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PARKIN PRAISES CITY'S PROFESSIONALISM

4 November 2015

Bantams assistant Steve Parkin heaped praise on City's players after they secured their fourth win in six league games with victory over Blackpool at the Coral Windows Stadium.

James Hanson's fifth goal of the season direct from a Tony McMahon corner right on the stroke of half time was enough for Parkinson's men to pocket all three points and to move them up to ninth in the table.

Parkin said: "There is always a little bit of pressure on any game in hand because people tend to look at where you can jump up to in the table if you win.

"Sometimes getting that win isn't easy though, and Blackpool made it difficult for us.

"We showed a lot of tenancy and commitment to get the win - the whole team as a unit worked really hard.

"We also showed real professionalism and experience at the end to see the game through

"We're delighted that our set-piece work is continuing to pay off.

"First and foremost, the delivery has to be good. That is certainly the case at the moment with Tony McMahon. 

"(James) Hanson's goal is a fantastic header, and we are so pleased for him because he played very, very well.

"It is no fluke that we are six unbeaten now in the league. We've worked our socks off on the training ground and off the pitch with our scouting and video analysis.

"There is no substitute for hard work, and we know we will have to continue to work hard to keep getting results.

"We had a tremendous run in the FA Cup and we know how much everybody enjoyed it last season. We want to try and have a successful time in the competition this year as well, so we will be taking Sunday's game (vs Aldershot Town) very seriously."

Reece Burke, who has been nominated for League 1 Player of the Month for October, unfortunately limped off midway into the second period after playing in the Blackpool game with a hip flexor muscle strain he picked up in the warm up.

Parkin added: "He tweaked a hip flexor muscle in the warm up before the game.

"(Head Physio) Matt (Barrass) got into him and gave him a good massage just ahead of the match but it was still painful for Reece at half time.

"To be fair to him, he did great to go out and start the second half. We are delighted with his contribution and the fact that he put himself up for playing in the second half but unfortunately he couldn't quite see the game through.

"Nathan Clarke came on and did smashing though. All of the subs really - Gary Liddle and Billy Clarke as well - were also terrific when they came on."

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