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Parkinson pleased with the desire shown

19 March 2013

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson was full of praise for the effort and commitment shown by his players as they secured a narrow and hard-fought victory over Wycombe Wanderers this Tuesday.

In a competitive encounter, Parkinson's men had to battle game-long with their opponents before finally securing all three points, although it has to be said that City did seem relatively in control throughout the contest despite the close nature of the scoreline.

Parkinson said: "We worked really hard tonight.

"We were competitive all over the pitch and we played the right ball at the right time.

"We had an edge about our play and obviously got a goal for our efforts.

"We have had so much dominance in recent home games and not scored that first goal, so sometimes that can knock confidence slightly. We got the first goal tonight though and we've made sure that we've won the game.

"I was really pleased with the way we played tonight.

"I thought Ricky Ravenhill's performance in the first half set the tone for the evening.

"I thought he was infectious in the way he tackled, competed and played intelligent football at the right time. I thought that sort of attitude and style of play spread through the team.

"It's a shame he got injured in the match. It's a shame for him and for us because I really thought he was excellent tonight."

City's winning goal in the game came as early as the seventh minute through a smart close range finish from Garry Thompson.

Parkinson was pleased to see that the goal came from City showing some sharp reactions inside the opponents area - something he felt was lacking slightly at Exeter City last Saturday.

The Bantams boss added: "The goal has come about due to a good piece of reactive play from a second ball at a free-kick really.

"It is something we spoke about with the lads on Sunday. Having that extra yard, that extra little bit of sharpness or reaction time in the opposition box. That little bit of desire and anticipation required to get to those loose balls first in the opponents area and put them away.

"I think that had been lacking from our game.

"I think if you analyse the Exeter game alone, if someone reacts that little bit quicker or that little bit sharper to one of the crosses that we put in the box, it gets us back in the game.

"Tonight, Tommo (Garry Thompson) has reacted and it's won us the game."

James Meredith played the full match against Wycombe on his return back into Parkinson's starting eleven after over two months away due to a bout of glandular fever.

Parkinson continued: "I thought James looked terrific tonight.

"He wants to win at everything he does, and that sort of attitude can spread through the team.

"Similar to what I've said about Ricky's performance, I thought James' presence in the side lifted the whole team.

"He carries the ball up the pitch quickly and he can get us up into the opponents' half. It also allows Reidy (Kyel Reid) to push further up the pitch himself and get more crosses in.

"No disrespect to Carl McHugh, who I think has been brilliant at left-back recently, but it is great to have James back.

"Hopefully he doesn't have any reaction to tonight and he's ready to go again for Saturday."

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