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League One

Reid strike has managers purring

5 October 2013

Walsall manager Dean Smith reflected on a "wonder strike" from Kyel Reid which put Bradford on their way to a 2-0 win and inflicted his team's first defeat in five games in a hard-fought encounter at the Banks's Stadium.

A minute from the interval, with the game goalless, Reid suddenly unleashed a tremendous left-footed shot from 30 yards which screamed past home goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell.

And before Smith's half-time instructions could turn things around, James Hanson beat the offside trap to collect a long ball from Rory McArdle and hammer home a low shot to give the Bantams a two-goal cushion which proved enough.

Smith said: "You can't do anything about a strike like that. It was a wonder strike into the top corner, but we should have done better with their second goal.

"Goals always change games. It's disappointing because we felt we could get something out of the game and some of our play in the second half was outstanding.

"I'm not going to be disheartened losing to Bradford. We all saw what they did last season. If we keep performing like that we shall win more games than we lose.

"In the last half-hour I thought it was as good as we have played all season and if we had scored then we should have got another."

Delighted Bradford manager Phil Parkinson praised the way his side had performed without injured top scorer Nahki Wells.

"We have other players in the team, like Mark Yeates, who can give us a different dimension. Here they came up to the plate," Parkinson said.

"Walsall are a good side, they play with an extra man in midfield and came into the game in the second half, so we needed every player to concentrate on the job.

"Kyel's was an outstanding strike. You won't see a better goal at any level this week. It came out of the net so quickly I thought it had hit the advertising hoardings."

However, Parkinson brushed aside any talk of promotion at this stage.

"We know we have to keep focused because this is a strong division," he said.

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