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Boss hails City's efforts

24 October 2012

City boss Phil Parkinson hailed the professionalism of his side this Tuesday evening after watching the Bantams produce a disciplined and controlled away performance to deservedly pick up all three points at Northampton Town.

(Pictures kindly provided by Pete Norton)


A single Nahki Wells goal early into the second half at Sixfields Stadium, coupled with superb group effort from the Bermudian and the rest of his team-mates, helped Parkinson's men to their second away victory of the season.


Coming only three days after the home victory over Cheltenham Town, the win was also City's second on the trot to keep them within a single point of the automatic promotion spots.


A delighted Parkinson said:"I thought it was a very professional performance by the lads."


"I spoke to the lads before the game about how we'd played at Oxford United (City's previous away win) - we were solid and professional - and we needed to reproduce that here.


"We certainly did that, which was important given that before tonight (Tuesday) five out of our next six games were going to be away from home.


"We know we need to show some good consistency on our travels, and there were some signs tonight that showed to me that we will certainly be capable of that.


"I knew coming into this game that Northampton were a good home side.


"With (Clive) Platt and (Adebayo) Akinfenwa up front and (Ben) Tozer's long throws, you know you have to deal with those threats first and foremost.



"I thought the lads were absolutely fantastic at the back tonight dealing with that sort of attack.


"Not just dealing with the first ball, but being alive to the second balls as well.


"We were competitive all over the pitch and when there were times when we got the chance to play, we showed some good bits of quality."


As well as praising City's defensive efforts, Parkinson was also keen to acknowledge his side's attacking personnel, including match-winner Wells.


Parkinson added: I thought the front two were, again, a real handful tonight."


"Hans (James Hanson) seemed to win everything in the air and Nahki ran his socks off trying to close down and harry their defenders.


"The most pleasing thing for me from Nahki was that he seemed to up his work-rate even more once he'd scored.


"There looked a real desire from him to make sure we hung onto the lead and that his goal was the winning one."


On a night when no City player let the side down though, the Bantams boss was fully aware that every member of his side played their part in gaining the Northampton victory.



Parkinson said: "We'd loved to have killed the game off, we had the chances to do so, but when it's one-nil still, the concentration levels have to be at their highest to see the game out.


"Everyone played their part in making sure that was the case. There wasn't a moment out there when someone switched off or didn't get into their correct position.


"Every player did their job tonight. 


"You need that sort of effort in every game obviously, but in it most important when you are on your travels."



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