Date: 23rd December 2015 at 8:29am
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Not bad qualities to have are they but, in many cases, qualities that can be lacking but not with Bradford according to Phil Parkinson!

Tony McMahon’s second half goal against Chesterfield finally won the points for the Bantams in the one-nil win at the Proact Stadium on Saturday to see the club go into Christmas ‘in good spirits’ and three-points closer to the play-off places.

Not only was patience rewarded, so too was persistence as Bradford didn’t stop going having already hit the frame of the goal through Billy Clarke and Kyel Reid, with several other chances kept out by Spireites ‘keeper Tommy Lee before the breakthrough finally came!

Parkinson’s told the Official Website he felt more goals could, if not should, have been scored but he was happy to eventually see the rewards come.

‘We could have scored three or four before Tony scored but there was a real maturity from the team and we kept doing the right things in the right areas. Eventually we got the moment we needed thanks to great play from Billy Clarke and a really calm finish from Tony.’

McMahon personally came in for some extra praise from Parkinson, after his third-goal of the season, which but for a little more luck he could have scored more this season.

The boss added.

‘Tony has the fitness and athleticism to always be on the end of those crosses towards the back post. He is always in the right position and he has had some chances because of that in recent games.

‘He has been unlucky with a few of those opportunities but he has been working hard on the training ground on his striking technique. All that time on the training pitch came to fruition for Tony today when he scored his goal.’

As for the spirit, not of the alcoholic kind (this probably flowed at the Christmas party the weekend before mind), Parkinson couldn’t fault this.

The Southend postponement meant Bradford had to wait two-weeks for a game as they looked to respond to the defeat at Walsall with him, in another interview on the Official Website praising the bond the squad have.

‘The lads had their Christmas do last weekend. When they came back into the club the following Tuesday, I have to say it was probably one of the best training sessions that I can remember. There was a real edge about the lads. You could almost sense by the way they trained that they had enjoyed their break and they were ready to go again.

‘That is credit to the group. They almost manage themselves really in the way they drive each other on in training and when they stay out after training to work on things. That is the environment we need about the place to keep improving as individuals and to help the team.’

Even if players, some of whom many would expect to be playing a part, aren’t involved this isn’t preventing the squad from remaining united.

Parkinson finished by saying he, and his staff, have to something make ‘difficult calls’ but those not selecting are ‘still staying right behind the team and wishing the lads all the best for the game.’

‘That is just as important as players putting their energy into a game out on the pitch. There is a real togetherness about the boys and we have to keep it there. The work ethic within the team is the most important thing for me, and I think everyone at the game on Saturday could see the hard work the lads were putting in.’

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