Parkinson: Our quality came through in the end

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Bradford boss Phil Parkinson was pleased at his team’s response after they came from behind to beat Halifax 2-1 in the FA Cup first round clash at the Shay.

Jon Stead and Felipe Morais both scored after the restart following Lois Maynard’s third-minute opener for Town.

Parkinson admitted the record Shay crowd produced an intimidating atmosphere but was happy with how the Bantams handled the occasion.

He said: “I came here a couple of Tuesday’s ago and spoke to people behind the scenes and heard how it was the biggest game since they came out of the league.

“They were baying for blood today, it was a huge game for Halifax, but equally it was for us.

“When they got that goal it was a big test for us and I thought we came through it terrifically well.

“This was always a difficult challenge, that’s why the TV cameras were here.

“Everyone thought with Halifax at home, such a big game for them,this would be a massive test for Bradford.

“But in the end, the quality came through.”

Parkinson said it was vital City stayed calm during the half-time break and didn’t panic despite trailing.

He added: “At half-time we stayed calm with the lads and said it’s exactly how we expected it to be.

“We had got to stand up, be physical but if it became a war for 45 minutes we wouldn’t be going through, so we had to have that calmness in possession.

“When we did we created chances and fortunately we took two of them.”