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Phil Parkinson delighted at Bantams' victory Parade
Phil Parkinson insisted the result mattered more than the league table after City broke their Valley Parade duck for 2013.
Garry Thompson’s sixth goal of the season was enough to see off Wycombe and clinch a first home victory in League Two since Boxing Day.
The 11th-placed Bantams are now seven points adrift of Rotherham in the final play-off spot with eight games to go. Five of those are at home, with four against teams currently above them, including the Millers.
City’s next two games are back at Valley Parade so Parkinson felt it was crucial to set the scene with three points.
He said: “I haven’t looked at the league table in all honesty. It was just important we got the home win.
“We’ve got five home games left and it was important our supporters saw a spirited performance. We can build on that.
“The first one’s in the bag. We put a lot of work in and the lads have earned their day off.
“We played well and were competitive all over the pitch. The difference to other home games is that we got a goal when we had a period of pressure, which we’ve not been able to do.
“I felt confident we would have got a second but we showed more resilience to make sure we got the points. It was a thoroughly deserved victory.
“Ricky Ravenhill’s first-half performance set the tone. It becomes infectious when you’ve got someone playing like that with their heart on their sleeve.”
Ravenhill, one of six changes from the 4-1 loss at Exeter, ended his game prematurely with a gashed shin after a tackle with Josh Scowen. City hope it is nothing serious but he will have an x-ray today.
Parkinson added: “It was as good a midfield display as any of our players have put in for a long while. He did his job excellently.”
James Meredith also came through his first appearance since being struck down by glandular fever. The Australian, who last played on New Year’s Day, lasted the full 90 minutes and earned huge praise from his manager.
“I thought it was an amazing performance from someone who’s been out for so long.
“He’s a leader, infectious in the way he plays and he wants to win.
“It’s not being disrespectful to Carl McHugh, who’s probably been one of our best players of late, but at 19, it was probably the right time to give him a little breather, especially as he’s going on international duty at the weekend.”
Parkinson said: “I thought Thommo was excellent. He’s a hard-working, strong powerful front player with quality. But the quality is not enough, he needs to have that hard-running, challenging side to his game as well.
“When he does that he’s very difficult to play against because he’s got pace.”