Let’s turn Bradford City’s good season into a great one

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Phil Parkinson will assess the fitness of winger Kyel Reid before naming his side to take on promotion rivals Rotherham Phil Parkinson will assess the fitness of winger Kyel Reid before naming his side to take on promotion rivals Rotherham

City have been told to forget any past ill-feeling when they face Rotherham in tonight’s critical Yorkshire derby.

Phil Parkinson insists the focus is on continuing their League Two play-off push – not trying to put one over Millers boss Steve Evans after what went on when he last visited Valley Parade.

The Bantams boss said: “We’ve got ourselves in a really good position and now we’ve got to drive on; make this really good season into a great season.

“There’s so much focus on what’s going to be out on the pitch. I think it would be a shame if anything detracted from that.

“I don’t even want to mention the opposition manager. It’s Bradford City v Rotherham in a Yorkshire derby between two teams in the top seven – what a game.

“I don’t think you need to look at what’s gone on in the past. It’s what is in the future that matters.”

Parkinson will give late tests to Andrew Davies and Kyel Reid. Davies, one of those sent off in the brawl that exploded against Evans’ Crawley last season, felt a spasm in his back warming up for the Chesterfield game, while winger Reid went off at half-time with a tight groin.

Parkinson said: “Davo’s not a major one and at this stage of the season maybe a lot of players are carrying knocks and have got to get on with it. But Andrew has to be absolutely spot on to play.

“Kyel’s similar but if this game comes too soon for him then he won’t be too far away for Saturday.”

City were spanked 4-0 at the New York Stadium in September but Parkinson does not see that result having any influence on the Valley Parade showdown.

He said: “They had three shots in the first half and scored three goals. It was a bit like Sunderland and Newcastle the other day – everything they hit went in the back of the net.

“Over the course of the season, you get games like that where the scoreline doesn’t reflect the pattern of the game. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then.

“This is a game to relish and as much as we ask the players to give everything, we need the supporters to do the same. They must applaud every bit of positive play and get right behind the team.

“We’ve had some great atmospheres throughout the season and the intensity is probably back with the support in the league games. The lads are thriving on it.”

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6:59am Tue 16 Apr 13

Victor Clayton says...

Come on city .
Come on city . Victor Clayton

7:30am Tue 16 Apr 13

Freddy says...

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Quote " we need the supporters to do the same. They must applaud every bit of positive play and get right behind the team."
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Time to be the TWELFTH MAN --City Supporters. Total encouragement throughout the whole match. NO COMPLAINING AT YOUR OWN PLAYERS. Raise their spirits--even if they make a mistake. Shouting any abuse at your own players is totally negative. You are not the Manager--You are not the Coach etc.
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The City Supporters job tonight, is to encourage and build their players confidence.
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Wouldn't it be good to get a larger percentage of the 33,000 that went to Wembley-- down to Valley Parade Tonight. " Where are you!!!."
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Do you want another great day out, in London--AGAIN????.
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I will be there tonight. Work can go to Hell-- and stay there!!!!.
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Let's get ready to "RUMBLE" tonight.
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I want to go to Wembley --AGAIN!!.
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Attack!--Harass!--Be
lieve!--Shoot!--Hit the Target!-- Over and Over AGAIN.!!!
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* Quote " we need the supporters to do the same. They must applaud every bit of positive play and get right behind the team." * Time to be the TWELFTH MAN --City Supporters. Total encouragement throughout the whole match. NO COMPLAINING AT YOUR OWN PLAYERS. Raise their spirits--even if they make a mistake. Shouting any abuse at your own players is totally negative. You are not the Manager--You are not the Coach etc. * The City Supporters job tonight, is to encourage and build their players confidence. * Wouldn't it be good to get a larger percentage of the 33,000 that went to Wembley-- down to Valley Parade Tonight. " Where are you!!!." * Do you want another great day out, in London--AGAIN????. * I will be there tonight. Work can go to Hell-- and stay there!!!!. * Let's get ready to "RUMBLE" tonight. * I want to go to Wembley --AGAIN!!. * Attack!--Harass!--Be lieve!--Shoot!--Hit the Target!-- Over and Over AGAIN.!!! * Freddy

10:51am Tue 16 Apr 13

Whoisevans? says...

Freddy wrote:
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Quote " we need the supporters to do the same. They must applaud every bit of positive play and get right behind the team."
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Time to be the TWELFTH MAN --City Supporters. Total encouragement throughout the whole match. NO COMPLAINING AT YOUR OWN PLAYERS. Raise their spirits--even if they make a mistake. Shouting any abuse at your own players is totally negative. You are not the Manager--You are not the Coach etc.
*
The City Supporters job tonight, is to encourage and build their players confidence.
*
Wouldn't it be good to get a larger percentage of the 33,000 that went to Wembley-- down to Valley Parade Tonight. " Where are you!!!."
*
Do you want another great day out, in London--AGAIN????.
*
I will be there tonight. Work can go to Hell-- and stay there!!!!.
*
Let's get ready to "RUMBLE" tonight.
*
I want to go to Wembley --AGAIN!!.
*
Attack!--Harass!--Be

lieve!--Shoot!--Hit the Target!-- Over and Over AGAIN.!!!
*
Well said Freddy get behind the team and Forget about what's his name. With that Wembley atmosphere Rotherham players will wonder what hit them. Come On City!!!
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * Quote " we need the supporters to do the same. They must applaud every bit of positive play and get right behind the team." * Time to be the TWELFTH MAN --City Supporters. Total encouragement throughout the whole match. NO COMPLAINING AT YOUR OWN PLAYERS. Raise their spirits--even if they make a mistake. Shouting any abuse at your own players is totally negative. You are not the Manager--You are not the Coach etc. * The City Supporters job tonight, is to encourage and build their players confidence. * Wouldn't it be good to get a larger percentage of the 33,000 that went to Wembley-- down to Valley Parade Tonight. " Where are you!!!." * Do you want another great day out, in London--AGAIN????. * I will be there tonight. Work can go to Hell-- and stay there!!!!. * Let's get ready to "RUMBLE" tonight. * I want to go to Wembley --AGAIN!!. * Attack!--Harass!--Be lieve!--Shoot!--Hit the Target!-- Over and Over AGAIN.!!! *[/p][/quote]Well said Freddy get behind the team and Forget about what's his name. With that Wembley atmosphere Rotherham players will wonder what hit them. Come On City!!! Whoisevans?

12:08pm Tue 16 Apr 13

bantam59 says...

LETS BEAT THAT WELSH DRAGON EVANS AT HIS OWN GAME TONIGHT
COME ON YOU BANTAMS
LETS BEAT THAT WELSH DRAGON EVANS AT HIS OWN GAME TONIGHT COME ON YOU BANTAMS bantam59

12:43pm Tue 16 Apr 13

claret or green ? says...

May be the Wembley flags should come out again tonight. Now that would be a site !
May be the Wembley flags should come out again tonight. Now that would be a site ! claret or green ?

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