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19 February 2015

Club News


19 February 2015

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson was delighted by the effort and commitment shown by his players after they ground out a hard-fought away victory at Leyton Orient this Wednesday.

Just three days after City's impressive F.A Cup victory over Sunderland, the Bantams returned to league matters with a 2-0 win at Orient that moved Parkinson's men to within just one point of the League 1 Play-Off places.

City, who also have a game in hand on sixth-placed Doncaster Rovers, picked up the win at Orient's Matchroom Stadium thanks to a first half double from top scorer James Hanson.

Parkinson said: "It was a classic away performance from us really - we did all the right things in all the right areas.

"We knew Orient would have a go at us. I saw them win at Chesterfield at the weekend and you could tell they had a renewed spirit going into this game.

"We had to withstand some pressure at times, which you expect away from home, and they have had a couple of decent chances to score.

"In fairness though, we've had two great chances through (Francois) Zoko and (Andy) Halliday to finish the game off in the second half.

"All in all, this is a great victory for us, especially after the euphoria of Sunday's F.A Cup win over Sunderland. We had to show a lot of resiliency tonight (Wednesday).

"The lads are working hard for each other and showing a real competitive edge.

"We've received some nice plaudits in recent weeks but it is important that we don't change at all and we keep doing what has been working well for us so far.

"We would be mad if we changed things now - we have to keep going with what has been bringing us success.

"There was a real determination about us from the first whistle tonight."

Hanson's double at Orient moved the striker to eleven goals for the season.

The giant forward has now also netted four times in City's last three league matches.

Parkinson added: "I've said in interviews before that I think sometimes people under-estimate the quality of his feet because of his prowess in the air.

"The first goal in particular was a terrific strike, and his goals tonight have been the difference.

"Hanson has had two chances in the game and he has put them both in the back of the net.

"Strikers taking their chances like that in such clinical fashion is what gets you wins."

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