Bradford City system blows Crawley away

Crawley v CityCity players celebrate their second goal scored by Billy Knott (9479907)

Crawley v CityMason Benett chips Crawley keeper Brian Jensen for City's third goal (9479909)

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CITY soared into second spot in the fledgling League One table after a win at Crawley that left Phil Parkinson raving: That's the best so far.

James Hanson, Billy Knott and Mason Bennett all hit the target in the second half as the Bantams turned on the style with a 3-1 victory to blow away the home side's 100 per cent start.

City maintained their own unbeaten run and Parkinson beamed: "It was a terrific performance. The way we passed the ball in the midfield was magnificent.

"We've got the extra man in there and the system we're playing suits the players. Crawley found it really difficult to cope with us.

"That's the best we've played by far in terms of all-round performance and the quality of the goals was really pleasing."

Hanson's third of the season set the ball rolling as he crashed the ball into the roof of the net.

Crawley captain Joe Walsh quickly levelled but City re-established control with two more stunning goals from Knott and substitute Bennett.

Parkinson said: "The first one came from the outstanding energy of Jason Kennedy and Darbs (Stephen Darby).

"Hans has made a great finish. He doesn't get the credit for his feet but he does get many goals for us like that.

"I thought Billy Knott was outstanding. We put him in the centre of the midfield to get him on the ball more and he took the game by the scruff of the neck.

"He has got great awareness and is a good decision-maker on the ball. I think he gave the ball away twice all game and he must have had 70 touches.

"The goal was out of the top drawer. Mason chested back to him and it was just a great finish.

"And I'm so pleased for Mason to get the third one. Maybe to start him again would have been a risk but it was always the plan to bring him on after 45 minutes."

Aaron Mclean had started his first game of the season before making way at half-time.

Parkinson said: "Aaron was looking fresh and I contemplated leaving him on but I thought 'what's the point in risking him?'

"He's looking fit, he's getting there, but Mason came on and I thought he was electric.

"We had other chances to really kill the game off but I felt as comfortable as you can be on the touchline. In terms of controlling the game, it was quite a convincing win for us.

"My last couple of games at Crawley have been tough but this was a complete professional performance."

Billy Clarke resumes running today after his slight hamstring injury but last night's result means Parkinson does not need to rush him back.

He said: "It's only something minor and Billy will be close. Obviously he is important to the system we play because of his football intelligence and his ability. But it's nice to be in a position where we don't have to force it."

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8:22am Wed 20 Aug 14

rengar61 says...

Super CITY, go marching on what a TEAM performance. Makes being in a queue for three hours yesterday all the worth while.
Super CITY, go marching on what a TEAM performance. Makes being in a queue for three hours yesterday all the worth while. rengar61
  • Score: 20

8:47am Wed 20 Aug 14

huggy b says...

City were absolutely superb last night. Every player was up for it and looks like they've already clicked as a unit. Early doors, I know, but if we play like that and stay injury-free, we'll have a good season. Avoid defeat against the Posh then bring on the mess that is Leeds United!
City were absolutely superb last night. Every player was up for it and looks like they've already clicked as a unit. Early doors, I know, but if we play like that and stay injury-free, we'll have a good season. Avoid defeat against the Posh then bring on the mess that is Leeds United! huggy b
  • Score: 15

9:41am Wed 20 Aug 14

bahamianbantam says...

Well done boys - usually get nothing there. Hats off to PP for a great start - Posh will be a good test - early doors but only 43 points to safety!
Well done boys - usually get nothing there. Hats off to PP for a great start - Posh will be a good test - early doors but only 43 points to safety! bahamianbantam
  • Score: 19

10:32am Wed 20 Aug 14

torreyman says...

Only one word to say SUPERB CITY sorry two words !!!
Only one word to say SUPERB CITY sorry two words !!! torreyman
  • Score: 5

11:06am Wed 20 Aug 14

Waydownsouth says...

I live 30 minutes away from the Crawley Ground so from my exile I don't get to see City live too often, but that was one of the most uplifting evenings of the year. Defence, midfield, and attack all clicked. Just all-round great performances but Davies and Knott were awesome and Mason Bennett looks sharp as a razor. Aaron needs to catch up a bit though - seems to struggle to get the ball under control but time will tell.
I live 30 minutes away from the Crawley Ground so from my exile I don't get to see City live too often, but that was one of the most uplifting evenings of the year. Defence, midfield, and attack all clicked. Just all-round great performances but Davies and Knott were awesome and Mason Bennett looks sharp as a razor. Aaron needs to catch up a bit though - seems to struggle to get the ball under control but time will tell. Waydownsouth
  • Score: 11

11:31am Wed 20 Aug 14

whisky1 says...

Tumbleweed morning on ere...wonder why?....on yeah there is nowt to gripe about
Tumbleweed morning on ere...wonder why?....on yeah there is nowt to gripe about whisky1
  • Score: -2

11:36am Wed 20 Aug 14

Farsley Bantam says...

whisky1 wrote:
Tumbleweed morning on ere...wonder why?....on yeah there is nowt to gripe about
Or maybe it's because it was in Surrey on a Tuesday night and most of the usual commentators don't comment on matches they've not seen?
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: Tumbleweed morning on ere...wonder why?....on yeah there is nowt to gripe about[/p][/quote]Or maybe it's because it was in Surrey on a Tuesday night and most of the usual commentators don't comment on matches they've not seen? Farsley Bantam
  • Score: -5

11:39am Wed 20 Aug 14

lawsonio123 says...

A Great performance by all concerned well done Posh on Saturday will be a harder test but City can overcome them. Then on to Leeds who now have Billy Sharp he ill need watching but again a win on Saturday and the team will be ready for Leads full of confidence an spirit and long may it continue WELL DO TO ALL
A Great performance by all concerned well done Posh on Saturday will be a harder test but City can overcome them. Then on to Leeds who now have Billy Sharp he ill need watching but again a win on Saturday and the team will be ready for Leads full of confidence an spirit and long may it continue WELL DO TO ALL lawsonio123
  • Score: 3

11:57am Wed 20 Aug 14

cookie_brighton says...

WHAT A GAME...........the lads clicked as a team, excellent football from the start, fantastic goals, especially Billy knotts, when the ball hit the post I thought,( well I cannot put what I thought ha ha), then it went across the goalmouth and in....GOAL......and I had the pleasure of sitting next to Aaron McCleans girlfriend throughout the match. Very beautiful and well presented female....one for the memory bank.
Bring on Weeds....my city team beat them at Bellend Road 2 - 0 last night, and believe me Brighton have been finding it hard recently.
It is going to be a long week.
CTID
WHAT A GAME...........the lads clicked as a team, excellent football from the start, fantastic goals, especially Billy knotts, when the ball hit the post I thought,( well I cannot put what I thought ha ha), then it went across the goalmouth and in....GOAL......and I had the pleasure of sitting next to Aaron McCleans girlfriend throughout the match. Very beautiful and well presented female....one for the memory bank. Bring on Weeds....my city team beat them at Bellend Road 2 - 0 last night, and believe me Brighton have been finding it hard recently. It is going to be a long week. CTID cookie_brighton
  • Score: 0

12:33pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Farsley Bantam says...

cookie_brighton wrote:
WHAT A GAME...........the lads clicked as a team, excellent football from the start, fantastic goals, especially Billy knotts, when the ball hit the post I thought,( well I cannot put what I thought ha ha), then it went across the goalmouth and in....GOAL......and I had the pleasure of sitting next to Aaron McCleans girlfriend throughout the match. Very beautiful and well presented female....one for the memory bank.
Bring on Weeds....my city team beat them at Bellend Road 2 - 0 last night, and believe me Brighton have been finding it hard recently.
It is going to be a long week.
CTID
https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=0AuVOhN1
_6g

Just watched the highlights. The second goal was an absolute peach!
[quote][p][bold]cookie_brighton[/bold] wrote: WHAT A GAME...........the lads clicked as a team, excellent football from the start, fantastic goals, especially Billy knotts, when the ball hit the post I thought,( well I cannot put what I thought ha ha), then it went across the goalmouth and in....GOAL......and I had the pleasure of sitting next to Aaron McCleans girlfriend throughout the match. Very beautiful and well presented female....one for the memory bank. Bring on Weeds....my city team beat them at Bellend Road 2 - 0 last night, and believe me Brighton have been finding it hard recently. It is going to be a long week. CTID[/p][/quote]https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=0AuVOhN1 _6g Just watched the highlights. The second goal was an absolute peach! Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 3

3:00pm Wed 20 Aug 14

lawsonio123 says...

Ha You are all HAPPY all in agreement great long may it continue an extra 2000 on Saturday
Ha You are all HAPPY all in agreement great long may it continue an extra 2000 on Saturday lawsonio123
  • Score: 2

7:40pm Wed 20 Aug 14

shoesmaker26 says...

just to say well done city keep up the fantastic way you are playing this year to one and all
just to say well done city keep up the fantastic way you are playing this year to one and all shoesmaker26
  • Score: 2

8:22pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

I'm being made to eat my words about us being low scorers, very happy to be wrong.

Now a negative, conceded from a cross, again. Every goal, well all three so far have been from badly defended crosses. This wasn't a particular weakness in the past and hopefully is already being addressed by PP and staff. No blame apportioned to the keeper by the way, not in his territory.

End positively, all three goals were great finishes and from different approaches. The extra dimensions could be the key to a successful season
I'm being made to eat my words about us being low scorers, very happy to be wrong. Now a negative, conceded from a cross, again. Every goal, well all three so far have been from badly defended crosses. This wasn't a particular weakness in the past and hopefully is already being addressed by PP and staff. No blame apportioned to the keeper by the way, not in his territory. End positively, all three goals were great finishes and from different approaches. The extra dimensions could be the key to a successful season Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 1

11:42pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Each goal was good but the Bennett one stood out for be with composure of a seasoned professional and at 18 years old l can see good things for the lad with a bright future.
Each goal was good but the Bennett one stood out for be with composure of a seasoned professional and at 18 years old l can see good things for the lad with a bright future. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 2

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