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Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson hails Crewe Alexandra's Ben Garratt

8 February 2014

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson hailed Crewe Alexandra's teenage goalkeeper Ben Garratt after he denied the Bantams their first win of 2014 in a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Crewe's much acclaimed shotstopper put in an accomplished display, despite conceding three times, and Parkinson admitted he was the difference .

Parkinson said: "We could have had five goals but you have to give their young keeper credit. He was absolutely outstanding.

"He looks like a boy but he played like a man. Some of his saves were unbelievable."

Bradford began the season well but an alarming slide has left them without a home win since the end of September and they found themselves 2-0 down as Watford loanee Uche Ikpeazu grabbed an early double.

That was the cue for Bradford to storm back with two goals in as many minutes with James Hanson and Gary Jones giving Garratt no hope with high velocity drives.

Mathias Pogba put Crewe back infront only for captain Jones to hammer home his second before a rguably Garratt's best save with just two minutes left. Hanson met a cross perfectly with his head only for the youngster to keep the ball out at point-blank range.

Parkinson said: "I saw some of our players' heads drop [when they went 3-2 down] but our captain was inspirational. He deserves all the accolades for the way he kept going and driving us on at 36 years of age. He trains hard, has desire in abundance and scored two outstanding goals.

"He typifies what we want at the football club with his never-say-die attitude and high intensity.

"Crewe did well in the first half. They came with a game plan and their back four dropped deeper in the second half and tried to hit us on the break. Some of our decision-making at the back wasn't as good as it should have been, but I always felt we would get back into the game, even at two down.

"Some of the attacking play was superb. I was very disappointed with the way we defended for Crewe's first goal but both teams did well in those conditions."

Crewe manager Steve Davis missed the post-match press conference and his side remain four points behind their hosts but put in another encouraging display as they look towards League 1 safety.

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