Bantams buoyed for derby with Rovers

Bradford City chief Phil ParkinsonBradford City chief Phil Parkinson
Bradford City chief Phil Parkinson
PHIL PARKINSON has hailed the defensive resolution of his Bradford City side after their excellent 2-0 victory over League One front-runners Burton Albion at Valley Parade.

First-half goals from Kyel Reid and fit-again Reece Burke provided City with the perfect boost ahead of Saturday’s Yorkshire derby with lowly Doncaster Rovers as they moved level on points with sixth-placed Barnsley.

The victory was all the more noteworthy with City being without key players James Hanson (illness) - shortlisted for the League One player of the month accolade for February - and Rory McArdle (dislocated shoulder) as they recorded back-to-back clean sheets after the weekend shut-out at Bury.

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Manager Parkinson said: “Burton are a very good team, but we stood strong.

“Importantly, it was a good defensive display right from the front two, who ran themselves into the ground and we didn’t give them a second ball.

“It was important not to get too low and pick ourselves up (after losing to Colchester) last week and I believe we have done that. It was an excellent performance and a good response to a week ago.”

Admitting that Bradford look very much top-six candidates, Burton chief Nigel Clough added: “I wouldn’t be surprised at all. You saw what they are capable of - and what was with missing a couple of players.”