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Boss pleased by team display

6 April 2013

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson claims he was not only delighted by City's vital victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Northampton Town, but by the way his team achieved the win as well.

On a beautiful spring afternoon and being cheered on by a passionate home support, City secured an all-important three-point haul thanks to Nahki Wells' first half strike from close range.

The win moves Parkinson's side up to eighth in the League 2 table - only two points off the Play-Off places with a game in hand on seventh-placed Exeter City.

Although the scoreline was tight, City looked the more threatening in open play for long periods in their encounter with the third-placed Cobblers.

Despite deserving their win though, the Bantams were forced to defend manfully at times thanks to Northampton's prominent aerial threat, in particular from the testing long throw-ins of Ben Tozer.

With City surviving Northampton's physical threat to secure a clean sheet to go with their victory, Parkinson was clearly, and understandably, a pleased man when reflecting on the game post-match.

Parkinson said: "It was a great game to be involved in because the atmosphere was electric. 

"The supporters certainly responded to the way the lads played.

"We knew what Northampton were going to offer today. They are very good at what they do - they are quite relentless in the way they play.

"But we spoke to the lads about it yesterday and today about how we had to deal with it.

"I thought we dealt very well with their style of play - their throws and the physical side of their game, certainly in the second half. 

"We were brave with it because we left two men up top against their throws so it meant they had to worry about being hit on the counter-attack.

"It was a strong performance today against a good side. We had to be strong in all departments, and I felt we were.

"The only disappointment is that we didn't get a second goal to try and finish things off.

"We have players coming back into form now, however, and that is a really good sign - everyone is full of confidence, even the lads on the bench."

Although there was clearly a buzz around the ground thanks to the win and other results going City's way, Parkinson insists the Bantams must keep level-headed and quickly focus on their next match - Bristol Rovers at home next Tuesday.

Parkinson added: "The lads were terrific today but, as I was walking down the touchline after the game, my mind had already quickly turned to Tuesday night (vs Bristol Rovers).

"We'll enjoy this victory tonight but, equally, we won't get too carried away because we'll be focusing on our next game as they are still coming thick and fast.

"We'll be going through the reports we have on them (Bristol Rovers) and speaking to our scout who was at their game today. We'll try and make sure we are as well prepared as we were for today."

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