Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson excited by his two Premier signings

Parkinson said of his two new loan recruits:

Parkinson said of his two new loan recruits: "They are exciting, hungry players. This is a good opportunity for them to get a taste of first-team football"

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

Phil Parkinson reckons City’s deadline-day loan captures will add an exciting dimension to their assault on all fronts.

Parkinson snapped up Premier League teenagers Blair Turgott and Curtis Good on short-term deals and both go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s clash at Bristol Rovers.

West Ham winger Turgott, 18, and Newcastle centre half Good, 18, have not seen any senior action in England before but the City chief is confident they can add something to his squad.

Importantly, the new arrivals are free to play in the three cup competitions that City face over the next two and a half weeks.

Parkinson said: “They are both relatively inexperienced but I think they are exciting, hungry players. This is a good opportunity for them to get a taste of first-team football.

“With Zavon (Hines) and Reidy (Kyel Reid) being out, Blair adds a bit more pace and creativity in the team.

“Curtis is a left-footed centre half and he will give us more cover in there after losing John Egan.”

Turgott, signed until January 5, has been an England regular for the past three years through different age-groups, winning more than 25 caps, and is one of the most experienced members of Noel Blake’s under-19 squad.

Aussie under-19 international Good joined Newcastle in the summer from Melbourne Heart after graduating from the Australian Institute of Sport.

Good, whose loan runs out on January 2, will be competing with Carl McHugh to partner Rory McArdle at the Memorial Stadium as City look to strengthen their play-off place before slipping into cup mode.

Another win tomorrow could even put them into the third automatic spot depending on other results.

City’s form on the road – a real weak point for so long – has picked up since letting in four at Dagenham at the start of October. They have lost only one of the last six away games, conceding just twice in the process.

Assistant boss Steve Parkin said: “It’s very important we continue our upturn in away form.

“We’ve had some cracking results lately at Wigan, Hartlepool and Northampton in the cups and the league wins at Northampton and Aldershot.

“We’ve definitely turned it round away from home but it’s not easy. We’ve got to have the mentality to keep it going.

“There’s a difference between hoping to win away and knowing how to.

“I think we’ve given them the tools to do that. We’ve given them the belief and they’ve put it into practice.

“Without being over-confident, I’m sure they will be going into the game looking to back up the three points from the other night.”

With two more rookies coming in, Parkin remains confident City can maintain their run despite the lack of experienced heads.

“We’ve had several times this season because of the injuries when you’ve looked at the bench and hoped that the lads can come on and fulfil their potential.

“Most of the time we’ve not been let down.

“It happened again the other night with Carlo, who stood up really well. That’s a good sign with a lot of games coming up.”

Bristol Rovers have lost six of their last seven games and boss Mark McGhee is coming under increasing flak from fans. Chairman Nick Higgs gave him a public vote of confidence this week but called the last couple of weeks “a bit of a shambles”.

Parkin said: “He’s a very experienced manager who has probably been in this position before.

“He will no doubt have his players motivated and ready to go but there is the underlying fact they have been struggling. It’s up to us to make sure we are right.

“We’ve got to make sure the preparation is spot on, the lads have got their legs back and we’re crystal clear in the team we’re picking.

“We need the same mentality we had at Aldershot, which is to be nice and solid, making sure we are crisp in our passing and organised in our shape.”

Guy Branston did not get a game for Aldershot that day against his former club and was left on the bench. But he will face City tomorrow after signing for Bristol Rovers on a one-month loan.

Rovers become Branston’s 19th club and McGhee said: “He is a straightforward, uncompromising player and I think he will do a good job for us.”

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7:51am Fri 23 Nov 12

Lancashire Bantam says...

Without putting a jinx on December the boss must be in the running for manager of the month.
Without putting a jinx on December the boss must be in the running for manager of the month. Lancashire Bantam
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8:16am Fri 23 Nov 12

shaun from richmond says...

Bristol is a great place to spend a weekend!!....CLIFTON
...here I come!!.
PLUS......ANOTHER!! 2 New Players to watch..
Who could ask for more?!
Bristol is a great place to spend a weekend!!....CLIFTON ...here I come!!. PLUS......ANOTHER!! 2 New Players to watch.. Who could ask for more?! shaun from richmond
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10:12am Fri 23 Nov 12

Peter300 says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
Bristol is a great place to spend a weekend!!....CLIFTON ...here I come!!. PLUS......ANOTHER!! 2 New Players to watch.. Who could ask for more?!
WOW!!!!!!!.......Sha
un's going to........wait for it.......BRISTOL....
....DEADBEAT Shaun..........man of the world!!!!!!!!.......
.he's been to DUBAI you know!!!!!!!!!!!.....
.and TORQUAY...........an
d the STATES.......oh.....
.and DEADBEAT Shaun....plays......
..GOLF!!!!!!!!!!....
....how about that then!!!!!!!!!!!.....
Shaun....Bradford City's REAL DEADBEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: Bristol is a great place to spend a weekend!!....CLIFTON ...here I come!!. PLUS......ANOTHER!! 2 New Players to watch.. Who could ask for more?![/p][/quote]WOW!!!!!!!.......Sha un's going to........wait for it.......BRISTOL.... ....DEADBEAT Shaun..........man of the world!!!!!!!!....... .he's been to DUBAI you know!!!!!!!!!!!..... .and TORQUAY...........an d the STATES.......oh..... .and DEADBEAT Shaun....plays...... ..GOLF!!!!!!!!!!.... ....how about that then!!!!!!!!!!!..... Shaun....Bradford City's REAL DEADBEAT!!!!!!!!!!!! Peter300
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10:21am Fri 23 Nov 12

pudseykid says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
Bristol is a great place to spend a weekend!!....CLIFTON

...here I come!!.
PLUS......ANOTHER!! 2 New Players to watch..
Who could ask for more?!
Clifton has some good shops...a great bridge, not far from the ground...BUT, these 2 news guys have to perform and we simply need a win...we will see how good they are once the game starts..3 points thats all that matters!
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: Bristol is a great place to spend a weekend!!....CLIFTON ...here I come!!. PLUS......ANOTHER!! 2 New Players to watch.. Who could ask for more?![/p][/quote]Clifton has some good shops...a great bridge, not far from the ground...BUT, these 2 news guys have to perform and we simply need a win...we will see how good they are once the game starts..3 points thats all that matters! pudseykid
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10:42am Fri 23 Nov 12

al&co says...

If selected, Branston will be up for this game and one way or another he will put a shift in.

He will have some idea of our set up and tactics.

I expect him to put pressure on our young defenders at set pieces and encourage others to do the same.

However he is short of match practice and slow on the turn and Hanson and the quicker players should be able to exploit this to our advantage.

Bristol are not playing well and we must have a great chance of a victory but the game is a potenial banana skin and we need to be better than we were against Exeter and Plymouth, which turned out to be difficult games for a variety of reasons.

The new signings are welcome
re-inforcements - good luck to them and all the boys.

Bristol here we come!
If selected, Branston will be up for this game and one way or another he will put a shift in. He will have some idea of our set up and tactics. I expect him to put pressure on our young defenders at set pieces and encourage others to do the same. However he is short of match practice and slow on the turn and Hanson and the quicker players should be able to exploit this to our advantage. Bristol are not playing well and we must have a great chance of a victory but the game is a potenial banana skin and we need to be better than we were against Exeter and Plymouth, which turned out to be difficult games for a variety of reasons. The new signings are welcome re-inforcements - good luck to them and all the boys. Bristol here we come! al&co
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11:03am Fri 23 Nov 12

CTID says...

Peter300 wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote: Bristol is a great place to spend a weekend!!....CLIFTON ...here I come!!. PLUS......ANOTHER!! 2 New Players to watch.. Who could ask for more?!
WOW!!!!!!!.......Sha un's going to........wait for it.......BRISTOL.... ....DEADBEAT Shaun..........man of the world!!!!!!!!....... .he's been to DUBAI you know!!!!!!!!!!!..... .and TORQUAY...........an d the STATES.......oh..... .and DEADBEAT Shaun....plays...... ..GOLF!!!!!!!!!!.... ....how about that then!!!!!!!!!!!..... Shaun....Bradford City's REAL DEADBEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Give it a rest now Peter, I think we all get the point
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: Bristol is a great place to spend a weekend!!....CLIFTON ...here I come!!. PLUS......ANOTHER!! 2 New Players to watch.. Who could ask for more?![/p][/quote]WOW!!!!!!!.......Sha un's going to........wait for it.......BRISTOL.... ....DEADBEAT Shaun..........man of the world!!!!!!!!....... .he's been to DUBAI you know!!!!!!!!!!!..... .and TORQUAY...........an d the STATES.......oh..... .and DEADBEAT Shaun....plays...... ..GOLF!!!!!!!!!!.... ....how about that then!!!!!!!!!!!..... Shaun....Bradford City's REAL DEADBEAT!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Give it a rest now Peter, I think we all get the point CTID
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11:05am Fri 23 Nov 12

tyker2 says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
Bristol is a great place to spend a weekend!!....CLIFTON

...here I come!!.
PLUS......ANOTHER!! 2 New Players to watch..
Who could ask for more?!
take your waders as heavy rain tonight is forecast on already well soaked land could cause a lot more problems for the area. Check before you fly Shaun
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: Bristol is a great place to spend a weekend!!....CLIFTON ...here I come!!. PLUS......ANOTHER!! 2 New Players to watch.. Who could ask for more?![/p][/quote]take your waders as heavy rain tonight is forecast on already well soaked land could cause a lot more problems for the area. Check before you fly Shaun tyker2
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11:12am Fri 23 Nov 12

shaun from richmond says...

CTID wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote: Bristol is a great place to spend a weekend!!....CLIFTON ...here I come!!. PLUS......ANOTHER!! 2 New Players to watch.. Who could ask for more?!
WOW!!!!!!!.......Sha un's going to........wait for it.......BRISTOL.... ....DEADBEAT Shaun..........man of the world!!!!!!!!....... .he's been to DUBAI you know!!!!!!!!!!!..... .and TORQUAY...........an d the STATES.......oh..... .and DEADBEAT Shaun....plays...... ..GOLF!!!!!!!!!!.... ....how about that then!!!!!!!!!!!..... Shaun....Bradford City's REAL DEADBEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Give it a rest now Peter, I think we all get the point
NO, NO, NO....please dont stop Peter!!...I LOVE IT!!
[quote][p][bold]CTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: Bristol is a great place to spend a weekend!!....CLIFTON ...here I come!!. PLUS......ANOTHER!! 2 New Players to watch.. Who could ask for more?![/p][/quote]WOW!!!!!!!.......Sha un's going to........wait for it.......BRISTOL.... ....DEADBEAT Shaun..........man of the world!!!!!!!!....... .he's been to DUBAI you know!!!!!!!!!!!..... .and TORQUAY...........an d the STATES.......oh..... .and DEADBEAT Shaun....plays...... ..GOLF!!!!!!!!!!.... ....how about that then!!!!!!!!!!!..... Shaun....Bradford City's REAL DEADBEAT!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Give it a rest now Peter, I think we all get the point[/p][/quote]NO, NO, NO....please dont stop Peter!!...I LOVE IT!! shaun from richmond
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11:36am Fri 23 Nov 12

wja1966 says...

Very happy with the signings but I think Carl McHugh has done excellently and deserves a good run in the side
Very happy with the signings but I think Carl McHugh has done excellently and deserves a good run in the side wja1966
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12:24pm Fri 23 Nov 12

fantam says...

Pity we couldn't get a decent striker
Pity we couldn't get a decent striker fantam
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1:29pm Fri 23 Nov 12

1 bingley bantam says...

fantam wrote:
Pity we couldn't get a decent striker
Agree with that mate well happy with the 2 signings we have made but we are struggling for goals desperatley Hanson is bang out of form 16 games without a goal is shocking for a striker and needs taking out of the firing line.I would be tempted to play Connell with Wells but know we wont.
[quote][p][bold]fantam[/bold] wrote: Pity we couldn't get a decent striker[/p][/quote]Agree with that mate well happy with the 2 signings we have made but we are struggling for goals desperatley Hanson is bang out of form 16 games without a goal is shocking for a striker and needs taking out of the firing line.I would be tempted to play Connell with Wells but know we wont. 1 bingley bantam
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1:46pm Fri 23 Nov 12

KnightMcCall says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
Bristol is a great place to spend a weekend!!....CLIFTON ...here I come!!. PLUS......ANOTHER!! 2 New Players to watch.. Who could ask for more?!
So yesterday we should "KEEP THE SQUAD AS IT IS" but today you are delighted we have two new players. Make your mind up.

We all know that you'll be in St Pauls' this weekend; if you go at all. Don't forget to wear protection..
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: Bristol is a great place to spend a weekend!!....CLIFTON ...here I come!!. PLUS......ANOTHER!! 2 New Players to watch.. Who could ask for more?![/p][/quote]So yesterday we should "KEEP THE SQUAD AS IT IS" but today you are delighted we have two new players. Make your mind up. We all know that you'll be in St Pauls' this weekend; if you go at all. Don't forget to wear protection.. KnightMcCall
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1:49pm Fri 23 Nov 12

KnightMcCall says...

wja1966 wrote:
Very happy with the signings but I think Carl McHugh has done excellently and deserves a good run in the side
Agreed. He has been unlucky not to stay in the side previously but you would expect he has done enough to stay in on Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]wja1966[/bold] wrote: Very happy with the signings but I think Carl McHugh has done excellently and deserves a good run in the side[/p][/quote]Agreed. He has been unlucky not to stay in the side previously but you would expect he has done enough to stay in on Saturday. KnightMcCall
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2:18pm Fri 23 Nov 12

shaun from richmond says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote: Bristol is a great place to spend a weekend!!....CLIFTON ...here I come!!. PLUS......ANOTHER!! 2 New Players to watch.. Who could ask for more?!
So yesterday we should "KEEP THE SQUAD AS IT IS" but today you are delighted we have two new players. Make your mind up. We all know that you'll be in St Pauls' this weekend; if you go at all. Don't forget to wear protection..
ERM...I think you should read my post again regarding MORE players!!.
OOPS!!
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: Bristol is a great place to spend a weekend!!....CLIFTON ...here I come!!. PLUS......ANOTHER!! 2 New Players to watch.. Who could ask for more?![/p][/quote]So yesterday we should "KEEP THE SQUAD AS IT IS" but today you are delighted we have two new players. Make your mind up. We all know that you'll be in St Pauls' this weekend; if you go at all. Don't forget to wear protection..[/p][/quote]ERM...I think you should read my post again regarding MORE players!!. OOPS!! shaun from richmond
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3:08pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Dancinfeet says...

Once again the easy target ( Hanson) getting pelters. Wells is the number 1 striker so he will get away with anything, Connell did it last season with arguably a better side so Hanson it is then! Neither wells or Connell have the aerial ability or workrate of Hanson but he always seems to be the scapegoat. Plus wells would prob only have 2 or 3 this season without the big man anyway.
Once again the easy target ( Hanson) getting pelters. Wells is the number 1 striker so he will get away with anything, Connell did it last season with arguably a better side so Hanson it is then! Neither wells or Connell have the aerial ability or workrate of Hanson but he always seems to be the scapegoat. Plus wells would prob only have 2 or 3 this season without the big man anyway. Dancinfeet
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3:46pm Fri 23 Nov 12

irish bantam says...

As soon as we play with the wingers again Hanson will score his share of goals.
As soon as we play with the wingers again Hanson will score his share of goals. irish bantam
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4:24pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Mick, Cleckheaton says...

Dancinfeet wrote:
Once again the easy target ( Hanson) getting pelters. Wells is the number 1 striker so he will get away with anything, Connell did it last season with arguably a better side so Hanson it is then! Neither wells or Connell have the aerial ability or workrate of Hanson but he always seems to be the scapegoat. Plus wells would prob only have 2 or 3 this season without the big man anyway.
Give it a rest re Hanson, his goal record speaks for itself. Then you have the nerve to have a go at Wells. Can you imagine where the team would be in the league without his goals? Your final sentence would be laughable if I didn't think you actually believe it.
[quote][p][bold]Dancinfeet[/bold] wrote: Once again the easy target ( Hanson) getting pelters. Wells is the number 1 striker so he will get away with anything, Connell did it last season with arguably a better side so Hanson it is then! Neither wells or Connell have the aerial ability or workrate of Hanson but he always seems to be the scapegoat. Plus wells would prob only have 2 or 3 this season without the big man anyway.[/p][/quote]Give it a rest re Hanson, his goal record speaks for itself. Then you have the nerve to have a go at Wells. Can you imagine where the team would be in the league without his goals? Your final sentence would be laughable if I didn't think you actually believe it. Mick, Cleckheaton
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5:25pm Fri 23 Nov 12

ID498 says...

It's actually true look at who provides Wells assists for his goals this season in open play.The 2 at Aldershot for starters!!!
It's actually true look at who provides Wells assists for his goals this season in open play.The 2 at Aldershot for starters!!! ID498
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6:07pm Fri 23 Nov 12

tyker2 says...

irish bantam wrote:
As soon as we play with the wingers again Hanson will score his share of goals.
I watched tom pope scoe his hat rick the other night: dent well placed crosses coming in all the time not to mention several home players in the box each time they got it wide
[quote][p][bold]irish bantam[/bold] wrote: As soon as we play with the wingers again Hanson will score his share of goals.[/p][/quote]I watched tom pope scoe his hat rick the other night: dent well placed crosses coming in all the time not to mention several home players in the box each time they got it wide tyker2
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8:40pm Fri 23 Nov 12

bcfc1903 says...

irish bantam wrote:
As soon as we play with the wingers again Hanson will score his share of goals.
Well said Irish bantam, Hanson will come good soon...maybe Turgott can deliver the ammo needed until Reidy and Hines recover full fitness....... like many Bradfordians our family has some Irish roots... from Sligo, Waterford and Armagh...

**
We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber.
[quote][p][bold]irish bantam[/bold] wrote: As soon as we play with the wingers again Hanson will score his share of goals.[/p][/quote]Well said Irish bantam, Hanson will come good soon...maybe Turgott can deliver the ammo needed until Reidy and Hines recover full fitness....... like many Bradfordians our family has some Irish roots... from Sligo, Waterford and Armagh... ** We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber. bcfc1903
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11:14am Sat 24 Nov 12

shoesmaker4 says...

my personal thinking with james not getting goals is that the balls in the box that he gets are with no pace on the ball when i used to play although none league i started one season realey well and got loads of goals but all of a sudden the goals dried up but then i realized the reason was there was never eny pace from the balls coming in the box so no power on the headers once that was sorted the balls started flying in again not braging about me im just saying that that could well be the reason for is lack of goals good look city today all the lads and suporters for a great win come on city
my personal thinking with james not getting goals is that the balls in the box that he gets are with no pace on the ball when i used to play although none league i started one season realey well and got loads of goals but all of a sudden the goals dried up but then i realized the reason was there was never eny pace from the balls coming in the box so no power on the headers once that was sorted the balls started flying in again not braging about me im just saying that that could well be the reason for is lack of goals good look city today all the lads and suporters for a great win come on city shoesmaker4
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1:17am Sun 25 Nov 12

KnightMcCall says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
KnightMcCall wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote: Bristol is a great place to spend a weekend!!....CLIFTON ...here I come!!. PLUS......ANOTHER!! 2 New Players to watch.. Who could ask for more?!
So yesterday we should "KEEP THE SQUAD AS IT IS" but today you are delighted we have two new players. Make your mind up. We all know that you'll be in St Pauls' this weekend; if you go at all. Don't forget to wear protection..
ERM...I think you should read my post again regarding MORE players!!.
OOPS!!
Read your own posts you tool. 11.02 on Thursday morning. "keep the squad as it is; loans dont work". Your pea-like brain struggling is it? Or perhaps the happy pills are kicking in. Either way you show yourself to be an idiot again. Oops indeed.
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: Bristol is a great place to spend a weekend!!....CLIFTON ...here I come!!. PLUS......ANOTHER!! 2 New Players to watch.. Who could ask for more?![/p][/quote]So yesterday we should "KEEP THE SQUAD AS IT IS" but today you are delighted we have two new players. Make your mind up. We all know that you'll be in St Pauls' this weekend; if you go at all. Don't forget to wear protection..[/p][/quote]ERM...I think you should read my post again regarding MORE players!!. OOPS!![/p][/quote]Read your own posts you tool. 11.02 on Thursday morning. "keep the squad as it is; loans dont work". Your pea-like brain struggling is it? Or perhaps the happy pills are kicking in. Either way you show yourself to be an idiot again. Oops indeed. KnightMcCall
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