Three strikes and they're out! Parkinson delight at Bradford City hot-shots (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Three strikes and they're out! Phil Parkinson's delight at Bradford City hot-shots
Phil Parkinson lauded City’s “first class” finishing after they claimed a fourth successive home win to join League Two’s early pace-setters.
Parkinson said: “It was a tough game because Morecambe have got a really good away record. To be the first team to beat them on their travels is a really good feeling.
“We were nice and tight and competitive and you always felt we would cause problems when we got the ball. The quality of our goals was first class.”
Hanson ’s fifth of the season just before the interval gave City the breakthrough after dominating the first half.
The Bantams chief added: “It was a top class finish and his all-round performance was good. His work ethic, his heading and his defending at set-plays were all spot on.
“He’s fitter than he’s ever been and he’s a fantastic athlete. He wants to be successful but he’s got to keep doing it.
“He has to win headers he has no right to, which is what he did. If you’re a centre back, you wouldn’t like to have marked him.”
Jones cleared off the line from Richard Brodie before Reid fired his first goal on home soil. Jack Redshaw immediately reduced the deficit before Jones made sure with a free-kick into the top corner.
Parkinson said: “My only complaint with the boys was that we lost our cool slightly and made a couple of rash decisions at the back. We lost our focus for a spell but that’s being hyper critical.
“We came through the other side of that and played some terrific stuff. Nahki (Wells) and Will (Atkinson) came on and made great contributions.
“I’m so pleased for Reidy because that’s his first goal at Valley Parade. When he got that, he looked ten-foot tall.
“Gary also deserves a goal for his performances since he’s been at the club. Big players step up in important moments and what a captain’s contribution that was.
“I can’t remember us scoring a free-kick from the edge of the box since I’ve been here. It’s frustrating because when the stats come up at the end of the season, you’ve got to get goals from those positions.
“We’ve got players who are tricky who are going to get fouled in that area but we know Gary is someone who can score from there.”
Keeper Jon McLaughlin provided a late injury scare when he had to come off after hurting his side while making a save from Kevin Ellison.