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League Two

Parkinson praises City's focus

9 December 2012

Bradford Boss Phil Parkinson feels he can now enjoy the prospect of Arsenal visiting Valley Parade in Tuesday night's Capital One Cup quarter-final after seeing his club move up to fourth place in npower League Two with a hard-earned 1-0 win over 10-man Torquay.

Striker Alan Connell came off the bench to score a superb 85th-minute winner against his old club to give City a deserved win.

Parkinson said: "We have had the lads focussed really well and they have been outstanding. There has been such a lot of talk about the Arsenal game, but we have focussed well. Now we can enjoy the game.

"It will be a great night for the club and everyone connected with it. It will give exposure to the club and much needed revenue, but we can enjoy it even more now we have got three points against Torquay."

The Arsenal game was not the only distraction for Bradford ahead of the Torquay match. The club are appealing against their expulsion from the FA Cup for fielding on-loan 19-year-old defender Curtis Good in the 1-1 draw against Brentford in the second round at Valley Parade a fortnight ago.

Parkinson said: "I want our supporters to know it was a very minor administrative error. When I brought Curtis Good and Blair Turgott - from West Ham - on loan it was with the FA Cup in mind. That was the main reason.

"The first question I asked of (Newcastle manager) Alan Pardew was could Curtis Good play in the FA Cup. He said 'yes' but there was a line missing from the agreement. With everything that is going on at the club the administrative staff did not pick that up. If we win the appeal, bring it on. But if we don't, we take it on the chin."

Torquay, who had skipper Brian Saah sent off for elbowing Bradford left-back James Meredith in the 35th minute, denied Bradford with some desperate defending before Connell broke the deadlock with a superb right-foot volley from the edge of the penalty area just five minutes after coming on as substitute.

Gulls boss Martin Ling said that referee Darren Bond had confirmed that Saah had been sent off for use of an elbow. He said: "Brian is not that kind of a player and I am going to look at the video to see if we can appeal against his dismissal."

Ling admitted that Torquay rarely threatened in attack, but added: "We were unfortunate when Naill Thompson hit the post in the first half. The cross that led to Bradford's winner was the result of a poor cross and there were chances to clear the danger. We defended all the quality crosses that went in superbly."

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