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Glad to get that winning feeling back

20 October 2012

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson couldn't hide his happiness after City returned to the winner's cycle once more this Saturday with a hard-fought victory over Cheltenham Town.

A Nahki Wells double and a first goal for the club from James Meredith cancelled out Marlon Pack's opener for Cheltenham to give Parkinson's side their first win in five league matches.

The pleasing win pushes the Bantams back into the Play-Off places and within a single point of the automatic promotion spots.

Parkinson said: "I'm very much delighted with that one. It was a great result for us."

"The last four games where we haven't probably got our rewards for some good performances have put the pressure on a little bit. 

"We responded to that well today though.

"It was so important that we got back to winning ways. I felt the lads deserved it - I thought they showed real character.

"We went a goal down, which obviously didn't help matters, and I was a little disappointed with the decision.

"The linesman told me when he was jogging back to the halfway line that he didn't think it was a penalty and he was the official closest to the incident.

"I was a bit surprised that the ref give it but as I've said, we responded well.

"I thought we put in a disciplined performance against a very good side.

"We have real character in this side.

"As much as myself and Steve (Parkin) demand things from the touchline, they demand it from themselves and each other.

"We had chances to score before they did and you start to think it might be the same story as the Port Vale game. 

"But today was a different story, we were tremendous in the second half.

"The two substitutes (Zavon Hines and Will Atkinson) came on and again showed the importance of having options on the bench. They gave us that little bit of extra momentum."

Wells' two-goal haul in the match capped off a fine personal display for the Bermudian striker, who ended up walking away with the sponsor's Man of the Match award.

"I think Nahki deserves the praise he is going to get after today," added Parkinson.

"I wasn't happy with his effort last Saturday (vs York City) but today, obviously there was his two goals, but he also ran and chased everything down.

"He really hassled and harried their defenders - I thought he was tremendous.

"He needs to do that every week now though.

"He's got some great attributes - he's main one being his finishing. I don't think I've worked with many better finishers than him. 

"His second big plus point is his athleticism and his ability to run and hassle. 

"When he marries those two things together, like he did today, he gets his rewards."

Coming only seven minutes from time, Meredith's maiden goal in City colours - his first ever strike in the Football League - set the seal on the Bantams' win over Mark Yates' side.

With the left back proving to be one of City's most consistent performers so far this season, Parkinson was glad to see Meredith get his moment in the spotlight with the goal.

Parkinson said: "I hope supporters get to see that goal again on the T.V in full because it was a terrific move from the lads."

"It was a great team move and James has finished it off really well.

"He deserves it because defenders sometimes don't get the headlines or the praise they deserve.

"James certainly doesn't go unnoticed by the staff or his team-mates for the work he has put in since he's been at the club."

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