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De Vita receives Parkinson backing

30 October 2013

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson has admitted he was delighted to see Raffaele De Vita break his scoring duck for City against Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend.

Making his first start for the club at the Coral Windows Stadium, De Vita was on hand to net City's goal during the unfortunate home defeat to Kenny Jackett's Wolves.

De Vita's maiden goal for Parkinson's side came after the Italian had pitched in with an assist on his full debut for James Hanson at Preston North End just four days earlier.

Having made the majority of his early season appearances for City from the bench, De Vita's starts against Preston and Wolves mean he has now begun back-to-back games for the first time this campaign.

De Vita came off at half-time in the Wolves match with a slight hamstring problem but, given that his interval withdrawal was more precautionary than anything else, he should be in contention for this Saturday's visit to Crewe Alexandra.

Parkinson said: "I like Raf - he always gets chances in a game. He was on the end of one at Preston and I was really pleased to see him put that one away on Saturday.

"He is a terrific lad and he has worked his socks off to get into the team recently. He has been a great lad around the squad all season really.

"Saturday's goal will do him the world of good. He looked bright against Crawley, made a goal for James (Hanson) at Preston and now he's got his own goal.

"He has great discipline to his game but he also has good quality in and around the box.

"Unfortunately for Raf, who hasn't played too much this season, to ask him to play twice in four days was always going to be tough. His hamstring did tighten up slightly.

"There was no need to risk Raf by letting him carry on and make it worse."

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