Garry is the late hero for Ban­tams

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Richard Wil­cox To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

ON THE 29th an­niver­sary of the sta­dium fire that killed 56 fans, Brad­ford boss Phil Parkin­son was left re­lieved that his side man­aged to claim a 2-1 vic­tory over Craw­ley.

A minute’s si­lence marked the tragic fire be­fore Brad­ford got their fi­nal home match of the sea­son un­der­way, and it was sub­sti­tute Garry Thomp­son that headed home the de­ci­sive goal.

Parkin­son’s men have now fin­ished their home cam­paign with back-toback wins but the Brad­ford boss al­ready has his eyes set on build­ing for next sea­son.

A lethar­gic first half meant Parkin­son had to re­mind his play­ers that the sea­son was not yet over and Brad­ford took the lead min­utes af­ter the restart.

Nathan Doyle found Aaron McLean with a pass over the de­fence and the striker fired home with a neat fin­ish.

How­ever, a de­fen­sive mis­un­der­stand­ing be­tween Carl McHugh and goal­keeper Jon McLaugh­lin al­lowed sub­sti­tute Jamie Proc­tor to cap­i­talise and lobbed home the equaliser.

But Brad­ford’s weren’t de­terred and Thomp­son climbed to meet Gary Jones’ cor­ner and seal the vic­tory.

“This is a big day for Brad­ford and the foot­ball club and I think we did it jus­tice,” said Parkin­son.

“The most im­por­tant thing is to win the match and we did that which is re­ally pleas­ing.

“Ob­vi­ously it had a real end of sea­son feel to it which I think was in­evitable but we worked hard.

“With the minute’s si­lence it was an im­por­tant game and it is good that we have fin­ished with back-to-back wins.

“I thought Aaron McLean pro­duced a good fin­ish, he still has a lot of work to do but it was good to get him go­ing.

“It was frus­trat­ing to con­cede and I think we felt sorry for our­selves and I said to the lads that sea­son doesn’t fin­ish un­til the ref­eree blows the fi­nal whis­tle at Tran­mere.

“We have got a lot of work to do be­cause Brad­ford City is not a League One club and it cer­tainly isn’t a League Two club.”

While Parkin­son was pleased with to have stolen the win Craw­ley boss John Gre­gory was less than im­pressed.

“I felt we de­served at least a point.We looked very com­fort­able at 1-1 and we had nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties to get a sec­ond,” said Gre­gory.

“At that point I thought there was only one team who was go­ing to win the game but we messed up at a cor­ner and Brad­ford nicked the points.

“It’s been tough for us on the road.We have not per­formed any where near as well as we should have done through­out the sea­son away from home.”


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