There's room in Bantams line-up for me and Mark Yeates, says Kyel Reid

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Mark Yeates says he has been 'champing at the bit' to get on in the last seven matches, having started on the bench Mark Yeates says he has been 'champing at the bit' to get on in the last seven matches, having started on the bench

Mark Yeates is being backed to force his way into City’s starting plans again – by the player who took his shirt.

The Irishman was touted as the big recruit of the summer when he arrived at Valley Parade from Watford.

But after featuring in the first four league games on the left wing, Yeates has had to accept a bit-part role. His last seven appearances have been from the bench since being axed after filling in up front when Nahki Wells was injured.

Yeates netted his second City goal in last week’s draw with Notts County, firing home from the edge of the penalty area within four minutes of coming on. But he was once again on substitute duty at Oldham, where he replaced Garry Thompson for the closing stages.

Kyel Reid usurped Yeates on the left of midfield at Stevenage at the end of August and has been a regular in the side ever since. With Thompson a similar fixture on the opposite flank, it has left the 28-year-old stuck on the sidelines.

But Reid feels that Yeates has plenty to offer and said: “I was really happy for him when he got the equaliser against Notts County. It’s probably not been the best start for him at the club.

“We’re quite close and I get on really well with him. People might think we’re fighting for the same position but in my eyes I don’t see that.

“I see Yeatesy as someone who can play on the opposite flank and give other teams something else to think about. That might give me a bit more freedom as well.

“It was nice for the last few games we’ve managed to be on the pitch at the same time because that hasn’t really happened much.

“But it’s all about competition for places. Everyone’s got to do the best for themselves and you can’t really think about anyone else.

“We’ve got a good squad and there’s a great spirit. Once you’ve got that, you can go a long way.”

Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October but hopes his recent cameo outings have demonstrated that he is ready to return.

He said: “I was the first to hold my hand up after Crawley. It was just a bad day for everyone and I took it on the chin.

“When you’re on the bench, you want to come on and make some kind of impact. I’ve been champing at the bit.

“Everyone is well aware of how I’m doing and the minute you go on there, you’ve got to prove a point.

“I was involved in the winner at MK Dons and then scored against Notts County. It’s been nice but every player will tell you that nothing beats starting the game after you’ve trained all week.

“The gaffer picks the team and you’ve got to respect that. At some point, hopefully he’ll stick me in there and then it’s down to myself to cement a place.”

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7:52am Thu 5 Dec 13

tinytoonster says...

Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October.
thompson been indifferent for a month?!!
parky's blue eyed boy though!!
Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October. thompson been indifferent for a month?!! parky's blue eyed boy though!! tinytoonster

9:55am Thu 5 Dec 13

Olivermac says...

tinytoonster wrote:
Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October.
thompson been indifferent for a month?!!
parky's blue eyed boy though!!
Yes I agree it looks like Yeats May be another Connell stuck on the bench for 85 min a game.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October. thompson been indifferent for a month?!! parky's blue eyed boy though!![/p][/quote]Yes I agree it looks like Yeats May be another Connell stuck on the bench for 85 min a game. Olivermac

10:09am Thu 5 Dec 13

bwwb says...

This is where the lack of a reserve team starts to bite.
Players who have been on the sidelines for a few weeks start to lack match practice so when they come off the bench they are a yard off the pace.
Connell, who looked sharp when he came on last year, has done nothing when he has come on this season and Yeates is starting to suffer in the same way.
Getting rid of the reserve team may have saved a few pounds but we are now suffering the consequences
This is where the lack of a reserve team starts to bite. Players who have been on the sidelines for a few weeks start to lack match practice so when they come off the bench they are a yard off the pace. Connell, who looked sharp when he came on last year, has done nothing when he has come on this season and Yeates is starting to suffer in the same way. Getting rid of the reserve team may have saved a few pounds but we are now suffering the consequences bwwb

10:24am Thu 5 Dec 13

minkiebantam says...

Yates is a top player going forward, but he doesnt track back enough to help out in defence. If he did, i think he would start over Thompson on the right more often.
CTID!!
Yates is a top player going forward, but he doesnt track back enough to help out in defence. If he did, i think he would start over Thompson on the right more often. CTID!! minkiebantam

11:23am Thu 5 Dec 13

Scargutt2 says...

bwwb wrote:
This is where the lack of a reserve team starts to bite.
Players who have been on the sidelines for a few weeks start to lack match practice so when they come off the bench they are a yard off the pace.
Connell, who looked sharp when he came on last year, has done nothing when he has come on this season and Yeates is starting to suffer in the same way.
Getting rid of the reserve team may have saved a few pounds but we are now suffering the consequences
I disagree. The reason for dropping out of the reserve league was because there were so few scheduled games. Instead, City have decided to organise their own friendly matches and are organising far more than the reserve league provided, offering the players involved the ability to keep their match fitness.

I also disagree about Connell who I think has had a positive impact in the games i've seen him come on as a sub.
[quote][p][bold]bwwb[/bold] wrote: This is where the lack of a reserve team starts to bite. Players who have been on the sidelines for a few weeks start to lack match practice so when they come off the bench they are a yard off the pace. Connell, who looked sharp when he came on last year, has done nothing when he has come on this season and Yeates is starting to suffer in the same way. Getting rid of the reserve team may have saved a few pounds but we are now suffering the consequences[/p][/quote]I disagree. The reason for dropping out of the reserve league was because there were so few scheduled games. Instead, City have decided to organise their own friendly matches and are organising far more than the reserve league provided, offering the players involved the ability to keep their match fitness. I also disagree about Connell who I think has had a positive impact in the games i've seen him come on as a sub. Scargutt2

11:35am Thu 5 Dec 13

Statler4 says...

tinytoonster wrote:
Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October.
thompson been indifferent for a month?!!
parky's blue eyed boy though!!
Thompson has been carrying an injury and hasn't been fully fit.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October. thompson been indifferent for a month?!! parky's blue eyed boy though!![/p][/quote]Thompson has been carrying an injury and hasn't been fully fit. Statler4

1:52pm Thu 5 Dec 13

bettyswollocks says...

Statler4 wrote:
tinytoonster wrote:
Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October.
thompson been indifferent for a month?!!
parky's blue eyed boy though!!
Thompson has been carrying an injury and hasn't been fully fit.
He shouldn't have been starting then when we have other players more than capable in that position
[quote][p][bold]Statler4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October. thompson been indifferent for a month?!! parky's blue eyed boy though!![/p][/quote]Thompson has been carrying an injury and hasn't been fully fit.[/p][/quote]He shouldn't have been starting then when we have other players more than capable in that position bettyswollocks

2:51pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Statler4 says...

bettyswollocks wrote:
Statler4 wrote:
tinytoonster wrote:
Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October.
thompson been indifferent for a month?!!
parky's blue eyed boy though!!
Thompson has been carrying an injury and hasn't been fully fit.
He shouldn't have been starting then when we have other players more than capable in that position
He's obviously been doing enough in training and during matches for the management to keep him in. It's not in the management's interest to select any player if there is a better alternative.
[quote][p][bold]bettyswollocks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Statler4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October. thompson been indifferent for a month?!! parky's blue eyed boy though!![/p][/quote]Thompson has been carrying an injury and hasn't been fully fit.[/p][/quote]He shouldn't have been starting then when we have other players more than capable in that position[/p][/quote]He's obviously been doing enough in training and during matches for the management to keep him in. It's not in the management's interest to select any player if there is a better alternative. Statler4

6:12pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Peter300 says...

bwwb wrote:
This is where the lack of a reserve team starts to bite. Players who have been on the sidelines for a few weeks start to lack match practice so when they come off the bench they are a yard off the pace. Connell, who looked sharp when he came on last year, has done nothing when he has come on this season and Yeates is starting to suffer in the same way. Getting rid of the reserve team may have saved a few pounds but we are now suffering the consequences
Nonsense! We have played four reserve games to date. The same number as last year. Senior players do not want to play 'reserve' games anyway. Could I respectfully ask you try getting your facts correct.
[quote][p][bold]bwwb[/bold] wrote: This is where the lack of a reserve team starts to bite. Players who have been on the sidelines for a few weeks start to lack match practice so when they come off the bench they are a yard off the pace. Connell, who looked sharp when he came on last year, has done nothing when he has come on this season and Yeates is starting to suffer in the same way. Getting rid of the reserve team may have saved a few pounds but we are now suffering the consequences[/p][/quote]Nonsense! We have played four reserve games to date. The same number as last year. Senior players do not want to play 'reserve' games anyway. Could I respectfully ask you try getting your facts correct. Peter300

6:15pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Peter300 says...

tinytoonster wrote:
Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October. thompson been indifferent for a month?!! parky's blue eyed boy though!!
Yes, Phil does like Thommo. Obviously Mr. Reid is keen that Mark Yeates does not take his place. So he offers someone elses instead. Kind of him! Very thoughtful in fact.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October. thompson been indifferent for a month?!! parky's blue eyed boy though!![/p][/quote]Yes, Phil does like Thommo. Obviously Mr. Reid is keen that Mark Yeates does not take his place. So he offers someone elses instead. Kind of him! Very thoughtful in fact. Peter300

6:18pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Peter300 says...

Scargutt2 wrote:
bwwb wrote: This is where the lack of a reserve team starts to bite. Players who have been on the sidelines for a few weeks start to lack match practice so when they come off the bench they are a yard off the pace. Connell, who looked sharp when he came on last year, has done nothing when he has come on this season and Yeates is starting to suffer in the same way. Getting rid of the reserve team may have saved a few pounds but we are now suffering the consequences
I disagree. The reason for dropping out of the reserve league was because there were so few scheduled games. Instead, City have decided to organise their own friendly matches and are organising far more than the reserve league provided, offering the players involved the ability to keep their match fitness. I also disagree about Connell who I think has had a positive impact in the games i've seen him come on as a sub.
You are right about the 'reserves'. Seniors do not want to play reserve team football and you can understand why. Players like Kennedy, Oliver and Mchugh will have to go on loan or find another club unless something dramatic happens. They've been very patient.
[quote][p][bold]Scargutt2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bwwb[/bold] wrote: This is where the lack of a reserve team starts to bite. Players who have been on the sidelines for a few weeks start to lack match practice so when they come off the bench they are a yard off the pace. Connell, who looked sharp when he came on last year, has done nothing when he has come on this season and Yeates is starting to suffer in the same way. Getting rid of the reserve team may have saved a few pounds but we are now suffering the consequences[/p][/quote]I disagree. The reason for dropping out of the reserve league was because there were so few scheduled games. Instead, City have decided to organise their own friendly matches and are organising far more than the reserve league provided, offering the players involved the ability to keep their match fitness. I also disagree about Connell who I think has had a positive impact in the games i've seen him come on as a sub.[/p][/quote]You are right about the 'reserves'. Seniors do not want to play reserve team football and you can understand why. Players like Kennedy, Oliver and Mchugh will have to go on loan or find another club unless something dramatic happens. They've been very patient. Peter300

6:20pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Peter300 says...

bettyswollocks wrote:
Statler4 wrote:
tinytoonster wrote: Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October. thompson been indifferent for a month?!! parky's blue eyed boy though!!
Thompson has been carrying an injury and hasn't been fully fit.
He shouldn't have been starting then when we have other players more than capable in that position
That's your opinion. Many people still trust Phil. I'm one of them.
[quote][p][bold]bettyswollocks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Statler4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October. thompson been indifferent for a month?!! parky's blue eyed boy though!![/p][/quote]Thompson has been carrying an injury and hasn't been fully fit.[/p][/quote]He shouldn't have been starting then when we have other players more than capable in that position[/p][/quote]That's your opinion. Many people still trust Phil. I'm one of them. Peter300

6:54pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Statler4 says...

Peter300 wrote:
bettyswollocks wrote:
Statler4 wrote:
tinytoonster wrote: Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October. thompson been indifferent for a month?!! parky's blue eyed boy though!!
Thompson has been carrying an injury and hasn't been fully fit.
He shouldn't have been starting then when we have other players more than capable in that position
That's your opinion. Many people still trust Phil. I'm one of them.
And I'm another!!
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bettyswollocks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Statler4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October. thompson been indifferent for a month?!! parky's blue eyed boy though!![/p][/quote]Thompson has been carrying an injury and hasn't been fully fit.[/p][/quote]He shouldn't have been starting then when we have other players more than capable in that position[/p][/quote]That's your opinion. Many people still trust Phil. I'm one of them.[/p][/quote]And I'm another!! Statler4

10:39pm Thu 5 Dec 13

tinytoonster says...

Peter300 wrote:
bettyswollocks wrote:
Statler4 wrote:
tinytoonster wrote: Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October. thompson been indifferent for a month?!! parky's blue eyed boy though!!
Thompson has been carrying an injury and hasn't been fully fit.
He shouldn't have been starting then when we have other players more than capable in that position
That's your opinion. Many people still trust Phil. I'm one of them.
common sense tells you results have been poor, player injured?
coincidence?
bad management.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bettyswollocks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Statler4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October. thompson been indifferent for a month?!! parky's blue eyed boy though!![/p][/quote]Thompson has been carrying an injury and hasn't been fully fit.[/p][/quote]He shouldn't have been starting then when we have other players more than capable in that position[/p][/quote]That's your opinion. Many people still trust Phil. I'm one of them.[/p][/quote]common sense tells you results have been poor, player injured? coincidence? bad management. tinytoonster

9:18am Fri 6 Dec 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

tinytoonster wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
bettyswollocks wrote:
Statler4 wrote:
tinytoonster wrote: Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October. thompson been indifferent for a month?!! parky's blue eyed boy though!!
Thompson has been carrying an injury and hasn't been fully fit.
He shouldn't have been starting then when we have other players more than capable in that position
That's your opinion. Many people still trust Phil. I'm one of them.
common sense tells you results have been poor, player injured?
coincidence?
bad management.
Common sense tells you we have no divine right to win any game against 11 other professionals, it also tells you that we are unbeaten in a nice run of games in a division higher than last year with virtually the same squad.

I wonder who has the most common sense?
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bettyswollocks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Statler4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October. thompson been indifferent for a month?!! parky's blue eyed boy though!![/p][/quote]Thompson has been carrying an injury and hasn't been fully fit.[/p][/quote]He shouldn't have been starting then when we have other players more than capable in that position[/p][/quote]That's your opinion. Many people still trust Phil. I'm one of them.[/p][/quote]common sense tells you results have been poor, player injured? coincidence? bad management.[/p][/quote]Common sense tells you we have no divine right to win any game against 11 other professionals, it also tells you that we are unbeaten in a nice run of games in a division higher than last year with virtually the same squad. I wonder who has the most common sense? Prisoner Cell Block A

11:32pm Fri 6 Dec 13

tinytoonster says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
tinytoonster wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
bettyswollocks wrote:
Statler4 wrote:
tinytoonster wrote: Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October. thompson been indifferent for a month?!! parky's blue eyed boy though!!
Thompson has been carrying an injury and hasn't been fully fit.
He shouldn't have been starting then when we have other players more than capable in that position
That's your opinion. Many people still trust Phil. I'm one of them.
common sense tells you results have been poor, player injured?
coincidence?
bad management.
Common sense tells you we have no divine right to win any game against 11 other professionals, it also tells you that we are unbeaten in a nice run of games in a division higher than last year with virtually the same squad.

I wonder who has the most common sense?
no divine right but 11 FIT PLAYERS gives you a better chance!!
thats the common sense bit!
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bettyswollocks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Statler4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: Yeates was dropped after an indifferent display at Crawley in mid-October. thompson been indifferent for a month?!! parky's blue eyed boy though!![/p][/quote]Thompson has been carrying an injury and hasn't been fully fit.[/p][/quote]He shouldn't have been starting then when we have other players more than capable in that position[/p][/quote]That's your opinion. Many people still trust Phil. I'm one of them.[/p][/quote]common sense tells you results have been poor, player injured? coincidence? bad management.[/p][/quote]Common sense tells you we have no divine right to win any game against 11 other professionals, it also tells you that we are unbeaten in a nice run of games in a division higher than last year with virtually the same squad. I wonder who has the most common sense?[/p][/quote]no divine right but 11 FIT PLAYERS gives you a better chance!! thats the common sense bit! tinytoonster

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