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PARKINSON HAILS CITY'S RESILIENCY

17 October 2015

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson has praised his players for digging deep to secure their away victory at Doncaster Rovers this Saturday.

Devante Cole's fifth goal of the season with less than a minute on the clock, coupled with a dogged defensive display, helped Parkinson's men make it two league wins on the trot after their success at Rochdale a fortnight ago.

City's victory at the Keepmoat Stadium came with new Rovers boss Darren Ferguson watching on from the main stand following his unveiling on Friday.

Parkinson said: "There was always going to be a positive feeling around the ground from a Doncaster point of view with their new manager in the stands.

"Even though he wasn't on the bench today, I'm sure the players will have been aware of his presence.

"As a result, we knew we had to start well and we did just that by getting the early goal. We could have had a couple more just after when we found ourselves in some great positions but it didn't quite come off.

"All in all though, it was a tremendously spirited display from us and I am absolutely delighted.

"Doncaster play that diamond in midfield and they have a lot of good technical players so you know they are going to have possession by having those extra bodies in the middle of the pitch.

"We had to be patient and disciplined when they had the ball and I felt they never really hurt us in that second period."

With back-to-back away victories under the belt now, Parkinson wants City to turn their attentions to improving their fortunes at the Coral Windows Stadium ahead of a home double-header with Bury and Wigan Athletic next week.

Parkinson added: "We are planning a big meeting on Monday to make sure we rectify our recent home form.

"We have to bring the resiliency shown from this game and the Rochdale game into our home matches coming up.

"If you look at our recent home matches, I think we have let certain events in the games affect us too much.

"Conceding against Peterborough and Barnsley - I never felt we showed enough in those games to really get back into them after that. (Paul) Anderson getting injured in the Peterborough game, I felt that also affected us.

"I am sensing a growing determination around the group, especially away from home, and we need to show that at home now as well.

"We have to keep doing the main things right. We know this Tuesday night (vs Bury) needs to be a full-on proper Bradford City performance.

"Our away supporters have seen a good side in recent games and we have to make sure our home fans seen that as well come Tuesday."


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