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League Two

Parky praises duo

19 September 2012

Manager Phil Parkinson picked out skipper Gary Jones and leading scorer James Hanson for special praise as Bradford maintained their 100% home record and moved up to fifth place in the League Two table with a 3-1 win over Morecambe.

Hanson put City in front a minute before half-time when Kyel Reid's left-wing cross eluded the Morecambe defence and the striker turned smartly just inside the area to beat goalkeeper Barry Roche with a low shot for his fifth goal of the season.

"It was a top-class finish from James Hanson," purred Parkinson. "His all-round performance was good. His work ethic and his defending set plays was spot on. He is superbly fit and a fantastic athlete. If you were a centre back you wouldn't have liked to have been marking him. He just needs to keep going."

Jones, a summer signing from Rochdale, produced another man-of-the-match performance as well as scoring Bradford's third goal four minutes from the end with a superb 20-yard free-kick.

Parkinson added: "Gary deserved his first goal for the club. What a captain's contribution that was. I am so pleased for him. His free-kick was a terrific finish and the timing was great because we were rocking slightly at that point."

Reid made it 2-0 in the 81st minute when he controlled a cross-field pass from Nathan Doyle before beating Roche with a superb right-foot shot into the far corner. Morecambe pulled a goal back a minute later with a low, left-foot shot from Andy Parrish before Jones put the result beyond doubt.

Parkinson, whose side recorded their fourth victory in a row at Valley Parade and ended Morecambe's unbeaten away record, added: "Morecambe are a very good side and my only complaint is that we lost our cool by making a couple of rash decisions at the back early in the second half.

"But that is being highly critical of my team because after that we played some terrific stuff. I was pleased for Kyel Reid with that finish. It was his first goal of the season. I thought he deserved his goal."

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley said: "I am gutted we lost - massively disappointed. We had not conceded a goal away from home in the league before this match. Bradford obviously did their homework on us and closed us down well and they have a big centre forward in James Hanson for their set plays."

"Bradford is a massive club and shouldn't be playing at this level. We started well and caused them problems throughout. We created enough chances but we have got to put the ball in the back of the net. We should not be conceding goals like that."

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