Bradford City boss reflects on lacklustre defeat to Swindon

Andrew Davies heads clear from a Swindon corner as the City defence hold firm but they were breached in the second half for the first time in four away matches

Andrew Davies heads clear from a Swindon corner as the City defence hold firm but they were breached in the second half for the first time in four away matches

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

Phil Parkinson felt City “lacked a bit of spark” as their mini unbeaten run on the road was ended by play-off chasers Swindon.

Midfielder Dean Cox broke down their defensive resistance with the only goal midway through the second half. It was the first they had conceded away from Valley Parade in four games.

The Bantams had resisted well against the seventh-placed hosts but were unable to create enough to threaten a comeback.

Parkinson was disappointed by the standard of crossing when they tried to counter-attack.

He said: “We had the chance to put balls into the box but didn’t find that quality which we’ve had in recent weeks from wide areas.

“We didn’t keep possession as well in the second half. At first, we worked our way up the pitch with the ball and we stopped doing that to an extent.

“In the first half, Swindon had a lot of possession in their own half. They moved up 20 yards in the second. You’re always going to come under pressure when that happens against good players. But they haven’t created a great deal against us.

“I thought the team defended well. When we had those moments out wide one against one, we just lacked a bit of spark for whatever reason.”

Nathan Doyle’s groin problem again flared up and he was forced out of the game at half-time. His departure meant a first run-out for James Meredith since January 1.

But Parkinson, who thought Stephen Darby was fouled in the build-up to the Cox goal, admitted Doyle’s absence had a big effect as Swindon took control of the game.

The City boss said: “Losing Doyley was a blow. We were compact and solid and I felt really comfortable in the first half.

“I put Mez in there because he’s played midfield quite a few times for York. But it was always going to be a tough ask of him after being out so long.

“He did fine but we lost that control of the game that Doyley gives us with the way he sits in front of the back four and keeps possession.”

Despite the loss, Parkinson praised City’s recent efforts which have assured their position in League One for another season.

He said: “We’ve come away on our travels and had some really tough games towards the end of season. I think a lot of people looked at these recent games with a bit of trepidation but, in the main, the away form has been good.”

City left out James Hanson to ease him back after his recent back and groin problems. He had played the full game in Friday’s win over Peterborough.

But he is expected to return for the final home game against Crawley on Saturday.

Adam Reach had a quiet afternoon in his last City outing but Parkinson said: “He’s done a great job for us.

“We tried him on the right because we thought he might give us a bit of joy cutting in on the left foot. It didn’t happen but he has got that flexibility to play different positions.

“But he’s been good for us and scored goals – none more important than the one the other night.”

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9:58am Tue 22 Apr 14

tyker2 says...

club safe in this division, loan players know their deals are coming to an end and no new contracts offered to out of contract players may have created this lack lustre performance
club safe in this division, loan players know their deals are coming to an end and no new contracts offered to out of contract players may have created this lack lustre performance tyker2
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11:38am Tue 22 Apr 14

Bantambhoy says...

Putting Meredith on for Doyle is a strange one after his injury! didn't we have Dolan or even the 'invisible' Atkinson on the bench?
I also find it strange that Reach has gone with just two games to play, what if we needed the points against Crawley and Tranmere surely we should have had him to the end of the season? Away at Orient, home to Peterborough and away at Swindon at the 'business' end of the season were not points bankers which could have left us needing points from the last two games. Fortunately we are safe but wow what a gamble.
Putting Meredith on for Doyle is a strange one after his injury! didn't we have Dolan or even the 'invisible' Atkinson on the bench? I also find it strange that Reach has gone with just two games to play, what if we needed the points against Crawley and Tranmere surely we should have had him to the end of the season? Away at Orient, home to Peterborough and away at Swindon at the 'business' end of the season were not points bankers which could have left us needing points from the last two games. Fortunately we are safe but wow what a gamble. Bantambhoy
  • Score: -7

12:35pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Bantambhoy wrote:
Putting Meredith on for Doyle is a strange one after his injury! didn't we have Dolan or even the 'invisible' Atkinson on the bench? I also find it strange that Reach has gone with just two games to play, what if we needed the points against Crawley and Tranmere surely we should have had him to the end of the season? Away at Orient, home to Peterborough and away at Swindon at the 'business' end of the season were not points bankers which could have left us needing points from the last two games. Fortunately we are safe but wow what a gamble.
Unfortuantely we were not able to extend his loan deal any further. It was either a month or 3.. (3 month was 2 months too long) It was just an unfortunate falling of the fixtures that meant he would miss the last 2 games!
[quote][p][bold]Bantambhoy[/bold] wrote: Putting Meredith on for Doyle is a strange one after his injury! didn't we have Dolan or even the 'invisible' Atkinson on the bench? I also find it strange that Reach has gone with just two games to play, what if we needed the points against Crawley and Tranmere surely we should have had him to the end of the season? Away at Orient, home to Peterborough and away at Swindon at the 'business' end of the season were not points bankers which could have left us needing points from the last two games. Fortunately we are safe but wow what a gamble.[/p][/quote]Unfortuantely we were not able to extend his loan deal any further. It was either a month or 3.. (3 month was 2 months too long) It was just an unfortunate falling of the fixtures that meant he would miss the last 2 games! Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 2

12:46pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Stafford Heginbantam says...

2 shots, 1 on target - enough said.
2 shots, 1 on target - enough said. Stafford Heginbantam
  • Score: 4

1:02pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Bantambhoy says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
Bantambhoy wrote:
Putting Meredith on for Doyle is a strange one after his injury! didn't we have Dolan or even the 'invisible' Atkinson on the bench? I also find it strange that Reach has gone with just two games to play, what if we needed the points against Crawley and Tranmere surely we should have had him to the end of the season? Away at Orient, home to Peterborough and away at Swindon at the 'business' end of the season were not points bankers which could have left us needing points from the last two games. Fortunately we are safe but wow what a gamble.
Unfortuantely we were not able to extend his loan deal any further. It was either a month or 3.. (3 month was 2 months too long) It was just an unfortunate falling of the fixtures that meant he would miss the last 2 games!
He scored his first goal for us on the 1st March so he has been with us longer than a month! He's left us on the 21/22nd April so it must have been a 2 month loan. Still doesn't make sense to miss the last 2 games and go back to Middlesboro doing nothing?
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bantambhoy[/bold] wrote: Putting Meredith on for Doyle is a strange one after his injury! didn't we have Dolan or even the 'invisible' Atkinson on the bench? I also find it strange that Reach has gone with just two games to play, what if we needed the points against Crawley and Tranmere surely we should have had him to the end of the season? Away at Orient, home to Peterborough and away at Swindon at the 'business' end of the season were not points bankers which could have left us needing points from the last two games. Fortunately we are safe but wow what a gamble.[/p][/quote]Unfortuantely we were not able to extend his loan deal any further. It was either a month or 3.. (3 month was 2 months too long) It was just an unfortunate falling of the fixtures that meant he would miss the last 2 games![/p][/quote]He scored his first goal for us on the 1st March so he has been with us longer than a month! He's left us on the 21/22nd April so it must have been a 2 month loan. Still doesn't make sense to miss the last 2 games and go back to Middlesboro doing nothing? Bantambhoy
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2:01pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Bantambhoy wrote:
Plastic Bantam wrote:
Bantambhoy wrote: Putting Meredith on for Doyle is a strange one after his injury! didn't we have Dolan or even the 'invisible' Atkinson on the bench? I also find it strange that Reach has gone with just two games to play, what if we needed the points against Crawley and Tranmere surely we should have had him to the end of the season? Away at Orient, home to Peterborough and away at Swindon at the 'business' end of the season were not points bankers which could have left us needing points from the last two games. Fortunately we are safe but wow what a gamble.
Unfortuantely we were not able to extend his loan deal any further. It was either a month or 3.. (3 month was 2 months too long) It was just an unfortunate falling of the fixtures that meant he would miss the last 2 games!
He scored his first goal for us on the 1st March so he has been with us longer than a month! He's left us on the 21/22nd April so it must have been a 2 month loan. Still doesn't make sense to miss the last 2 games and go back to Middlesboro doing nothing?
He came on an initial months loan.. It has then been extended month by month.
[quote][p][bold]Bantambhoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bantambhoy[/bold] wrote: Putting Meredith on for Doyle is a strange one after his injury! didn't we have Dolan or even the 'invisible' Atkinson on the bench? I also find it strange that Reach has gone with just two games to play, what if we needed the points against Crawley and Tranmere surely we should have had him to the end of the season? Away at Orient, home to Peterborough and away at Swindon at the 'business' end of the season were not points bankers which could have left us needing points from the last two games. Fortunately we are safe but wow what a gamble.[/p][/quote]Unfortuantely we were not able to extend his loan deal any further. It was either a month or 3.. (3 month was 2 months too long) It was just an unfortunate falling of the fixtures that meant he would miss the last 2 games![/p][/quote]He scored his first goal for us on the 1st March so he has been with us longer than a month! He's left us on the 21/22nd April so it must have been a 2 month loan. Still doesn't make sense to miss the last 2 games and go back to Middlesboro doing nothing?[/p][/quote]He came on an initial months loan.. It has then been extended month by month. Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 3

2:42pm Tue 22 Apr 14

lawsonio123 says...

City need a good look at the Italian after his time out before offering him a new contract or otherwise Reach can be bought but he is not really the answer to what we need promising though he is It is entirely possible he will go out on loan again next season but not to City. City must buy or leave alone now A lot will depend on the Reid situation and if he can be the same player he was before his injury. often in these cases the answer is no which would be a shame for he has served City well. Whatever City will now have a serious clear out and new faces will come for our entertainment let us hope Parky can bring a Promotion Team to valley parade next season
City need a good look at the Italian after his time out before offering him a new contract or otherwise Reach can be bought but he is not really the answer to what we need promising though he is It is entirely possible he will go out on loan again next season but not to City. City must buy or leave alone now A lot will depend on the Reid situation and if he can be the same player he was before his injury. often in these cases the answer is no which would be a shame for he has served City well. Whatever City will now have a serious clear out and new faces will come for our entertainment let us hope Parky can bring a Promotion Team to valley parade next season lawsonio123
  • Score: 0

2:48pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Plastic Bantam says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
City need a good look at the Italian after his time out before offering him a new contract or otherwise Reach can be bought but he is not really the answer to what we need promising though he is It is entirely possible he will go out on loan again next season but not to City. City must buy or leave alone now A lot will depend on the Reid situation and if he can be the same player he was before his injury. often in these cases the answer is no which would be a shame for he has served City well. Whatever City will now have a serious clear out and new faces will come for our entertainment let us hope Parky can bring a Promotion Team to valley parade next season
From all accounts Reid is as good as gone. His choice and his reasons are understandable. Obviously there is nothing certain in football... I would like to see Yeates at the tip of a midfield diamond.. If that's the way we are to play going forward (I hope so as it allowed for a more free attacking football witha bit more passing involved) Obviously it only worked for 45 mins so may be a non starter. We will have to see.. Should be an interestin summer for us.. Hopefully we can get our number 1 targets unlike last summer where it was rumoured we missed out on a number of them
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: City need a good look at the Italian after his time out before offering him a new contract or otherwise Reach can be bought but he is not really the answer to what we need promising though he is It is entirely possible he will go out on loan again next season but not to City. City must buy or leave alone now A lot will depend on the Reid situation and if he can be the same player he was before his injury. often in these cases the answer is no which would be a shame for he has served City well. Whatever City will now have a serious clear out and new faces will come for our entertainment let us hope Parky can bring a Promotion Team to valley parade next season[/p][/quote]From all accounts Reid is as good as gone. His choice and his reasons are understandable. Obviously there is nothing certain in football... I would like to see Yeates at the tip of a midfield diamond.. If that's the way we are to play going forward (I hope so as it allowed for a more free attacking football witha bit more passing involved) Obviously it only worked for 45 mins so may be a non starter. We will have to see.. Should be an interestin summer for us.. Hopefully we can get our number 1 targets unlike last summer where it was rumoured we missed out on a number of them Plastic Bantam
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3:36pm Tue 22 Apr 14

whisky1 says...

There is no way Boro are selling Reach at the mo or that we could afford the sort of fee he could command in any event. The best we could hope for would be another loan. Reidy will most likely wish to get a contract nearer home with a young family if he can prove his fitness.
There is no way Boro are selling Reach at the mo or that we could afford the sort of fee he could command in any event. The best we could hope for would be another loan. Reidy will most likely wish to get a contract nearer home with a young family if he can prove his fitness. whisky1
  • Score: -1

8:51pm Tue 22 Apr 14

diffident says...

Stafford Heginbantam wrote:
2 shots, 1 on target - enough said.
Win lose or draw it's the same and the lemmings lap it up. Talk about easily pleased. It's hardly surprising though, our two most skilful players, Reach and Bennett are loanees and of our centre midfield partnership, one doesn't cross the half way line and the other one gets in the oppo's 18 yard box about once a season. Poor old Aaron McLean's lucky if he touches the ball five times a game. Roll on May 4th when the referees final whistle will put me out of my misery.

Not that it will get any better next season. Our manager seems to be embracing the idea of 4-5-1 and appears to be happy with 4 attempts on goal and 0-0 draws/1-0 defeats. Roll on death!
[quote][p][bold]Stafford Heginbantam[/bold] wrote: 2 shots, 1 on target - enough said.[/p][/quote]Win lose or draw it's the same and the lemmings lap it up. Talk about easily pleased. It's hardly surprising though, our two most skilful players, Reach and Bennett are loanees and of our centre midfield partnership, one doesn't cross the half way line and the other one gets in the oppo's 18 yard box about once a season. Poor old Aaron McLean's lucky if he touches the ball five times a game. Roll on May 4th when the referees final whistle will put me out of my misery. Not that it will get any better next season. Our manager seems to be embracing the idea of 4-5-1 and appears to be happy with 4 attempts on goal and 0-0 draws/1-0 defeats. Roll on death! diffident
  • Score: -3

9:02pm Tue 22 Apr 14

corinthian44 says...

The season is almost finished, and my youngest grandson, despite pleading at the pitchside before every game, has still not managed to get Jones' autograph. Who the hell do people like Jones think they are? Someone ought to remind this conceited idiot that he's not Pele, or even Beckham, he's a just a journeyman footballer, who's barely good enough to be paid for playing!
The season is almost finished, and my youngest grandson, despite pleading at the pitchside before every game, has still not managed to get Jones' autograph. Who the hell do people like Jones think they are? Someone ought to remind this conceited idiot that he's not Pele, or even Beckham, he's a just a journeyman footballer, who's barely good enough to be paid for playing! corinthian44
  • Score: -5

10:53pm Tue 22 Apr 14

pokertee says...

corinthian44 wrote:
The season is almost finished, and my youngest grandson, despite pleading at the pitchside before every game, has still not managed to get Jones' autograph. Who the hell do people like Jones think they are? Someone ought to remind this conceited idiot that he's not Pele, or even Beckham, he's a just a journeyman footballer, who's barely good enough to be paid for playing!
Maybe he was busy? or didnt hear you shouting? chuck a coke can at him next time and that will get his attention
[quote][p][bold]corinthian44[/bold] wrote: The season is almost finished, and my youngest grandson, despite pleading at the pitchside before every game, has still not managed to get Jones' autograph. Who the hell do people like Jones think they are? Someone ought to remind this conceited idiot that he's not Pele, or even Beckham, he's a just a journeyman footballer, who's barely good enough to be paid for playing![/p][/quote]Maybe he was busy? or didnt hear you shouting? chuck a coke can at him next time and that will get his attention pokertee
  • Score: -1

11:12pm Tue 22 Apr 14

High_worthy says...

Yesterday was a terrible, terrible performance, well & truly, and Mr Parkinson can dress it up which ever way he likes, but that's the truth of it. Unable to string two passes together and 10 City players seemingly unable, or instructed not, to cross the half way line led to half the pitch being little used for great periods of the match.

Shame was that despite Swindon chasing a play-off place, they didn't convince and any kind of City performance might have gained a result.
Yesterday was a terrible, terrible performance, well & truly, and Mr Parkinson can dress it up which ever way he likes, but that's the truth of it. Unable to string two passes together and 10 City players seemingly unable, or instructed not, to cross the half way line led to half the pitch being little used for great periods of the match. Shame was that despite Swindon chasing a play-off place, they didn't convince and any kind of City performance might have gained a result. High_worthy
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