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Parkinson hails Bantams duo

21 October 2012

Phil Parkinson praised Nahki Wells and James Meredith as the pair found the net to inspire Bradford's 3-1 victory over Cheltenham - ending the club's four-match winless run.

Wells, City's leading scorer with nine goals, netted twice - one from the penalty spot - before Meredith, a summer signing from York, put the seal on victory with a third goal seven minutes from time.

It all came after Robins skipper Marlon Pack had opened the scoring for a Cheltenham side unbeaten in their previous six going into the encounter.

Bantams boss Parkinson said: "Nahki Wells got his rewards for a hard-working and disciplined performance. He ran himself into the ground for the team and got his reward while James Meredith's goal was as good a team goal as you will see.

"James is a winner, that's what I like about him. He is tough with a lot of quality, he ticks a lot of boxes. But he has got to keep going with consistent performances."

Cheltenham arrived at Valley Parade third in League Two and unbeaten in their six away matches this season, and Parkinson said: "We knew they were a good side and they showed it. They came to slow down the tempo of the game and tried to frustrate and spoil us.

"They have a terrific record - three wins and three draws away from home before this - and it was a real test for us. It took a lot of character to win the game and I thought we deserved our victory. It was a disciplined, strong team performance."

Cheltenham manager Mark Yates refused to be too downbeat after defeat.

"For 48-and-a-half minutes I was the happiest man in the world. We had defended manfully and then one moment of madness took the game away from us slightly when we gave away the penalty, but we didn't fold in the second half," said Yates, who also felt his side ought to have had a second penalty of their own.

"We created chances and we stood up to a team who played to their strengths. Bradford have got good players, a big ground, a big budget. Despite the defeat there were some really good performances and lots of positives so let's move on and go again."

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