Gary Jones: Keep calm and Bradford City can beat the Millers

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Gary Jones believes City’s players need to block out the terrace emotions as they try to get the better of derby rivals Rotherham Gary Jones believes City’s players need to block out the terrace emotions as they try to get the better of derby rivals Rotherham

Gary Jones is calling for cool heads to help City end their Rotherham jinx on Boxing Day.

While both sides were promoted from League Two last season, the Millers did the double over their Yorkshire rivals – without conceding a goal.

And they followed that up with a 3-0 FA Cup thumping at the New York Stadium last month.

Rotherham have now won the last five meetings between the clubs and City skipper Jones admits it is high time they turned the tables at Valley Parade on Thursday.

The atmosphere will be highly charged and the visitors have sold out their 2,500 ticket allocation. But the experienced midfielder insists the players have to try to block out the emotions.

Jones said: “It’s going to be a great fixture and a big crowd. Everyone knows what’s gone on between us and them.

“They’ve had some good results but hopefully we can get that monkey off our back and beat them at last.

“The key thing is that we don’t get too over-excited. The supporters will be frantic, baying for blood if you like, but it’s up to us to remain cool and calm.”

City have gone three months without a Valley Parade victory. The last was on September 28 when James Hanson snatched a late winner against Shrewsbury.

They have played five times at home since, losing to Tranmere and Wolves before draws with Coventry, Notts County and Leyton Orient.

City have led in only one of them – and ended up going down 2-1 to Wolves.

Jones said: “Home form is vital. Win those games and it takes all the pressure off going away.

“If we can get our home form sorted, I’m sure we can kick on and be where we want to be at the end of the season.

“The performances have generally been good – but scoring first is so important.

“Look at the Notts County and Leyton Orient games, when goals went in against the run of play.

“You feel yourself getting frustrated because nobody sees it coming. It’s out of the blue.

“But we’ve shown we’ve got this desire to keep it going and nine times out of ten we come back and get a result.

“It is deflating when you lose a goal but it’s up to us to try and get in front and build some momentum for our own supporters.”

City cannot afford to let sixth-placed Rotherham extend the five-point gap that currently exists between the sides. Jones also feels the Bantams owe the fans for their meek surrender in the FA Cup seven weeks ago.

He admitted: “That one really hurt. It was a local derby and we never really got going.

“Everyone loves a good cup run, especially us. It does generate some funds as well as you go further into the rounds.

“Supporters pay good money to come and back us and for us not to turn up like that, especially in a derby game, was a massive disappointment.

“The way we played that day let everyone down. But hopefully we can put that right on Boxing Day.”

* Wigan recalled Nouha Dicko from his loan spell at Rotherham with immediate effect yesterday.

The in-form striker, 21, has scored six goals in five appearances for the Millers including a brace in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Wolves.

Latics have struggled to score goals themselves with Grant Holt, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Will Keane, borrowed from Manchester United, struggling for both fitness and form.

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10:47am Tue 24 Dec 13

Freddy says...

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Don't allow Evans to" wind up" the Players and the Crowd. Although he has seriously abused City, and their Staff. I detest the man, and can think of many words to disgrace his persona.
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But I agree with Jonesy.' ' Keep calm and carry on '-- and play passing football. Punting long balls up to one, or two at the front, is not really working. It has been somewhat fortunate- in the past. But it is not working now in L.1.
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City need to get more players into the box., when attacking. Hanson/Gray Connell --Wells. Need to be waiting for cleared balls from the oppositions corners and free kicks. They need to hold the ball, whilst City get out from defending-- to attacking. Wells can easily be muscled off the ball. City need to address this weakness. Plus prevent him from going back into City's box area--to probably give away a penalty. He needs to learn how to hold the ball up--as City clear their lines.
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If I was going to buy a Striker in the Jan.Transfer Window--it would be ASMBALOGER from P'Boro. I do not think Wells is Physically strong enough to cope with Central Defenders in a higher league.
He would command a higher price, transfer fee and salary. If City achieved promotion to the Championship.But that is now looking like a slim chance to achieve.
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Swindon and Notts. County--are further banana skin Matches !
I know that these observations will not be popular. BUT, the truth always hurts.
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" YULETIDE FELICITATIONS TO YOU ALL!!!! ".
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* Don't allow Evans to" wind up" the Players and the Crowd. Although he has seriously abused City, and their Staff. I detest the man, and can think of many words to disgrace his persona. * But I agree with Jonesy.' ' Keep calm and carry on '-- and play passing football. Punting long balls up to one, or two at the front, is not really working. It has been somewhat fortunate- in the past. But it is not working now in L.1. * City need to get more players into the box., when attacking. Hanson/Gray Connell --Wells. Need to be waiting for cleared balls from the oppositions corners and free kicks. They need to hold the ball, whilst City get out from defending-- to attacking. Wells can easily be muscled off the ball. City need to address this weakness. Plus prevent him from going back into City's box area--to probably give away a penalty. He needs to learn how to hold the ball up--as City clear their lines. * If I was going to buy a Striker in the Jan.Transfer Window--it would be ASMBALOGER from P'Boro. I do not think Wells is Physically strong enough to cope with Central Defenders in a higher league. He would command a higher price, transfer fee and salary. If City achieved promotion to the Championship.But that is now looking like a slim chance to achieve. * Swindon and Notts. County--are further banana skin Matches ! I know that these observations will not be popular. BUT, the truth always hurts. *. " YULETIDE FELICITATIONS TO YOU ALL!!!! ". * Freddy

11:02am Tue 24 Dec 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Like we could afford Asambalonga.

Keeping calm is the incorrect thing to do. Get in their faces, crowd and players from the off. I wish we still had Ravenhill, this is just his type of game. we can't sit back and give them room and time to steamroller our midfield as we have done in recent games. This gives them the impetus, usually the lead and then it's downhill from there as we chase the game.

It needs to be a cauldron tomorrow, we have become quieter at VP over recent weeks, is one feeding the other? Can we as fans lift the mood and the players?
Like we could afford Asambalonga. Keeping calm is the incorrect thing to do. Get in their faces, crowd and players from the off. I wish we still had Ravenhill, this is just his type of game. we can't sit back and give them room and time to steamroller our midfield as we have done in recent games. This gives them the impetus, usually the lead and then it's downhill from there as we chase the game. It needs to be a cauldron tomorrow, we have become quieter at VP over recent weeks, is one feeding the other? Can we as fans lift the mood and the players? Prisoner Cell Block A

12:54pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Olivermac says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Like we could afford Asambalonga.

Keeping calm is the incorrect thing to do. Get in their faces, crowd and players from the off. I wish we still had Ravenhill, this is just his type of game. we can't sit back and give them room and time to steamroller our midfield as we have done in recent games. This gives them the impetus, usually the lead and then it's downhill from there as we chase the game.

It needs to be a cauldron tomorrow, we have become quieter at VP over recent weeks, is one feeding the other? Can we as fans lift the mood and the players?
I totally agree when have we ever been in the oppositions faces from the off,
(NEVER ), just take a look at how we play at hone and away Reid and Thomo pick the ball up from the halfway line Reid always has 2 defenders at him from the half way line so what chance can he have for crossing the ball from the byline to the likes of Hanson. P.P. Should give a bit of slack to both wingers and the balls should be played over the top of the defenders wide so Reid picks the ball up in the last third of the pitch. The one concern that is apparent that only Nakhi Wells is the only player capable at the moment of getting a goal , yes Grey got the tap in at Peterborough but to be honest we could have had more than one goal from a number of players.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Like we could afford Asambalonga. Keeping calm is the incorrect thing to do. Get in their faces, crowd and players from the off. I wish we still had Ravenhill, this is just his type of game. we can't sit back and give them room and time to steamroller our midfield as we have done in recent games. This gives them the impetus, usually the lead and then it's downhill from there as we chase the game. It needs to be a cauldron tomorrow, we have become quieter at VP over recent weeks, is one feeding the other? Can we as fans lift the mood and the players?[/p][/quote]I totally agree when have we ever been in the oppositions faces from the off, (NEVER ), just take a look at how we play at hone and away Reid and Thomo pick the ball up from the halfway line Reid always has 2 defenders at him from the half way line so what chance can he have for crossing the ball from the byline to the likes of Hanson. P.P. Should give a bit of slack to both wingers and the balls should be played over the top of the defenders wide so Reid picks the ball up in the last third of the pitch. The one concern that is apparent that only Nakhi Wells is the only player capable at the moment of getting a goal , yes Grey got the tap in at Peterborough but to be honest we could have had more than one goal from a number of players. Olivermac

3:09pm Tue 24 Dec 13

SHOESMAKER24 says...

I think we are very close to being a very good team , but who just don't get over that final hurdle , we will have to some how start to pick more points up very soon , or will be out of the play offs we need another player like reid on the other wing , not easy I no , good look lads lets get back on that goal trail once again come on city
I think we are very close to being a very good team , but who just don't get over that final hurdle , we will have to some how start to pick more points up very soon , or will be out of the play offs we need another player like reid on the other wing , not easy I no , good look lads lets get back on that goal trail once again come on city SHOESMAKER24

3:21pm Tue 24 Dec 13

nowt fresh says...

Can we get Mick Kennedy back for the first 15 minutes or so ? no Christmas spirit to Rotherham on Boxing Day, Doyley to give Pringe a "welcomer early doors" to spice the game up as Rotherham are usually the first to welcome us.
Can we get Mick Kennedy back for the first 15 minutes or so ? no Christmas spirit to Rotherham on Boxing Day, Doyley to give Pringe a "welcomer early doors" to spice the game up as Rotherham are usually the first to welcome us. nowt fresh

4:23pm Tue 24 Dec 13

pokertee says...

Thsi game will affect our season in many ways. If we get hammered on boxing day there are the boo boys that will be baying for blood. If we hammer them i think it will spur us on and we will get to the playoffs. All i want for Xmas is for the players to give 100/% for the full game. Get in their faces and get parky and the fans to give their scum of a manager the stick he deserves. Heads up fans and ets bring the house down and feck off the rotherham fans.
Thsi game will affect our season in many ways. If we get hammered on boxing day there are the boo boys that will be baying for blood. If we hammer them i think it will spur us on and we will get to the playoffs. All i want for Xmas is for the players to give 100/% for the full game. Get in their faces and get parky and the fans to give their scum of a manager the stick he deserves. Heads up fans and ets bring the house down and feck off the rotherham fans. pokertee

4:44pm Tue 24 Dec 13

lawsonio123 says...

All Known form points to a Rotherham victory. However this match will make or break City,s season so let us hope the turning point of our bad run is here on Boxing Day We have beaten Arsenal at Valley Parade with just about the same team so Evans and his team can be beaten if our players just believe in them selfs and there ability to get back to winning ways. Christmas can become the point when City begin a serious push towards the top six.SO COME ON LADS give us a Christmas to remember
All Known form points to a Rotherham victory. However this match will make or break City,s season so let us hope the turning point of our bad run is here on Boxing Day We have beaten Arsenal at Valley Parade with just about the same team so Evans and his team can be beaten if our players just believe in them selfs and there ability to get back to winning ways. Christmas can become the point when City begin a serious push towards the top six.SO COME ON LADS give us a Christmas to remember lawsonio123

8:40pm Tue 24 Dec 13

jamiejoe says...

It's definitely time we turned the tables on them!!

Bring it on City!!
It's definitely time we turned the tables on them!! Bring it on City!! jamiejoe

11:58am Wed 25 Dec 13

lawsonio123 says...

Happy Christmas to you all Have a great day tomorrow go and watch CITY WIN
Happy Christmas to you all Have a great day tomorrow go and watch CITY WIN lawsonio123

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