Raffaele De Vita sets the benchmark for eager Bradford City substitutes

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Winger Raffaele De Vita has shown the first-team fringe players how it’s done by making an impact in his first two starts Winger Raffaele De Vita has shown the first-team fringe players how it’s done by making an impact in his first two starts

Phil Parkinson has hailed Raffaele De Vita’s statement of intent to force his way into City’s plans.

The Italian winger marked his first starting appearance at Valley Parade with a goal in the 2-1 loss to Wolves. That followed an assist on his full debut against Preston when he crossed for James Hanson’s early header.

Summer recruit De Vita had made ten previous outings for the club this season – all from the bench.

Parkinson believes the former Swindon man has shown the way for others currently stuck on the first-team fringes.

The City chief said: “It’s nice to see lads like Raf coming in and scoring. It’s good for the morale of the group.

“Generally we’ve gone with the lads who’ve finished last season and it’s been frustrating for quite a few players – Jason Kennedy, Raf, Matt Taylor, Carl McHugh and Alan Connell to name just a few.

"Unfortunately for them, the lads who have had the shirts have done really well. So it’s about doing something when you come on.

“I spoke to Raf a few weeks ago about what he needs to do. He just needed to get a goal or produce something to make a statement to push himself a little bit closer.

“He has done that. He did well coming on against Crawley, doing the job we asked, made a goal against Preston and then scored one.”

De Vita scored eight in League One last season for Swindon and six the previous term when they won promotion as champions. He had netted 11 goals in his final year playing in Scotland for Livingston.

He has been desperate to get off the mark for City after missing several decent scoring opportunities, most recently at Deepdale when he pulled a good chance across goal.

Having broken his duck now, Parkinson is hoping that will be the first of many.

He added: “I really think that will settle him down. We brought Raf in because he’s not only got great discipline in his game but he’s also got quality in and around the box.

“He has been a goal threat in his relatively short time in England.

“You’ve seen that he always gets chances every time he is on the pitch. He always has attempts so I’m so pleased that he finally got his goal.”

De Vita was taken off at half-time as a precaution with a sore hamstring, which allowed Nahki Wells to make his comeback from ankle ligament injury.

Parkinson added: “I had it in my mind to play Nahki half an hour but there was no need to risk Raf by letting him carry on and make that hamstring worse.”

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12:58pm Wed 30 Oct 13

bantam10 says...

Thing is its ok talking about the poor players on the bench waiting for a chance but does not help morale when loan players are coming in and taking their chance.
Mchugh and Connell must wonder what they have done wrong.
If they are not good enough Phil get rid and find somebody who is!!!
Thing is its ok talking about the poor players on the bench waiting for a chance but does not help morale when loan players are coming in and taking their chance. Mchugh and Connell must wonder what they have done wrong. If they are not good enough Phil get rid and find somebody who is!!! bantam10
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1:47pm Wed 30 Oct 13

lawsonio123 says...

bantam10 wrote:
Thing is its ok talking about the poor players on the bench waiting for a chance but does not help morale when loan players are coming in and taking their chance.
Mchugh and Connell must wonder what they have done wrong.
If they are not good enough Phil get rid and find somebody who is!!!
I quite agree with you Bantam it is no good talking also bringing these players on with a few minutes to play does not give them a fair chance. However nether you or I manage Bradford City so we will not get any say in the matter. Mr Parkinson is a Good manager but like you I do sometimes wish one or two of these Poor Players to Quote him got a bigger crack at playing considering we have 1point in the last 12
[quote][p][bold]bantam10[/bold] wrote: Thing is its ok talking about the poor players on the bench waiting for a chance but does not help morale when loan players are coming in and taking their chance. Mchugh and Connell must wonder what they have done wrong. If they are not good enough Phil get rid and find somebody who is!!![/p][/quote]I quite agree with you Bantam it is no good talking also bringing these players on with a few minutes to play does not give them a fair chance. However nether you or I manage Bradford City so we will not get any say in the matter. Mr Parkinson is a Good manager but like you I do sometimes wish one or two of these Poor Players to Quote him got a bigger crack at playing considering we have 1point in the last 12 lawsonio123
  • Score: 2

1:54pm Wed 30 Oct 13

Scargutt2 says...

Contrary to some other opinions I have heard and read, I think De Vita had a very good 1st half. My assumption was that he was sacrificed instead of Thompson due to the size of the Wolves team. I thought Thompson was less effective than De VIta, but with Wells on the field, we needed strength and aerial ability. Wells, Reid & De Vita might not have been the right balance. I hope De Vita's hamstring is ok for the weekend anyway as I feel he may get another start.
Contrary to some other opinions I have heard and read, I think De Vita had a very good 1st half. My assumption was that he was sacrificed instead of Thompson due to the size of the Wolves team. I thought Thompson was less effective than De VIta, but with Wells on the field, we needed strength and aerial ability. Wells, Reid & De Vita might not have been the right balance. I hope De Vita's hamstring is ok for the weekend anyway as I feel he may get another start. Scargutt2
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2:32pm Wed 30 Oct 13

SHOESMAKER24 says...

COME ON LADS KEEP YOUR HEADS UP WE ARE STILL IN A GOOD PLACE IN THE LEAUGE ,WITH EVERY THING TO PLAY FOR AND GOOD LOOK SATERDAY ALSO WELLS BACK CARNT BE BAD COME ON CITY
COME ON LADS KEEP YOUR HEADS UP WE ARE STILL IN A GOOD PLACE IN THE LEAUGE ,WITH EVERY THING TO PLAY FOR AND GOOD LOOK SATERDAY ALSO WELLS BACK CARNT BE BAD COME ON CITY SHOESMAKER24
  • Score: 3

3:08pm Wed 30 Oct 13

torreyman says...

all this talk and nobody ever says anything about Andy Gray has he gone ? if not its time he was on his way what a waste of money one thing Phill got wrong we all make mistakes
all this talk and nobody ever says anything about Andy Gray has he gone ? if not its time he was on his way what a waste of money one thing Phill got wrong we all make mistakes torreyman
  • Score: 5

3:24pm Wed 30 Oct 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

bantam10 wrote:
Thing is its ok talking about the poor players on the bench waiting for a chance but does not help morale when loan players are coming in and taking their chance.
Mchugh and Connell must wonder what they have done wrong.
If they are not good enough Phil get rid and find somebody who is!!!
Who's on loan?
[quote][p][bold]bantam10[/bold] wrote: Thing is its ok talking about the poor players on the bench waiting for a chance but does not help morale when loan players are coming in and taking their chance. Mchugh and Connell must wonder what they have done wrong. If they are not good enough Phil get rid and find somebody who is!!![/p][/quote]Who's on loan? Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 3

4:24pm Wed 30 Oct 13

Plastic Bantam says...

bantam10 wrote:
Thing is its ok talking about the poor players on the bench waiting for a chance but does not help morale when loan players are coming in and taking their chance.
Mchugh and Connell must wonder what they have done wrong.
If they are not good enough Phil get rid and find somebody who is!!!
No one is on loan... Plus we don't see these "poor players" in training everyday. Plus when chasing a game and we're lumping the ball upfront Connell won't win many headers. Where as someone like Folan will.. And nobody can say Bates is a step above the other defenders we have... Usually players on the bench come on when things are going wrong. Well things have not been going that wrong this season so they won't he used that often!!
[quote][p][bold]bantam10[/bold] wrote: Thing is its ok talking about the poor players on the bench waiting for a chance but does not help morale when loan players are coming in and taking their chance. Mchugh and Connell must wonder what they have done wrong. If they are not good enough Phil get rid and find somebody who is!!![/p][/quote]No one is on loan... Plus we don't see these "poor players" in training everyday. Plus when chasing a game and we're lumping the ball upfront Connell won't win many headers. Where as someone like Folan will.. And nobody can say Bates is a step above the other defenders we have... Usually players on the bench come on when things are going wrong. Well things have not been going that wrong this season so they won't he used that often!! Plastic Bantam
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4:25pm Wed 30 Oct 13

Plastic Bantam says...

Sorry, that was to say Bates isn't a step above what we have, because he is.
Sorry, that was to say Bates isn't a step above what we have, because he is. Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 1

6:15pm Wed 30 Oct 13

tinytoonster says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
bantam10 wrote:
Thing is its ok talking about the poor players on the bench waiting for a chance but does not help morale when loan players are coming in and taking their chance.
Mchugh and Connell must wonder what they have done wrong.
If they are not good enough Phil get rid and find somebody who is!!!
No one is on loan... Plus we don't see these "poor players" in training everyday. Plus when chasing a game and we're lumping the ball upfront Connell won't win many headers. Where as someone like Folan will.. And nobody can say Bates is a step above the other defenders we have... Usually players on the bench come on when things are going wrong. Well things have not been going that wrong this season so they won't he used that often!!
1 point in 12 and thompson been a bit poor last 2 games?
it helps if manager likes you when you are on bench!
i think connell as stopped bringing his boots and just wears running shoes for that touchline!
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bantam10[/bold] wrote: Thing is its ok talking about the poor players on the bench waiting for a chance but does not help morale when loan players are coming in and taking their chance. Mchugh and Connell must wonder what they have done wrong. If they are not good enough Phil get rid and find somebody who is!!![/p][/quote]No one is on loan... Plus we don't see these "poor players" in training everyday. Plus when chasing a game and we're lumping the ball upfront Connell won't win many headers. Where as someone like Folan will.. And nobody can say Bates is a step above the other defenders we have... Usually players on the bench come on when things are going wrong. Well things have not been going that wrong this season so they won't he used that often!![/p][/quote]1 point in 12 and thompson been a bit poor last 2 games? it helps if manager likes you when you are on bench! i think connell as stopped bringing his boots and just wears running shoes for that touchline! tinytoonster
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6:39pm Wed 30 Oct 13

bantam10 says...

Not slagging parky off here just stating a fact.
As for Gray I normally mention him because of his high wages and what has he done for City?
Sure Phil is wishing he had never signed him now.
Connell works hard but doesn't ever look like scoring!
Don't think Folan is the answer too.
Well who am I to judge.
Happy with the season so far and the way we are playing but worries me when wells or Hanson gets injured we don't look a threat up front.
Not slagging parky off here just stating a fact. As for Gray I normally mention him because of his high wages and what has he done for City? Sure Phil is wishing he had never signed him now. Connell works hard but doesn't ever look like scoring! Don't think Folan is the answer too. Well who am I to judge. Happy with the season so far and the way we are playing but worries me when wells or Hanson gets injured we don't look a threat up front. bantam10
  • Score: 0

8:19pm Wed 30 Oct 13

hornseabantam says...

Alas a manager can only field 11 players plus three subs per game! PP is doing a great job of keeping the whole squad motivated. Fantastc atmosphere v Wolves - and apart from that electric 20 minute 1st half spell from Wolves, we matched them all the way - and those Old Golds are bolted on automatic promo favourites. A dozen games in we are in no way out of our depth in Div 1. Set controls for play offs. Sat up in the gods in the Sunwin once again amazed at what a human powerhouse Gary Jones continues to be.
Alas a manager can only field 11 players plus three subs per game! PP is doing a great job of keeping the whole squad motivated. Fantastc atmosphere v Wolves - and apart from that electric 20 minute 1st half spell from Wolves, we matched them all the way - and those Old Golds are bolted on automatic promo favourites. A dozen games in we are in no way out of our depth in Div 1. Set controls for play offs. Sat up in the gods in the Sunwin once again amazed at what a human powerhouse Gary Jones continues to be. hornseabantam
  • Score: 1

8:12pm Thu 31 Oct 13

pokertee says...

bantam10 wrote:
Thing is its ok talking about the poor players on the bench waiting for a chance but does not help morale when loan players are coming in and taking their chance.
Mchugh and Connell must wonder what they have done wrong.
If they are not good enough Phil get rid and find somebody who is!!!
IDIOT. We are in a higher league and playing well... whats your problem? of course it helps morale because parkinson brings in players who he trust not to tip the apple cart. Mchugh is very young and will help us in a years time when he has matured. Connel is really a striker and he will get his go. Andy Gray is not complaining he is getting paid. they will all get their chance to show what they are made of. Feck this time two years ago we were ready for relegation to the conference. Stop moaning and get behind the team and the best manager we have had in 20 years
[quote][p][bold]bantam10[/bold] wrote: Thing is its ok talking about the poor players on the bench waiting for a chance but does not help morale when loan players are coming in and taking their chance. Mchugh and Connell must wonder what they have done wrong. If they are not good enough Phil get rid and find somebody who is!!![/p][/quote]IDIOT. We are in a higher league and playing well... whats your problem? of course it helps morale because parkinson brings in players who he trust not to tip the apple cart. Mchugh is very young and will help us in a years time when he has matured. Connel is really a striker and he will get his go. Andy Gray is not complaining he is getting paid. they will all get their chance to show what they are made of. Feck this time two years ago we were ready for relegation to the conference. Stop moaning and get behind the team and the best manager we have had in 20 years pokertee
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