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Boss pleased with first game back

13 July 2013

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson declared himself thoroughly pleased with City's start to their pre-season fixtures as his side eased to a comfortable victory over Blue Square Bet North side Guiseley AFC this Saturday.

In extremely hot conditions at a sweltering Nethermoor, City recorded their first victory of the summer thanks to goals from Alan Connell, Nahki Wells, Ricky Ravenhill and trialist Raffaele De Vita.

With Guiseley coming within a couple of wins of promotion up into the Blue Square Bet Premier last season, the Bantams' dominant victory first time out was all the more impressive in front a plentiful City support in the sunshine.

Given the high temperatures and quality of the opposition then, Parkinson says he couldn't be anything other than happy with the way City performed on their return to action following the close season break.

Parkinson said: "It was difficult conditions today (Saturday) for the lads. I said to them before the game though that it could be like this at Bristol City on the first day so we have to prepare for these conditions.

"I thought we did deal well with the temperatures overall and played some good stuff. Taking everything into consideration, I thought it was a good all round day for us.

"We've managed to pick up a convincing win against a good side. Guiseley were up there in the Play-Offs in their league last season and they'll be strong again this season. 

"This game was certainly a step above last year when we started off at Tadcaster Albion. 

"We've come to Guiseley now because our pre-season schedule is condensed a bit this year for a few reasons. We knew it would be a test today - we had a tough game between ourselves on the pitch (at the Coral Windows Stadium) on Wednesday to prepare us for this game.

"All in all, apart from Andy Gray's injury (suspected broken arm), it has been a good day for us."

With the first game of pre-season out of the way, the Bantams now travel to Ireland this Sunday to begin their week-long stay in the country.

Like last year, Parkinson's men will train all week using facilities at their hotel base, as well as taking part in two friendly fixtures against Irish league opponents.

Parkinson added: "It will be good to get on the plane tomorrow (Sunday) with this good first game under our belts.

"We will go to Ireland in good spirits and ready to progress ourselves on ahead of the new season.

"Hopefully we'll get a good week under our belts like we did last year and come back to England fitter and stronger."

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