Outcast Andy Gray in from cold for Bradford City

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Substitute Andy Gray celebrates after pulling a goal back for City in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Peterborough Substitute Andy Gray celebrates after pulling a goal back for City in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Peterborough

Andy Gray has put himself in contention for a shock Boxing Day start against Rotherham after his goal-scoring return at Peterborough.

James Hanson missed Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Posh and is still struggling to make it for the Yorkshire derby on Thursday.

Outcast Gray came in from the cold to press his claims with a strong second-half display, including the first goal of his second spell at the club.

Phil Parkinson was hugely impressed with a striker who has hardly made it into the squad this season. He also revealed that Gray had shaken off an illness to play.

Parkinson said: “Andy’s been ill with a chest infection and has been on antibiotics. We even contemplated not bringing him but he said he felt all right.

“I thought he was superb. He held the ball up well and won headers and credit to him.

“It’s been difficult because he came back pre-season really fit and determined to make a go of it here and then broke his arm against Guiseley.

Hanson and (Nahki) Wells have done well for us up front and Andy’s not had a chance.”

Gray had not been involved since the goalless draw at Cheltenham, when Parkinson rested most of his team ahead of the play-offs.

Now the 36-year-old forward, who is understood to be one of City’s top earners, could be thrust into the blood and thunder of their latest Valley Parade duel with Steve Evans’ Millers.

Parkinson said: “Supporters have got to understand Andy is a different type of targetman to Hans. He guides headers into people and uses his body to get in between the ball and the defender.

“He gave us a platform in the second half and we played from him. But he needs quality into his feet. Once you do that, he’ll hold the ball up.”

Gray’s goal was the high spot of a loss that dropped City two places to ninth in League One – five points behind Rotherham in that last play-off position.

They also lost Rory McArdle from the next game after the Northern Ireland international picked up his fifth booking.

Away fans claimed Peterborough midfielder Lee Tomlin smiled at them after winning the foul.

Parkinson said: “I saw the tackle and Rory clearly won the ball. The yellow card was unbelievable.

“I’d asked the ref before the game if he could use common-sense because both teams had players on four bookings. It’s very disappointing.”

Parkinson had brought in Matt Taylor as a third centre half and changed systems to try to stifle Peterborough. He also left Kyel Reid on the bench to play two wing-backs.

But the home side scored twice in a six-minute spell in the first half, including a wind-assisted rocket from Kgosi Ntlhe.

Parkinson said: “The story may well be was it the change of system that affected us? Well, we conceded a goal from 40 yards!

“We’ve been working it during the week. I felt it would benefit us against their diamond, having seen teams play and use that system successfully against them before.

“I thought it was right to come down strong with ammunition off the bench. Unfortunately we found it difficult to get out at times.

“Second half was always going to be easier with the strong wind behind us and I thought we reacted really well. We had a real go and had some great opportunities.”

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8:38am Mon 23 Dec 13

tyker7745 says...

One win in 13 is less than impressive . lack of midfield drive has to be addressed
One win in 13 is less than impressive . lack of midfield drive has to be addressed tyker7745

8:51am Mon 23 Dec 13

Freddy says...

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The Yellow McArdle got was a complete disgrace, from The Ref. Russell. It was a great sliding tackle to win the ball and clearing it over the touchline. The Ref. was acting in a very strange manner. Prior to this one yellow card, there had been three serious fouls on Gray and Reid. The charging into the back of Gray--Flooring him face down into the pitch, was really worthy of a RED CARD. But the Ref. did not even give a yellow. Gray did not move for several seconds so ferocious a charge into his back totally winded him.
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The fouls on Reid--one where he was punched in the back with two clenched fists. Pushing Reid off the pitch and over the touchline. Did not bring a Yellow Card.
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The drizzling rain and wind in the second half , changed to a crosswind. Whereas in the first half, it was directly blowing behind the Peterborough players. Creating a very strong wind assisted 'Pot-Shot ' at the target from 35 Yards ( Whatever that is in Metres!!!). That kind of strike can go anywhere, and was very lucky.
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The whole match changed for City, when Gray and Reid came on. Wells now had a foil to work from. Whereas overweight Thomson could not deliver up front. Connel should have been brought on too to play 3-4-3. To attack the target and get an equaliser.
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The Match Officials were correctly " BOOOED !!! " off the pitch at the end of the match.
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* The Yellow McArdle got was a complete disgrace, from The Ref. Russell. It was a great sliding tackle to win the ball and clearing it over the touchline. The Ref. was acting in a very strange manner. Prior to this one yellow card, there had been three serious fouls on Gray and Reid. The charging into the back of Gray--Flooring him face down into the pitch, was really worthy of a RED CARD. But the Ref. did not even give a yellow. Gray did not move for several seconds so ferocious a charge into his back totally winded him. * The fouls on Reid--one where he was punched in the back with two clenched fists. Pushing Reid off the pitch and over the touchline. Did not bring a Yellow Card. * The drizzling rain and wind in the second half , changed to a crosswind. Whereas in the first half, it was directly blowing behind the Peterborough players. Creating a very strong wind assisted 'Pot-Shot ' at the target from 35 Yards ( Whatever that is in Metres!!!). That kind of strike can go anywhere, and was very lucky. * The whole match changed for City, when Gray and Reid came on. Wells now had a foil to work from. Whereas overweight Thomson could not deliver up front. Connel should have been brought on too to play 3-4-3. To attack the target and get an equaliser. * The Match Officials were correctly " BOOOED !!! " off the pitch at the end of the match. * Freddy

9:42am Mon 23 Dec 13

Lancashire Bantam says...

Things will start to gel together in January when Davies is back, all great teams build from the back.
Things will start to gel together in January when Davies is back, all great teams build from the back. Lancashire Bantam

10:38am Mon 23 Dec 13

Peter300 says...

Pleased for Andy Gray. He's been totally professional since he arrived at the club. He's been unable to get into the team due to the form of James Hanson, yet all he's received is peurile abuse and ignorant criticism from fans whose football knowledge could easily be written on a postage stamp. Caleb Folan has also been unable to get a game because of James. So that makes him useless too in the eyes of these fans. And many of these people who have hammered Gray and now Folan are those fine upstanding individuals who spent over three years criticising James Hanson i.e. the Hanson Bashers. Both Andy Gray and Caleb Forlan were signed as cover or to give a 'different option' for the manager should he require it. Intelligent signings by an intelligent manager. A word you could never use to describe the Andy Gray critics or Hanson Bashers.
Pleased for Andy Gray. He's been totally professional since he arrived at the club. He's been unable to get into the team due to the form of James Hanson, yet all he's received is peurile abuse and ignorant criticism from fans whose football knowledge could easily be written on a postage stamp. Caleb Folan has also been unable to get a game because of James. So that makes him useless too in the eyes of these fans. And many of these people who have hammered Gray and now Folan are those fine upstanding individuals who spent over three years criticising James Hanson i.e. the Hanson Bashers. Both Andy Gray and Caleb Forlan were signed as cover or to give a 'different option' for the manager should he require it. Intelligent signings by an intelligent manager. A word you could never use to describe the Andy Gray critics or Hanson Bashers. Peter300

10:39am Mon 23 Dec 13

Peter300 says...

tyker7745 wrote:
One win in 13 is less than impressive . lack of midfield drive has to be addressed
I thought Gary Jones had three good chances.
[quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: One win in 13 is less than impressive . lack of midfield drive has to be addressed[/p][/quote]I thought Gary Jones had three good chances. Peter300

10:42am Mon 23 Dec 13

Peter300 says...

Lancashire Bantam wrote:
Things will start to gel together in January when Davies is back, all great teams build from the back.
Yes, the manager understands that, but do you? I say that in view of your previous comments which have hardly been complimentary towards Phil Parkinson.
[quote][p][bold]Lancashire Bantam[/bold] wrote: Things will start to gel together in January when Davies is back, all great teams build from the back.[/p][/quote]Yes, the manager understands that, but do you? I say that in view of your previous comments which have hardly been complimentary towards Phil Parkinson. Peter300

11:18am Mon 23 Dec 13

shaun from richmond says...

Peter300 wrote:
Lancashire Bantam wrote:
Things will start to gel together in January when Davies is back, all great teams build from the back.
Yes, the manager understands that, but do you? I say that in view of your previous comments which have hardly been complimentary towards Phil Parkinson.
HANG ON PETER!!....Its you that wanted Parky sacked!!...Its you that doesn't attend games!!.
OR HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN?!
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancashire Bantam[/bold] wrote: Things will start to gel together in January when Davies is back, all great teams build from the back.[/p][/quote]Yes, the manager understands that, but do you? I say that in view of your previous comments which have hardly been complimentary towards Phil Parkinson.[/p][/quote]HANG ON PETER!!....Its you that wanted Parky sacked!!...Its you that doesn't attend games!!. OR HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN?! shaun from richmond

11:21am Mon 23 Dec 13

shaun from richmond says...

Peter300 wrote:
Pleased for Andy Gray. He's been totally professional since he arrived at the club. He's been unable to get into the team due to the form of James Hanson, yet all he's received is peurile abuse and ignorant criticism from fans whose football knowledge could easily be written on a postage stamp. Caleb Folan has also been unable to get a game because of James. So that makes him useless too in the eyes of these fans. And many of these people who have hammered Gray and now Folan are those fine upstanding individuals who spent over three years criticising James Hanson i.e. the Hanson Bashers. Both Andy Gray and Caleb Forlan were signed as cover or to give a 'different option' for the manager should he require it. Intelligent signings by an intelligent manager. A word you could never use to describe the Andy Gray critics or Hanson Bashers.
The closest you have been to Valley Parade....is Skipton Library 10am till 11am.....
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: Pleased for Andy Gray. He's been totally professional since he arrived at the club. He's been unable to get into the team due to the form of James Hanson, yet all he's received is peurile abuse and ignorant criticism from fans whose football knowledge could easily be written on a postage stamp. Caleb Folan has also been unable to get a game because of James. So that makes him useless too in the eyes of these fans. And many of these people who have hammered Gray and now Folan are those fine upstanding individuals who spent over three years criticising James Hanson i.e. the Hanson Bashers. Both Andy Gray and Caleb Forlan were signed as cover or to give a 'different option' for the manager should he require it. Intelligent signings by an intelligent manager. A word you could never use to describe the Andy Gray critics or Hanson Bashers.[/p][/quote]The closest you have been to Valley Parade....is Skipton Library 10am till 11am..... shaun from richmond

11:57am Mon 23 Dec 13

Lancashire Bantam says...

Peter300 wrote:
Lancashire Bantam wrote:
Things will start to gel together in January when Davies is back, all great teams build from the back.
Yes, the manager understands that, but do you? I say that in view of your previous comments which have hardly been complimentary towards Phil Parkinson.
Peter300, go boil your head and make some daft soup.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancashire Bantam[/bold] wrote: Things will start to gel together in January when Davies is back, all great teams build from the back.[/p][/quote]Yes, the manager understands that, but do you? I say that in view of your previous comments which have hardly been complimentary towards Phil Parkinson.[/p][/quote]Peter300, go boil your head and make some daft soup. Lancashire Bantam

1:09pm Mon 23 Dec 13

KnightMcCall says...

Andy Gray had done nothing to deserve abuse from the minoroty of morons on these pages and given how long it is since he played a competitive game, he did really well to make an impact. James Hanson he is not but he has an excellent football brain and with a run of games would be a valuable player. It was a fabulous finish too.

However, the way that City play, which is largely to get the ball forward quickly, he is not likely to be involved enough. When City play the ball through Doyle and get it out wide they look a threat and Reid absolutely terrorised Peterborough. We simply do not have a player who is as quick on the right and Yeates was picking the ball up in his own half with little or no chance of getting forward. If Yeates is going to play, we need to be getting the ball to him in the final third where his trickery can do some damage. It is vital that City keep the ball on the floor if Hanson is not available on boxing day. We have the talent, do we have the bravery.

Despite the result, I thought City played well in the second half and Jones really should have scored after Wells set him up. Their first goal was a freak; Peterbourough hadn't threatened up to that point. Would really like the ref to have to explan how McCardle was booked and their number four stayed on the pich; he totally bottled the decision when he brought Yeates down having already not given him a second yellow for the assault on Gray. Hopefully, we will get the decisions that matter against Rotherham.
Andy Gray had done nothing to deserve abuse from the minoroty of morons on these pages and given how long it is since he played a competitive game, he did really well to make an impact. James Hanson he is not but he has an excellent football brain and with a run of games would be a valuable player. It was a fabulous finish too. However, the way that City play, which is largely to get the ball forward quickly, he is not likely to be involved enough. When City play the ball through Doyle and get it out wide they look a threat and Reid absolutely terrorised Peterborough. We simply do not have a player who is as quick on the right and Yeates was picking the ball up in his own half with little or no chance of getting forward. If Yeates is going to play, we need to be getting the ball to him in the final third where his trickery can do some damage. It is vital that City keep the ball on the floor if Hanson is not available on boxing day. We have the talent, do we have the bravery. Despite the result, I thought City played well in the second half and Jones really should have scored after Wells set him up. Their first goal was a freak; Peterbourough hadn't threatened up to that point. Would really like the ref to have to explan how McCardle was booked and their number four stayed on the pich; he totally bottled the decision when he brought Yeates down having already not given him a second yellow for the assault on Gray. Hopefully, we will get the decisions that matter against Rotherham. KnightMcCall

6:10pm Mon 23 Dec 13

torreyman says...

One goal in more than a year in the league and Gray is in contention for Boxing Day match its not April Fools Day just shows you how weak the bench is
One goal in more than a year in the league and Gray is in contention for Boxing Day match its not April Fools Day just shows you how weak the bench is torreyman

6:44pm Mon 23 Dec 13

tyker7745 says...

torreyman wrote:
One goal in more than a year in the league and Gray is in contention for Boxing Day match its not April Fools Day just shows you how weak the bench is
agree completely: hope boxing day match postponed as we are no where near strong enough at present
[quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: One goal in more than a year in the league and Gray is in contention for Boxing Day match its not April Fools Day just shows you how weak the bench is[/p][/quote]agree completely: hope boxing day match postponed as we are no where near strong enough at present tyker7745

7:57pm Mon 23 Dec 13

bantam10 says...

Over 3 grand a week but at least he got a goal!!!!
Over 3 grand a week but at least he got a goal!!!! bantam10

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