Parkin­son: Ban­tams are back on track

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Mark Wil­liams

BRAD­FORD boss Phil Parkin­son be­lieves the club has been dealt a “huge lift” af­ter his charges rekin­dled their fight for a play-off spot in dra­matic fash­ion.

A last-gasp in­jury-time strike from vet­eran sub­sti­tute Steven Davies snatched a scarcely de­served vic­tory for the Ban­tams in a game their plucky op­po­nents de­served more from.

Parkin­son said:“This was a very im­por­tant vic­tory.We were dogged and stuck to it.

“I said be­fore the game ev­ery sin­gle per­son as­so­ci­ated with the club had to stick to­gether and we saw how to­gether we are right at the end.

“Steve has been un­lucky with in­juries since he ar­rived here. But when he has played he has done well with­out be­ing re­warded.

“He needed a lift, we all needed a lift, and we have fi­nally got it.We had to win this game.

“It is vi­tal we try and kick on from this.”

An open­ing spell where de­fences were on top was epit­o­mised when Brad­ford’s James Mered­ith made a last-ditch block to deny the lively Alex Ki­womya, who looked cer­tain to score from ten yards af­ter 13 min­utes.

Not to be over­looked, cen­tre-back Rory McAr­dle achieved the same feat five min­utes later, deny­ing the same at­tacker in the process.

City fi­nally reg­is­tered their first mean­ing­ful shot af­ter 41 min­utes when Josh Mor­ris forced a smart save by Chris Maxwell from 20 yards.

Fleet­wood al­most broke the dead­lock on 49 min­utes, Jamille Matt nod­ding inches over from a fine Jimmy Ryan de­liv­ery. But the big striker didn’t have too long to wait to cel­e­brate. A floated ball into the box by Ryan found Matt who su­perbly glanced the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner.

The hosts re­sponded well and took lit­tle time to equalise. Good work by Mark Mar­shall on the right led to Tony McMa­hon curl­ing a beau­ti­ful cross into the box for James Han­son to nod home on 67 min­utes.

De­spite Fleet­wood look­ing the bet­ter side on the ball, a late flurry by the Ban­tams saw them snatch the spoils in the dy­ing sec­onds.Wes Thomas’s ef­fort was de­flected on to the cross­bar and Davies was well placed to fire home the re­bound.

Fleet­wood man­ager Steven Press­ley said: “We should never, ever have lost that game.

“We put so much into it and you can’t lose games like that at this level.

“As a team we have to do bet­ter men­tally and change our re­sults away from home.

“We are play­ing well, dom­i­nat­ing games, but we have to im­prove our men­tal­ity to see them out.

“We hardly gave them an op­por­tu­nity but two mo­ments cost us.”

STAR MAN ALEX KIWOM

YA Fleetwo

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