SU­PER­SUB COLE FIRES BAN­TAMS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Adam Lacey

BRAD­FORD CITY boss Phil Parkin­son be­lieves he now has po­tent weapons to call upon off the bench af­ter new sign­ing De­vante Cole came on to score an in­jury-time win­ner and the Ban­tams se­cured a first vic­tory of the sea­son.

Cole, son of Manch­ester United and Eng­land striker Andy, only signed from Manch­ester City this week but he made an im­me­di­ate im­pact with a 94th-minute goal.

Parkin­son said: “He of­fers some­thing dif­fer­ent; he’s got real pace and he’s pre­pared to get into the six-yard box, which is where goals come from.

“We’re re­ally pleased with him com­ing off the bench and scor­ing, and on his de­but.

“He’s a ter­rific sign­ing for us and a real pro­ject for us to work with.

“We’ve wanted more threat off the bench as we didn’t turn enough games round last year. I looked round to­day and thought ‘woah, we’ve got op­tions now’.”

Port Vale will feel hard done by as they had the bet­ter chances in the first half through Enoch An­doh’s trick­ery and Uche Ik­peazu’s au­da­cious over­head kick.

How­ever, their mid­week ex­er­tions in tak­ing West Brom all the way in the Cap­i­tal One Cup seemed to catch up with them in the sec­ond pe­riod as the home side pressed for a win­ner.

It came when the ball fell to Cole in the dy­ing sec­onds and the 20-year-old fired in off keeper Jak Al­nwick’s leg.

Parkin­son was pleased with his side’s re­sponse as they claimed their first three points of the sea­son.

He said: “We de­served the win. We played with so much more con­vic­tion with the ball and passed it much bet­ter – we looked like a dif­fer­ent side.

“The game opened up in the sec­ond pe­riod. It’s al­ways tight against Port Vale be­cause they are a good side and con­fi­dent af­ter a great per­for­mance in mid­week.”

His op­po­site num­ber Robert Page was un­der­stand­ably frus­trated that his team’s un­beaten run came to an end af­ter what he called a pre­ventable goal.

Page said: “To lose any game of football is tough to take, but to lose it in the 94th minute is a bit­ter pill to swal­low.

“I think when you’re on top dur­ing a game it’s im­por­tant to score and we cre­ated enough chances to maybe be two goals to the good at half-time.

“We knew we had to cope with the pres­ence of James Han­son up top and in the main we did it very well, it was just a lapse of con­cen­tra­tion that cost us.

“We gave them half a chance and Cole put it in the net.

“We’ve been beaten by a goal that we re­ally should have dealt with.”

Af­ter nam­ing the same start­ing XI for two matches run­ning, hav­ing taken West Brom to penal­ties on Tues­day, Page ad­mit­ted tired­ness was an is­sue for his play­ers.

He added: “I’m dis­ap­pointed but 120 min­utes against a top team is bound to be a fac­tor, and we were caught open in the sec­ond half, but there are no ex­cuses.”

PIC­TURES: John Rush­worth/GCSP

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