Burton Albion vs. Bradford City  1 - 3


Parkinson targets semi-final comeback

3 May 2013 12:51

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson believes his side can overturn a 3-2 deficit in their League Two play-off semi-final second leg.

Burton Albion stormed into a 3-1 half-time lead at Valley Parade, however Garry Thompson's second-half drive gave Bradford hope for the return.

"With the way we played in the first half, I am pleased we are just a goal down," said Parkinson.

"The onus was on us and we didn't deal with it, but the tables are turned on Sunday, we're still in this tie. A tremendous goal by Garry Thompson has kept this tie alive. We got the goal back and it's all to play for."

Burton boss Gary Rowett said: "We played with discipline, but we have probably created more chances than we ever have done away from home all season.

"But we're not getting carried away. We have got something to protect and fight for and we will take that into the second leg."

In the other semi-final, Northampton eked out a 1-0 home victory over Cheltenham Town.

"We've given ourselves a good chance against a good team in the second leg," said Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd.

"We've got to make sure we keep very, very solid because we'll get an onslaught and we'll have to be able to deal with it. It means Cheltenham will have to approach the game differently and so do we."

Cheltenham manager Mark Yates noted: "We've got a great home record, one of the best in the league. I'm probably a happier man than Aidy right now.

"We got a bit of a battering and we didn't play anywhere near our best. Credit to them, they were miles better than us and we've got a chance. Game on on Sunday."

Championship table

# Team MP D P
20 28 -20 26
21 28 -6 25
22 28 -17 25
23 28 -23 24
24 28 -31 24

League One table

# Team MP D P
3 27 +16 55
4 28 +13 50
5 28 +5 48
6 28 +4 46
7 28 +10 44