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Bradford City thrash out ‘travel sickness’ antidote
Garry Thompson reckons City are showing they are a force to be reckoned with this season – and not just at Valley Parade.
The Bantams grabbed their first away win in League One at the fourth attempt on Saturday to send Gillingham tumbling to bottom spot.
Thompson claimed the only goal with a touch on Gary Jones’ corner before insisting the result put paid to any suggestions of travel sickness.
While City’s home form has been irresistible, there were a few questions about reproducing that away from Valley Parade.
It was the topic of a meeting in the team hotel on Friday night to thrash out where they were coming up short on the road.
Thompson believes the response at the Priestfield Stadium showed they can play just as well away.
He said: “We want to go into any game, home or away, with the same mentality. We know we’ve got enough in the squad to hurt anybody and we’ve proved that.
“Gillingham beat us twice last year on the way to winning the league. But now look at us and we’re high up there in the table and they are at the wrong end.
“We’ve obviously taken the momentum from last season into this one and we cannot wait for the next game. We’ve got an infectious group and confidence breeds confidence.
“We sat down to talk about our away form and what kept popping up was that we didn’t start games well but would always finish strong.
“We addressed a few things and it was a case of getting back to basics more than anything.
“It’s about working hard against the man you’re playing against, putting the balls in the right area for our front two and squeezing up as a back four to condense the space for the opposition.
“We did that and could have won 4-0 or 5-0 quite comfortably.”
Phil Parkinson was glad the penny had dropped after sluggish first halves in previous away games.
He said: “If we’re going to play with a high-octane type of performance, which we are all about as a team, it’s got to be 100 per cent – 75 per cent won’t be good enough.
“The lads gave us the answer themselves. You can’t afford to carry anybody who’s not prepared to run and do all that hard work. They carried out exactly what they said they needed to do – and did it to the letter.”
Jones was initially awarded the early winner but Thompson was adamant that he got the decisive deflection from the captain’s corner.
He said: “Gaz and I have been arguing but I definitely got the last touch. It flicked off the side of my boot.
“We always try and work on someone getting across the near stick at corners. Roz (Rory McArdle) is normally the man but we switched it this time and, lucky enough for me, I got a nick on it.
“But the most valuable thing is the three points. Gillingham is a notoriously hard place to come and they didn’t make it easy for us.”
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