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Steve Parkin: Preparation was key for Bradford City

12 March 2014

Bradford City assistant manager Steve Parkin revealed some extra preparation helped his side secure a deserved 2-0 win at Colchester United.

City travelled a day early to the game and it paid dividends, after they recorded their first away win since November.

Parkin said: "The players had been relaxed and full credit to the board and the two chairmen to allow us to come down the night before.

"We realise it's expensive to bring 20-odd players down to a hotel the night before the game, when you can travel to the match on the day.

"But we felt after the disappointment of last Saturday and the effort that we put in, it was important.

"We think it paid dividends because the players looked fresh and sharp and very motivated.

"The clean sheet was very important and you don't win football matches by conceding goals.

"We played some good attacking stuff and we were very committed and very organised.

"The work ethic of the wide players getting back was also good and the defence looked resolute, strong and very physical against a Colchester side who through everything into the box in the last 20 minutes."

In contrast, Colchester manager Joe Dunne was left to bemoan travel chaos which disrupted his side's preparations for the game.

Several U's players were held up in traffic getting to the match, following an accident on the A12.

Dunne said: "The whole day started badly, with half of the team stuck in the traffic.

"From the first moment when (Aaron) Mclean got in on goal, it set the tone.

"We were chasing the whole night - chasing players to get here and chasing the game.

"It was probably in the run we're in one game too far for us but we'll regroup and go again.

"We were off it in terms of energy and zap and I've only got a small squad.

"I can't level any criticism at my team.

"When our energy levels became flat it was a case of us staying in the game and trying to get something from it.

"But you can't make the mistakes we made and expect anything.

"We were a yard short at times and didn't pick up second balls.

"We got into a bit of a groove at times but missed good shooting opportunities."

Bradford went ahead in the 15th minute when James Hanson powerfully headed in Matthew Dolan's corner.

Aaron McLean should have doubled City's lead just before half-time when he blasted wide.

But Bradford doubled their advantage ten minutes into the second half when Kyle Bennett fired into the far corner from a tight angle.

Walker also denied Adam Reach, as Bradford claimed a long overdue away win.

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