Phil Parkinson praised the professionalism of his Bradford City side after watching them ease their way to a 2-0 victory at Leyton Orient.The Bantams, who have enjoyed FA Cup success this season to book their place in the last eight of the competition, are also in the thick of the race for promotion in Sky Bet League 1.
Their victory in London, inspired by two goals in 11 first-half minutes from James Hanson, leaves them just one point and one place outside the Play-Off positions.
Although the struggling O's produced an improved display after the break, they could not break down a resilient City outfit who might have added to their two-goal cushion when Billy Clarke and substitute Francois Zoko were denied by outstanding close-range saves by keeper Alex Cisak.
"That was a thoroughly professional away performance from us tonight," said Parkinson. "It was a tough place to come and against a team with renewed spirit after their win at Chesterfield on Saturday.
"I watched them there and they played really well and I told my lads before the game to be ready to face a team who were flying high at the top last season and have not lost too many players. They have got quality although they've had a disrupted season with managers changing.
"But we were magnificent tonight, we did the right things in the right areas of the pitch. We always looked likely to score and we put our bodies on the line to protect our goal when we had to."