Hess relieved after Bantams win

05 March 2011 08:30
Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler was relieved his side ended a run of four consecutive draws with a 2-0 victory over lowly Bradford. Adebayo Akinfenwa and Curtis Weston struck either side of half-time to extend the Gills' unbeaten run to nine games and give Hessenthaler's men a desperately-needed three points in their promotion push. Hessenthaler said: "We needed to get back to winning ways. As good as the unbeaten run is, we've drawn too many games and the lads knew that. "Bradford are a tough side and it was difficult. The back four don't get the credit they deserve, but Garry (Richards) and (Matt) Lawrence are playing brilliantly for us week-in, week-out. They've got a great understanding between them but we defended ever so well against a physical team. "We had no real momentum in the first half, and the goal was the only bit of quality in the first period. Curtis Weston did exactly the right thing crossing it and Adebayo (Akinfenwa) was there to tuck it home. "We got off to a fantastic start in the second half. Curtis is finding his form and I was delighted for him to score. It was a good strike by a lad with fantastic ability and, without being disrespectful to this league, he's too good for this level. But we wanted to get people off their seats, and he did that."

Source: PA