Bantams boss Parkinson hails battling United side
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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