BRAD­FORD PUT DOWN MARKER

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Aaron Bower To comment on this match go to http://boards. footy­mad.net/

BRAD­FORD boss Phil Parkinson ad­mit­ted it was vi­tally im­por­tant that the Ban­tams won their open­ing home game of the sea­son – and they did it in some style against hap­less Carlisle.

Goals from Mark Yeates, Nahki Wells, James Han­son and Gary Jones en­sured it was a suc­cess­ful open­ing to the new cam­paign at Val­ley Pa­rade for Brad­ford.

And Parkinson in­sisted noth­ing less than a win would have been ac­cept­able as the Ban­tams bid to es­tab­lish them­selves on their re­turn to the di­vi­sion.

“The way we started was ter­rific, and it was so im­por­tant we started in that man­ner and we re­ally made a state­ment about how we’re go­ing to play at home,” said Parkinson.

“We set out to pin them down and get them on the back foot, and some of the football we played in the first-half was as good as we’ve seen here for a long time.

“I was very pleased with how the back four de­fended too; when you’re 3-0 up at half-time it can be very easy to switch off but we made sure the lads didn’t, they all wanted to keep a clean sheet and it showed.”

Yeates, a sum­mer ac­qui­si­tion from Wat­ford, got the ball rolling in the 20th minute; un­leash­ing a thun­der­ous 30-yard ef­fort af­ter cut­ting in from the left chan­nel.

That lead was quickly dou­bled too;Wells, who played such a vi­tal role in pro­mo­tion last sea­son for the Ban­tams, got his third in as many games this sea­son with a com­posed fin­ish from an al­most ridicu­lous an­gle.

His strike part­ner Han­son then got in on the act with an in­cred­i­bly com­posed fin­ish – guid­ing the ball past Mark Gille­spie with real class.

It was 3-0 at the break, and the game looked as good as dead for the vis­i­tors. Af­ter some near misses in the sec­ond-half for the Ban­tams, they even­tu­ally made it four.

The out­stand­ing Wells blocked a Kevin Feely clear­ance and had the where­abouts and com­po­sure to square it for cap­tain Jones, who fin­ished with ease.

It’s now two de­feats from their open­ing two league games for Carlisle, who have also con­ceded nine goals in those out­ings to boot.

That left boss Greg Ab­bott cut­ting a dis­con­so­late fig­ure and ad­mit­ting his side had been out­played.

“The game is all about com­pet­ing on a level play­ing field, and we just didn’t com­pete out there,” said Ab­bott.

“I think from top to bot­tom, with maybe the ex­cep­tion of our goal­keeper, they were tougher, more ex­pe­ri­enced, had more nous about the game in gen­eral, and in the end made us look a re­ally ragged side to be hon­est.

“It’s not about mak­ing ex­cuses, but we were too young and too frag­ile out there.

“You look at the likes of Gary Jones for Brad­ford, the real war­riors, that’s what we lacked out there. We’ve got too many lads learn­ing their trade, and you

get found out.”

PIC­TURES: Gor­don Clay­ton

ON TAR­GET: Mark Yeats fires home from just out­side the area SLIDE RULE: Gary Jones rolls home City’s fourth goal

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