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James Meredith hails Bradford City’s returning killer instinct
James Meredith reckons City have rediscovered their ruthless touch just in time for the next hectic month.
The left back sealed Saturday’s 3-1 comeback win over Cheltenham with an emphatic first goal for the club.
It was City’s first victory in five games and Meredith could sense a cutting edge returning to their play as they prepare for another block of action-packed weeks.
He said: “We’ve played well as a team lately but haven’t been putting the points on the board. Two from a possible 12 is not good enough so it was nice to get a win again.
“There’s been a frustrating feel over the last few games. We’ve had chance after chance and there’d be a block or a deflection to stop the ball going in.
“It wouldn’t be quite there and then they’d have one chance and put it away. All that hard work and effort would be a waste.
“The fans have seen our effort but you really need to be ruthless to get the goals. Now we’re back to winning ways and playing our best football and hopefully we can take that into the next few games coming up.”
City fell behind in a first half of two penalties but Nahki Wells levelled from the spot right on the break.
Wells then put them ahead with his ninth goal of the term before Meredith made sure with a half-volley after an impressive passing move.
“I’m trying to get my goal ratio down to one in every 80 games!” joked the City full back.
“I could see the opportunity in the build-up play and a gap opened where I wasn’t tracked by my man. I took advantage of that and just spanked it in.
“Now I know how the team plays, I’ll do my role defensively but can get forward more and more often.
“A lesser team would have crumbled when they scored but we’ve got a good attitude. We know there’s a strong winning feeling among the team and the fans have clocked on to that.
“We’ve got good individuals here and a good management team. We’ve got to find that formula for all that to work and put the points on the table.”
Phil Parkinson thought the third goal summed up City’s determined approach to prise open a side who had been unbeaten on their travels.
“It was as good a team goal as you’re going to see anywhere in the country,” he said.
“We kept the ball, were patient and then James drove forward in the box. He got the reward of the headlines because his efforts deserved it.
“It was a strong, disciplined performance with a couple of bits of real quality.”
Parkinson handed Watford winger Craig Forsyth an immediate start and was happy with his debut.
He said: “Craig did well, got us a penalty and took some great set-piece deliveries. He gave us that balance on the left side of midfield that we need.”