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5:01pm

City’s three-month wait for a home win goes on after Swindon hit back to earn a draw in the last game of 2013.

They also lost Nahki Wells in the first half with a hamstring injury.
Rory McArdle returned from suspension to head the Bantams in front with his third goal of the season after 16 minutes.
But the seventh-placed visitors equalised midway through the second half thanks to a fineindividual goal from Alex Pritchard.
City had James Hanson back from injury and looked a much better team for it. Ricky Ravenhill was also recalled for his first league start of the season and gave a typically combative display.
But the draw means they have now gone seven games since their last Valley Parade victory.

5:00pm

Time's up and it finishes 1-1

4:59pm

Swindon almost pinch it as Storey's cross shot is pushed wide by McLaughlin.

4:54pm

The fourth official says five minutes

4:54pm

Reid cross charged down. Ball comes back to the winger who fires wastefully into the Kop

4:52pm

Doyle has done well since he came on. The kick up the backside for being dropped clearly worked

4:51pm

And it's over the bar.

4:51pm

But Yeates is and he's over it...

4:51pm

Doyle flattened on edge of the Swindon D. Exactly the position where Wells scored from against Orient.

 

 

Aah, he's not out there...

4:49pm

Warning for City as Byrne whistles one narrowly wide from Swindon corner.

4:47pm

Booking for McArdle for foul on Pritchard by angle of City box

4:46pm

Good shot from Doyle and good save from Foderingham to turn it behind.

4:45pm

McBurnie forces hurried clearance from keeper. Reid picks it up and gets flattened by Louis Thompson. How is that not a booking referee?

4:44pm

Doyle sweeps ball forward for Hanson to chase but Ward goes to ground and the ref penalises the City striker..

4:41pm

Jones puts it right on the money but Foderingham manages to scramble it off the head of Hanson.

4:40pm

Corner and plenty of noise...

4:40pm

Great control from Yeates to bring down McArdle's crossfield pass and burst into box. But he is thwarted there by well-timed tackle from Byrne.

4:38pm

4:37pm

Swindon make a sub now, Gladwin for Kasim.

4:35pm

20 minutes of normal time to go roughly

4:34pm

And a second one, Doyle for Ravenhill - who did a good job today.

4:34pm

City sub as Thompson makes way for McBurnie.

4:33pm

Cmon City roar the Kop as the momentum continues.

4:33pm

Yeates trying to find his way past three blue shirts in box. Shot is charged down but City still on the front foot

4:32pm

This is a better spell from the home side

4:32pm

Keeper punches out as Hanson storms in.

4:31pm

Pritchard trips Meredith near to corner flag. Chance for City to apply some pressure again

4:30pm

City getting more ragged and passes looser.

4:29pm

All Swindon at the moment

4:27pm

1-1! Nathan Thompson feeds pass from halfway and PRITCHARD beats at least three City players before firing into bottom corner.

4:23pm

Hanson glances Jones's set-piece wide

4:23pm

Booming ironic cheer as City win a free-kick. Their third in an hour.

4:22pm

Pritchard makes room for a low shot from the corner of the box which he drags against the advertising board. That gets the Swindon fans singing and the rest of the ground going

4:21pm

The crowd is 13,461

4:16pm

Play stopped again as Hall still limping. Raphael Branco (who sounds like a Goodfellas extra) ready to come on

4:16pm

Superb cross from Reid, Hanson header is straight at Foderingham.

4:15pm

Miscontrol from Thompson and a few groans. Crowd bit nervous despite City being in front

4:13pm

Break in play as Hall down. More boos and "sympathy" from the Kop....

4:12pm

Nathan Thompson adopts the role of pantomime villain. Oh yes he does...

4:10pm

Thompson doesn't .... Boos all round

4:09pm

Yeates gets the card

4:09pm

Going to be at least one booking here...

4:09pm

Yeates fouls Louis Thompson and Nathan Thompson barges in to have a moan. Heated start to the half..

4:08pm

Swindon get us going again

4:08pm

4:07pm

Here come the teams for the second half...

3:52pm

And that's the whistle. 1-0 to City at the break...

3:51pm

Game petering out towards half-time. City will take that.

3:48pm

Ball drops at the feet of McHugh but the young Irishman cannot find a clean sight on goal

3:48pm

Corner for City as Swindon make a change, Storey replacing McEveley.

3:47pm

Four minutes of added time to play.

3:45pm

Reid finds Meredith on the overlap into the Swindon box but the defender's low cross is behind Hanson. Pity that, good opportunity

3:42pm

Pritchard takes it - and bends it past the near post.

3:41pm

Free-kick for Swindon five yards outside the penalty area.

3:41pm

Pritchard is a target for Championship clubs and you can see why. Proving a handful for City - and for McLaughlin who needed two grabs at his bobbling shot.

3:40pm

McArdle and Hanson both go for same header. Defender gets it and then wonders why he didn't get a shout

3:38pm

Corner for Swindon this time. But there's a brief delay while Ravenhill is attended to by physio Matt Barrass.

3:35pm

Jones puts too much loft on it and the ball sails past everyone.

3:34pm

Foderingham rises above the pack to punch clear. Then Reid's cross turned behind for another corner

3:34pm

Really open encounter this as City win their second corner. Cmon Rory...

3:32pm

Good block from McArdle to charge down Luongo shot on edge of box.

3:31pm

Corner for Swindon, who have come back well since going behind.

3:30pm

Not sure what's wrong with him. Looks like it might be his knee

3:30pm

Blow for City as Wells limps off. On comes Yeates.

3:28pm

Close shave for City as McArdle at full stretch cannot reach through ball. Slows it down into path of Ajose but McLaughlin out quickly to smother at the striker's feet.

3:27pm

Hall gets in front of McArdle to win header from free-kick but cannot direct his effort.

3:26pm

Good defending from Ward to block Reid's low cross as the winger drilled the ball into the six-yard box.

3:24pm

Swindon have definitely got a goal in them though. Byrne puts header just wide from another dangerous angled cross from right wing.

3:22pm

Wells drifts in from right flank to drill a shot into the side-netting.

3:19pm

Valley Parade is a different place as the smiles return

3:18pm

That's the first time City have led in a home game since Wolves in October.

3:18pm

And it's 1-0! Jones corner is met by a thumping header from McARDLE and the ball flies in off the underside of the bar....

3:17pm

Corner to City as the volume level is turned up.

3:16pm

Ravenhill tries acrobatic volley which balloons into TL Dallas Stand. Now that would have been a story...

3:15pm

Game livening up nicely as Hanson shot charged down on edge of the Swindon box.

3:14pm

Fantastic bit of defending from Darby to thwart Swindon counter-attack. Ajose cross set to pick out Byrne for far-post tap-in but the right back is across with a perfect lunging interception.

3:11pm

Massive shout for handball as it clearly catches Ward on the arm. Parky has arms outstretched like an Aussie fast bowler but nothing doing. Again

3:10pm

Kasim worms his way past Darby then tries a trick too many and the ball rolls out for a goal kick.

3:09pm

There he goes... flying into Luongo. Foul but no card for now

3:07pm

What's the sweepstake on Ravenhill's booking time?

3:06pm

Notice Nathan Byrne has the same pair for Swindon. Must be a left back thing

3:06pm

Meredith won't get lost in the fog in those boots. City's left back wearing a pair of real flourescent bad boys 

3:04pm

Early shot from Pritchard and it's a decent one, flying just over the City bar.

3:03pm

City get things going with the Kop at their backs...

 

3:01pm

Good reception for Phil Parkinson. As there should be despite the recent run of results...

3:00pm

The Kop start to warm things up...

2:59pm

Here come the teams to the "glorious" strains of Claret and Amber ....

2:53pm

Seems a bit quiet at the moment. Not that usual sense of optimism and pre-match anticipation

2:53pm

2:51pm

This time last year City were being given the run-around by a Jason Kennedy-inspired Rochdale here - starting a run of three months without a home win.

Would be nice if a similar run could come to an end this afternoon.

2:50pm

2:43pm

2:20pm

2:19pm

2:19pm

Controversial striker Nile Ranger has been left out of Swindon's squad after failing to turn up for training on Friday.

Ranger had played in the Boxing Day defeat at Brentford - 24 hours after being involved in a car crash.

SWINDON (4-5-1): Foderingham, Thompson, Hall, Ward, McEveley, Byrne, Luongo, Kasim, Thompson, Pritchard, Ajose. Subs: Harley, Mason, Storey, Barthram, Branco, Gladwin, Belford.

2:00pm

James Hanson is back in the City line-up after missing the last two games with a calf problem.
The centre forward’s return is one of three changes as the Bantams look to end 2013 with their first home win since September.
Ricky Ravenhill is also included for his first league start of the season. The midfielder, recalled early from his loan at Northampton, replaces Nathan Doyle to add more bite in the engine room.
And Rory McArdle is recalled following his one-game ban. Matthew Bates makes way as McArdle resumes his Capital One Cup partnership with Carl McHugh.
On an attacking-looking bench, former Hull striker Lewis Clarkson makes his first appearance since being signed from Scarborough in November.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, McHugh, Meredith, Thompson, Ravenhill, Jones, Reid, Wells, Hanson. Subs: Kennedy, Yeates, Bates, Doyle, Clarkson, McBurnie, Ripley.

1:35pm

1:22pm

No team news for a little while but I'm expecting James Hanson to be back.

1:21pm

Referee Oliver Langford has done a City v Swindon game before - and he sent off Andrew Davies ...

1:20pm

Good afternoon and welcome from a cold and clear Valley Parade as City bring down the curtain on 2013 against Swindon.

Nobody needs reminding that the Bantams have won only once in 13 games and last picked up three points here on September 28. Time to put both those records straight.

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2:00pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Bantam76 says...

Come on City, let's end the year on a high with three points today and a convincing display! Let's make VP our fortress again! Hopefully Hanson back today, and Davies to come back soon to steady things at the back! CTID
Come on City, let's end the year on a high with three points today and a convincing display! Let's make VP our fortress again! Hopefully Hanson back today, and Davies to come back soon to steady things at the back! CTID Bantam76

2:18pm Sun 29 Dec 13

SHOESMAKER24 says...

come on city lets get back on track again
come on city lets get back on track again SHOESMAKER24

2:35pm Sun 29 Dec 13

bcfc1903 says...

Good luck fellas, I've got a good feeling about todays game, hopefully three points for BCFC and a great atmosphere.
Good luck fellas, I've got a good feeling about todays game, hopefully three points for BCFC and a great atmosphere. bcfc1903

2:45pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Halifax Bantam says...

Cant believe we'r going with jones and ravenhill, been obvious for months tgst we are lacking pace in centre of the park!!!! Doyle is being made a scaoegoat for fans fav jones, he cant play his normal game as he has to cover for him. Put some pace and energy with doyle and he would show he is among the best in this div.
Cant believe we'r going with jones and ravenhill, been obvious for months tgst we are lacking pace in centre of the park!!!! Doyle is being made a scaoegoat for fans fav jones, he cant play his normal game as he has to cover for him. Put some pace and energy with doyle and he would show he is among the best in this div. Halifax Bantam

5:20pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Freddy says...

*
I forecasted a draw or loss. Managers have been replaced, with a similar poor set of results --14 Matches without a win.
*
I am hoping, almost looking forward to Wednesday. When the Transfer Window opens. I feel changes of players are needed now. If only to ensure mid-table safety.
*
* I forecasted a draw or loss. Managers have been replaced, with a similar poor set of results --14 Matches without a win. * I am hoping, almost looking forward to Wednesday. When the Transfer Window opens. I feel changes of players are needed now. If only to ensure mid-table safety. * Freddy

6:02pm Sun 29 Dec 13

tyker7745 says...

Freddy wrote:
*
I forecasted a draw or loss. Managers have been replaced, with a similar poor set of results --14 Matches without a win.
*
I am hoping, almost looking forward to Wednesday. When the Transfer Window opens. I feel changes of players are needed now. If only to ensure mid-table safety.
*
you will have peter vile after you for such a sugestion
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * I forecasted a draw or loss. Managers have been replaced, with a similar poor set of results --14 Matches without a win. * I am hoping, almost looking forward to Wednesday. When the Transfer Window opens. I feel changes of players are needed now. If only to ensure mid-table safety. *[/p][/quote]you will have peter vile after you for such a sugestion tyker7745

6:14pm Sun 29 Dec 13

SHOESMAKER24 says...

better result today from the lads thay have done so well last year and this to but do feel that we just fall short , and also think the team will have to be added to if we are going to improve also not enough goals coming from other players also need more balls from other wing to .
better result today from the lads thay have done so well last year and this to but do feel that we just fall short , and also think the team will have to be added to if we are going to improve also not enough goals coming from other players also need more balls from other wing to . SHOESMAKER24

6:38pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Cityman23 says...

A better performance from the Bantams today with James Hanson showing once again why he's a key player for City. 'PP' introduced the McArdle/McHugh combination in central defence again after great performances last season and basically they were steady.

It was Rory himself who headed in from a corner in trademark style and City held their lead to half time, despite the fact that Swindon showed they are a skilful, passing side, capable of coming back through counter attack. Pritchard (on loan from Spurs) was the major danger and it was he who levelled the scores after a mazy dribble and ruthless finish. Perhaps some would question City's defence over this but Pritchard is a class above Lge One and it was truly a great individual effort.

After this, oddly it was City who seemed to threaten most despite Swindon looking as if they 'could' put the claret/amber under great pressure if they'd been inclined. The Bantams had chances but the Swindon goalie was superb and the game ended with yet another no-win at 'VP.'

Nahki Wells was subbed early on after an injury which could work in City's favour by hampering a possible move out of the club, dependent on how long he's going to be out. City fans hoping for at least four weeks could be forgiven for thinking that way!

Rickie Ravenhill made a rare start and surprised (me at any rate) by doing better than expected. Oliver McBurnie's performance was also better (as sub) than versus Rotherham. Yeates showed a few terrific touches but still seems a bit inconsistent when compared with how he looked at the start of the season.

So, a brighter performance overall, a new year beckons with hopefully more positivity (and a few new players?) means there's still plenty to play for in 2013/14.
A better performance from the Bantams today with James Hanson showing once again why he's a key player for City. 'PP' introduced the McArdle/McHugh combination in central defence again after great performances last season and basically they were steady. It was Rory himself who headed in from a corner in trademark style and City held their lead to half time, despite the fact that Swindon showed they are a skilful, passing side, capable of coming back through counter attack. Pritchard (on loan from Spurs) was the major danger and it was he who levelled the scores after a mazy dribble and ruthless finish. Perhaps some would question City's defence over this but Pritchard is a class above Lge One and it was truly a great individual effort. After this, oddly it was City who seemed to threaten most despite Swindon looking as if they 'could' put the claret/amber under great pressure if they'd been inclined. The Bantams had chances but the Swindon goalie was superb and the game ended with yet another no-win at 'VP.' Nahki Wells was subbed early on after an injury which could work in City's favour by hampering a possible move out of the club, dependent on how long he's going to be out. City fans hoping for at least four weeks could be forgiven for thinking that way! Rickie Ravenhill made a rare start and surprised (me at any rate) by doing better than expected. Oliver McBurnie's performance was also better (as sub) than versus Rotherham. Yeates showed a few terrific touches but still seems a bit inconsistent when compared with how he looked at the start of the season. So, a brighter performance overall, a new year beckons with hopefully more positivity (and a few new players?) means there's still plenty to play for in 2013/14. Cityman23

7:00pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Olivermac says...

A far better performance overall but still don't look like a side that can put a side to bed, the refferee was an absolute disgrace he would not get away with some of his decisions in the local Sunday league .
A far better performance overall but still don't look like a side that can put a side to bed, the refferee was an absolute disgrace he would not get away with some of his decisions in the local Sunday league . Olivermac

7:24pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Pablo says...

Agreed that it was a better performance than Rotherham but two things were evident after Wells went off, I) we were unlikely to score again and 2) Swindon were always likely to get at least one. Pritchard looked a class apart all afternoon and it was fitting that he should score.

I am a total loss to understand why PP replaced Wells with Yeates, who flatters to deceive. The continued presence of Thompson merely underlines the lack competition.

On the plus side, Ravenhill, provide more bite in midfield and McBurnie showed promise. I'm also pleased that McHugh has been brought in from the cold. One has to wonder just how we've managed to end up with six centre backs.

I heard PP's post match comments and he's obviously got plans to strengthen the squad with some better quality loan signings. Two decent new faces ( right wing and midfield) will probably get us going again.

Keep the faith!
Agreed that it was a better performance than Rotherham but two things were evident after Wells went off, I) we were unlikely to score again and 2) Swindon were always likely to get at least one. Pritchard looked a class apart all afternoon and it was fitting that he should score. I am a total loss to understand why PP replaced Wells with Yeates, who flatters to deceive. The continued presence of Thompson merely underlines the lack competition. On the plus side, Ravenhill, provide more bite in midfield and McBurnie showed promise. I'm also pleased that McHugh has been brought in from the cold. One has to wonder just how we've managed to end up with six centre backs. I heard PP's post match comments and he's obviously got plans to strengthen the squad with some better quality loan signings. Two decent new faces ( right wing and midfield) will probably get us going again. Keep the faith! Pablo

7:56pm Sun 29 Dec 13

bcfc1903 says...

Three points would have been brilliant but a point is good , BCFC needed to steady the ship and it's more than likely BCFC would have won had Wells stayed on the pitch. Sounded like Ravenhill and Reid had excellent games along with some other solid performances from the rest, good to see the Irish at the heart of the defence once again. From what Parkinson said after the game the club could bring in a couple of loans from premier league clubs. A mobile/creative midfielder seemed to be indicated. I'm surmising a experienced keeper will also be coming in to replace Ripley besides the two loans indicated above.
Three points would have been brilliant but a point is good , BCFC needed to steady the ship and it's more than likely BCFC would have won had Wells stayed on the pitch. Sounded like Ravenhill and Reid had excellent games along with some other solid performances from the rest, good to see the Irish at the heart of the defence once again. From what Parkinson said after the game the club could bring in a couple of loans from premier league clubs. A mobile/creative midfielder seemed to be indicated. I'm surmising a experienced keeper will also be coming in to replace Ripley besides the two loans indicated above. bcfc1903

8:46pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Bradford1903 says...

Frustrating day, as for a long time it looked like we were going to get that scrappy 1-0 win that we desperately needed. Once again though, we have conceded a poor goal, just when it looked like they were starting to run out of ideas. While it was a great solo run, he really should've been stopped before he got anywhere near the area; if we couldn't win the ball, just bring him down and take the yellow card.

Remember watching Swindon in the cup against Chelsea earlier in the season, and was impressed with their passing style, so much credit must go to Ravenhill in doing much to disrupt it, as I thought he was excellent; it's just great to see someone get stuck in.

I can understand why Parky brought on Yeates for Wells, so he could drop back and help counteract the extra man they had in midfield, but i think we look a much better side when we have a straight two up top, as we looked a lot more dangerous when McBurnie came on who once again impressed.

Thompson looks like he needs a breather, and while Parky was talking of needing more quality, he has one of the most skillful players at the club on the bench in Yeates. Granted, he wasn't at his best today, but let's stop worrying about what he lacks defensively and appreciate what extra he gives us offensively playing on the right, as he is capable of making things happen.
Frustrating day, as for a long time it looked like we were going to get that scrappy 1-0 win that we desperately needed. Once again though, we have conceded a poor goal, just when it looked like they were starting to run out of ideas. While it was a great solo run, he really should've been stopped before he got anywhere near the area; if we couldn't win the ball, just bring him down and take the yellow card. Remember watching Swindon in the cup against Chelsea earlier in the season, and was impressed with their passing style, so much credit must go to Ravenhill in doing much to disrupt it, as I thought he was excellent; it's just great to see someone get stuck in. I can understand why Parky brought on Yeates for Wells, so he could drop back and help counteract the extra man they had in midfield, but i think we look a much better side when we have a straight two up top, as we looked a lot more dangerous when McBurnie came on who once again impressed. Thompson looks like he needs a breather, and while Parky was talking of needing more quality, he has one of the most skillful players at the club on the bench in Yeates. Granted, he wasn't at his best today, but let's stop worrying about what he lacks defensively and appreciate what extra he gives us offensively playing on the right, as he is capable of making things happen. Bradford1903

9:35pm Sun 29 Dec 13

jackez20591 says...

Oh how we need a player like PRITCHARD. Absolute quality player, constantly found space, great control, great speed, great vision.

Thompson needs to sit on the bench for a while, looks completely lost. Im not convinced in Yeates but he would give us more. Once we started to play possession in the last 20 minutes he was much better.

It was a wrong substitution today, either Clarkson for Wells, or change to a 5 man midfield. Yeates gave absolutely nothing and we just kept sitting deeper.

I think its time to sell Wells, we need the money to find a quality central midfielder to replace Jones. We have no creation, everything relies on Reid and Hanson, and he then gets the abuse when he is struggling against 3/4 defenders every time.

The few rare occasions we played balls through the middle we found space outwide and created, we have to do it more.
Oh how we need a player like PRITCHARD. Absolute quality player, constantly found space, great control, great speed, great vision. Thompson needs to sit on the bench for a while, looks completely lost. Im not convinced in Yeates but he would give us more. Once we started to play possession in the last 20 minutes he was much better. It was a wrong substitution today, either Clarkson for Wells, or change to a 5 man midfield. Yeates gave absolutely nothing and we just kept sitting deeper. I think its time to sell Wells, we need the money to find a quality central midfielder to replace Jones. We have no creation, everything relies on Reid and Hanson, and he then gets the abuse when he is struggling against 3/4 defenders every time. The few rare occasions we played balls through the middle we found space outwide and created, we have to do it more. jackez20591

12:38am Mon 30 Dec 13

London bcfc says...

I'd like to stress that I like pp, but, this has gone on far too long now. He needs a plan b,c,d etc!! We had a good start to the season but it's gone horribly wrong. People saying that we will be better when Davies returns are overlooking the fact that we shouldn't be a one man team. We should have more strength in depth. That's pp's fault for not making the correct signings and not having any faith in who he signed (eg folan), I understand that he has failed a urine test, but what about before he failed. If pp hadn't have fluked us to the carling cup final he would be gone.
I'd like to stress that I like pp, but, this has gone on far too long now. He needs a plan b,c,d etc!! We had a good start to the season but it's gone horribly wrong. People saying that we will be better when Davies returns are overlooking the fact that we shouldn't be a one man team. We should have more strength in depth. That's pp's fault for not making the correct signings and not having any faith in who he signed (eg folan), I understand that he has failed a urine test, but what about before he failed. If pp hadn't have fluked us to the carling cup final he would be gone. London bcfc

8:58am Mon 30 Dec 13

bcfc1903 says...

Yeah in hindsight, have to agree about Yeats,, that was the wrong substitution, McBurnie or Clarkson for me to keep the balance of the side, a big ask for either kid, but that would have been 'in hindsight' the best call.
Yeah in hindsight, have to agree about Yeats,, that was the wrong substitution, McBurnie or Clarkson for me to keep the balance of the side, a big ask for either kid, but that would have been 'in hindsight' the best call. bcfc1903

5:00pm Mon 30 Dec 13

dannbradfc says...

Pablo wrote:
Agreed that it was a better performance than Rotherham but two things were evident after Wells went off, I) we were unlikely to score again and 2) Swindon were always likely to get at least one. Pritchard looked a class apart all afternoon and it was fitting that he should score.

I am a total loss to understand why PP replaced Wells with Yeates, who flatters to deceive. The continued presence of Thompson merely underlines the lack competition.

On the plus side, Ravenhill, provide more bite in midfield and McBurnie showed promise. I'm also pleased that McHugh has been brought in from the cold. One has to wonder just how we've managed to end up with six centre backs.

I heard PP's post match comments and he's obviously got plans to strengthen the squad with some better quality loan signings. Two decent new faces ( right wing and midfield) will probably get us going again.

Keep the faith!
Id suggest that the presence of more centre backs thsn say forwards is indicative of parkys safety first philosophy
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: Agreed that it was a better performance than Rotherham but two things were evident after Wells went off, I) we were unlikely to score again and 2) Swindon were always likely to get at least one. Pritchard looked a class apart all afternoon and it was fitting that he should score. I am a total loss to understand why PP replaced Wells with Yeates, who flatters to deceive. The continued presence of Thompson merely underlines the lack competition. On the plus side, Ravenhill, provide more bite in midfield and McBurnie showed promise. I'm also pleased that McHugh has been brought in from the cold. One has to wonder just how we've managed to end up with six centre backs. I heard PP's post match comments and he's obviously got plans to strengthen the squad with some better quality loan signings. Two decent new faces ( right wing and midfield) will probably get us going again. Keep the faith![/p][/quote]Id suggest that the presence of more centre backs thsn say forwards is indicative of parkys safety first philosophy dannbradfc

5:00pm Mon 30 Dec 13

dannbradfc says...

Pablo wrote:
Agreed that it was a better performance than Rotherham but two things were evident after Wells went off, I) we were unlikely to score again and 2) Swindon were always likely to get at least one. Pritchard looked a class apart all afternoon and it was fitting that he should score.

I am a total loss to understand why PP replaced Wells with Yeates, who flatters to deceive. The continued presence of Thompson merely underlines the lack competition.

On the plus side, Ravenhill, provide more bite in midfield and McBurnie showed promise. I'm also pleased that McHugh has been brought in from the cold. One has to wonder just how we've managed to end up with six centre backs.

I heard PP's post match comments and he's obviously got plans to strengthen the squad with some better quality loan signings. Two decent new faces ( right wing and midfield) will probably get us going again.

Keep the faith!
Id suggest that the presence of more centre backs thsn say forwards is indicative of parkys safety first philosophy
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: Agreed that it was a better performance than Rotherham but two things were evident after Wells went off, I) we were unlikely to score again and 2) Swindon were always likely to get at least one. Pritchard looked a class apart all afternoon and it was fitting that he should score. I am a total loss to understand why PP replaced Wells with Yeates, who flatters to deceive. The continued presence of Thompson merely underlines the lack competition. On the plus side, Ravenhill, provide more bite in midfield and McBurnie showed promise. I'm also pleased that McHugh has been brought in from the cold. One has to wonder just how we've managed to end up with six centre backs. I heard PP's post match comments and he's obviously got plans to strengthen the squad with some better quality loan signings. Two decent new faces ( right wing and midfield) will probably get us going again. Keep the faith![/p][/quote]Id suggest that the presence of more centre backs thsn say forwards is indicative of parkys safety first philosophy dannbradfc

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