It's time we brought home the points, says Bantams boss Phil Parkinson ahead of Swindon clash

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: James Hanson is hoping to be back in contention after missing the last two matches James Hanson is hoping to be back in contention after missing the last two matches

City have banished all play-off talk as they try to piece their crumbling season back together.

The Bantams face Swindon tomorrow still looking for a first home win since September 28.

Boxing Day’s one-sided loss to Rotherham increased their current slump to only one victory in 13 games – a slide which has seen them drop from fourth to 11th.

They sit eight points off the top six but Phil Parkinson insists that is not even on the agenda right now. His only concern is finding that elusive three points.

Parkinson said: “Believe you me, I’m not looking at the play-offs at the moment.

“I’m looking at us putting in a hard-working display against Swindon.

“We started the season terrifically well and maybe that’s given everyone false belief. Of course we want to get there (into the top six) but I need to get this show back on the road again.

“We need to get a victory from somewhere. That is the most important thing.”

City are desperate to get James Hanson back in the front line and will give him as long as possible to prove his fitness.

The targetman has missed the last two defeats with a tight calf and was also suffering with a stomach bug over Christmas.

That has cleared and he has been working intensively with physio Matt Barrass for the past couple of days.

Parkinson is desperate to get some more “big characters” back on the field but it could still be a risk.

Ricky Ravenhill could also come into contention after being recalled ten days early from his loan spell at Northampton. He was an unused substitute on Boxing Day.

Parkinson added: “We are struggling for numbers and we only just had enough to fill the bench.

“Ricky’s a character we need back in the trenches.”

City will look back on 2013 as one of the most momentous years in their history with two visits to Wembley and a promotion. But it is in danger of petering out as they continue to slip down the League One table.

Parkinson added: “We’ve had some good times over the last 18 months but these are the really difficult ones. We are struggling.

“But we need to pull together – myself, the players and the supporters.

“Being a supporter, manager and a player, that’s what football is all about. You stick together through the bad times and you enjoy the good ones together.

“We’ve had plenty of those and now we’re having a tough time. I’ve got to find a way out of that with the team and we’ll certainly do that.

“Is it a good thing to be playing again so soon? It depends if we’ve got the players back. I can’t say if that’s good or not until I see the situation.”

Rory McArdle is free to return after a one-game ban but Carl McHugh’s impressive return against the Millers will give Parkinson food for thought at central defence.

Seventh-placed Swindon are not the same team away from the County Ground. Twenty five of their 33 points have come at home.

Mark Cooper’s side have won twice and lost seven on the road, including a 3-2 Boxing Day defeat at Brentford after twice being in front. Like City, they have struggled to keep a clean sheet with only one in the last ten games.

Cooper has another issue with controversial striker Nile Ranger, who failed to show up at training yesterday after playing at Griffin Park.

The Swindon boss said: “He has a tremendous talent and he’s still a very young man but he’s wasting it. The frustration is with him and for him.

“It’s difficult but he’s only going to have himself to blame because he’s had so many chances. He’s a tremendous centre forward and a great number nine but sometimes the group is more important.”

Dany N’Guessan, a familiar opponent for City in his Lincoln days, could step in after missing Thursday’s game through illness.

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9:23am Sat 28 Dec 13

BantamMark says...

3 points first, I don't care if it bounces in of wells's backside. Transfer window opens Wednesday so well's future will be sorted one way or another as all the talk looks to be playing on his mind (that and Hanson not been in the team) Davies back soon to steady the defence and we can get the team playing like we did in Aug/Sept. Gutted I can't go tomorrow (not as gutted after Thursday's though) but everyone needs to dig deep, support the lads and keep the faith. Turn tomorrow into a wall of noise to show what 2013 meant to us all. Don't let it end in a whimper.
3 points first, I don't care if it bounces in of wells's backside. Transfer window opens Wednesday so well's future will be sorted one way or another as all the talk looks to be playing on his mind (that and Hanson not been in the team) Davies back soon to steady the defence and we can get the team playing like we did in Aug/Sept. Gutted I can't go tomorrow (not as gutted after Thursday's though) but everyone needs to dig deep, support the lads and keep the faith. Turn tomorrow into a wall of noise to show what 2013 meant to us all. Don't let it end in a whimper. BantamMark

9:55am Sat 28 Dec 13

realcitygent says...

got to laugh it was only couple month ago parky was trying to force ravenhill out of vp ,now he is saying we need characters like him back in the squad ,is he saying the signings he has made this season are not up to it ,eg kennedy,de vita, ,all the talk about playoffs have being banished dont make me laugh ,the way we are going we will need points to stay up ,need a few decent loan signing from prem clubs in jan to add depth to squad as are squad players are not up for it,be great to off load some of are rubbish ,gray ,kennedy, de vita ,and even doyle who i believe his heart isnt in it imo he to slow cant tackle and never gets forward tends to leave the hard work to jones who is far to old to run the show,iv not lost faith just got to be honest and say we are just not good enough to make playoffs ,il still be there shouting lads on its in my blood ,ctid
got to laugh it was only couple month ago parky was trying to force ravenhill out of vp ,now he is saying we need characters like him back in the squad ,is he saying the signings he has made this season are not up to it ,eg kennedy,de vita, ,all the talk about playoffs have being banished dont make me laugh ,the way we are going we will need points to stay up ,need a few decent loan signing from prem clubs in jan to add depth to squad as are squad players are not up for it,be great to off load some of are rubbish ,gray ,kennedy, de vita ,and even doyle who i believe his heart isnt in it imo he to slow cant tackle and never gets forward tends to leave the hard work to jones who is far to old to run the show,iv not lost faith just got to be honest and say we are just not good enough to make playoffs ,il still be there shouting lads on its in my blood ,ctid realcitygent

10:17am Sat 28 Dec 13

irish bantam says...

Get bates out of the ack line. IMO he is not good enough and gives away too many balls and is easily beaten in the air. Get. Mc cradle and Mchugh back together. Time to give jones a rest
Get bates out of the ack line. IMO he is not good enough and gives away too many balls and is easily beaten in the air. Get. Mc cradle and Mchugh back together. Time to give jones a rest irish bantam

10:22am Sat 28 Dec 13

Freddy says...

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The confidence in the Squad, continued into League 1, at the start of this Season. But that confidence has gone now. Along with opposition teams, now aware of City's play, and weaknesses.
*
'Parky' has quite rightly allowed the players who achieved promotion etc., to continue into this first Season in L1. The start was good.
*
Wednesday is the time for 'Parky' to change the Squad. Time to move out players who are not good enough for L1. Time to reform a L1 Squad, that can retain L1 status. Time to bring in players of L1 quality, and where possible, with Championship potential. THIS WILL REQUIRE MONEY.
*
Joint Chairman Lawn, was paid £1Million back, from last Seasons profits. Joint Chairman Julian Rhodes, kept City going, right from the £35 Million debt left by RICH-MAN ( MOND). I do not know if any of the Rhodes families monies, that have kept City in business, have ever been returned/refunded--A
S HAVE WITH LAWN.
*
So, I propose Chairman Lawn pays the £1 Million back , into the " Players purchasing and Transfer Fund ". That money, along with any fees obtained from the sale of Wells, and/or any other players. Will allow 'Parky' to effect several player movements, during the transfer window. Plus any funding needed to bring in quality Loan players, as deemed necessary.
*
Unless this proposition is accepted and effected. Then ALL the great work, and achievements this year, will be lost.
*
I accept that many Supporters will not agree with my comment. But I feel it is --TIME WE CHANGED THE SQUAD--FOR LEAGUE ONE SURVIVAL.
*
* The confidence in the Squad, continued into League 1, at the start of this Season. But that confidence has gone now. Along with opposition teams, now aware of City's play, and weaknesses. * 'Parky' has quite rightly allowed the players who achieved promotion etc., to continue into this first Season in L1. The start was good. * Wednesday is the time for 'Parky' to change the Squad. Time to move out players who are not good enough for L1. Time to reform a L1 Squad, that can retain L1 status. Time to bring in players of L1 quality, and where possible, with Championship potential. THIS WILL REQUIRE MONEY. * Joint Chairman Lawn, was paid £1Million back, from last Seasons profits. Joint Chairman Julian Rhodes, kept City going, right from the £35 Million debt left by RICH-MAN ( MOND). I do not know if any of the Rhodes families monies, that have kept City in business, have ever been returned/refunded--A S HAVE WITH LAWN. * So, I propose Chairman Lawn pays the £1 Million back , into the " Players purchasing and Transfer Fund ". That money, along with any fees obtained from the sale of Wells, and/or any other players. Will allow 'Parky' to effect several player movements, during the transfer window. Plus any funding needed to bring in quality Loan players, as deemed necessary. * Unless this proposition is accepted and effected. Then ALL the great work, and achievements this year, will be lost. * I accept that many Supporters will not agree with my comment. But I feel it is --TIME WE CHANGED THE SQUAD--FOR LEAGUE ONE SURVIVAL. * Freddy

10:39am Sat 28 Dec 13

lygobantam1 says...

We all now that these lad's can plwellsay a lot better. Than they are a the moment, they have provided some grate games showed some grate spirit. They need that spark back.
Nacki Wells, might go or might stop.we have a lot of key players out. We need to keep the support up to full volume.
We all now that these lad's can plwellsay a lot better. Than they are a the moment, they have provided some grate games showed some grate spirit. They need that spark back. Nacki Wells, might go or might stop.we have a lot of key players out. We need to keep the support up to full volume. lygobantam1

10:51am Sat 28 Dec 13

Citytilidie says...

One of few players to come out with any credit on Thursday was mchugh and u can bank on him being dropped for mccardle on Sunday the most frustrating thing for me this season is the fact parky has no faith in the fringe players Kennedy,de vita,Connell,Dolan,g
ray but consistent underachievers like Thompson and Doyle get a shirt every week why add these players if not deemed good enough for a start or even a try? We need at least three new players in January to add more spark and quality to a good squad but who I think have found there level.can't get too downbeat we've come a long way in the last eighteen months but we can't afford to stand still
One of few players to come out with any credit on Thursday was mchugh and u can bank on him being dropped for mccardle on Sunday the most frustrating thing for me this season is the fact parky has no faith in the fringe players Kennedy,de vita,Connell,Dolan,g ray but consistent underachievers like Thompson and Doyle get a shirt every week why add these players if not deemed good enough for a start or even a try? We need at least three new players in January to add more spark and quality to a good squad but who I think have found there level.can't get too downbeat we've come a long way in the last eighteen months but we can't afford to stand still Citytilidie

10:55am Sat 28 Dec 13

Citytilidie says...

folan not dolan
folan not dolan Citytilidie

11:08am Sat 28 Dec 13

Stevie-C says...

irish bantam wrote:
Get bates out of the ack line. IMO he is not good enough and gives away too many balls and is easily beaten in the air. Get. Mc cradle and Mchugh back together. Time to give jones a rest
Totally agree. Mchugh was great against rotherscum and won everything. Keep him there with mcardle, give bates a chance in CM as he has played there with his previous club. Bates has no pace so sitting midfielder may bring out his best. Worth a try, and cant wait for hanson to come back into the reckoning as we (or should i say nahki) has missed him badly
[quote][p][bold]irish bantam[/bold] wrote: Get bates out of the ack line. IMO he is not good enough and gives away too many balls and is easily beaten in the air. Get. Mc cradle and Mchugh back together. Time to give jones a rest[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Mchugh was great against rotherscum and won everything. Keep him there with mcardle, give bates a chance in CM as he has played there with his previous club. Bates has no pace so sitting midfielder may bring out his best. Worth a try, and cant wait for hanson to come back into the reckoning as we (or should i say nahki) has missed him badly Stevie-C

11:12am Sat 28 Dec 13

bradford321 says...

I think every referee should take a look at the photo used for this article, Hanson being clearly fouled in the box!

I thought a 'half Nelson' was a wrestling move!

I bet this ended up Asa free kick against him!
I think every referee should take a look at the photo used for this article, Hanson being clearly fouled in the box! I thought a 'half Nelson' was a wrestling move! I bet this ended up Asa free kick against him! bradford321

11:16am Sat 28 Dec 13

bradford321 says...

Stevie-C wrote:
irish bantam wrote:
Get bates out of the ack line. IMO he is not good enough and gives away too many balls and is easily beaten in the air. Get. Mc cradle and Mchugh back together. Time to give jones a rest
Totally agree. Mchugh was great against rotherscum and won everything. Keep him there with mcardle, give bates a chance in CM as he has played there with his previous club. Bates has no pace so sitting midfielder may bring out his best. Worth a try, and cant wait for hanson to come back into the reckoning as we (or should i say nahki) has missed him badly
Think Mchugh had a great game, just think Meredith is struggling with form and maybe Mchugh could fill his role for a week or 2 as a wake up call for Meredith.

If you watch the replay of rotherhams goal, he was way out of position and that's not the first we have conceded from his position (Coventry)
[quote][p][bold]Stevie-C[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]irish bantam[/bold] wrote: Get bates out of the ack line. IMO he is not good enough and gives away too many balls and is easily beaten in the air. Get. Mc cradle and Mchugh back together. Time to give jones a rest[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Mchugh was great against rotherscum and won everything. Keep him there with mcardle, give bates a chance in CM as he has played there with his previous club. Bates has no pace so sitting midfielder may bring out his best. Worth a try, and cant wait for hanson to come back into the reckoning as we (or should i say nahki) has missed him badly[/p][/quote]Think Mchugh had a great game, just think Meredith is struggling with form and maybe Mchugh could fill his role for a week or 2 as a wake up call for Meredith. If you watch the replay of rotherhams goal, he was way out of position and that's not the first we have conceded from his position (Coventry) bradford321

11:16am Sat 28 Dec 13

bradford321 says...

Stevie-C wrote:
irish bantam wrote:
Get bates out of the ack line. IMO he is not good enough and gives away too many balls and is easily beaten in the air. Get. Mc cradle and Mchugh back together. Time to give jones a rest
Totally agree. Mchugh was great against rotherscum and won everything. Keep him there with mcardle, give bates a chance in CM as he has played there with his previous club. Bates has no pace so sitting midfielder may bring out his best. Worth a try, and cant wait for hanson to come back into the reckoning as we (or should i say nahki) has missed him badly
Think Mchugh had a great game, just think Meredith is struggling with form and maybe Mchugh could fill his role for a week or 2 as a wake up call for Meredith.

If you watch the replay of rotherhams goal, he was way out of position and that's not the first we have conceded from his position (Coventry)
[quote][p][bold]Stevie-C[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]irish bantam[/bold] wrote: Get bates out of the ack line. IMO he is not good enough and gives away too many balls and is easily beaten in the air. Get. Mc cradle and Mchugh back together. Time to give jones a rest[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Mchugh was great against rotherscum and won everything. Keep him there with mcardle, give bates a chance in CM as he has played there with his previous club. Bates has no pace so sitting midfielder may bring out his best. Worth a try, and cant wait for hanson to come back into the reckoning as we (or should i say nahki) has missed him badly[/p][/quote]Think Mchugh had a great game, just think Meredith is struggling with form and maybe Mchugh could fill his role for a week or 2 as a wake up call for Meredith. If you watch the replay of rotherhams goal, he was way out of position and that's not the first we have conceded from his position (Coventry) bradford321

11:55am Sat 28 Dec 13

minkiebantam says...

I too thought Mcugh had a good game, but putting at LB would not be the best idea. Yes meredith has not been at his best, but going forward, his partnership with Reid is far better than with Mcugh. Keep him at CB And as someone said above, try Bates in the holding MF Roll? Give Jones/doyle a rest. Can devita play Midfield? Only my opinon.
CTID!
I too thought Mcugh had a good game, but putting at LB would not be the best idea. Yes meredith has not been at his best, but going forward, his partnership with Reid is far better than with Mcugh. Keep him at CB And as someone said above, try Bates in the holding MF Roll? Give Jones/doyle a rest. Can devita play Midfield? Only my opinon. CTID! minkiebantam

12:38pm Sat 28 Dec 13

pokertee says...

There will be some investment in Jan when wells goes. I know there are rumors but the major one at present is that Leeds have already put in a interested bid.

At the end of the day playing with one Top championship player and 10 low first division players is not working. we need fresh faces and fresh ideas for the second half of the season.

Ill be very sad to see wells to go cos if we went up this season he would be a great payer for us in championship. Connel will get his chance today against his old club so lets hope he starts and does well for us cos we certainly need a win
There will be some investment in Jan when wells goes. I know there are rumors but the major one at present is that Leeds have already put in a interested bid. At the end of the day playing with one Top championship player and 10 low first division players is not working. we need fresh faces and fresh ideas for the second half of the season. Ill be very sad to see wells to go cos if we went up this season he would be a great payer for us in championship. Connel will get his chance today against his old club so lets hope he starts and does well for us cos we certainly need a win pokertee

1:41pm Sat 28 Dec 13

supadoc says...

Jones is struggling on his own, give Ravenhill a chance, also what good is a squad if your not using it, Connell is worth more than ten minutes, Change the system sometimes with three in midfield so not getting overrun i agree Mchugh should keep his place. Not trying to ell Parky his job as he's been great for us but we need a big improvement.
Jones is struggling on his own, give Ravenhill a chance, also what good is a squad if your not using it, Connell is worth more than ten minutes, Change the system sometimes with three in midfield so not getting overrun i agree Mchugh should keep his place. Not trying to ell Parky his job as he's been great for us but we need a big improvement. supadoc

1:42pm Sat 28 Dec 13

birbir says...

The problem lies with Phil Parkinson - he tactics are from the horse and cart era. He has relied upon his past glories and living off the Wembley cup match and the promotion.

Don't get me wrong, but i sit behind the dugout at home matches and some of the stuff that I witness is beyond belief. The way he treats some players is shocking. Instead of playing Caleb Folan he totally blanked him for the whole time he was here. Never plays Connell, why put him on with 3 min to go when you can't even do anything?? Never uses Yeates or De Vita.

The biggest criminal act is dropping McHugh!! The kid is an absolute top player and had a brilliant partnership with Mcardle last year. He played against Rotherham and showed his class. Bates is not up to playing at the back. We need a massive overhaul and I don understand why cannot get in any loan players from the premiership clubs, they have a stack of young kids vying for playing time. We had Blair Turgott last year he did well. The lad we turned down from Newcastle Vukic scored against us.

You would think that the scouting department would have some links with other clubs, esp Parkinson who has links with Arsenal,. Liverpool have an abundance of top young players wanting some first team experience, i am sure they would let some of them come and play here.

There have been a number of clubs scouting Nakhi Wells. Watford have bid £1.25 million for him. Hull, West Ham, QPR and Leeds are hot on the Welss too. Leeds are favourites to get him as they have offered him first team football.

If Wells goes we are in for a tough year, I feel for the kid, he has zero service, Jones is not up to this level, he is nearing 35/36 and you can see it get to him now in the latter stages of matches. A great player yes, but not for this level. Doyle needs to man up too and start working harder. We are missing Andrew Davies badly and the sooner he is fit, we will get back to winning ways. Our home form is shocking and is real relegation form, we have not won at home since the back end of Sept against the game V Shrewsbury. The last game we won was against MK Dons away. We need a striker like Patrick Bamford who is on loan from Chelsea. Brentford have another Chelsea youth player on Saville on loan from Chelsea. Why can;t we get any loan players in??

We had brilliant last season and I will never forget the two Wembley trips etc. But the bread and butter of football is the league and we had the momentum and spirit of last year, it seems to have gone. Parkinson has done some much for the club, but i feel it is the right time for change and some new fresh tactics and players for Bradford City to move us forward.
The problem lies with Phil Parkinson - he tactics are from the horse and cart era. He has relied upon his past glories and living off the Wembley cup match and the promotion. Don't get me wrong, but i sit behind the dugout at home matches and some of the stuff that I witness is beyond belief. The way he treats some players is shocking. Instead of playing Caleb Folan he totally blanked him for the whole time he was here. Never plays Connell, why put him on with 3 min to go when you can't even do anything?? Never uses Yeates or De Vita. The biggest criminal act is dropping McHugh!! The kid is an absolute top player and had a brilliant partnership with Mcardle last year. He played against Rotherham and showed his class. Bates is not up to playing at the back. We need a massive overhaul and I don understand why cannot get in any loan players from the premiership clubs, they have a stack of young kids vying for playing time. We had Blair Turgott last year he did well. The lad we turned down from Newcastle Vukic scored against us. You would think that the scouting department would have some links with other clubs, esp Parkinson who has links with Arsenal,. Liverpool have an abundance of top young players wanting some first team experience, i am sure they would let some of them come and play here. There have been a number of clubs scouting Nakhi Wells. Watford have bid £1.25 million for him. Hull, West Ham, QPR and Leeds are hot on the Welss too. Leeds are favourites to get him as they have offered him first team football. If Wells goes we are in for a tough year, I feel for the kid, he has zero service, Jones is not up to this level, he is nearing 35/36 and you can see it get to him now in the latter stages of matches. A great player yes, but not for this level. Doyle needs to man up too and start working harder. We are missing Andrew Davies badly and the sooner he is fit, we will get back to winning ways. Our home form is shocking and is real relegation form, we have not won at home since the back end of Sept against the game V Shrewsbury. The last game we won was against MK Dons away. We need a striker like Patrick Bamford who is on loan from Chelsea. Brentford have another Chelsea youth player on Saville on loan from Chelsea. Why can;t we get any loan players in?? We had brilliant last season and I will never forget the two Wembley trips etc. But the bread and butter of football is the league and we had the momentum and spirit of last year, it seems to have gone. Parkinson has done some much for the club, but i feel it is the right time for change and some new fresh tactics and players for Bradford City to move us forward. birbir

1:45pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Remembertheparaders says...

Wonder if we might just scrape a draw v Swindon. Best we can hope for, especially if manager doesn't freshen up the team and give some of his favourites a rest ...and the fans a rest from them.

One win in14 matches says it all and should tell PP something.
Wonder if we might just scrape a draw v Swindon. Best we can hope for, especially if manager doesn't freshen up the team and give some of his favourites a rest ...and the fans a rest from them. One win in14 matches says it all and should tell PP something. Remembertheparaders

3:18pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Victor Clayton says...

bradford321 wrote:
Stevie-C wrote:
irish bantam wrote:
Get bates out of the ack line. IMO he is not good enough and gives away too many balls and is easily beaten in the air. Get. Mc cradle and Mchugh back together. Time to give jones a rest
Totally agree. Mchugh was great against rotherscum and won everything. Keep him there with mcardle, give bates a chance in CM as he has played there with his previous club. Bates has no pace so sitting midfielder may bring out his best. Worth a try, and cant wait for hanson to come back into the reckoning as we (or should i say nahki) has missed him badly
Think Mchugh had a great game, just think Meredith is struggling with form and maybe Mchugh could fill his role for a week or 2 as a wake up call for Meredith.

If you watch the replay of rotherhams goal, he was way out of position and that's not the first we have conceded from his position (Coventry)
I haven't seen the replay, so sorry if I am wrong, but I seem to remember that they scored on the break after our attack broke down. I don't think he has been playing well either but its a bit much to expect him to be in 2 places at the same time. No to Bates in midfield. It's not what we need. Give Jones and Kennedy an extended run. Also drop Thompson. Don't fancy ravenhill either.
[quote][p][bold]bradford321[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stevie-C[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]irish bantam[/bold] wrote: Get bates out of the ack line. IMO he is not good enough and gives away too many balls and is easily beaten in the air. Get. Mc cradle and Mchugh back together. Time to give jones a rest[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Mchugh was great against rotherscum and won everything. Keep him there with mcardle, give bates a chance in CM as he has played there with his previous club. Bates has no pace so sitting midfielder may bring out his best. Worth a try, and cant wait for hanson to come back into the reckoning as we (or should i say nahki) has missed him badly[/p][/quote]Think Mchugh had a great game, just think Meredith is struggling with form and maybe Mchugh could fill his role for a week or 2 as a wake up call for Meredith. If you watch the replay of rotherhams goal, he was way out of position and that's not the first we have conceded from his position (Coventry)[/p][/quote]I haven't seen the replay, so sorry if I am wrong, but I seem to remember that they scored on the break after our attack broke down. I don't think he has been playing well either but its a bit much to expect him to be in 2 places at the same time. No to Bates in midfield. It's not what we need. Give Jones and Kennedy an extended run. Also drop Thompson. Don't fancy ravenhill either. Victor Clayton

3:22pm Sat 28 Dec 13

i miss stallard & murray says...

Freddy wrote:
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The confidence in the Squad, continued into League 1, at the start of this Season. But that confidence has gone now. Along with opposition teams, now aware of City's play, and weaknesses.
*
'Parky' has quite rightly allowed the players who achieved promotion etc., to continue into this first Season in L1. The start was good.
*
Wednesday is the time for 'Parky' to change the Squad. Time to move out players who are not good enough for L1. Time to reform a L1 Squad, that can retain L1 status. Time to bring in players of L1 quality, and where possible, with Championship potential. THIS WILL REQUIRE MONEY.
*
Joint Chairman Lawn, was paid £1Million back, from last Seasons profits. Joint Chairman Julian Rhodes, kept City going, right from the £35 Million debt left by RICH-MAN ( MOND). I do not know if any of the Rhodes families monies, that have kept City in business, have ever been returned/refunded--A

S HAVE WITH LAWN.
*
So, I propose Chairman Lawn pays the £1 Million back , into the " Players purchasing and Transfer Fund ". That money, along with any fees obtained from the sale of Wells, and/or any other players. Will allow 'Parky' to effect several player movements, during the transfer window. Plus any funding needed to bring in quality Loan players, as deemed necessary.
*
Unless this proposition is accepted and effected. Then ALL the great work, and achievements this year, will be lost.
*
I accept that many Supporters will not agree with my comment. But I feel it is --TIME WE CHANGED THE SQUAD--FOR LEAGUE ONE SURVIVAL.
*
Why don't u put a million onto the transfer kity u t*t
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * The confidence in the Squad, continued into League 1, at the start of this Season. But that confidence has gone now. Along with opposition teams, now aware of City's play, and weaknesses. * 'Parky' has quite rightly allowed the players who achieved promotion etc., to continue into this first Season in L1. The start was good. * Wednesday is the time for 'Parky' to change the Squad. Time to move out players who are not good enough for L1. Time to reform a L1 Squad, that can retain L1 status. Time to bring in players of L1 quality, and where possible, with Championship potential. THIS WILL REQUIRE MONEY. * Joint Chairman Lawn, was paid £1Million back, from last Seasons profits. Joint Chairman Julian Rhodes, kept City going, right from the £35 Million debt left by RICH-MAN ( MOND). I do not know if any of the Rhodes families monies, that have kept City in business, have ever been returned/refunded--A S HAVE WITH LAWN. * So, I propose Chairman Lawn pays the £1 Million back , into the " Players purchasing and Transfer Fund ". That money, along with any fees obtained from the sale of Wells, and/or any other players. Will allow 'Parky' to effect several player movements, during the transfer window. Plus any funding needed to bring in quality Loan players, as deemed necessary. * Unless this proposition is accepted and effected. Then ALL the great work, and achievements this year, will be lost. * I accept that many Supporters will not agree with my comment. But I feel it is --TIME WE CHANGED THE SQUAD--FOR LEAGUE ONE SURVIVAL. *[/p][/quote]Why don't u put a million onto the transfer kity u t*t i miss stallard & murray

3:23pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Victor Clayton says...

bradford321 wrote:
Stevie-C wrote:
irish bantam wrote:
Get bates out of the ack line. IMO he is not good enough and gives away too many balls and is easily beaten in the air. Get. Mc cradle and Mchugh back together. Time to give jones a rest
Totally agree. Mchugh was great against rotherscum and won everything. Keep him there with mcardle, give bates a chance in CM as he has played there with his previous club. Bates has no pace so sitting midfielder may bring out his best. Worth a try, and cant wait for hanson to come back into the reckoning as we (or should i say nahki) has missed him badly
Think Mchugh had a great game, just think Meredith is struggling with form and maybe Mchugh could fill his role for a week or 2 as a wake up call for Meredith.

If you watch the replay of rotherhams goal, he was way out of position and that's not the first we have conceded from his position (Coventry)
I haven't seen the replay, so sorry if I am wrong, but I seem to remember that they scored on the break after our attack broke down. I don't think he has been playing well either but its a bit much to expect him to be in 2 places at the same time. No to Bates in midfield. It's not what we need. Give Jones and Kennedy an extended run. Also drop Thompson. Don't fancy ravenhill either.
[quote][p][bold]bradford321[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stevie-C[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]irish bantam[/bold] wrote: Get bates out of the ack line. IMO he is not good enough and gives away too many balls and is easily beaten in the air. Get. Mc cradle and Mchugh back together. Time to give jones a rest[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Mchugh was great against rotherscum and won everything. Keep him there with mcardle, give bates a chance in CM as he has played there with his previous club. Bates has no pace so sitting midfielder may bring out his best. Worth a try, and cant wait for hanson to come back into the reckoning as we (or should i say nahki) has missed him badly[/p][/quote]Think Mchugh had a great game, just think Meredith is struggling with form and maybe Mchugh could fill his role for a week or 2 as a wake up call for Meredith. If you watch the replay of rotherhams goal, he was way out of position and that's not the first we have conceded from his position (Coventry)[/p][/quote]I haven't seen the replay, so sorry if I am wrong, but I seem to remember that they scored on the break after our attack broke down. I don't think he has been playing well either but its a bit much to expect him to be in 2 places at the same time. No to Bates in midfield. It's not what we need. Give Jones and Kennedy an extended run. Also drop Thompson. Don't fancy ravenhill either. Victor Clayton

3:42pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Stevie-C says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
bradford321 wrote:
Stevie-C wrote:
irish bantam wrote:
Get bates out of the ack line. IMO he is not good enough and gives away too many balls and is easily beaten in the air. Get. Mc cradle and Mchugh back together. Time to give jones a rest
Totally agree. Mchugh was great against rotherscum and won everything. Keep him there with mcardle, give bates a chance in CM as he has played there with his previous club. Bates has no pace so sitting midfielder may bring out his best. Worth a try, and cant wait for hanson to come back into the reckoning as we (or should i say nahki) has missed him badly
Think Mchugh had a great game, just think Meredith is struggling with form and maybe Mchugh could fill his role for a week or 2 as a wake up call for Meredith.

If you watch the replay of rotherhams goal, he was way out of position and that's not the first we have conceded from his position (Coventry)
I haven't seen the replay, so sorry if I am wrong, but I seem to remember that they scored on the break after our attack broke down. I don't think he has been playing well either but its a bit much to expect him to be in 2 places at the same time. No to Bates in midfield. It's not what we need. Give Jones and Kennedy an extended run. Also drop Thompson. Don't fancy ravenhill either.
I remember their goal coming from jonny macs clearance where he slipped over, they won the ball and came at our paceless defence, who insist on standing off every team that attacks us and allows them to get a shot on goal. Rotherscums tactics were spot on, all they had to do was stifle wells and reid which they succeeded in excellently. Nice to see evans giving us praise afterwards, hopefully this will finally put an end to the pantomime villain farce and get the monkey off our backs once and for all. Bring on swindon!
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradford321[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stevie-C[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]irish bantam[/bold] wrote: Get bates out of the ack line. IMO he is not good enough and gives away too many balls and is easily beaten in the air. Get. Mc cradle and Mchugh back together. Time to give jones a rest[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Mchugh was great against rotherscum and won everything. Keep him there with mcardle, give bates a chance in CM as he has played there with his previous club. Bates has no pace so sitting midfielder may bring out his best. Worth a try, and cant wait for hanson to come back into the reckoning as we (or should i say nahki) has missed him badly[/p][/quote]Think Mchugh had a great game, just think Meredith is struggling with form and maybe Mchugh could fill his role for a week or 2 as a wake up call for Meredith. If you watch the replay of rotherhams goal, he was way out of position and that's not the first we have conceded from his position (Coventry)[/p][/quote]I haven't seen the replay, so sorry if I am wrong, but I seem to remember that they scored on the break after our attack broke down. I don't think he has been playing well either but its a bit much to expect him to be in 2 places at the same time. No to Bates in midfield. It's not what we need. Give Jones and Kennedy an extended run. Also drop Thompson. Don't fancy ravenhill either.[/p][/quote]I remember their goal coming from jonny macs clearance where he slipped over, they won the ball and came at our paceless defence, who insist on standing off every team that attacks us and allows them to get a shot on goal. Rotherscums tactics were spot on, all they had to do was stifle wells and reid which they succeeded in excellently. Nice to see evans giving us praise afterwards, hopefully this will finally put an end to the pantomime villain farce and get the monkey off our backs once and for all. Bring on swindon! Stevie-C

4:21pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Olivermac says...

realcitygent wrote:
got to laugh it was only couple month ago parky was trying to force ravenhill out of vp ,now he is saying we need characters like him back in the squad ,is he saying the signings he has made this season are not up to it ,eg kennedy,de vita, ,all the talk about playoffs have being banished dont make me laugh ,the way we are going we will need points to stay up ,need a few decent loan signing from prem clubs in jan to add depth to squad as are squad players are not up for it,be great to off load some of are rubbish ,gray ,kennedy, de vita ,and even doyle who i believe his heart isnt in it imo he to slow cant tackle and never gets forward tends to leave the hard work to jones who is far to old to run the show,iv not lost faith just got to be honest and say we are just not good enough to make playoffs ,il still be there shouting lads on its in my blood ,ctid
I agree some of the players are. Living on the back of Wembley, Doyle has loads of talent unfortunatly he seems to just put a shift in and no more how many times have you seen Doyle or Jones in the opponents pen box never, Thomo and Reid spend more time in our own half, and like a lot of previous quotes Parky never had a plan B and it shows
[quote][p][bold]realcitygent[/bold] wrote: got to laugh it was only couple month ago parky was trying to force ravenhill out of vp ,now he is saying we need characters like him back in the squad ,is he saying the signings he has made this season are not up to it ,eg kennedy,de vita, ,all the talk about playoffs have being banished dont make me laugh ,the way we are going we will need points to stay up ,need a few decent loan signing from prem clubs in jan to add depth to squad as are squad players are not up for it,be great to off load some of are rubbish ,gray ,kennedy, de vita ,and even doyle who i believe his heart isnt in it imo he to slow cant tackle and never gets forward tends to leave the hard work to jones who is far to old to run the show,iv not lost faith just got to be honest and say we are just not good enough to make playoffs ,il still be there shouting lads on its in my blood ,ctid[/p][/quote]I agree some of the players are. Living on the back of Wembley, Doyle has loads of talent unfortunatly he seems to just put a shift in and no more how many times have you seen Doyle or Jones in the opponents pen box never, Thomo and Reid spend more time in our own half, and like a lot of previous quotes Parky never had a plan B and it shows Olivermac

5:11pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Waynus1971 says...

The writing has been on the wall for most of the season. When we went 4th, someone on these boards, or elsewhere, suggested we hadn't played anyone yet. Since then, we have played nearly all the teams in the league and have simply struggled against most.

I'm afraid there are too many players out of their depth in League1. Thompson has been inconsistent and although he has the most assists, simply hasn't been good enough. And if Thommo has the most assists, it does beg the question; what does Reid bring to the table? He has the tricks and the pace, but his end product often lets him down. He doesn't score enough and he rarely finds a a City player with a pass/cross.

Turning to the two central midfielders; Jones was fantastic last season and gas done ok again this. However, he hasn't the pace to retreat when we need him to. I think this is the reason he doesn't take as many corners. He puts everything in, but I'm just not convinced he has the energy/pace to play the way he likes to. Doyle started the season very well. Rarely gives the ball away and always gets his foot in. However, just like the tail end of last season, he is struggling for form. The problem is Kennedy, Ravenhill, de Vita and Yeates aren't any better.

We only have 2 strikers and I pointed out, before a ball had been kicked, that this was an area I was most concerned about. I read the counter argument that we had Gray, Connell (and subsequently McBurnie and Folan). However, none of these are good enough to step in to replace Hanson and Wells.

In terms of our defence, we never brought anyone in to challenge Meredith, McHugh has not been given a run at centre-half and Bates just looks out of his depth. I'd even go as far as to say McArdle has struggled at times in League1, against quicker defenders. And yet some claim we wouldn't miss Andrew Davies....!

I'd hate for Wells to leave, but is seems imperative that he will move next month. I just hope we manage to sign a similar type of player, proven at this level, together with a quality box-to-box midfielder and a pacey winger with an end product.
The writing has been on the wall for most of the season. When we went 4th, someone on these boards, or elsewhere, suggested we hadn't played anyone yet. Since then, we have played nearly all the teams in the league and have simply struggled against most. I'm afraid there are too many players out of their depth in League1. Thompson has been inconsistent and although he has the most assists, simply hasn't been good enough. And if Thommo has the most assists, it does beg the question; what does Reid bring to the table? He has the tricks and the pace, but his end product often lets him down. He doesn't score enough and he rarely finds a a City player with a pass/cross. Turning to the two central midfielders; Jones was fantastic last season and gas done ok again this. However, he hasn't the pace to retreat when we need him to. I think this is the reason he doesn't take as many corners. He puts everything in, but I'm just not convinced he has the energy/pace to play the way he likes to. Doyle started the season very well. Rarely gives the ball away and always gets his foot in. However, just like the tail end of last season, he is struggling for form. The problem is Kennedy, Ravenhill, de Vita and Yeates aren't any better. We only have 2 strikers and I pointed out, before a ball had been kicked, that this was an area I was most concerned about. I read the counter argument that we had Gray, Connell (and subsequently McBurnie and Folan). However, none of these are good enough to step in to replace Hanson and Wells. In terms of our defence, we never brought anyone in to challenge Meredith, McHugh has not been given a run at centre-half and Bates just looks out of his depth. I'd even go as far as to say McArdle has struggled at times in League1, against quicker defenders. And yet some claim we wouldn't miss Andrew Davies....! I'd hate for Wells to leave, but is seems imperative that he will move next month. I just hope we manage to sign a similar type of player, proven at this level, together with a quality box-to-box midfielder and a pacey winger with an end product. Waynus1971

9:14pm Sat 28 Dec 13

bantam10 says...

irish bantam wrote:
Get bates out of the ack line. IMO he is not good enough and gives away too many balls and is easily beaten in the air. Get. Mc cradle and Mchugh back together. Time to give jones a rest
I agree. Mchugh is quality and cannot believe he don't get many games.
He should keep his place against Swindon.
[quote][p][bold]irish bantam[/bold] wrote: Get bates out of the ack line. IMO he is not good enough and gives away too many balls and is easily beaten in the air. Get. Mc cradle and Mchugh back together. Time to give jones a rest[/p][/quote]I agree. Mchugh is quality and cannot believe he don't get many games. He should keep his place against Swindon. bantam10

12:31am Sun 29 Dec 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Did anyone but me consider survival the target this season? Early doors I quoted 'x' points to safety. That should have been and still is our priority. Parky did what no one has ever done for our club with this bunch of players, not one of them deserves crititsism but they do deserve support.

The games we have lost have been close, we have \ + goal difference and we will have played all the division after tomorrow, we are mid table, it's an achievement not a failure.

We have also lost those close games with our main centre half and leader off the pitch. We've fought back with spirit to gain draws and wins, is everyone giving up on these lads now?
Did anyone but me consider survival the target this season? Early doors I quoted 'x' points to safety. That should have been and still is our priority. Parky did what no one has ever done for our club with this bunch of players, not one of them deserves crititsism but they do deserve support. The games we have lost have been close, we have \ + goal difference and we will have played all the division after tomorrow, we are mid table, it's an achievement not a failure. We have also lost those close games with our main centre half and leader off the pitch. We've fought back with spirit to gain draws and wins, is everyone giving up on these lads now? Prisoner Cell Block A

8:18am Sun 29 Dec 13

tinytoonster says...

i've always said mid table would do me.
consolidation and think again next summer.
wells to anyone but the scum!!
i've always said mid table would do me. consolidation and think again next summer. wells to anyone but the scum!! tinytoonster

11:19am Sun 29 Dec 13

Olivermac says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Did anyone but me consider survival the target this season? Early doors I quoted 'x' points to safety. That should have been and still is our priority. Parky did what no one has ever done for our club with this bunch of players, not one of them deserves crititsism but they do deserve support.

The games we have lost have been close, we have \ + goal difference and we will have played all the division after tomorrow, we are mid table, it's an achievement not a failure.

We have also lost those close games with our main centre half and leader off the pitch. We've fought back with spirit to gain draws and wins, is everyone giving up on these lads now?
If you look at most games particular Rotherscum they could have had 5 goals, if you take a look at our goalkeeper you will note that since Davis got injured it shows how poor we are in the goalkeeping dept it is not often do you see our goalkeeper dominate the 6 yd box , to be honest he is not bad in the shot stopping dept but he has contributed with the defence a lack of consistant form from 40 yds shots at goal to lobs over his head, I don't think that most of the games have been close because we just don't look a good footballing side. To open up the opponents defence another 3 games with no win and we are looking at a relegation situation.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Did anyone but me consider survival the target this season? Early doors I quoted 'x' points to safety. That should have been and still is our priority. Parky did what no one has ever done for our club with this bunch of players, not one of them deserves crititsism but they do deserve support. The games we have lost have been close, we have \ + goal difference and we will have played all the division after tomorrow, we are mid table, it's an achievement not a failure. We have also lost those close games with our main centre half and leader off the pitch. We've fought back with spirit to gain draws and wins, is everyone giving up on these lads now?[/p][/quote]If you look at most games particular Rotherscum they could have had 5 goals, if you take a look at our goalkeeper you will note that since Davis got injured it shows how poor we are in the goalkeeping dept it is not often do you see our goalkeeper dominate the 6 yd box , to be honest he is not bad in the shot stopping dept but he has contributed with the defence a lack of consistant form from 40 yds shots at goal to lobs over his head, I don't think that most of the games have been close because we just don't look a good footballing side. To open up the opponents defence another 3 games with no win and we are looking at a relegation situation. Olivermac

12:48pm Sun 29 Dec 13

lawsonio123 says...

The real problem is a lack of Fire Power GOALS this stems from lack of good openings which would be solved by more midfield power Of course Mr Parkinson is well aware of this but his hands are tied as regards to money he is a goo Manager who is doing all he can with what he has Please let him get on with his job he WILL get it right SUPPORT CITY TODAY
The real problem is a lack of Fire Power GOALS this stems from lack of good openings which would be solved by more midfield power Of course Mr Parkinson is well aware of this but his hands are tied as regards to money he is a goo Manager who is doing all he can with what he has Please let him get on with his job he WILL get it right SUPPORT CITY TODAY lawsonio123

2:17pm Sun 29 Dec 13

lygobantam1 says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
The real problem is a lack of Fire Power GOALS this stems from lack of good openings which would be solved by more midfield power Of course Mr Parkinson is well aware of this but his hands are tied as regards to money he is a goo Manager who is doing all he can with what he has Please let him get on with his job he WILL get it right SUPPORT CITY TODAY
I totally agree with all you're saying it's support, we whant. Now. not 13,000 managers.
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: The real problem is a lack of Fire Power GOALS this stems from lack of good openings which would be solved by more midfield power Of course Mr Parkinson is well aware of this but his hands are tied as regards to money he is a goo Manager who is doing all he can with what he has Please let him get on with his job he WILL get it right SUPPORT CITY TODAY[/p][/quote]I totally agree with all you're saying it's support, we whant. Now. not 13,000 managers. lygobantam1

9:16pm Mon 30 Dec 13

HHITYKE says...

Just just watched QPR v Watford and QPR create chance after chance in the six yard box but there was no one there to put it in the net. Nahki would have had a hat trick . I can see why they are looking at him. Rednap will bring the best out of him if he goes there.
Good luck to the young man. He has worked hard on his game and earned a chance at a higher level. As for McBurnie. If we think back to Nahki's first year, and where he is now, McBurnie will be a better prospect in the long run. He has only started one game and is already starting to show what he is capable of. He needs encouragement from the fans week by week and I think we will have a really good striker by next season. He is much younger than Nahki's, was and shows composure and skill for a tall lad. He could very well link up with Hanson as affective lay as Nahki's but be a better Ariel threat to boot. Time will tell but let's get behind the lad, he has a big pair of shoes to fill if Nahki's indeed goes to QPR .
Just just watched QPR v Watford and QPR create chance after chance in the six yard box but there was no one there to put it in the net. Nahki would have had a hat trick . I can see why they are looking at him. Rednap will bring the best out of him if he goes there. Good luck to the young man. He has worked hard on his game and earned a chance at a higher level. As for McBurnie. If we think back to Nahki's first year, and where he is now, McBurnie will be a better prospect in the long run. He has only started one game and is already starting to show what he is capable of. He needs encouragement from the fans week by week and I think we will have a really good striker by next season. He is much younger than Nahki's, was and shows composure and skill for a tall lad. He could very well link up with Hanson as affective lay as Nahki's but be a better Ariel threat to boot. Time will tell but let's get behind the lad, he has a big pair of shoes to fill if Nahki's indeed goes to QPR . HHITYKE

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