Preston North End boss Simon Grayson was delighted with his side's performance after they saw off Bradford City 3-0.The Bantams were reduced to 10 men in the opening stages of the game when Chris Routis saw red, and Preston coasted to three points with goals from Paul Gallagher, Daniel Johnson and Chris Humphrey.
Grayson's men now have an eight-point cushion over third-placed Milton Keynes Dons, and trail leaders Bristol City by only five points.
The manager told the club's official website: “It’s a difficult place to come [Valley Parade] and they [Bradford City] play a certain way, you have to stand up and be counted, make sure you play in the right areas on a real difficult surface, and some key decisions in the game went in our favour – they were most certainly right as well.
“To come away with three points, three goals and a clean sheet, you can’t be asking for much more than that."
All of the Lilywhites' goals came in the second half and the scorer of the second, Johnson, said he and his team-mates knew they had to bide their time to get the breakthrough.
He said: “We went in at half-time and said ‘be patient, they are a man down and we just need to get the ball down and pass it’.
“Before the game I said to Cal [Callum Robinson] ‘if I get the chance I’m going to try and stick it in the top corner today’, and luckily for me I managed to do that."