Curtis Good: Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson explains omission

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson has said that new signing Curtis Good was left out for Saturday's game at Bristol Rovers because of fatigue.

The 19-year-old defender joined the Bantams on loan from Newcastle until 2 January last Thursday.

"He had a bit of fatigue from some training and I didn't feel confident putting him on the bench," Parkinson told BBC Radio Leeds.

"I hope he'll be a good addition because he's a very good player."

Busy Bantams

Friday's FA Cup tie against Brentford will be Bradford's eighth game this month. The Bantams also played eight games in October.

He added: "I felt it was best to leave him for now so that he is prepared and ready to go next week."

The Australian signed for Newcastle on a six-year deal from A-League side Melbourne Heart in the summer but is yet to make his debut for the Magpies.

Fellow new signing, midfielder Blair Turgott, was named in the 18-man squad but was not called upon.

Meanwhile, Parkinson was unhappy with the nature of Nathan Doyle's sending off against the Pirates.

Doyle was dismissed in the final minute after a confrontation followed a foul by home midfielder Wayne Brown on James Meredith.

"It was a bad tackle by their player and I was stood right by it all," Parkinson continued.

"There were no punches thrown or any grappling from what I could see and I asked the referee why he had been sent off and he didn't answer me. The fourth official said he'd kicked one of their players, which I certainly didn't see.

"Doyley said he went over and had a go at the lad for the challenge but that he didn't kick him. I think the ref has made a major error there."

The club have been successful in their appeal against the the red card and Doyle will be available for Friday's FA Cup tie against Brentford.