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League Two

Parky pleased with bullish Bantams

22 August 2012

Manager Phil Parkinson praised the resilience of his new look team as Bradford gained their first points of the season against npower League Two new boys Fleetwood.

A headed goal by last season's leading scorer James Hanson gave Bradford the points in tight game at Valley Parade.

"All in all it was a great night for us," said Parkinson. "It was a really tough game. Fleetwood are a very good side. They have one of the best strikers in the league in Jon Parkin, but I thought we handled him well.

"James Hanson didn't get the credit he deserved in our 3-1 defeat at Gillingham on Saturday. He ran himself into the ground for us in the heat so it was good to see him score. He led the line great for us and it was a great delivery from Gary Jones. Everyone of his set pieces was right on the money.

"It was so important to get three points and get the season up and running, settle the new players down and get them used to the crowd.

"It has been a tough start with Gillingham away and Fleetwood at home. I have no doubt these two teams will be up there at the end of the season. Fleetwood have got more resources than anyone else in the league and they are using them well and Gillingham looked to be strong on Saturday."

Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon said: "There wasn't much difference between the sides We matched Bradford for long periods and we are disappointed with the result, but you have got to take your chances.

"We hit the woodwork, but there are hard luck stories all the time in football and you have got to make your own luck.

"You have got to take your chances at tough places like Bradford, but we will dust ourselves down and get on with the next game.

"There is a massive difference between the Conference and the League in the tempo of the game and how well organised teams are."

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