Parky dreams of Wembley return

Phil Parkinson is plotting a second Wembley visit after seeing Bradford make sure of their place in the League Two play-offs.

Last Updated: 20/04/13 at 20:58

Phil Parkinson: Eyeing a playoff berth

Phil Parkinson: Eyeing a playoff berth

James Hanson's goal shortly before half-time was enough to for Parkinson's in-form side to triumph 1-0.

Bradford reached the League Cup final only to crash 5-0 against Swansea of the Premier League and their hopes of a play-off place looked slight indeed after losing 4-1 at rivals Exeter five weeks ago, but they have earned 17 points in the eight matches since then to make sure of finishing in the top seven.

"It has been a fantastic turnaround since Exeter," said Parkinson. "We were five games unbeaten (after the Wembley defeat) going into the Exeter match, but after we lost that game we had the players in on the Sunday to watch the video and told them what we had got to do to get where we wanted to be.

"We have turned it round through sheer hard work, desire and professionalism and it is not just the 11 players on the field who have got us into this position - it has been a squad achievement.

"The lads have been terrific, it is what this club deserves and now we have got the chance to go Wembley (for the play-off final) twice in one season and when the play-offs start I think the support we will get will be unbelievable for a club at this level.

"The support we had was brilliant and the lads have enjoyed playing in front of our supporters.

"I am pleased our play-off place has been decided. I didn't expect it. You always have it in the back of your mind that it is going to the last game of the season. Now it gives me a chance to rest players who are carrying injuries like James Meredith and Garry Thompson.

"We are going to be involved with some big games and we are going to give them our best possible effort. Mentally and physically we are prepared for them."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: Darron Gibson makes Everton comeback after nine months out with cruciate injury

Darron Gibson made his comeback after nine months out with a serious knee injury in Everton's friendly against Tranmere.

Premier League: Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool will move on without Luis Suarez

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists there is no bad blood between the club and the outgoing Luis Suarez.

Transfer news: Liverpool appear to be close to completing a deal for Loic Remy

Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Loic Remy with the French forward reportedly having his medical in Boston.

Mail Box

Why The Obsession Over The Captaincy?

Asks the morning mailbox, before hastily returning to the debate over who should replace Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Ed Woodward's spending plans and more...

Anyone But Rooney. Or Baines. Or Hart.

There isn't a great deal of excitement in the Mailbox regarding England's potential new captain, but we have good stuff on Gerrard's development and a one club man team...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property