You've got to keep fighting in this game because no-one's going to feel sorry for you, noone's going to help you out.'' Parkinson added: "Jack Compton obviously wasn't pleased with the decision to be dropped and I don't expect him to be.
"I didn't think his demeanour was going to be right to take him down on the trip. I wanted everybody on the coach to be pulling in the direction of Bradford City Football Club.'' Gillingham's best chances fell at the start and end of the game, Jo Kuffour's deflected scissor kick hitting the bar, while they were unfortunate not to score following a goalmouth scramble at the end.
POINT MADE: Hanson and Frampton