Date: 4th April 2016 at 1:17pm
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The Bradford position as far to securing a play-off place was improved with the one-nil win over Scunthorpe to take us up to fifth above Millwall and, more importantly, opened up a gap on Barnsley.

Phil Parkinson admitted, when talking to the Official Website, that against a side that would always be difficult to face we we’re ‘below our levels.’

‘We know Scunthorpe are a good side – they were on a long unbeaten run before today (Saturday) and they came here on the back of a 6-0 victory – so we knew it would be difficult. I felt in the first half we were a little bit below our levels but there were reasons for that.’

There was a reason for this though for the Bradford boss as Tony McMahon was playing with ‘an injection in his right toe’ whereas Kyel Reid was only able to train ‘once this week due to a chest infection’ with Josh Cullen also having a recent thigh problem not to mention Lee Evo only returned to the country on Wednesday after international duty.

He admitted this selection was one he spent ‘a long time’ over making a decision meaning ‘a lot of good players’ didn’t eve manage to make ‘thee bench today’ with Billy Knott and Tom Thorpe left out, which was tough.

All in all though he was happy enough, adding.

‘What pleased me a lot was that we were still very much in the match at half time despite not quite being at our best. (Stephen) Darbs has produced two tremendous goal-line blocks to stop them scoring and we’ve shown some real determination not to concede.

‘If you haven’t played at your best and you come in at half time a couple of goals down, you can find yourself with a bit of a task but we kept ourselves in the game at the break. The way we then lifted ourselves for that second period was all about character.’

Regarding match winner Steven Davies, which is becoming a habit now, with him coming off the bench to win it with his first touch.

Adding.

‘I am very pleased for Steven. He has missed a bit of training because his daughter has been in hospital this week. We understand she is making good progress but it has still meant he has missed a lot of the week. It hasn’t been ideal for him then but what a player for us to be able to bring on when you are trying to win a match.

‘He is playing with confidence at the moment – that’s a fifth goal off the bench for him now – and the crowd are really warming to him.’

This win might have consolidated our play-off place, also putting Millwall between us and Barnsley let alone the increased points gap too.

Parkinson isn’t getting carried away, nor is anyone else, with our feet remaining firmly on the ground, finishing by saying.

‘If we start thinking we are better than we are or we get carried away with ourselves and we come down 5 or 10%, that can be enough to not get those victories. We know we have a good team and a good squad but we are only capable of winning games when we play flat out. The lads have given the club absolutely everything this afternoon and that is very pleasing. ‘

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