Bradford boss Phil Parkinson praised his side for "keeping their season alive" following an emphatic 3-1 comeback win at relegation haunted Torquay.

On-loan Notts County midfielder Joss Labadie fired Torquay into a third-minute lead with his fourth goal since joining the Gulls but Rory McArdle levelled four minutes later, heading home skipper Gary Jones' free kick. Garry Thompson put the visitors 2-1 up before Thompson crossed for striker James Hanson to head a third.

Parkinson said: "We talked about getting off to a good start and yet found ourselves a goal down after three minutes but we did great after that."

Ninth placed Bradford are now five points off seventh-placed Exeter with a game in hand.

He added: "We could have had more goals and at times we played some good football, despite a very difficult pitch and conditions.

"Torquay have been there or thereabouts for the last two seasons and have won their last two home games so we knew it could be difficult but I thought the players were tremendous.

"We knew it would not always be pretty but like I said the players played the conditions, which we didn't do at Exeter, and we got the result."

Torquay boss Alan Knill fumed: "That is probably as poor as we have been since I have been here.

"We looked flat from start to finish. All the things you work hard to build up go out the window if you perform like that. In our position you cannot afford to take your foot of the pedal and if you don't compete then this is what happens."

He added: "At half time we said to them the next goal is crucial. If we get it then it's game on but they got it and at the end of the day you have got to say we were beaten by a much better team."