BRADFORD PUT DOWN MARKER
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.”
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