Bantams boss has eight days to sign a left back after Sheffield United exploit weakness

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Phil Parkinson shows concern for Kyel Reid as he is stretchered off with a twisted knee Phil Parkinson shows concern for Kyel Reid as he is stretchered off with a twisted knee

City will redouble their efforts to have a new left back in place for their next outing against high-flying Preston.

With no game at the weekend, Phil Parkinson has eight days to get someone in place to fill in for the injured James Meredith.

Parkinson has been trying to bring in a back-up – and will make that his top target again after City’s limitations in that area were exposed at Sheffield United.

City fought back from two down to grab a 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane but they struggled to contain the Blades out wide. Carl McHugh again deputised to start with but was switched round with Matthew Bates in the second half as the home side dominated on the wings.

Assistant boss Steve Parkin confirmed that Parkinson remains in the market for a specialist in the role, with Meredith expected to miss six more weeks with a broken foot.

Parkin said: “It already has been (a priority). It wasn’t just a case of bringing in Aaron Mclean up top.

“Phil has been on the phone for the best part of a couple of days trying to strengthen with a recognised left back.

“Carl played really well last week but he’s a young player and coming to a place like Sheffield United against a winger in top form is sometimes difficult.

“We put Batesy out there for his extra bit of pace and experience. But that’s certainly a position we’ll have to look at in the next week.

“I think Carlo has stood up well. He’s a good young player and has had some outstanding football matches for us, especially in the cup run last year.

“But it would be ideal if we could bring one in. But as people know, centre forwards and left backs are the most difficult ones to get.”

City must also face up to the absence of Kyel Reid after the winger was stretchered off with a twisted knee following a collision with defender Tony McMahon. He is having a scan this afternoon.

Reid is the latest in a long list of injuries hampering Parkinson’s side, who have now gone nine games without a win.

Parkin admitted: “It looks a bad one. Reidy’s foot stuck in the ground when McMahon went in the back of him.

“He was just trying to push off and his knee twisted. It caused a nasty pain and could be quite serious.

“Every manager you speak to will rue their injuries but we’ve had a couple of really serious ones. We had Andrew Davies injured before Christmas, Mezza is going to be for a good while and now we’ve lost Reidy.

“It is disappointing. While we have a reasonably good squad, we have seven or eight injuries to key players.”

Losing 2-0, a deflected goal from Gary Jones gave City a foothold back in the contest before James Hanson levelled off his shin – his second in successive games since the exit of Nahki Wells.

“We’ve had a couple of difficult weeks,” added Parkin. “We had the to-ing and fro-ing of Nahki leaving, the broken foot to Mezza, the other injuries to first-team players – it’s been stop-start.

“We’ve had too many draws and not enough wins – we know that. But to come back and show the spirit we did was important for all of us. The commitment is very much intact.”

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8:50am Mon 20 Jan 14

macca1969 says...

I think that in a difficult fixture and against 12 men again, the city team did very well to dig deep and grind out a result. The team spirit is still there and i believe that that elusive win which will kick us on is just around the corner. Maybe the Preston game will be the lauch pad
I think that in a difficult fixture and against 12 men again, the city team did very well to dig deep and grind out a result. The team spirit is still there and i believe that that elusive win which will kick us on is just around the corner. Maybe the Preston game will be the lauch pad macca1969

9:05am Mon 20 Jan 14

Lancashire Bantam says...

Can anyone tell me when Davies will be back, will it be the Preston game?
Can anyone tell me when Davies will be back, will it be the Preston game? Lancashire Bantam

9:53am Mon 20 Jan 14

gman27 says...

Lancashire Bantam wrote:
Can anyone tell me when Davies will be back, will it be the Preston game?
Sounds like he'll be struggling for Preston but he's back in full training so maybe game after I would think.
[quote][p][bold]Lancashire Bantam[/bold] wrote: Can anyone tell me when Davies will be back, will it be the Preston game?[/p][/quote]Sounds like he'll be struggling for Preston but he's back in full training so maybe game after I would think. gman27

10:03am Mon 20 Jan 14

Farsley Bantam says...

macca1969 wrote:
I think that in a difficult fixture and against 12 men again, the city team did very well to dig deep and grind out a result. The team spirit is still there and i believe that that elusive win which will kick us on is just around the corner. Maybe the Preston game will be the lauch pad
Those are my feelings. We are on a winless run rather than a losing streak. We are a difficult team to beat and if we can tighten up at the back and get a few more goals then we can turn it round. I think play offs will be a bit of a stretch for us this season but I think it a top half finish is certainly achievable.
[quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: I think that in a difficult fixture and against 12 men again, the city team did very well to dig deep and grind out a result. The team spirit is still there and i believe that that elusive win which will kick us on is just around the corner. Maybe the Preston game will be the lauch pad[/p][/quote]Those are my feelings. We are on a winless run rather than a losing streak. We are a difficult team to beat and if we can tighten up at the back and get a few more goals then we can turn it round. I think play offs will be a bit of a stretch for us this season but I think it a top half finish is certainly achievable. Farsley Bantam

10:16am Mon 20 Jan 14

TBS says...

Yes the wingers may have been on top form, but we didn't do enough defensively again. Shot ourselves in the foot with two soft soft goals. How can that ball travel all the way across the area for a tap in at the near post is beyond me. Then the second one is a complete free header.
Then to bring Yates on when Reid goes off was a bad decision. Give the new lad Graham a chance- otherwise why sign him? Yates is a complete pansy and we need to get shut of him, he didn't look hungry at all on Saturday. He doesn't tackle, doesn't track back and is scared when there's a 50/50!
I thought Bates was poor defensively as well, he needs to go. That pass where he should have played Thommo in sums him up.
He needs to give Thommo a rest a well, he is low on confidence and I'm not sure how he gets in the team atm.
I thought Hanson once again was excellent, he worked on very little and led the line well. Mclean needs match fitness but I'm sure he'll be an excellent outlet for us. The next couple of games now are massive!
Yes the wingers may have been on top form, but we didn't do enough defensively again. Shot ourselves in the foot with two soft soft goals. How can that ball travel all the way across the area for a tap in at the near post is beyond me. Then the second one is a complete free header. Then to bring Yates on when Reid goes off was a bad decision. Give the new lad Graham a chance- otherwise why sign him? Yates is a complete pansy and we need to get shut of him, he didn't look hungry at all on Saturday. He doesn't tackle, doesn't track back and is scared when there's a 50/50! I thought Bates was poor defensively as well, he needs to go. That pass where he should have played Thommo in sums him up. He needs to give Thommo a rest a well, he is low on confidence and I'm not sure how he gets in the team atm. I thought Hanson once again was excellent, he worked on very little and led the line well. Mclean needs match fitness but I'm sure he'll be an excellent outlet for us. The next couple of games now are massive! TBS

10:22am Mon 20 Jan 14

Peter300 says...

TBS wrote:
Yes the wingers may have been on top form, but we didn't do enough defensively again. Shot ourselves in the foot with two soft soft goals. How can that ball travel all the way across the area for a tap in at the near post is beyond me. Then the second one is a complete free header.
Then to bring Yates on when Reid goes off was a bad decision. Give the new lad Graham a chance- otherwise why sign him? Yates is a complete pansy and we need to get shut of him, he didn't look hungry at all on Saturday. He doesn't tackle, doesn't track back and is scared when there's a 50/50!
I thought Bates was poor defensively as well, he needs to go. That pass where he should have played Thommo in sums him up.
He needs to give Thommo a rest a well, he is low on confidence and I'm not sure how he gets in the team atm.
I thought Hanson once again was excellent, he worked on very little and led the line well. Mclean needs match fitness but I'm sure he'll be an excellent outlet for us. The next couple of games now are massive!
You don't know anything about the 'new lad.' Your friends on here have been calling for Mark Yeates i.e. Mark Yeates to be given a chance for months. They will be delighted with his inclusion - won't they? That's what they've been asking for. You're not going are you? Or at least having a rest? Just asking.
[quote][p][bold]TBS[/bold] wrote: Yes the wingers may have been on top form, but we didn't do enough defensively again. Shot ourselves in the foot with two soft soft goals. How can that ball travel all the way across the area for a tap in at the near post is beyond me. Then the second one is a complete free header. Then to bring Yates on when Reid goes off was a bad decision. Give the new lad Graham a chance- otherwise why sign him? Yates is a complete pansy and we need to get shut of him, he didn't look hungry at all on Saturday. He doesn't tackle, doesn't track back and is scared when there's a 50/50! I thought Bates was poor defensively as well, he needs to go. That pass where he should have played Thommo in sums him up. He needs to give Thommo a rest a well, he is low on confidence and I'm not sure how he gets in the team atm. I thought Hanson once again was excellent, he worked on very little and led the line well. Mclean needs match fitness but I'm sure he'll be an excellent outlet for us. The next couple of games now are massive![/p][/quote]You don't know anything about the 'new lad.' Your friends on here have been calling for Mark Yeates i.e. Mark Yeates to be given a chance for months. They will be delighted with his inclusion - won't they? That's what they've been asking for. You're not going are you? Or at least having a rest? Just asking. Peter300

10:26am Mon 20 Jan 14

Amber_Claret says...

Lancashire Bantam wrote:
Can anyone tell me when Davies will be back, will it be the Preston game?
He was warming up an hour before kick off on Saturday, I thought he was going to be on the bench at least. He looked sharp and showed no signs of any injury.
[quote][p][bold]Lancashire Bantam[/bold] wrote: Can anyone tell me when Davies will be back, will it be the Preston game?[/p][/quote]He was warming up an hour before kick off on Saturday, I thought he was going to be on the bench at least. He looked sharp and showed no signs of any injury. Amber_Claret

10:37am Mon 20 Jan 14

Lancashire Bantam says...

Amber_Claret wrote:
Lancashire Bantam wrote: Can anyone tell me when Davies will be back, will it be the Preston game?
He was warming up an hour before kick off on Saturday, I thought he was going to be on the bench at least. He looked sharp and showed no signs of any injury.
I think this is when our fortunes will start to change, Davies back in the team and build from the back.
[quote][p][bold]Amber_Claret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancashire Bantam[/bold] wrote: Can anyone tell me when Davies will be back, will it be the Preston game?[/p][/quote]He was warming up an hour before kick off on Saturday, I thought he was going to be on the bench at least. He looked sharp and showed no signs of any injury.[/p][/quote]I think this is when our fortunes will start to change, Davies back in the team and build from the back. Lancashire Bantam

10:53am Mon 20 Jan 14

Amber_Claret says...

Lancashire Bantam wrote:
Amber_Claret wrote:
Lancashire Bantam wrote: Can anyone tell me when Davies will be back, will it be the Preston game?
He was warming up an hour before kick off on Saturday, I thought he was going to be on the bench at least. He looked sharp and showed no signs of any injury.
I think this is when our fortunes will start to change, Davies back in the team and build from the back.
We definitely need him, we were flapping a little at times on Saturday!
[quote][p][bold]Lancashire Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Amber_Claret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancashire Bantam[/bold] wrote: Can anyone tell me when Davies will be back, will it be the Preston game?[/p][/quote]He was warming up an hour before kick off on Saturday, I thought he was going to be on the bench at least. He looked sharp and showed no signs of any injury.[/p][/quote]I think this is when our fortunes will start to change, Davies back in the team and build from the back.[/p][/quote]We definitely need him, we were flapping a little at times on Saturday! Amber_Claret

11:04am Mon 20 Jan 14

minkiebantam says...

Saturday was definatley "a game of 2 halves" as they say. We were poor defensivley in the 1st period and the poor decisions from the Ref didnt help. Premier division standard!?? MY A**E!!
But as someone above said, we cant blame the Ref for poor defending.
I really feared the worst when Reid was stretchered off, but credit to the lads and PP for picking it up in the 2nd half. Putting bates at LB and moving Mcugh to CB worked much better and if we dont get a replacement in for Meredith for the Preston game, i would keep bates there instead of Mchugh as he has that bit more pace and knowhow (no Disrespect to Mcugh, but he aint no LB!)
Hopefully Davo will be back soon and Reidy isnt out for too long?
Please start the new lad Graham on Tues night PP, we have him for 1 month, we might as well use his services?
CTID!
P.S Great support on Saturday, we out sang the home team ALL Game!
Saturday was definatley "a game of 2 halves" as they say. We were poor defensivley in the 1st period and the poor decisions from the Ref didnt help. Premier division standard!?? MY A**E!! But as someone above said, we cant blame the Ref for poor defending. I really feared the worst when Reid was stretchered off, but credit to the lads and PP for picking it up in the 2nd half. Putting bates at LB and moving Mcugh to CB worked much better and if we dont get a replacement in for Meredith for the Preston game, i would keep bates there instead of Mchugh as he has that bit more pace and knowhow (no Disrespect to Mcugh, but he aint no LB!) Hopefully Davo will be back soon and Reidy isnt out for too long? Please start the new lad Graham on Tues night PP, we have him for 1 month, we might as well use his services? CTID! P.S Great support on Saturday, we out sang the home team ALL Game! minkiebantam

11:20am Mon 20 Jan 14

shaun from richmond says...

The squad is now SO unbalanced!!....We have more Centre Backs than you can shake a stick at. WHY ON EARTH EXTEND "BATES" LOAN??.
Yes we need a left back....BUT FOR GOODNESS SAKE its a "decent" midfield player we are Screaming out for!!.
Get it sorted PARKY!!
The squad is now SO unbalanced!!....We have more Centre Backs than you can shake a stick at. WHY ON EARTH EXTEND "BATES" LOAN??. Yes we need a left back....BUT FOR GOODNESS SAKE its a "decent" midfield player we are Screaming out for!!. Get it sorted PARKY!! shaun from richmond

11:43am Mon 20 Jan 14

gman27 says...

TBS wrote:
Yes the wingers may have been on top form, but we didn't do enough defensively again. Shot ourselves in the foot with two soft soft goals. How can that ball travel all the way across the area for a tap in at the near post is beyond me. Then the second one is a complete free header.
Then to bring Yates on when Reid goes off was a bad decision. Give the new lad Graham a chance- otherwise why sign him? Yates is a complete pansy and we need to get shut of him, he didn't look hungry at all on Saturday. He doesn't tackle, doesn't track back and is scared when there's a 50/50!
I thought Bates was poor defensively as well, he needs to go. That pass where he should have played Thommo in sums him up.
He needs to give Thommo a rest a well, he is low on confidence and I'm not sure how he gets in the team atm.
I thought Hanson once again was excellent, he worked on very little and led the line well. Mclean needs match fitness but I'm sure he'll be an excellent outlet for us. The next couple of games now are massive!
Decent summary.
.
Don;t understand why we bring a short term loan in and not play him but what do we know :-) Don;t know loads about him apart from he supposed to be direct and have pace and given the fact that Tommo isn't exactly doing it then I can't see why he shouldn't be given a go especially late on in the last couple of games
[quote][p][bold]TBS[/bold] wrote: Yes the wingers may have been on top form, but we didn't do enough defensively again. Shot ourselves in the foot with two soft soft goals. How can that ball travel all the way across the area for a tap in at the near post is beyond me. Then the second one is a complete free header. Then to bring Yates on when Reid goes off was a bad decision. Give the new lad Graham a chance- otherwise why sign him? Yates is a complete pansy and we need to get shut of him, he didn't look hungry at all on Saturday. He doesn't tackle, doesn't track back and is scared when there's a 50/50! I thought Bates was poor defensively as well, he needs to go. That pass where he should have played Thommo in sums him up. He needs to give Thommo a rest a well, he is low on confidence and I'm not sure how he gets in the team atm. I thought Hanson once again was excellent, he worked on very little and led the line well. Mclean needs match fitness but I'm sure he'll be an excellent outlet for us. The next couple of games now are massive![/p][/quote]Decent summary. . Don;t understand why we bring a short term loan in and not play him but what do we know :-) Don;t know loads about him apart from he supposed to be direct and have pace and given the fact that Tommo isn't exactly doing it then I can't see why he shouldn't be given a go especially late on in the last couple of games gman27

12:10pm Mon 20 Jan 14

al&co says...

Shaun has a very valid point re the midfield.
Yes we do need a left back but for most of our games this season and particularly the last three months or so, we have been 2nd best in midfield, which has increased the pressure on our weakened defence and affected the support given to our strikers.
I think Jones puts in a real shift most games but he needs help - we expect too much from him and some extra 'legs' and a bit more pace in midfield would make a difference and stop us from being outplayed in that area of the pitch.
Perhaps PP has something in the pipeline - we'll see...
After a poor first half on Saturday, we showed great spirit and did well to salvage a point, particularly after losing Reid and the team deserve credit for that.
Many of us have a lot of faith in Andrew Davies - we've really missed him. I hope he can return soon and stay fit.
The Preston game will be hard but we did well at their place, in fact I think it was one of our best performances. Hopefully, we can get a win...it has to happen sometime soon...keep the faith everybody - come on City!
Shaun has a very valid point re the midfield. Yes we do need a left back but for most of our games this season and particularly the last three months or so, we have been 2nd best in midfield, which has increased the pressure on our weakened defence and affected the support given to our strikers. I think Jones puts in a real shift most games but he needs help - we expect too much from him and some extra 'legs' and a bit more pace in midfield would make a difference and stop us from being outplayed in that area of the pitch. Perhaps PP has something in the pipeline - we'll see... After a poor first half on Saturday, we showed great spirit and did well to salvage a point, particularly after losing Reid and the team deserve credit for that. Many of us have a lot of faith in Andrew Davies - we've really missed him. I hope he can return soon and stay fit. The Preston game will be hard but we did well at their place, in fact I think it was one of our best performances. Hopefully, we can get a win...it has to happen sometime soon...keep the faith everybody - come on City! al&co

12:36pm Mon 20 Jan 14

nowt fresh says...

Peter300 wrote:
TBS wrote: Yes the wingers may have been on top form, but we didn't do enough defensively again. Shot ourselves in the foot with two soft soft goals. How can that ball travel all the way across the area for a tap in at the near post is beyond me. Then the second one is a complete free header. Then to bring Yates on when Reid goes off was a bad decision. Give the new lad Graham a chance- otherwise why sign him? Yates is a complete pansy and we need to get shut of him, he didn't look hungry at all on Saturday. He doesn't tackle, doesn't track back and is scared when there's a 50/50! I thought Bates was poor defensively as well, he needs to go. That pass where he should have played Thommo in sums him up. He needs to give Thommo a rest a well, he is low on confidence and I'm not sure how he gets in the team atm. I thought Hanson once again was excellent, he worked on very little and led the line well. Mclean needs match fitness but I'm sure he'll be an excellent outlet for us. The next couple of games now are massive!
You don't know anything about the 'new lad.' Your friends on here have been calling for Mark Yeates i.e. Mark Yeates to be given a chance for months. They will be delighted with his inclusion - won't they? That's what they've been asking for. You're not going are you? Or at least having a rest? Just asking.
Well hopefully Phil Parkinson knows about the new lad Graham so I agree with TBS, the only player with any pace gets injured and goes off, so Parky brings on speed merchant Yeats, there fullback must have loved that decision.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TBS[/bold] wrote: Yes the wingers may have been on top form, but we didn't do enough defensively again. Shot ourselves in the foot with two soft soft goals. How can that ball travel all the way across the area for a tap in at the near post is beyond me. Then the second one is a complete free header. Then to bring Yates on when Reid goes off was a bad decision. Give the new lad Graham a chance- otherwise why sign him? Yates is a complete pansy and we need to get shut of him, he didn't look hungry at all on Saturday. He doesn't tackle, doesn't track back and is scared when there's a 50/50! I thought Bates was poor defensively as well, he needs to go. That pass where he should have played Thommo in sums him up. He needs to give Thommo a rest a well, he is low on confidence and I'm not sure how he gets in the team atm. I thought Hanson once again was excellent, he worked on very little and led the line well. Mclean needs match fitness but I'm sure he'll be an excellent outlet for us. The next couple of games now are massive![/p][/quote]You don't know anything about the 'new lad.' Your friends on here have been calling for Mark Yeates i.e. Mark Yeates to be given a chance for months. They will be delighted with his inclusion - won't they? That's what they've been asking for. You're not going are you? Or at least having a rest? Just asking.[/p][/quote]Well hopefully Phil Parkinson knows about the new lad Graham so I agree with TBS, the only player with any pace gets injured and goes off, so Parky brings on speed merchant Yeats, there fullback must have loved that decision. nowt fresh

12:52pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Victor Clayton says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
The squad is now SO unbalanced!!....We have more Centre Backs than you can shake a stick at. WHY ON EARTH EXTEND "BATES" LOAN??. Yes we need a left back....BUT FOR GOODNESS SAKE its a "decent" midfield player we are Screaming out for!!. Get it sorted PARKY!!
you might think the squad is unbalanced. me too, as it happens. but does PP? last home game I felt for Kennedy . he kept coming for the easy pass, only to see it fly past him. and dont mention McArdle's passing!
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: The squad is now SO unbalanced!!....We have more Centre Backs than you can shake a stick at. WHY ON EARTH EXTEND "BATES" LOAN??. Yes we need a left back....BUT FOR GOODNESS SAKE its a "decent" midfield player we are Screaming out for!!. Get it sorted PARKY!![/p][/quote]you might think the squad is unbalanced. me too, as it happens. but does PP? last home game I felt for Kennedy . he kept coming for the easy pass, only to see it fly past him. and dont mention McArdle's passing! Victor Clayton

1:17pm Mon 20 Jan 14

dannbradfc says...

Too much focus on the defence for me......yes we need a left back but that as been the case all season in case Meredith got injured. We have absolutely no pace in the team.

Especially now Reids injured. (PS those near me who moan about Reid please take note of how we perform without him????)

Defend from the front which hanson does more than most big lads. In fact he's working his socks of and been mom candidate in last three games. problem is we are too deep to start with then we back off. Theres a fear partly induced by the lack of pace in the side. The current midfield simply can't get up and down the field fast enough imo. Thats why our wide playersd receive the ball on the half way line roughly and don't run without the ball in the hope of receiving the pass in case it doesn't get there....safety first. We need more than a left back and i've said we needed a right hand side player throughout parkys tenure and that is still the case.....
Too much focus on the defence for me......yes we need a left back but that as been the case all season in case Meredith got injured. We have absolutely no pace in the team. Especially now Reids injured. (PS those near me who moan about Reid please take note of how we perform without him????) Defend from the front which hanson does more than most big lads. In fact he's working his socks of and been mom candidate in last three games. problem is we are too deep to start with then we back off. Theres a fear partly induced by the lack of pace in the side. The current midfield simply can't get up and down the field fast enough imo. Thats why our wide playersd receive the ball on the half way line roughly and don't run without the ball in the hope of receiving the pass in case it doesn't get there....safety first. We need more than a left back and i've said we needed a right hand side player throughout parkys tenure and that is still the case..... dannbradfc

2:37pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Boyswill says...

Poor planning overall. We have no full back cover in the club; we had no full back cover last year; we signed no full backs at all in the summer. What we will do if Derby gets injured who knows...

You can't go a season with only two full backs at the club. They saw the weakness and exposed it Saturday - every move down the right channel where first McHugh and then Bates found it really hard.
Poor planning overall. We have no full back cover in the club; we had no full back cover last year; we signed no full backs at all in the summer. What we will do if Derby gets injured who knows... You can't go a season with only two full backs at the club. They saw the weakness and exposed it Saturday - every move down the right channel where first McHugh and then Bates found it really hard. Boyswill

2:58pm Mon 20 Jan 14

tyker2 says...

how about Good from Newcastle:

ok for league 2 if not against premiership wingers
how about Good from Newcastle: ok for league 2 if not against premiership wingers tyker2

3:18pm Mon 20 Jan 14

macca1969 says...

Boyswill wrote:
Poor planning overall. We have no full back cover in the club; we had no full back cover last year; we signed no full backs at all in the summer. What we will do if Derby gets injured who knows...

You can't go a season with only two full backs at the club. They saw the weakness and exposed it Saturday - every move down the right channel where first McHugh and then Bates found it really hard.
As long as Darby doesn't get injured I'm not that bothered about Derby ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Boyswill[/bold] wrote: Poor planning overall. We have no full back cover in the club; we had no full back cover last year; we signed no full backs at all in the summer. What we will do if Derby gets injured who knows... You can't go a season with only two full backs at the club. They saw the weakness and exposed it Saturday - every move down the right channel where first McHugh and then Bates found it really hard.[/p][/quote]As long as Darby doesn't get injured I'm not that bothered about Derby ;-) macca1969

3:20pm Mon 20 Jan 14

CheltCityFan says...

I'm not sure where he is at the moment - hopefully someone can update me - but Luke Garbutt, from Everton, who was on loan at Colchester earlier this season, has always seemed a very good left back. He was on loan at Cheltenham a season or so ago and was impressive. He could step straight in.
I'm not sure where he is at the moment - hopefully someone can update me - but Luke Garbutt, from Everton, who was on loan at Colchester earlier this season, has always seemed a very good left back. He was on loan at Cheltenham a season or so ago and was impressive. He could step straight in. CheltCityFan

5:46pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Olivermac says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
The squad is now SO unbalanced!!....We have more Centre Backs than you can shake a stick at. WHY ON EARTH EXTEND "BATES" LOAN??.
Yes we need a left back....BUT FOR GOODNESS SAKE its a "decent" midfield player we are Screaming out for!!.
Get it sorted PARKY!!
I think the only reason he has keept Bates is because he is not sure about Davies injury, I agree we need a young hungry midfield player,regarding the left back slot you could put Bates there it looked a lot better than in the first half at S.U. More importantly is the organization we were all over the shop in the first half and giving S.U. Wingers the freedom of the park daft thing about it all is Parky seemed to blame McHugh I don't think he was watching the same player , I thought he had a reasonable game to say he is out of position and he was far better at the center of the defence in the second half and regarding Mark Yeats absolutely bottled every tackle and he then just lifts his arms in the air as much as to say what can I do, come on Parky give this young lad from Villa a start he has pace to burn and he might just surprise you.
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: The squad is now SO unbalanced!!....We have more Centre Backs than you can shake a stick at. WHY ON EARTH EXTEND "BATES" LOAN??. Yes we need a left back....BUT FOR GOODNESS SAKE its a "decent" midfield player we are Screaming out for!!. Get it sorted PARKY!![/p][/quote]I think the only reason he has keept Bates is because he is not sure about Davies injury, I agree we need a young hungry midfield player,regarding the left back slot you could put Bates there it looked a lot better than in the first half at S.U. More importantly is the organization we were all over the shop in the first half and giving S.U. Wingers the freedom of the park daft thing about it all is Parky seemed to blame McHugh I don't think he was watching the same player , I thought he had a reasonable game to say he is out of position and he was far better at the center of the defence in the second half and regarding Mark Yeats absolutely bottled every tackle and he then just lifts his arms in the air as much as to say what can I do, come on Parky give this young lad from Villa a start he has pace to burn and he might just surprise you. Olivermac

6:16pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Pablo says...

Olivermac wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote:
The squad is now SO unbalanced!!....We have more Centre Backs than you can shake a stick at. WHY ON EARTH EXTEND "BATES" LOAN??.
Yes we need a left back....BUT FOR GOODNESS SAKE its a "decent" midfield player we are Screaming out for!!.
Get it sorted PARKY!!
I think the only reason he has keept Bates is because he is not sure about Davies injury, I agree we need a young hungry midfield player,regarding the left back slot you could put Bates there it looked a lot better than in the first half at S.U. More importantly is the organization we were all over the shop in the first half and giving S.U. Wingers the freedom of the park daft thing about it all is Parky seemed to blame McHugh I don't think he was watching the same player , I thought he had a reasonable game to say he is out of position and he was far better at the center of the defence in the second half and regarding Mark Yeats absolutely bottled every tackle and he then just lifts his arms in the air as much as to say what can I do, come on Parky give this young lad from Villa a start he has pace to burn and he might just surprise you.
I've already commented on another thread about Yeates's appalling performance on Saturday and my astonishment at reading that Steve Parkin thinks that Reid's injury presents Yeates with an opportunity. The guy has ability but looks disenchanted and this is reflected in seemingly half hearted displays. If Yeates gets picked against Preston, what kind of message does that send out? In times gone by, you had to earn the shirt.
[quote][p][bold]Olivermac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: The squad is now SO unbalanced!!....We have more Centre Backs than you can shake a stick at. WHY ON EARTH EXTEND "BATES" LOAN??. Yes we need a left back....BUT FOR GOODNESS SAKE its a "decent" midfield player we are Screaming out for!!. Get it sorted PARKY!![/p][/quote]I think the only reason he has keept Bates is because he is not sure about Davies injury, I agree we need a young hungry midfield player,regarding the left back slot you could put Bates there it looked a lot better than in the first half at S.U. More importantly is the organization we were all over the shop in the first half and giving S.U. Wingers the freedom of the park daft thing about it all is Parky seemed to blame McHugh I don't think he was watching the same player , I thought he had a reasonable game to say he is out of position and he was far better at the center of the defence in the second half and regarding Mark Yeats absolutely bottled every tackle and he then just lifts his arms in the air as much as to say what can I do, come on Parky give this young lad from Villa a start he has pace to burn and he might just surprise you.[/p][/quote]I've already commented on another thread about Yeates's appalling performance on Saturday and my astonishment at reading that Steve Parkin thinks that Reid's injury presents Yeates with an opportunity. The guy has ability but looks disenchanted and this is reflected in seemingly half hearted displays. If Yeates gets picked against Preston, what kind of message does that send out? In times gone by, you had to earn the shirt. Pablo

6:39pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Dugoutboy says...

Sheffield Utd exploit weakness. This was also exploited by Oldham when Meredith was playing, then by Bristol City and now by Sheffield. Both full backs were exploited and theses teams seem to have cottoned on to a system I assume the players have been told to play. Depending on what side of the field the ball is in play both our full backs and wide midfield men on the opposite side drift over to the Centre of the pitch and beyond. Yet the opposing winger and full back stay out wide and completely unmarked. When they receive the ball they have a head start on our players having to come from the centre of the pitch by which time all our defenders are having to run back facing there own goal which we know is then very difficult to defend. Then when we do attack the wide men have to run from the centre of the pitch out to the wing by which time two defenders are climbing all over them. I agree we do have to get another left back as this is not really McHughes position, but then I would put him in Central defence instead of Bates until Davies is back.
Sheffield Utd exploit weakness. This was also exploited by Oldham when Meredith was playing, then by Bristol City and now by Sheffield. Both full backs were exploited and theses teams seem to have cottoned on to a system I assume the players have been told to play. Depending on what side of the field the ball is in play both our full backs and wide midfield men on the opposite side drift over to the Centre of the pitch and beyond. Yet the opposing winger and full back stay out wide and completely unmarked. When they receive the ball they have a head start on our players having to come from the centre of the pitch by which time all our defenders are having to run back facing there own goal which we know is then very difficult to defend. Then when we do attack the wide men have to run from the centre of the pitch out to the wing by which time two defenders are climbing all over them. I agree we do have to get another left back as this is not really McHughes position, but then I would put him in Central defence instead of Bates until Davies is back. Dugoutboy

7:17pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Melbourne Bantam says...

As far as left backs go, this lad would be a great fit for City.
Currently starring for Newcastle Jets in Aussie A-League.

A-League is roughly Championship standard

http://www.footballa
ustralia.com.au/newc
astlejets/players/Cr
aig-Goodwin/4939
As far as left backs go, this lad would be a great fit for City. Currently starring for Newcastle Jets in Aussie A-League. A-League is roughly Championship standard http://www.footballa ustralia.com.au/newc astlejets/players/Cr aig-Goodwin/4939 Melbourne Bantam

2:53am Tue 21 Jan 14

tyker2 says...

perhaps the situation could be covered this way . Darby moves to left back and mcardle moves to right back (he as signed a s a right back/centre half. McHugh ( who s never let the club down) comes in at centre half.

There are plenty of right footed left backs o that should not be a problem
perhaps the situation could be covered this way . Darby moves to left back and mcardle moves to right back (he as signed a s a right back/centre half. McHugh ( who s never let the club down) comes in at centre half. There are plenty of right footed left backs o that should not be a problem tyker2

9:56am Tue 21 Jan 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Dugoutboy wrote:
Sheffield Utd exploit weakness. This was also exploited by Oldham when Meredith was playing, then by Bristol City and now by Sheffield. Both full backs were exploited and theses teams seem to have cottoned on to a system I assume the players have been told to play. Depending on what side of the field the ball is in play both our full backs and wide midfield men on the opposite side drift over to the Centre of the pitch and beyond. Yet the opposing winger and full back stay out wide and completely unmarked. When they receive the ball they have a head start on our players having to come from the centre of the pitch by which time all our defenders are having to run back facing there own goal which we know is then very difficult to defend. Then when we do attack the wide men have to run from the centre of the pitch out to the wing by which time two defenders are climbing all over them. I agree we do have to get another left back as this is not really McHughes position, but then I would put him in Central defence instead of Bates until Davies is back.
This is common practice for most full backs, it is pivot defence, if the ball floats over their head and out wide it is far less dangerous than a cutting through ball with no cover down the middle.
[quote][p][bold]Dugoutboy[/bold] wrote: Sheffield Utd exploit weakness. This was also exploited by Oldham when Meredith was playing, then by Bristol City and now by Sheffield. Both full backs were exploited and theses teams seem to have cottoned on to a system I assume the players have been told to play. Depending on what side of the field the ball is in play both our full backs and wide midfield men on the opposite side drift over to the Centre of the pitch and beyond. Yet the opposing winger and full back stay out wide and completely unmarked. When they receive the ball they have a head start on our players having to come from the centre of the pitch by which time all our defenders are having to run back facing there own goal which we know is then very difficult to defend. Then when we do attack the wide men have to run from the centre of the pitch out to the wing by which time two defenders are climbing all over them. I agree we do have to get another left back as this is not really McHughes position, but then I would put him in Central defence instead of Bates until Davies is back.[/p][/quote]This is common practice for most full backs, it is pivot defence, if the ball floats over their head and out wide it is far less dangerous than a cutting through ball with no cover down the middle. Prisoner Cell Block A

6:23pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Michael Clayton says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Dugoutboy wrote: Sheffield Utd exploit weakness. This was also exploited by Oldham when Meredith was playing, then by Bristol City and now by Sheffield. Both full backs were exploited and theses teams seem to have cottoned on to a system I assume the players have been told to play. Depending on what side of the field the ball is in play both our full backs and wide midfield men on the opposite side drift over to the Centre of the pitch and beyond. Yet the opposing winger and full back stay out wide and completely unmarked. When they receive the ball they have a head start on our players having to come from the centre of the pitch by which time all our defenders are having to run back facing there own goal which we know is then very difficult to defend. Then when we do attack the wide men have to run from the centre of the pitch out to the wing by which time two defenders are climbing all over them. I agree we do have to get another left back as this is not really McHughes position, but then I would put him in Central defence instead of Bates until Davies is back.
This is common practice for most full backs, it is pivot defence, if the ball floats over their head and out wide it is far less dangerous than a cutting through ball with no cover down the middle.
I am not seeing it in the way 'Dugoutboy' describes.

As a former defender myself (in a low standard of football) it is much easier to stay on the inside. Not just for the reason that you describe but because it is a shorter route back. Bear in mind that the wing-man is likely to be quicker than the full-back.

The City defence has been cut to ribbons down/off the centre on a number of occasions this season. As you say, if someone is out on the touchline, the danger is lessened and unless someone is going to go on a mazy run (Pritchard, Swindon) the only real threat is a good cross.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dugoutboy[/bold] wrote: Sheffield Utd exploit weakness. This was also exploited by Oldham when Meredith was playing, then by Bristol City and now by Sheffield. Both full backs were exploited and theses teams seem to have cottoned on to a system I assume the players have been told to play. Depending on what side of the field the ball is in play both our full backs and wide midfield men on the opposite side drift over to the Centre of the pitch and beyond. Yet the opposing winger and full back stay out wide and completely unmarked. When they receive the ball they have a head start on our players having to come from the centre of the pitch by which time all our defenders are having to run back facing there own goal which we know is then very difficult to defend. Then when we do attack the wide men have to run from the centre of the pitch out to the wing by which time two defenders are climbing all over them. I agree we do have to get another left back as this is not really McHughes position, but then I would put him in Central defence instead of Bates until Davies is back.[/p][/quote]This is common practice for most full backs, it is pivot defence, if the ball floats over their head and out wide it is far less dangerous than a cutting through ball with no cover down the middle.[/p][/quote]I am not seeing it in the way 'Dugoutboy' describes. As a former defender myself (in a low standard of football) it is much easier to stay on the inside. Not just for the reason that you describe but because it is a shorter route back. Bear in mind that the wing-man is likely to be quicker than the full-back. The City defence has been cut to ribbons down/off the centre on a number of occasions this season. As you say, if someone is out on the touchline, the danger is lessened and unless someone is going to go on a mazy run (Pritchard, Swindon) the only real threat is a good cross. Michael Clayton

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