Ban­tams boss Parkin­son hails bat­tling United side

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Y Brad­for right-fo Ches po Go brill divin ac­rob BRAD­FORD City man­ager Phil Parkin­son has told Che­sham United they have a lot to be proud of af­ter his side dumped them out of the FA Cup.

Parkin­son put out a strong side at Val­ley Pa­rade, which kept Che­sham at bay be­fore clin­i­cally see­ing out what the score­line sug­gests was a far more com­fort­able win with two late goals.

Che­sham were gi­antkillers at Bris­tol Rovers in the last round, just as Brad­ford were last sea­son when they put out Chelsea, so their man­ager was well aware of the po­ten­tial for a shock.

He said: “Che­sham are a good team at their level, so I was pleased with how we ap­proached the game. We knew they were a team with some good play­ers and were good on the ball.

“They came out with fresh im­pe­tus in the sec­ond half, they had noth­ing to lose and really gave it a go.

“We were in the po­si­tion of un­der­dog a few times last year, so we knew they could not be taken lightly, and that it takes a lot of hard work to get to get to those big ties. We knew if we didn’t do it, we only had our­selves to blame

“I went to see them on my birth­day last Tues­day, which gives you an idea of the glam­orous life of a foot­ball man­ager, and they were a bet­ter team than I ex­pected. I also watched a DVD of their game against Bris­tol Rovers, and they didn’t look like a team that were three di­vi­sions be­low.

“Two of our coaches have also been mon­i­tor­ing Che­sham for the past few weeks as we didn’t want to leave any­thing to chance.

“It was a big game for them, just as it was for us.

“They can take a lot from what they have achieved.”

Brad­ford City boss Phil Parkin­son

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