Bradford City boss Parkinson wants team players and Reid shows how it’s done (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson says he wants team players and Kyel Reid shows how it’s done
Parkinson had words with the winger after City’s weekend defeat at Crawley and reminded him of his responsibilities at both ends of the pitch.
So he was thrilled with Reid’s payback performance in the 2-2 draw with Preston – a display of pace and trickery that his manager described as “unplayable and almost ten out of ten”.
Parkinson said: “Reidy got in the team eight weeks ago against Stevenage and had a really good spell.
“But I just felt that in the last couple of matches he had gone away from what he was doing before in terms of his work for the team.
“That may sound critical but as I said to him on Saturday, if their right back is getting more crosses in the box than you then there’s a problem. I thought he was great (on Tuesday). His discipline and desire to do his job for the team was first class and he got more of the ball because of that.
“I’ve managed him for four or five years now and Kyel knows the modern-day manager is looking for the complete wide player who can do both sides of the game. That’s at any level.
“He knows what is expected and is physically capable of doing it.”
Reid had the 3,000 away fans singing his name throughout the game at Deepdale and looked a threat every time he got possession.
Preston resorted to double and even triple-teaming the winger at times and two players were booked for chopping him down.
Parkinson added: “There are times when he shoots when he maybe should pass but you can’t take that away from him.
“He had the shot in the first half that hit the post and another in the second when he cut in and put it just wide. The distance he covered on the pitch was outstanding. It was the performance of a real team player.”
James Hanson was happy to see City put the Tranmere and Crawley losses behind them against another play-off contender.
The striker, who netted his sixth goal of the season, said: “It was end-to-end stuff and I would imagine great to watch as a neutral. To play in it, though, was very tiring.
“I thought we just about edged it. We had the setbacks with the two set-pieces and that was disappointing.
“But after back-to-back defeats, our performance was very encouraging.”
Hanson is one of the seven league ever-presents this season – and one of the few survivors from Parkinson’s first game in charge of City in September 2011.
As the City boss clocked up 100 in the league at Deepdale, Hanson admitted the club have changed beyond recognition in that time.
He added: “It is great to see how Bradford have done over the past 18 months.
“Jonny (McLaughlin) and I have experienced the other side of it when we were going through really hard times and struggling.
“To go from that to where we are today is a great feeling. All that is down to the gaffer, as he has turned us round.
“There is a momentum to the club.
“He has brought in some great players. We have a settled team too. There is a great core to the side and that helps massively.”
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