Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson set to shuffle his pack

Alan Sheehan, centre, will miss tomorrow's match at Walsall due to a family bereavement

Alan Sheehan, centre, will miss tomorrow's match at Walsall due to a family bereavement

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

PHIL Parkinson has vowed to keep City’s opponents guessing by switching his resources through the hectic first month.

Alan Sheehan misses tomorrow’s trip to Walsall after returning to Ireland following a family bereavement.

But new dad Gary Liddle is back after the birth of his baby daughter. City’s latest loan signing Mason Bennett will also be involved in the squad.

With three successive midweek games to follow, Parkinson insists he will make changes to cope with the busy early workload.

He said: “We’ve got to be pleased with the first two games but we’ve got a run coming up now where we want every member of the squad to be right up to speed.

“Like we’ve always done, we’re going to utilise the squad we’ve got. Filipe Morais and Ben Williams came in the other night at Morecambe and everybody’s going to get opportunities to play.

“It’s unrealistic in this run of games to expect the same XI to play. It’s not going to happen.”

With Sheehan absent, James Meredith will keep the left-back slot and City are hopeful that Christopher Routis will be cleared in time to allow the Swiss defender to boost the bench.

Derby striker Bennett trained for the first time yesterday but Parkinson is still aware of maintaining strength in depth within the ranks.

The City chief added: “We’ve got four players on non-contract so it’s difficult.

“We’re going to look to loan out Niall Heaton once Alan Sheehan’s back with us because I don’t feel he’s ready for first-team football as yet.

“Lewis Clarkson is obviously injured but when he’s back he’ll probably go out on loan and Olly McBurnie we’re still treating with kid gloves. If you take all them out the equation, the squad looks very different.

“Obviously the bench was a decent one the other night and won us the game. Hopefully that will happen time and time again – we’ve got to make sure we have the strength on there to be able to change the course of any football match.”

Parkinson has challenged his team to head into the much-anticipated televised Capital One Cup clash against Leeds with some momentum behind them.

It was confirmed yesterday the match will be shown live on Sky Sports on Wednesday, August 27 (7.45pm).

The City boss said: “It’s great to have that excitement so early in the season and when the Leeds game comes we’ll be ready for it.

“It’s something to look forward to but we’ve got to put that on the backburner. It would be great to go into that game in a strong league position.”

Comments (10)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

7:43am Fri 15 Aug 14

Freddy says...

*
My condolences to Alan and his Family--a very sad time.
*
Thank you " Mr. Blue-SKY " for agreeing to televise the L**DS Match. With their associated , much needed TV REVENUE, boosting the Gate Receipts.
*
I hope our Bradford Army can afford to travel to Walsall. Although there are several Away Matches, this Season, that are in the Great North!.
*
* My condolences to Alan and his Family--a very sad time. * Thank you " Mr. Blue-SKY " for agreeing to televise the L**DS Match. With their associated , much needed TV REVENUE, boosting the Gate Receipts. * I hope our Bradford Army can afford to travel to Walsall. Although there are several Away Matches, this Season, that are in the Great North!. * Freddy
  • Score: 4

7:48am Fri 15 Aug 14

Freddy says...

*
Congratulations to Gary and his Wife on the birth of his Daughter.
*
Can you celebrate the birth, by scoring a GOAL !!!!??????.
*
* Congratulations to Gary and his Wife on the birth of his Daughter. * Can you celebrate the birth, by scoring a GOAL !!!!??????. * Freddy
  • Score: 10

7:54am Fri 15 Aug 14

Freddy says...

*
Congratulations to Gary and his Lady, on the Birth of their Daughter.
*
Now--Celebrate with a GOAL ! on Saturday !!!!
*
* Congratulations to Gary and his Lady, on the Birth of their Daughter. * Now--Celebrate with a GOAL ! on Saturday !!!! * Freddy
  • Score: 4

8:26am Fri 15 Aug 14

Baby Bantam says...

Hope Clarkson McBurnie and Heaton all go to league 2 sides so we can see what they're like playing in the Football League not non league kick about
Hope Clarkson McBurnie and Heaton all go to league 2 sides so we can see what they're like playing in the Football League not non league kick about Baby Bantam
  • Score: 7

10:08am Fri 15 Aug 14

Peter300 says...

Baby Bantam wrote:
Hope Clarkson McBurnie and Heaton all go to league 2 sides so we can see what they're like playing in the Football League not non league kick about
Please do not be disrespectful to non-league. Jason Pickford was at Alfreton for example. Would you apply the same to Luton and Cambridge?
[quote][p][bold]Baby Bantam[/bold] wrote: Hope Clarkson McBurnie and Heaton all go to league 2 sides so we can see what they're like playing in the Football League not non league kick about[/p][/quote]Please do not be disrespectful to non-league. Jason Pickford was at Alfreton for example. Would you apply the same to Luton and Cambridge? Peter300
  • Score: -9

10:40am Fri 15 Aug 14

lawsonio123 says...

Oh Parky a Good Manager Dare I call him The MASTER OF SHUNT while he keeps teams in the dark keep them wondering Parky
Oh Parky a Good Manager Dare I call him The MASTER OF SHUNT while he keeps teams in the dark keep them wondering Parky lawsonio123
  • Score: -1

10:45am Fri 15 Aug 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Peter300 wrote:
Baby Bantam wrote:
Hope Clarkson McBurnie and Heaton all go to league 2 sides so we can see what they're like playing in the Football League not non league kick about
Please do not be disrespectful to non-league. Jason Pickford was at Alfreton for example. Would you apply the same to Luton and Cambridge?
Luton and Cambridge as you well know are League 2 clubs.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baby Bantam[/bold] wrote: Hope Clarkson McBurnie and Heaton all go to league 2 sides so we can see what they're like playing in the Football League not non league kick about[/p][/quote]Please do not be disrespectful to non-league. Jason Pickford was at Alfreton for example. Would you apply the same to Luton and Cambridge?[/p][/quote]Luton and Cambridge as you well know are League 2 clubs. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 3

12:29pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Bantam Dubai says...

Peter300 wrote:
Baby Bantam wrote:
Hope Clarkson McBurnie and Heaton all go to league 2 sides so we can see what they're like playing in the Football League not non league kick about
Please do not be disrespectful to non-league. Jason Pickford was at Alfreton for example. Would you apply the same to Luton and Cambridge?
Shouldn't that be Jordan Pickford...... You're knowledge of the City team is poor Peter....!!
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baby Bantam[/bold] wrote: Hope Clarkson McBurnie and Heaton all go to league 2 sides so we can see what they're like playing in the Football League not non league kick about[/p][/quote]Please do not be disrespectful to non-league. Jason Pickford was at Alfreton for example. Would you apply the same to Luton and Cambridge?[/p][/quote]Shouldn't that be Jordan Pickford...... You're knowledge of the City team is poor Peter....!! Bantam Dubai
  • Score: 9

1:37pm Fri 15 Aug 14

ohgreat3 says...

Perhaps Phil Parkinson works best with thin resourses.....he got Colchester promoted to the best of my knowledge with a small squad.
Perhaps Phil Parkinson works best with thin resourses.....he got Colchester promoted to the best of my knowledge with a small squad. ohgreat3
  • Score: 1

2:43pm Fri 15 Aug 14

lawsonio123 says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
Baby Bantam wrote:
Hope Clarkson McBurnie and Heaton all go to league 2 sides so we can see what they're like playing in the Football League not non league kick about
Please do not be disrespectful to non-league. Jason Pickford was at Alfreton for example. Would you apply the same to Luton and Cambridge?
Luton and Cambridge as you well know are League 2 clubs.
Do not think McBurnie will be going anywhere he will be appearing for City
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baby Bantam[/bold] wrote: Hope Clarkson McBurnie and Heaton all go to league 2 sides so we can see what they're like playing in the Football League not non league kick about[/p][/quote]Please do not be disrespectful to non-league. Jason Pickford was at Alfreton for example. Would you apply the same to Luton and Cambridge?[/p][/quote]Luton and Cambridge as you well know are League 2 clubs.[/p][/quote]Do not think McBurnie will be going anywhere he will be appearing for City lawsonio123
  • Score: 4

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree