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PARKINSON PLEASED WITH HIS BATTLING BANTAMS

26 March 2016

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson was thrilled to see his side overcome difficult weather conditions and tricky opponents to grind out an important victory against Millwall at the Coral Windows Stadium.


City substitute Steven Davies pounced just four minutes after coming on to power home his fourth of the season with a header following a looping Nathan Clarke cross into the box. 


Davies' match-winner eleven minutes from the end settled a hard-fought encounter between two Play-Off hopefuls which had been tight and keenly-contested for the most part.


With the wind and rain swirling around the Coral Windows Stadium as well during the game, the weather certainly didn't make it the easiest for creating clear-cut scoring chances either.


A combination of Davies' powerful header and a battling display from those in claret and amber, however, ensured City moved back into the Play-Off places and to within one point of opponents Millwall in fifth place in the Sky Bet League 1 table.


Parkinson said: "It was very difficult conditions but I was so pleased with the way the lads played.


"It couldn't be pretty today (Saturday) due to the weather and our concentrate levels throughout the game were brilliant.


"We focused on what we had to do and we were very disciplined.


"In English football you have to win all times of games to be successful, and today was a great example of that.


"We restricted them to very little apart from when Ben Williams has produced that great save at the end to deny (Steve) Morison. That moment was as important as Davies' goal.


"Jamie Proctor and Billy Clarke played well but you just felt that fresh legs off the bench may just give us that lift as the game worn on.


"(James) Hanson and Davo (Steven Davies) in particular with his goal gave us that."


With Lee Evans and Josh Cullen away on international duty, recent loan signing Tom Thorpe made his debut for City in central midfield alongside the recalled Billy Knott.


Parkinson added: "It is always tough putting two players in there who hadn't played together before but I was pleased with Thorpey's contribution.


"He hasn't played first team football for a while but he seemed to grow into the game.


"For me, Billy typified the performance this afternoon.


"The weather conditions weren't really suited to his game but he was still effective in the game and did his jobs and more.


"He did the ugly side of the game - winning headers, hooking the ball on and tracking back - all the sort of duties you need to do as a midfielder."



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