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We're not safe yet, says Bantams boss Phil Parkinson, who calls for more of the same fighting spirit against Stevenage
Phil Parkinson stressed there can be no easing off after City’s “great week” of two home wins.
His side followed up the drought-ending victory over Port Vale with another in Saturday’s tough slog against MK Dons.
City have moved within two points of the ninth-placed Dons – and, more importantly, nine clear of the League One drop zone.
But with basement dwellers Stevenage next up at Valley Parade, Parkinson has made it clear they are not out of the woods yet.
He said: “We need to recharge the batteries this week and we’ll give the lads plenty of chance to do that.
“We know Stevenage will be a game against a team scrapping for their lives. But so are we.
“We’ve got to have that mentality right to the end of the season. We want to play like that.”
James Hanson cashed in on an awful blunder from Dons keeper David Martin to poach the only goal in the second half – his tenth of the season.
It was also the first time City have claimed back-to-back clean sheets since April.
Parkinson added: “You’ve got to win all types of games. It was tough because MK Dons are a very good side, have that extra man in midfield and there were tired legs from the enormous effort we put in last Tuesday.
“I thought we were very disciplined and had the ability to grind out a result, which is so important.
“It’s been a great week for us. Tuesday was one almighty performance from the lads and we were very professional to see this game through.”
Hanson scored after Martin fluffed his attempt to clear a back pass but Parkinson felt it was a fitting reward for the targetman’s efforts.
“We’ve scored a lot of goals like that when the front two pressurise the back players to put the ball at risk going back to the keeper,” said the City chief.
“The keeper makes a mistake but I thought Hanson ran himself into the ground for the team. His all-round game was great.
“It just shows with James, his athleticism and the way he looks after himself away from here enabled him to play like he did. I thought that was a colossal performance from our number nine.”
Strike partner Aaron Mclean is still looking to open his account and was taken off after taking a whack as Parkinson threw on an extra midfielder.
But Parkinson saw signs of a growing understanding between his front two and is confident Mclean’s moment will come.
“Keep working hard and something will fall for him. I was pleased with him.
“Aaron had a tight hamstring after Tuesday and never for one minute said he didn’t want to play. That partnership is looking better.”
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