Date: 30th April 2015 at 9:48am
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The 30th anniversary of the Valley Parade fire was marked up and down the country last weekend with Bradford’s own tribute being a one-nil win over Barnsley, which Phil Parkinson has acknowledged was an important win for several reasons.

Obviously the main reason, as he told the Official Website, being to mark this anniversary, which wasn’t something that was lost on any of the players either, but it also made amends for the heavy loss against League 1 Champions Bristol City previously.

‘I’m pleased that we have managed to pick up the win. The lads knew the importance of today to the football club.

‘It was important to us as a club for many reasons.

‘With the 30th anniversary of the Valley Parade fire disaster coming up, our last home match of the season, plus losing so heavily the last time we were at home (vs Bristol City) – there was a lot at stake for us.’

Parkinson knew that we had a tough game on our hands against Barnsley but was happen with how we performed and ‘dealt with the pressure of the day well’ putting in a ‘professional performance’ to end our home season with a win, and a pleasing cleansheet.

When the play-off bid ended his aims were to then finish as high as we can, which we’ll be looking to ‘finish the job’ in doing against Crewe at the weekend.

‘Once it became clear we couldn’t get into the Play-Offs, the aim was to finish higher in the league and with more points than we did last season, and we want to finish that job off at Crewe Alexandra next weekend.’

Parkinson ended by given rightful praise to the fans, and thanking them for the support shown this season with the lap of appreciation seeing great support shown to the team.

‘It was magnificent support from the fans again today. I don’t think the loyalty and passion of our supporters can be beaten anywhere in the country. It hasn’t gone all our own way at home this season but the fans have stuck with us – that is the sign of good supporters.

‘I would like to thank every single one of them for their home support this season.

‘Every visiting manager speaks about our home support when they come here and it is important for the club’s progression that we keep this place as full as possible.

‘The lads thrive on the atmosphere created around here, and so they should. It is not every club that has a stadium so behind you like we have.’

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