Frustrated Alan Connell reluctantly accepts Bantams bit-part role but admits: I just want to play football

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Alan Connell makes his usual appearance off the bench, this time as a 79th-minute substitute in the 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient Alan Connell makes his usual appearance off the bench, this time as a 79th-minute substitute in the 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient

There’s nothing Alan Connell would like more than a proper reunion with Swindon tomorrow.

By that, the City striker means a decent run-out at Valley Parade rather than his usual cameo as a sub late in the game.

But Connell has accepted that a bench role is the norm. When he faces the club where he won a League Two championship medal before heading north, it is likely to be on replacement duties.

“It’s frustrating, very frustrating,” he admitted. “I don’t like not playing football but I’ve kind of got used to the situation.

“Last season we had a lot of games. I didn’t play as much as I wanted but I got a fair bit.

“This year’s been very frustrating because we’ve only had the league really.

“I want to play football.

I miss playing on a Saturday and getting ten minutes here and there isn’t what I want to do.

“I’m obviously employed by the club and I’ll always work hard. I love playing for this club but the key word is playing.

“I love being at the club, I love the boys and the supporters. Everything is great except I just want to play more.

“But the situation is what it is and I’ll just see what happens in the future.

“There’s obviously a reason I’m not playing but that’s for other people to judge. I just try my best every day and if it’s not good enough, it’s not good enough.”

Connell turned down a loan move to Plymouth on geographical grounds but with City looking to balance the budget, his position could be back in the spotlight when the transfer window reopens on Wednesday.

Before then, Swindon’s visit will rekindle fond memories of his time there under the madcap management of Paolo Di Canio.

Connell added: “Playing under Paolo had its moments and some days were difficult.

“It was a real test of your mental strength but I learned a hell of a lot. He improved me a lot as a footballer.

“There were a few incidents here and there but you just got on with it. We had some funny moments as well.

“You literally went in each day not knowing what was going to happen. Something would always go off.

“I started 25 games at Swindon so I was in and out. But that was the same for pretty much everyone because he was always rotating the team.

“But ultimately we were successful and that’s what it’s all about. I finished top goalscorer, got a league winner’s medal and was a JPT runner-up after playing at Wembley as well.”

Swindon are a very different outfit since the Italian’s departure. The current team under Mark Cooper has few survivors from the one that celebrated the title at Valley Parade 19 months ago.

Connell said: “There’s been a huge turnaround. I think they cut-back on finances to start with and there aren’t many people left from my time.

“I played with the goalkeeper, Wes Foderingham, and a couple of the others but the rest is all change.

“But they are a very good footballing side and pass the ball a lot. I think they could well challenge the top six this season.

“When they are on their day, they can probably hammer teams by four or five, so it’s going to be a really difficult game for us.”

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8:26am Sat 28 Dec 13

tinytoonster says...

wasting your breath pal, you could get an hat trick from bench and still wouldn't get a start!
favourites and all that.
wasting your breath pal, you could get an hat trick from bench and still wouldn't get a start! favourites and all that. tinytoonster

9:56am Sat 28 Dec 13

Badly overdrawn boy says...

Three decent touches would be a miracle never mind a hat rick..
Three decent touches would be a miracle never mind a hat rick.. Badly overdrawn boy

12:09pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Andy A. says...

Alan Connell just hasn't been given a chance to shine yet. He's a talented hard working and honest footballer who has been loyal to Bradford City. He needs a full ninety minutes in a league game to prove to supporters what an asset Alan is to the club. Imagine how you would feel being a substitute for 30 plus matches and when you come on to play you have on average the last ten minutes to make your mark. You can do it Alan if you're given the opportunity.
Alan Connell just hasn't been given a chance to shine yet. He's a talented hard working and honest footballer who has been loyal to Bradford City. He needs a full ninety minutes in a league game to prove to supporters what an asset Alan is to the club. Imagine how you would feel being a substitute for 30 plus matches and when you come on to play you have on average the last ten minutes to make your mark. You can do it Alan if you're given the opportunity. Andy A.

12:28pm Sat 28 Dec 13

pokertee says...

Badly overdrawn boy wrote:
Three decent touches would be a miracle never mind a hat rick..
Have you even seen him play? He will get his go today unless parkies mad. All players play well against their old clubs so we might actually get a goal. why he keeps playing thomo before all the other players im unsure. We need a good result today and maybe we can kick on.
[quote][p][bold]Badly overdrawn boy[/bold] wrote: Three decent touches would be a miracle never mind a hat rick..[/p][/quote]Have you even seen him play? He will get his go today unless parkies mad. All players play well against their old clubs so we might actually get a goal. why he keeps playing thomo before all the other players im unsure. We need a good result today and maybe we can kick on. pokertee

1:25pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Nevelhound says...

Have you been to any games. Connell has shown nothing that would warrant a start and has never looked like scoring when he has come on. Nothing against him but not good enough to dislodge ANY of the current side.
Have you been to any games. Connell has shown nothing that would warrant a start and has never looked like scoring when he has come on. Nothing against him but not good enough to dislodge ANY of the current side. Nevelhound

1:39pm Sat 28 Dec 13

tinytoonster says...

Nevelhound wrote:
Have you been to any games. Connell has shown nothing that would warrant a start and has never looked like scoring when he has come on. Nothing against him but not good enough to dislodge ANY of the current side.
i go to every game and lets be honest, apart from solskjaer at man u who does in 10mins?
he as a better touch and pass than thompson.
he wont play him because he;s too scared to try something different in case he looks foolish.
if you never try you'll never know.
14 games without a win surely a change of tactics is due?
[quote][p][bold]Nevelhound[/bold] wrote: Have you been to any games. Connell has shown nothing that would warrant a start and has never looked like scoring when he has come on. Nothing against him but not good enough to dislodge ANY of the current side.[/p][/quote]i go to every game and lets be honest, apart from solskjaer at man u who does in 10mins? he as a better touch and pass than thompson. he wont play him because he;s too scared to try something different in case he looks foolish. if you never try you'll never know. 14 games without a win surely a change of tactics is due? tinytoonster

2:37pm Sat 28 Dec 13

hardy43 says...

I wish he was good enough, but from what I have seen he is too slow and is easily picked off by the opposition.As for changing tactics, Parky tried to at Peterboro, it failed and he got slated! Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't!
I wish he was good enough, but from what I have seen he is too slow and is easily picked off by the opposition.As for changing tactics, Parky tried to at Peterboro, it failed and he got slated! Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't! hardy43

5:42pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Waynus1971 says...

hardy43 wrote:
I wish he was good enough, but from what I have seen he is too slow and is easily picked off by the opposition.As for changing tactics, Parky tried to at Peterboro, it failed and he got slated! Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't!
I agree with both points made. Connell has never impressed me enough in games where he has started, to suggest he should play a bigger part. He has a better touch than Wells and a better footballing brain than either Wells or Hanson. However, he never looks like scoring and this is why he plays deep when he does get brought on.

As for trying something different, most of the time he takes off a centre-back and throws on a striker or replaces Thommo with Yeates. He has tried Ravenhill/Kennedy instead of Doyle. However, he never tries to rest Jones. That said, the back-ups, such as de Vita/Yeates have hardly pulled up any trees.

PP tried a completely different tactic against Peterborough. It didn't work but at least he tried something different. We just don't have the players to play a 3-5-2 formation. Because we are struggling to contain teams across the middle of the park and have nothing to offer on the right, why not try 4-3-3 with Jones, Doyle and Ravenhill/Kennedy in the centre and Hanson/Gray, Reid & Wells in the forward 3 roles???
[quote][p][bold]hardy43[/bold] wrote: I wish he was good enough, but from what I have seen he is too slow and is easily picked off by the opposition.As for changing tactics, Parky tried to at Peterboro, it failed and he got slated! Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't![/p][/quote]I agree with both points made. Connell has never impressed me enough in games where he has started, to suggest he should play a bigger part. He has a better touch than Wells and a better footballing brain than either Wells or Hanson. However, he never looks like scoring and this is why he plays deep when he does get brought on. As for trying something different, most of the time he takes off a centre-back and throws on a striker or replaces Thommo with Yeates. He has tried Ravenhill/Kennedy instead of Doyle. However, he never tries to rest Jones. That said, the back-ups, such as de Vita/Yeates have hardly pulled up any trees. PP tried a completely different tactic against Peterborough. It didn't work but at least he tried something different. We just don't have the players to play a 3-5-2 formation. Because we are struggling to contain teams across the middle of the park and have nothing to offer on the right, why not try 4-3-3 with Jones, Doyle and Ravenhill/Kennedy in the centre and Hanson/Gray, Reid & Wells in the forward 3 roles??? Waynus1971

11:35am Sun 29 Dec 13

Olivermac says...

tinytoonster wrote:
Nevelhound wrote:
Have you been to any games. Connell has shown nothing that would warrant a start and has never looked like scoring when he has come on. Nothing against him but not good enough to dislodge ANY of the current side.
i go to every game and lets be honest, apart from solskjaer at man u who does in 10mins?
he as a better touch and pass than thompson.
he wont play him because he;s too scared to try something different in case he looks foolish.
if you never try you'll never know.
14 games without a win surely a change of tactics is due?
I go to every game and how on earth can you judge any player who has a 10min run out (Connell) just remember when there is only 10 min left and your are 1-0 down don't you think that your opponents change the system extra defender etc to keep what they have 3points that is the sole reason why 10min is not long enough for any player to impress.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nevelhound[/bold] wrote: Have you been to any games. Connell has shown nothing that would warrant a start and has never looked like scoring when he has come on. Nothing against him but not good enough to dislodge ANY of the current side.[/p][/quote]i go to every game and lets be honest, apart from solskjaer at man u who does in 10mins? he as a better touch and pass than thompson. he wont play him because he;s too scared to try something different in case he looks foolish. if you never try you'll never know. 14 games without a win surely a change of tactics is due?[/p][/quote]I go to every game and how on earth can you judge any player who has a 10min run out (Connell) just remember when there is only 10 min left and your are 1-0 down don't you think that your opponents change the system extra defender etc to keep what they have 3points that is the sole reason why 10min is not long enough for any player to impress. Olivermac

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