We’ve turned the tables on Gillingham, says Bantams keeper McLaughlin (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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We’ve turned the tables on bogey side Gillingham, says Bantams keeper Jon McLaughlin
Burying their Gillingham jinx was all the proof Jon McLaughlin needed to show that City have found their level.
McLaughlin, the longest-standing member of the squad, has experienced his fair share of heartache and frustration against the Kent side down the years.
But there was only one winner when the two promoted clubs squared up at the Priestfield – and for once it was the team in claret and amber.
The weekend scoreline may have gone against recent history but the goalkeeper was not surprised.
It underlined the belief within the City ranks that they are League One naturals – and have moved past the likes of Gillingham.
McLaughlin said: “The lads who’ve been here a while were all aware that they’ve been a bit of a bogey team. A couple of years ago we managed a 0-0 down there but that’s about all we’ve had.
“You have those teams when you don’t seem to be able to get the result no matter what. But it’s been great this season and I think it’s shown how much we’ve improved.
“Last year they were the winners of our league. They did it easily and stayed top pretty much all season. But we looked so much better than them on Saturday.”
When Phil Parkinson recruited heavily before the start of last season, it was suggested that he signed players with the next division in mind. City have certainly looked at home in the first few weeks in the third tier – and a class above the Gillingham team that had finished 14 points ahead in League Two.
McLaughlin added: “We feel more suited to League One. The better teams in this league are trying to play the type of football you see in the Championship.
“Saturday showed Gillingham may be a team that still have the qualities of League Two – real battlers and big strong guys.
“But we’ve also got that quality football that made life really difficult for them.
“Winning 1-0 sounds like we nicked it but they had maybe two chances in the game and we could have had four or five goals.”
McLaughlin’s fourth clean sheet – and first outside Valley Parade – was secured with a superb save from Adam Barrett. His quietly-impressive form is playing its part in City’s early rise into the play-off places.
He added: “That was one of the few opportunities they had and it’s nice to feel you’ve contributed with a save. It would have been a travesty if they got back on level terms when they didn’t deserve it.”
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