Date: 27th March 2016 at 4:38pm
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Manager Phil Parkinson has said he was delighted to see the Bradford City side take victory over fellow Play Off hopefuls Millwall yesterday.

Hosting the side at Valley Parade for the game, good chances fell to both sides and Bradford did have the ball in the back of the net before substitute Steven Davies struck with his fourth goal of the season four minutes after coming onto the pitch.

One nil was how the game ended and it was a vital three points for the side over the Easter Weekend. Bradford now sit in sixth place inside of the Play Offs once more, and only one off yesterday’s visitors in fifth place.

Speaking to the Official Website in his post game press conference, a delighted gaffer said that with the weather conditions especially it was a difficult and tough victory so he had to praise the character of the side for plugging away at it to get what we wanted.

‘It was very difficult conditions but I was so pleased with the way the lads played. It couldn’t be pretty today 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.’

Parkinson went on to say that in the English divisions you have to be able to win in a variety of ways, and for him the victory over Millwall showed that Bradford could battle and win ugly when needed.

‘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 both Lee Evans and Josh Cullen away on international duty, Parkinson gave a debut to new loan signing Tom Thorpe as he lined up against recalled Billy Knott.

‘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.’

On to Crewe – and his thoughts on them shortly.

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