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Peter Taylor says Gills got their reward for silencing Bradford home crowd

17 March 2014
by Craig Tucker

The packed main stand at Bradford's Valley Parade stadium Picture Barry Goodwin

The packed main stand at Bradford's Valley Parade stadium Picture: Barry Goodwin

Gills boss Peter Taylor was impressed by the way his players got to grips with the big crowd at Bradford.

They found it tough early on and could easily have folded as 13,000 home fans – encouraged by their team’s flying start – created a superb atmosphere.

But they dug in, responded to Taylor’s half-time message not to panic in possession and ended up silencing City supporters.

Taylor said: “I did say at half-time I felt a lot more of them could have had two touches. To me, they one-touched it away at times.

“They were better than us to start off with and maybe we got a touch nervous.

“I said I needed a few more players to have two touches and also to know they can have two touches by other players letting them know there’s nobody near them.

“We did get a little bit better at that in the second half.

“Their fans are terrific, they’re brilliant. Imagine a Bradford City team winning here – it’s going to make it a nightmare for opposing teams.

“But thankfully we never let them get a second goal and we then get ourselves back in it. That was good for us and we kept the crowd quiet.”

It was Gills’ travelling contingent of 226 fans singing by the end and Taylor was delighted to send them home with a point.

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