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Parkinson praise for Reach

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson praised Adam Reach for his matchwinning heroics in the 1-0 win over Peterborough.

The winning goal after 27 minutes was a superb 25-yard free-kick from Reach, which went in off the inside of the upright.

Reach, on loan from Middlesbrough, was brought down by a combined challenge from Jack Payne and skipper Tommy Rowe and the Bradford player picked himself up to score.

"I thought Adam Reach was magnificent in that role (at the top of the diamond)," said Parkinson.

"The diamond caught them by surprise. It is the final home game of his loan spell. He has given us three goals and now he goes off with the man-of-the-match champagne in his sign-off home game.

"Because Colchester play Crewe on Monday, mathematically we are safe.

"I am so pleased. It has been a tough season. It was so important that we played in this manner. We were desperate to hold on to win and keep in this division."