Phil Parkinson is considering appealing against the dismissal of defender Andrew Davies after celebrating his first win as Bradford manager with a 1-0 victory over Torquay.

Davies, who joined Bradford on loan from Stoke a fortnight ago, was shown the red card by Hull referee Carl Boyeson following a 24th-minute challenge on Gulls midfielder Danny Stevens. Former Hull striker Craig Fagan scored in the 38th minute to secure a 1-0 victory - his first goal in his third league match for the Bantams.

Parkinson said: "I would have been disappointed if it had been a yellow card, but now he will miss three games because he has been shown a red card. We need to have a look at it. I will speak to the chairmen and make a decision about an appeal."

He added: "I had thought it was a bad decision, I am convinced the referee has got it wrong. You've got to be able to distinguish between a tackle with raised studs which injures a player and one which has won the ball.

"Referees are too quick to send players off. No-one goes out of his way to injure another player, although occasionally you might get a mistimed tackle.

"Fifteen or 20 years ago, there used to be retribution out there, but players are more honest with each other nowadays."

Parkinson was full of praise for the character shown by the Bradford players who overcame the handicap of being a man short to record only their second win of the season and his first in his seventh match in charge.

He added: "It was an honest, hardworking display of football. We went down to 10 men and sometimes you get a win against the odds, and that's what happened.

"Torquay are a good footballing team, and when you give a good team an extra man you can get punished, but the boys stuck to the roles we asked them to do and they were first class.

"We asked them to stay focused until the last minute, because if one man switches off and there is a weak link in the chain, you get punished. We tried to instil in them what it takes to win a game, and their determination was there in evidence."

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