Saturday 29 March 2014 21:07, UK
Phil Parkinson said his second-half dismissal did little to spoil Bradford's 1-0 win at promotion-chasing Leyton Orient.Parkinson and Orient's assistant boss Kevin Nugent had to be restrained by the players after an interval altercation and both were red-carded by referee David Phillips. A first-half strike by former O's player Aaron McLean, who was with the east London side as a schoolboy, proved the decisive moment of the game. Mclean found himself unmarked at the back post and swept home a Garry Thompson corner after 27 minutes to give the Bantams all three points. Explaining his dismissal, Parkinson said: "They were frustrated because they felt they had deserved a penalty before half-time, but the referee had blown his whistle. "Kevin Nugent had a go at me for appealing every decision and I told him to shut up in no uncertain terms. "As we were walking down the tunnel, he lunged out at me when I had my back to him. "The lads from both teams jumped in and separated it, but the referee sent me off because he said the fourth official said I had put my hands in Kev's chest." Parkinson added: "Although we were under pressure at times, we had the best chances of the game on the break. "With the quality of players that Orient have got up front, you expect to be under pressure at times, but I thought that we looked really good for much of the time. "We showed the determination that I was looking for after our last two performances had disappointed me and I was very proud of the team."