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Boss hails Wycombe win

13 February 2013

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson acknowledged the importance of City's impressive victory at Wycombe Wanderers this Tuesday evening.

City recorded a comprehensive 3-0 win at the home of an in-form Wycombe to get back to winning ways after a tough start to their league fixtures in the new calendar year.

Nathan Doyle notched up two of the goals - one in the very first minute of the match and another coming late on from the penalty spot, while fellow midfielder Will Atkinson netted City's second in between.

On a night when Andrew Davies made a welcome return to City's starting line up after four months out, the Bantams' complete away-day display was littered with fine individual performances, but it was the overall team effort that pleased Parkinson the most.

"This was such an important victory for us," declared Parkinson.

"We needed to get ourselves back on track in the league and we've done that here (Wycombe). I thought we were excellent.

"Wycombe were the form side in the division coming into this match, so we knew it would be a difficult encounter. We had to show commitment and quality in equal measure and we did just that.

Davies was originally in line to play some part in this Wednesday's reserve fixture with Chesterfield but Parkinson eventually decided to place his experienced centre half back in the first team fold at Adams Park.

Parkinson added: "It was a massive ask of him to play in this game from the start but I thought he reacted superbly."

"He played probably slightly longer than we would have hoped and that's why we took him off towards the end of the match.

"We'll have to keep our fingers crossed that there is no reaction with knee but he doesn't seem to have any problems so far."

"We are all so pleased for him - it is great to see him back because he's been out for a long time."

Away from Wycombe-related matters, Parkinson revealed post-match at Adams Park some positive news about Rory McArdle's chances of featuring in the Capital One Cup Final later this month.

Parkinson said: "We are still taking it day by day with Rory, but the injury seems a lot better than what was initially thought when we got the results of his scan back. The specialist seems a lot happier with it and the player himself doesn't seem in too much discomfort."

"James Meredith is also slowly getting there himself.

"While the results of his recent blood tests aren't completely perfect, he is definitely going in the right direction."

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