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Parkinson praises City's attitude

1 April 2013

City boss Phil Parkinson had nothing but praise for the effort and application put in by his Bantams after their deserved away day victory at Torquay United.

Parkinson's men recovered from conceding after only three minutes to run out convincing winners thanks to goals from Rory McArdle, Garry Thompson and James Hanson.

The win certainly kept City's season alive ahead of their final six games of the regular league campaign and made it four points out of six over Easter for Bradford.

On a hard and bobbly Plainmoor pitch and with a strong wind gusting, City could have been in for a testing afternoon, especially after going behind so early, but Parkinson was pleased with both the mental and physical attributes shown by his players that instead ensured they ran out clear winners.

Parkinson said: "The start to the match obviously wasn't great with conceding the goal, but we responded magnificently after that.

"We got straight back into the game with our equaliser, which was important, and then got a second through a great finish from Garry Thompson. 

"Helped by the third goal, which I felt was a brilliantly constructed goal, just after the break, we never really let go of control of the match thereafter.

"We could even have scored more than our three as well. I felt we had two great penalty shouts involving Nahki (Wells) and he and Tommo (Garry Thompson) also had a number of shots blocked from close range in the scramble towards the end.

"All in all, it was a very professional performance from the lads.

"Me and Steve (Parkin) came to the ground this morning to have a look at the pitch and the conditions to ensure we picked the right sort of team today to get the job done, and I thought the lads did it really, really well.

"We had a chat with the lads before the match to remind them of other similar away matches of this nature we've had already this season. Aldershot and York, for example, where we did the job, and Exeter and Dagenham where we didn't.

"We knew we needed to replicate the good things we had shown in the Aldershot and York away victories, and I felt we did that. We were competitive all over the pitch and we played the conditions well. We did the basics right first and that then allowed us the opportunity to play some good football afterwards.

"I have to say that the lads have once again shown a great appetite to play and to fight. Their attitude and character again was immense. You look at the amount of matches and minutes we've played this season, but our character remains unquestioned. 

"There have been moments during the season where we've have set-backs, even looking at Friday (vs Southend) and today you could say that, but we keep responding. That is a great trait to have, and we have to keep that with us throughout the remainder of this season because when you have that running through your football club, you'll always have a chance."

One key aspect of City's victory was the timing of their goals. Rory McArdle's equalising header only four minutes after Torquay's opener was obviously important, but Parkinson felt Hanson's effort for City's third just after the break was the key moment in the match.

Parkinson added: "In the second half we had the very strong wind against us and we knew Torquay were going to try and come at us and put us under some pressure. But for us to get that third goal, it really did dampen everyone's spirits down if you were a Torquay supporter. You could certainly sense that."

While Thompson and Hanson may grab most of the headlines for the win because of their goals, the returning Wells should receive some of the post-match praise after a bright performance at Plainmoor.

Starting for the first time in five matches, the Bermudian striker was involved in both City's second and third goals and was a constant menace for Torquay's defenders all afternoon.

Parkinson added: "We sensed in training recently that Nahki was starting to come back into his best form, and he showed some of that against Southend on Friday. 

"He may not have featured for a bit in the starting eleven, but we know Nahki is a good player.

"We also know that he is a young player as well though, and young players can have slight dips in form throughout a season.

"Others players have come in and taken their chance while Nahki has been out of the team and Nahki has come in today and taken his chance.

"That is what it is all about. The lads know, even with only six games to go, there is still genuine competition for places.

"Garry Thompson was in really good form today for us also. He obviously scored one and made one, and he played the conditions in the right way.

"He did a really good job for the team helping out but every time he got into the final third, you also felt he could produce something."

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