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Parkinson's thoughts are with Egan

21 November 2012

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson's pleasure at seeing his side recover from their weekend home defeat by beating Plymouth in a scrappy game at Valley Parade was tempered by a serious injury to central defender John Egan.

The 21-year-old Irishman, on loan from Sunderland, was stretchered off with a suspected broken leg in the 12th minute when he fell awkwardly after heading the ball 10 minutes before captain Gary Jones netted the only goal.

Parkinson said: "I was pleased with the win, but my thoughts are firmly with John Egan. It looks to be a bad injury. He is now in hospital and I am going to see him.

"It was great to win, but John's injury was the real sad point of the night. It is too early to say what he has done, but it didn't look good."

Parkinson called for a positive start after the 1-0 defeat to Exeter on Saturday and said: "I thought we started well, but the injury changed the mood in the ground and Plymouth played a direct style sensing they might take advantage of our losing a centre half, but I thought the back four handled it very well.

"They had a chance when Alex MacDonald was clean through and missed but they didn't create many chances.

"They had another good chance, but Matt Duke made a good save. You need your big players to produce at moments like that and our captain Gary Jones who scored our goal is another big player - he just wants to win so badly. His desire stands out every single game."

Plymouth manager Carl Fletcher said: "I am disappointed we didn't get anything out of the match - the lads worked their socks off.

"We knew they would come at us, but we stuck to our task. The ball bobbled around for their goal and their lad stuck it away. We played a lot better in the second half, we had the two best chances and could have scored an equaliser.

"In Hanson and Wells Bradford have arguably the best two front players in this division and they have got some good experienced players in other areas, but we worked hard."

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