Parkinson: Bantams are back on track
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.”
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