Bradford City: This is my worst time as a manager, reveals Phil Parkinson

Phil Parkinson’s left-side attacking axis of Kyel Reid and James Meredith has been ripped apart

Phil Parkinson’s left-side attacking axis of Kyel Reid and James Meredith has been ripped apart

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

Phil Parkinson admits this is the most taxing spell of injuries he has experienced in 11 years of management.

Kyel Reid’s season-ending departure has added to the mounting problems Parkinson is facing with his depleted City squad.

The Bantams boss was already hunting a replacement for left back James Meredith, who is out until March with a broken foot. Reid’s long-term absence with a ruptured cruciate has left another hole on the wing, which needs to be filled.

But Parkinson, who is further hampered by a lengthy list of minor casualties, is determined to ride out the storm.

He said: “We are swimming against the tide and we’ve got to reverse that. We’ve got to rectify the gaps in our squad caused by injuries.

“I can’t remember a spell like this at any time as a manager. But unfortunately you can’t feel sorry for yourself.

“It’s a case of having to dust yourself down and get on with it. That’s what we are trying to do.”

After landing Aaron Mclean to replace Nahki Wells last week, Parkinson had his hands full lining up a specialist left back to cover for Meredith. Now the midfield spot in front of him has become another pressing issue.

He said: “Around the Nahki situation we were focusing purely on a striker. We felt that was a priority and it took a lot of time during that period.

“Then left back became a problem and now it’s a wide player as well.

“Naturally left-sided players are hard to find. The left back scenario is already becoming a difficult one.

“We’ve got to try and find something which is equally effective (to Reid and Meredith).

“Obviously the search continues but it isn’t as straightforward as people think.

“Some may think there’s a whole list of left backs out there and I only have to use a selection process to pick the right one. It’s not that easy.

“It’s getting one out of a club who is match fit and wants to come here geographically.

“It’s not just about the finances. Managers don’t necessarily want to let players go – especially left backs because there aren’t an abundance of them, as everyone knows.

“It’s a problem we’ve got but we are scouring the market.”

Reid has been a regular on City’s left flank this season after putting last year’s issues with his groin behind him. He has started all but one league game since winning back his place from Mark Yeates at the end of August.

Parkinson said: “We’ve managed to keep on top of the problems Reidy has had in the past and he’s been relatively injury-free.

“It’s a huge blow for us and even more so for him because he has kept himself fit. It was such an innocuous challenge to get this injury but we’re just going to have to deal with it.”

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8:05am Wed 22 Jan 14

notpoliticallycorrect says...

Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation.

That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit.

We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway.

Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.
Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt. notpoliticallycorrect
  • Score: -12

8:20am Wed 22 Jan 14

Michael Clayton says...

notpoliticallycorrec
t
wrote:
Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.
There is too much instability in terms of available personnel and we do not know who (if anyone) is going to come in. Changing a formation to suit an unknown starting eleven does not make any sense.

A 3-5-2 has been proven not to work since the late 1990's. All the opposition has to do is to adopt a 4-5-1 (either from the start or in reaction to a 3-5-2).

The best policy is to stick with a 4-4-2. It is not pretty but it is all about trying to grind out results.
[quote][p][bold]notpoliticallycorrec t[/bold] wrote: Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.[/p][/quote]There is too much instability in terms of available personnel and we do not know who (if anyone) is going to come in. Changing a formation to suit an unknown starting eleven does not make any sense. A 3-5-2 has been proven not to work since the late 1990's. All the opposition has to do is to adopt a 4-5-1 (either from the start or in reaction to a 3-5-2). The best policy is to stick with a 4-4-2. It is not pretty but it is all about trying to grind out results. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -2

8:27am Wed 22 Jan 14

notpoliticallycorrect says...

On the same basis that a 4-2-2-2 looks ridiculous. Oh Man City pay that way most weeks.

All I m saying is that when we have changed shape at home we have battered teams and scored goals for fun. Getting an attacking CM must be easier than a dedicated LB.
On the same basis that a 4-2-2-2 looks ridiculous. Oh Man City pay that way most weeks. All I m saying is that when we have changed shape at home we have battered teams and scored goals for fun. Getting an attacking CM must be easier than a dedicated LB. notpoliticallycorrect
  • Score: -4

8:49am Wed 22 Jan 14

Victor Clayton says...

it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?
it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts? Victor Clayton
  • Score: -13

8:50am Wed 22 Jan 14

CTID says...

notpoliticallycorrec
t
wrote:
Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation.

That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit.

We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway.

Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.
But you'd still need to find a wing-back, which is even harder than finding a left back.
[quote][p][bold]notpoliticallycorrec t[/bold] wrote: Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.[/p][/quote]But you'd still need to find a wing-back, which is even harder than finding a left back. CTID
  • Score: 5

8:56am Wed 22 Jan 14

CTID says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?
Eh? We've only made one signing and we did that within days of selling Nakhi, striking quickly before other teams have time to get other players off their books and sort their own bid out, which sounds like a perfect storm of thought, logic and planning to me.

I'll grant you that, if and when we sign the left-sided players, there won't have been much planning but they only found out in the last week and a bit so they literally weren't planning for it!

With regards to the thought and logic, I'd suggest the fact we haven't just gone out and signed the first left-back we see shows both of those things
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?[/p][/quote]Eh? We've only made one signing and we did that within days of selling Nakhi, striking quickly before other teams have time to get other players off their books and sort their own bid out, which sounds like a perfect storm of thought, logic and planning to me. I'll grant you that, if and when we sign the left-sided players, there won't have been much planning but they only found out in the last week and a bit so they literally weren't planning for it! With regards to the thought and logic, I'd suggest the fact we haven't just gone out and signed the first left-back we see shows both of those things CTID
  • Score: 25

9:00am Wed 22 Jan 14

Farsley Bantam says...

notpoliticallycorrec
t
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On the same basis that a 4-2-2-2 looks ridiculous. Oh Man City pay that way most weeks. All I m saying is that when we have changed shape at home we have battered teams and scored goals for fun. Getting an attacking CM must be easier than a dedicated LB.
With respect Man City have a team comprised of some of the worlds best players that are able to play in any formation they are asked to. We don't have that luxury here.
[quote][p][bold]notpoliticallycorrec t[/bold] wrote: On the same basis that a 4-2-2-2 looks ridiculous. Oh Man City pay that way most weeks. All I m saying is that when we have changed shape at home we have battered teams and scored goals for fun. Getting an attacking CM must be easier than a dedicated LB.[/p][/quote]With respect Man City have a team comprised of some of the worlds best players that are able to play in any formation they are asked to. We don't have that luxury here. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 14

9:10am Wed 22 Jan 14

Victor Clayton says...

CTID wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote: it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?
Eh? We've only made one signing and we did that within days of selling Nakhi, striking quickly before other teams have time to get other players off their books and sort their own bid out, which sounds like a perfect storm of thought, logic and planning to me. I'll grant you that, if and when we sign the left-sided players, there won't have been much planning but they only found out in the last week and a bit so they literally weren't planning for it! With regards to the thought and logic, I'd suggest the fact we haven't just gone out and signed the first left-back we see shows both of those things
what about pre-season? what about Connell? what about all the central defender?
[quote][p][bold]CTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?[/p][/quote]Eh? We've only made one signing and we did that within days of selling Nakhi, striking quickly before other teams have time to get other players off their books and sort their own bid out, which sounds like a perfect storm of thought, logic and planning to me. I'll grant you that, if and when we sign the left-sided players, there won't have been much planning but they only found out in the last week and a bit so they literally weren't planning for it! With regards to the thought and logic, I'd suggest the fact we haven't just gone out and signed the first left-back we see shows both of those things[/p][/quote]what about pre-season? what about Connell? what about all the central defender? Victor Clayton
  • Score: -14

9:41am Wed 22 Jan 14

whisky1 says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
CTID wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote: it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?
Eh? We've only made one signing and we did that within days of selling Nakhi, striking quickly before other teams have time to get other players off their books and sort their own bid out, which sounds like a perfect storm of thought, logic and planning to me. I'll grant you that, if and when we sign the left-sided players, there won't have been much planning but they only found out in the last week and a bit so they literally weren't planning for it! With regards to the thought and logic, I'd suggest the fact we haven't just gone out and signed the first left-back we see shows both of those things
what about pre-season? what about Connell? what about all the central defender?
Its all so easy sat in front of a keyboard and a screen
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?[/p][/quote]Eh? We've only made one signing and we did that within days of selling Nakhi, striking quickly before other teams have time to get other players off their books and sort their own bid out, which sounds like a perfect storm of thought, logic and planning to me. I'll grant you that, if and when we sign the left-sided players, there won't have been much planning but they only found out in the last week and a bit so they literally weren't planning for it! With regards to the thought and logic, I'd suggest the fact we haven't just gone out and signed the first left-back we see shows both of those things[/p][/quote]what about pre-season? what about Connell? what about all the central defender?[/p][/quote]Its all so easy sat in front of a keyboard and a screen whisky1
  • Score: 13

9:42am Wed 22 Jan 14

Scargutt2 says...

Reid has unfortunately been an accident waiting to happen all season because the referees are quite happy to let our opponents scythe him down. Now that a man's livelihood has been affected and he's sustained a serious and painful injury, could we perhaps ask whichever numpty is in charge of the referees to punish these industrial tackles?
Reid has unfortunately been an accident waiting to happen all season because the referees are quite happy to let our opponents scythe him down. Now that a man's livelihood has been affected and he's sustained a serious and painful injury, could we perhaps ask whichever numpty is in charge of the referees to punish these industrial tackles? Scargutt2
  • Score: 30

9:48am Wed 22 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

Looking at our injury list Phil Parkinson has some real problems. For me the close season can't come quickly enough. We are carrying too many players at the minute, Gray and Taylor will be on good money yet wont feature. Looking at the big picture, if possible BCFC need to get in two loan players this month to replace the injured Meredith and Reid, we then have the squad to keep BCFC safe before a complete overhaul of the squad in the summer. So everyone at the clubs needs to dig deep, fans, players, management, if that happens BCFC will be fine.
Looking at our injury list Phil Parkinson has some real problems. For me the close season can't come quickly enough. We are carrying too many players at the minute, Gray and Taylor will be on good money yet wont feature. Looking at the big picture, if possible BCFC need to get in two loan players this month to replace the injured Meredith and Reid, we then have the squad to keep BCFC safe before a complete overhaul of the squad in the summer. So everyone at the clubs needs to dig deep, fans, players, management, if that happens BCFC will be fine. bcfc1903
  • Score: 5

9:53am Wed 22 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

Scargutt2 wrote:
Reid has unfortunately been an accident waiting to happen all season because the referees are quite happy to let our opponents scythe him down. Now that a man's livelihood has been affected and he's sustained a serious and painful injury, could we perhaps ask whichever numpty is in charge of the referees to punish these industrial tackles?
Spot on, some shocking,inept and non existent protection from the officials for Reid this season.
[quote][p][bold]Scargutt2[/bold] wrote: Reid has unfortunately been an accident waiting to happen all season because the referees are quite happy to let our opponents scythe him down. Now that a man's livelihood has been affected and he's sustained a serious and painful injury, could we perhaps ask whichever numpty is in charge of the referees to punish these industrial tackles?[/p][/quote]Spot on, some shocking,inept and non existent protection from the officials for Reid this season. bcfc1903
  • Score: 10

10:06am Wed 22 Jan 14

mjkyorkshire says...

What's Luke O'Brien doing these days????
What's Luke O'Brien doing these days???? mjkyorkshire
  • Score: 3

10:22am Wed 22 Jan 14

Peter300 says...

notpoliticallycorrec
t
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Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation.

That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit.

We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway.

Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.
Your assessment is utterly ridiculous. What can one say? And yet you would have people believe you have watched Bradford City over the past two seasons. I would like to think we have a manager who would ignore this kind of stuff, because its devoid of any reality. I support the manager in these testing times. I hope others do too.
[quote][p][bold]notpoliticallycorrec t[/bold] wrote: Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.[/p][/quote]Your assessment is utterly ridiculous. What can one say? And yet you would have people believe you have watched Bradford City over the past two seasons. I would like to think we have a manager who would ignore this kind of stuff, because its devoid of any reality. I support the manager in these testing times. I hope others do too. Peter300
  • Score: 10

10:27am Wed 22 Jan 14

CTID says...

mjkyorkshire wrote:
What's Luke O'Brien doing these days????
Dear god no! haha
[quote][p][bold]mjkyorkshire[/bold] wrote: What's Luke O'Brien doing these days????[/p][/quote]Dear god no! haha CTID
  • Score: 3

10:29am Wed 22 Jan 14

Wakefield Bantam says...

CTID wrote:
mjkyorkshire wrote:
What's Luke O'Brien doing these days????
Dear god no! haha
Gateshead
[quote][p][bold]CTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mjkyorkshire[/bold] wrote: What's Luke O'Brien doing these days????[/p][/quote]Dear god no! haha[/p][/quote]Gateshead Wakefield Bantam
  • Score: 0

10:30am Wed 22 Jan 14

Peter300 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
notpoliticallycorrec

t
wrote:
Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.
There is too much instability in terms of available personnel and we do not know who (if anyone) is going to come in. Changing a formation to suit an unknown starting eleven does not make any sense.

A 3-5-2 has been proven not to work since the late 1990's. All the opposition has to do is to adopt a 4-5-1 (either from the start or in reaction to a 3-5-2).

The best policy is to stick with a 4-4-2. It is not pretty but it is all about trying to grind out results.
Phil has brought in McLean on the basis of 4-4-2. All the previous evidence suggests that the tactical geniuses on here and elsewhere will start screaming if a manager introduces another formation. Anyway, isn't it telling that none of these message board tacticians ever propose playing with one up front? Using a system that many, many teams employ. Strange how they will never countenance that. You would never want to put team formation and selection in the hands of these people. That would be a big mistake.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notpoliticallycorrec t[/bold] wrote: Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.[/p][/quote]There is too much instability in terms of available personnel and we do not know who (if anyone) is going to come in. Changing a formation to suit an unknown starting eleven does not make any sense. A 3-5-2 has been proven not to work since the late 1990's. All the opposition has to do is to adopt a 4-5-1 (either from the start or in reaction to a 3-5-2). The best policy is to stick with a 4-4-2. It is not pretty but it is all about trying to grind out results.[/p][/quote]Phil has brought in McLean on the basis of 4-4-2. All the previous evidence suggests that the tactical geniuses on here and elsewhere will start screaming if a manager introduces another formation. Anyway, isn't it telling that none of these message board tacticians ever propose playing with one up front? Using a system that many, many teams employ. Strange how they will never countenance that. You would never want to put team formation and selection in the hands of these people. That would be a big mistake. Peter300
  • Score: 2

10:33am Wed 22 Jan 14

Peter300 says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?
Theres a lot of thought and a lot of logic, but it's wasted on you. The manager has tried to explain his thinking. I understand it.
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?[/p][/quote]Theres a lot of thought and a lot of logic, but it's wasted on you. The manager has tried to explain his thinking. I understand it. Peter300
  • Score: 3

10:35am Wed 22 Jan 14

gman27 says...

Agree with comments about adopting. We are so predictable to play against and that's not having a dig at PP but maybe if we did adapt then it would cause a little confusion to the opposing manager.
Agree with comments about adopting. We are so predictable to play against and that's not having a dig at PP but maybe if we did adapt then it would cause a little confusion to the opposing manager. gman27
  • Score: 2

10:35am Wed 22 Jan 14

Peter300 says...

notpoliticallycorrec
t
wrote:
On the same basis that a 4-2-2-2 looks ridiculous. Oh Man City pay that way most weeks.

All I m saying is that when we have changed shape at home we have battered teams and scored goals for fun. Getting an attacking CM must be easier than a dedicated LB.
????????????? And you know this? From your knowledge of player availability.
[quote][p][bold]notpoliticallycorrec t[/bold] wrote: On the same basis that a 4-2-2-2 looks ridiculous. Oh Man City pay that way most weeks. All I m saying is that when we have changed shape at home we have battered teams and scored goals for fun. Getting an attacking CM must be easier than a dedicated LB.[/p][/quote]????????????? And you know this? From your knowledge of player availability. Peter300
  • Score: -3

10:38am Wed 22 Jan 14

Peter300 says...

mjkyorkshire wrote:
What's Luke O'Brien doing these days????
Well, he hasn't been playing for Gateshead for the past two months. You're not seriously...........
no I didn't think you were.
[quote][p][bold]mjkyorkshire[/bold] wrote: What's Luke O'Brien doing these days????[/p][/quote]Well, he hasn't been playing for Gateshead for the past two months. You're not seriously........... no I didn't think you were. Peter300
  • Score: -4

10:51am Wed 22 Jan 14

audal says...

Bring somebody in from the reserve team, oops !! we don't have one
Bring somebody in from the reserve team, oops !! we don't have one audal
  • Score: -1

10:52am Wed 22 Jan 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Scargutt2 wrote:
Reid has unfortunately been an accident waiting to happen all season because the referees are quite happy to let our opponents scythe him down. Now that a man's livelihood has been affected and he's sustained a serious and painful injury, could we perhaps ask whichever numpty is in charge of the referees to punish these industrial tackles?
What? Someone not blaming Reid? Are you a real City fan? Surely it is Reid's fault for running with the ball and trying to go past people waiting for an opportunity to cross or pass, or even shoot.

I find it amusing that on the day we are recalling one of our greatest ever moments from possibly our greatest ever season that some people are questioning the ability of Parky and offering him advice even on tactics and formations.

Just trust in the bloke to bring in the right men, if available, if not, to get the best out of those at his disposal. Now is a time for calm heads and deep thinkers not knee jerk idiots.
[quote][p][bold]Scargutt2[/bold] wrote: Reid has unfortunately been an accident waiting to happen all season because the referees are quite happy to let our opponents scythe him down. Now that a man's livelihood has been affected and he's sustained a serious and painful injury, could we perhaps ask whichever numpty is in charge of the referees to punish these industrial tackles?[/p][/quote]What? Someone not blaming Reid? Are you a real City fan? Surely it is Reid's fault for running with the ball and trying to go past people waiting for an opportunity to cross or pass, or even shoot. I find it amusing that on the day we are recalling one of our greatest ever moments from possibly our greatest ever season that some people are questioning the ability of Parky and offering him advice even on tactics and formations. Just trust in the bloke to bring in the right men, if available, if not, to get the best out of those at his disposal. Now is a time for calm heads and deep thinkers not knee jerk idiots. Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 12

10:53am Wed 22 Jan 14

Michael Clayton says...

gman27 wrote:
Agree with comments about adopting. We are so predictable to play against and that's not having a dig at PP but maybe if we did adapt then it would cause a little confusion to the opposing manager.
Can you remember what happened the last time the 3-5-2 was adopted?
Exeter City 4 Bradford City 1 (16 March 2013)
[quote][p][bold]gman27[/bold] wrote: Agree with comments about adopting. We are so predictable to play against and that's not having a dig at PP but maybe if we did adapt then it would cause a little confusion to the opposing manager.[/p][/quote]Can you remember what happened the last time the 3-5-2 was adopted? Exeter City 4 Bradford City 1 (16 March 2013) Michael Clayton
  • Score: -1

10:56am Wed 22 Jan 14

Waynus1971 says...

Peter300 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
notpoliticallycorrec t wrote: Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.
There is too much instability in terms of available personnel and we do not know who (if anyone) is going to come in. Changing a formation to suit an unknown starting eleven does not make any sense. A 3-5-2 has been proven not to work since the late 1990's. All the opposition has to do is to adopt a 4-5-1 (either from the start or in reaction to a 3-5-2). The best policy is to stick with a 4-4-2. It is not pretty but it is all about trying to grind out results.
Phil has brought in McLean on the basis of 4-4-2. All the previous evidence suggests that the tactical geniuses on here and elsewhere will start screaming if a manager introduces another formation. Anyway, isn't it telling that none of these message board tacticians ever propose playing with one up front? Using a system that many, many teams employ. Strange how they will never countenance that. You would never want to put team formation and selection in the hands of these people. That would be a big mistake.
Although I agree with several parts of your post(s), haven't we already tried the 1 up front formation this season? When Wells picked up his injury a while back, we played Hanson up top on his own and allowed Yeates to have a free role. A role that some claim is his best, more natural position. Didn't we struggle during that period, especially Yeates?
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notpoliticallycorrec t[/bold] wrote: Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.[/p][/quote]There is too much instability in terms of available personnel and we do not know who (if anyone) is going to come in. Changing a formation to suit an unknown starting eleven does not make any sense. A 3-5-2 has been proven not to work since the late 1990's. All the opposition has to do is to adopt a 4-5-1 (either from the start or in reaction to a 3-5-2). The best policy is to stick with a 4-4-2. It is not pretty but it is all about trying to grind out results.[/p][/quote]Phil has brought in McLean on the basis of 4-4-2. All the previous evidence suggests that the tactical geniuses on here and elsewhere will start screaming if a manager introduces another formation. Anyway, isn't it telling that none of these message board tacticians ever propose playing with one up front? Using a system that many, many teams employ. Strange how they will never countenance that. You would never want to put team formation and selection in the hands of these people. That would be a big mistake.[/p][/quote]Although I agree with several parts of your post(s), haven't we already tried the 1 up front formation this season? When Wells picked up his injury a while back, we played Hanson up top on his own and allowed Yeates to have a free role. A role that some claim is his best, more natural position. Didn't we struggle during that period, especially Yeates? Waynus1971
  • Score: -2

11:07am Wed 22 Jan 14

Waynus1971 says...

I agree with those that are suggesting we have no-forward thinking transfer policy. Before a ball had even been kicked, I stated that I was concerned that Mezza was our only recognised left-back and that McHugh simply isn't good enough in that position. Instead of bringing in cover, PP continued with his centre-back recruitment; firstly Taylor and then Bates (and remember we also signed Nelson last January too).

It's okay for PP to claim that signing full-backs isn't an easy task. Why the hell did he not target this area in the Summer then? What's the situation (contract wise) with Mezza & Darby? Both out of contract this summer and bearing in mind PP has just suggested it is difficult to sign good ones, surely our existing ones need to be tied down!!!!

Why did we bring Graham to the club? The young Villa winger has yet to be given 5/10 mins, despite our indifferent form and now Reid's injury. On Saturday we brought on Yeates and neither he nor Thommo did enough to suggest it was their performances that prevented the kid making his City debut.

Can everyone cast their minds back to PP's post-match interview after the Swindon game. For a 3rd time in 4 games, a Premier League loanee had just scored against us and PP said we would have to do likewise. He said a midfield player was a priority for us and yet her we are, weeks later and still no sign we are any closer to someone being brought in. In fact the above suggests that the only deal we were working on was McLean and now we are turning our attentions to left-back/left-wing. WTF???

PP has a decent budget this season and I'm afraid his recruitment since last January has been poor. He's wasted significant money on flops and by building a strangely unbalanced squad...!
I agree with those that are suggesting we have no-forward thinking transfer policy. Before a ball had even been kicked, I stated that I was concerned that Mezza was our only recognised left-back and that McHugh simply isn't good enough in that position. Instead of bringing in cover, PP continued with his centre-back recruitment; firstly Taylor and then Bates (and remember we also signed Nelson last January too). It's okay for PP to claim that signing full-backs isn't an easy task. Why the hell did he not target this area in the Summer then? What's the situation (contract wise) with Mezza & Darby? Both out of contract this summer and bearing in mind PP has just suggested it is difficult to sign good ones, surely our existing ones need to be tied down!!!! Why did we bring Graham to the club? The young Villa winger has yet to be given 5/10 mins, despite our indifferent form and now Reid's injury. On Saturday we brought on Yeates and neither he nor Thommo did enough to suggest it was their performances that prevented the kid making his City debut. Can everyone cast their minds back to PP's post-match interview after the Swindon game. For a 3rd time in 4 games, a Premier League loanee had just scored against us and PP said we would have to do likewise. He said a midfield player was a priority for us and yet her we are, weeks later and still no sign we are any closer to someone being brought in. In fact the above suggests that the only deal we were working on was McLean and now we are turning our attentions to left-back/left-wing. WTF??? PP has a decent budget this season and I'm afraid his recruitment since last January has been poor. He's wasted significant money on flops and by building a strangely unbalanced squad...! Waynus1971
  • Score: 4

11:40am Wed 22 Jan 14

Old Peculiar says...

Wakefield Bantam wrote:
CTID wrote:
mjkyorkshire wrote: What's Luke O'Brien doing these days????
Dear god no! haha
Gateshead
i hear on the grapevine that PC Paul Showler is available........
[quote][p][bold]Wakefield Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mjkyorkshire[/bold] wrote: What's Luke O'Brien doing these days????[/p][/quote]Dear god no! haha[/p][/quote]Gateshead[/p][/quote]i hear on the grapevine that PC Paul Showler is available........ Old Peculiar
  • Score: 5

11:48am Wed 22 Jan 14

silverbantam says...

mjkyorkshire wrote:
What's Luke O'Brien doing these days????
Just been released by the mighty Gateshead !
[quote][p][bold]mjkyorkshire[/bold] wrote: What's Luke O'Brien doing these days????[/p][/quote]Just been released by the mighty Gateshead ! silverbantam
  • Score: 2

11:53am Wed 22 Jan 14

CTID says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
CTID wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote: it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?
Eh? We've only made one signing and we did that within days of selling Nakhi, striking quickly before other teams have time to get other players off their books and sort their own bid out, which sounds like a perfect storm of thought, logic and planning to me. I'll grant you that, if and when we sign the left-sided players, there won't have been much planning but they only found out in the last week and a bit so they literally weren't planning for it! With regards to the thought and logic, I'd suggest the fact we haven't just gone out and signed the first left-back we see shows both of those things
what about pre-season? what about Connell? what about all the central defender?
Well, Connell was the leading scorer for the reigning champions of the league we were in and then proceeded to be a very important player for us in that season, so I'm not entirely sure what your point is there!

We ran out of CBs last season, so making sure we have enough for this would seem to be, to me, thoughtful, logical planning ;)

I'd also say Yeates was a good signing, at the time, but *seems* to have thrown his toys out of the pram (I hope he proves me very, very wrong in the coming months!) but hindsight is a wonderful think, it appeared a great signing at the time
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?[/p][/quote]Eh? We've only made one signing and we did that within days of selling Nakhi, striking quickly before other teams have time to get other players off their books and sort their own bid out, which sounds like a perfect storm of thought, logic and planning to me. I'll grant you that, if and when we sign the left-sided players, there won't have been much planning but they only found out in the last week and a bit so they literally weren't planning for it! With regards to the thought and logic, I'd suggest the fact we haven't just gone out and signed the first left-back we see shows both of those things[/p][/quote]what about pre-season? what about Connell? what about all the central defender?[/p][/quote]Well, Connell was the leading scorer for the reigning champions of the league we were in and then proceeded to be a very important player for us in that season, so I'm not entirely sure what your point is there! We ran out of CBs last season, so making sure we have enough for this would seem to be, to me, thoughtful, logical planning ;) I'd also say Yeates was a good signing, at the time, but *seems* to have thrown his toys out of the pram (I hope he proves me very, very wrong in the coming months!) but hindsight is a wonderful think, it appeared a great signing at the time CTID
  • Score: 4

11:55am Wed 22 Jan 14

CTID says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
notpoliticallycorrec t wrote: Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.
There is too much instability in terms of available personnel and we do not know who (if anyone) is going to come in. Changing a formation to suit an unknown starting eleven does not make any sense. A 3-5-2 has been proven not to work since the late 1990's. All the opposition has to do is to adopt a 4-5-1 (either from the start or in reaction to a 3-5-2). The best policy is to stick with a 4-4-2. It is not pretty but it is all about trying to grind out results.
Phil has brought in McLean on the basis of 4-4-2. All the previous evidence suggests that the tactical geniuses on here and elsewhere will start screaming if a manager introduces another formation. Anyway, isn't it telling that none of these message board tacticians ever propose playing with one up front? Using a system that many, many teams employ. Strange how they will never countenance that. You would never want to put team formation and selection in the hands of these people. That would be a big mistake.
Although I agree with several parts of your post(s), haven't we already tried the 1 up front formation this season? When Wells picked up his injury a while back, we played Hanson up top on his own and allowed Yeates to have a free role. A role that some claim is his best, more natural position. Didn't we struggle during that period, especially Yeates?
We won the first two...
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notpoliticallycorrec t[/bold] wrote: Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.[/p][/quote]There is too much instability in terms of available personnel and we do not know who (if anyone) is going to come in. Changing a formation to suit an unknown starting eleven does not make any sense. A 3-5-2 has been proven not to work since the late 1990's. All the opposition has to do is to adopt a 4-5-1 (either from the start or in reaction to a 3-5-2). The best policy is to stick with a 4-4-2. It is not pretty but it is all about trying to grind out results.[/p][/quote]Phil has brought in McLean on the basis of 4-4-2. All the previous evidence suggests that the tactical geniuses on here and elsewhere will start screaming if a manager introduces another formation. Anyway, isn't it telling that none of these message board tacticians ever propose playing with one up front? Using a system that many, many teams employ. Strange how they will never countenance that. You would never want to put team formation and selection in the hands of these people. That would be a big mistake.[/p][/quote]Although I agree with several parts of your post(s), haven't we already tried the 1 up front formation this season? When Wells picked up his injury a while back, we played Hanson up top on his own and allowed Yeates to have a free role. A role that some claim is his best, more natural position. Didn't we struggle during that period, especially Yeates?[/p][/quote]We won the first two... CTID
  • Score: 2

11:58am Wed 22 Jan 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
I agree with those that are suggesting we have no-forward thinking transfer policy. Before a ball had even been kicked, I stated that I was concerned that Mezza was our only recognised left-back and that McHugh simply isn't good enough in that position. Instead of bringing in cover, PP continued with his centre-back recruitment; firstly Taylor and then Bates (and remember we also signed Nelson last January too). It's okay for PP to claim that signing full-backs isn't an easy task. Why the hell did he not target this area in the Summer then? What's the situation (contract wise) with Mezza & Darby? Both out of contract this summer and bearing in mind PP has just suggested it is difficult to sign good ones, surely our existing ones need to be tied down!!!! Why did we bring Graham to the club? The young Villa winger has yet to be given 5/10 mins, despite our indifferent form and now Reid's injury. On Saturday we brought on Yeates and neither he nor Thommo did enough to suggest it was their performances that prevented the kid making his City debut. Can everyone cast their minds back to PP's post-match interview after the Swindon game. For a 3rd time in 4 games, a Premier League loanee had just scored against us and PP said we would have to do likewise. He said a midfield player was a priority for us and yet her we are, weeks later and still no sign we are any closer to someone being brought in. In fact the above suggests that the only deal we were working on was McLean and now we are turning our attentions to left-back/left-wing. WTF??? PP has a decent budget this season and I'm afraid his recruitment since last January has been poor. He's wasted significant money on flops and by building a strangely unbalanced squad...!
Agree 100%. The transfer policy (or lack of) seems to be 'He's available and had minor success a while ago, lets get him in and stick him on the bench' with no thought given to what position they play. The glut of centre halves (a position I felt we were strong anyway) epitomises this.
I have massive respect for PP but he hasn't covered himself in glory with his recent acquisitions.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: I agree with those that are suggesting we have no-forward thinking transfer policy. Before a ball had even been kicked, I stated that I was concerned that Mezza was our only recognised left-back and that McHugh simply isn't good enough in that position. Instead of bringing in cover, PP continued with his centre-back recruitment; firstly Taylor and then Bates (and remember we also signed Nelson last January too). It's okay for PP to claim that signing full-backs isn't an easy task. Why the hell did he not target this area in the Summer then? What's the situation (contract wise) with Mezza & Darby? Both out of contract this summer and bearing in mind PP has just suggested it is difficult to sign good ones, surely our existing ones need to be tied down!!!! Why did we bring Graham to the club? The young Villa winger has yet to be given 5/10 mins, despite our indifferent form and now Reid's injury. On Saturday we brought on Yeates and neither he nor Thommo did enough to suggest it was their performances that prevented the kid making his City debut. Can everyone cast their minds back to PP's post-match interview after the Swindon game. For a 3rd time in 4 games, a Premier League loanee had just scored against us and PP said we would have to do likewise. He said a midfield player was a priority for us and yet her we are, weeks later and still no sign we are any closer to someone being brought in. In fact the above suggests that the only deal we were working on was McLean and now we are turning our attentions to left-back/left-wing. WTF??? PP has a decent budget this season and I'm afraid his recruitment since last January has been poor. He's wasted significant money on flops and by building a strangely unbalanced squad...![/p][/quote]Agree 100%. The transfer policy (or lack of) seems to be 'He's available and had minor success a while ago, lets get him in and stick him on the bench' with no thought given to what position they play. The glut of centre halves (a position I felt we were strong anyway) epitomises this. I have massive respect for PP but he hasn't covered himself in glory with his recent acquisitions. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: -3

12:07pm Wed 22 Jan 14

LaCe78 says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
I agree with those that are suggesting we have no-forward thinking transfer policy. Before a ball had even been kicked, I stated that I was concerned that Mezza was our only recognised left-back and that McHugh simply isn't good enough in that position. Instead of bringing in cover, PP continued with his centre-back recruitment; firstly Taylor and then Bates (and remember we also signed Nelson last January too).

It's okay for PP to claim that signing full-backs isn't an easy task. Why the hell did he not target this area in the Summer then? What's the situation (contract wise) with Mezza & Darby? Both out of contract this summer and bearing in mind PP has just suggested it is difficult to sign good ones, surely our existing ones need to be tied down!!!!

Why did we bring Graham to the club? The young Villa winger has yet to be given 5/10 mins, despite our indifferent form and now Reid's injury. On Saturday we brought on Yeates and neither he nor Thommo did enough to suggest it was their performances that prevented the kid making his City debut.

Can everyone cast their minds back to PP's post-match interview after the Swindon game. For a 3rd time in 4 games, a Premier League loanee had just scored against us and PP said we would have to do likewise. He said a midfield player was a priority for us and yet her we are, weeks later and still no sign we are any closer to someone being brought in. In fact the above suggests that the only deal we were working on was McLean and now we are turning our attentions to left-back/left-wing. WTF???

PP has a decent budget this season and I'm afraid his recruitment since last January has been poor. He's wasted significant money on flops and by building a strangely unbalanced squad...!
Spot on with every point Waynus. Why he didn't introduce Graham at the weekend was beyond me! Also, to avoid another 'Wells' situation, we need to get Darby and Mezza tied down for long term contracts. These two have been arguably out best and most consistent players so far (now NW has left the building) and I agree we need to reach the finishing line and rebuild next year. But these two are definite keepers!

The left wing is clearly an issue, but we are desperately in need of a central midfielder who'll get into the box and chip in with goals too. To me that's even more of a priority! Yeates should be making that left side his by now!
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: I agree with those that are suggesting we have no-forward thinking transfer policy. Before a ball had even been kicked, I stated that I was concerned that Mezza was our only recognised left-back and that McHugh simply isn't good enough in that position. Instead of bringing in cover, PP continued with his centre-back recruitment; firstly Taylor and then Bates (and remember we also signed Nelson last January too). It's okay for PP to claim that signing full-backs isn't an easy task. Why the hell did he not target this area in the Summer then? What's the situation (contract wise) with Mezza & Darby? Both out of contract this summer and bearing in mind PP has just suggested it is difficult to sign good ones, surely our existing ones need to be tied down!!!! Why did we bring Graham to the club? The young Villa winger has yet to be given 5/10 mins, despite our indifferent form and now Reid's injury. On Saturday we brought on Yeates and neither he nor Thommo did enough to suggest it was their performances that prevented the kid making his City debut. Can everyone cast their minds back to PP's post-match interview after the Swindon game. For a 3rd time in 4 games, a Premier League loanee had just scored against us and PP said we would have to do likewise. He said a midfield player was a priority for us and yet her we are, weeks later and still no sign we are any closer to someone being brought in. In fact the above suggests that the only deal we were working on was McLean and now we are turning our attentions to left-back/left-wing. WTF??? PP has a decent budget this season and I'm afraid his recruitment since last January has been poor. He's wasted significant money on flops and by building a strangely unbalanced squad...![/p][/quote]Spot on with every point Waynus. Why he didn't introduce Graham at the weekend was beyond me! Also, to avoid another 'Wells' situation, we need to get Darby and Mezza tied down for long term contracts. These two have been arguably out best and most consistent players so far (now NW has left the building) and I agree we need to reach the finishing line and rebuild next year. But these two are definite keepers! The left wing is clearly an issue, but we are desperately in need of a central midfielder who'll get into the box and chip in with goals too. To me that's even more of a priority! Yeates should be making that left side his by now! LaCe78
  • Score: 2

12:43pm Wed 22 Jan 14

gordon ramsay says...

curtis good would be a good left back option or other young premier league full back. other clubs seem to be able to do this, thats what the loan market is all about!!

left wing should surely be yeates opportunity. 30 games for watford at the top end of the championship and probably our 2nd/3rd highest earner. surely he has to be given a run in the side to prove this quality?? graham then becomes the bench option to cover either side. 2 players signed by Parky so give them a go or whats the point.

we have far too much wasted budget with players who he has no intention of using despite being the one who signed them!! we bring bates in when we already have oliver, taylor, and mchugh.

budget must be used much more wisely and the loan market much more as other clubs do.

over to you mr p
curtis good would be a good left back option or other young premier league full back. other clubs seem to be able to do this, thats what the loan market is all about!! left wing should surely be yeates opportunity. 30 games for watford at the top end of the championship and probably our 2nd/3rd highest earner. surely he has to be given a run in the side to prove this quality?? graham then becomes the bench option to cover either side. 2 players signed by Parky so give them a go or whats the point. we have far too much wasted budget with players who he has no intention of using despite being the one who signed them!! we bring bates in when we already have oliver, taylor, and mchugh. budget must be used much more wisely and the loan market much more as other clubs do. over to you mr p gordon ramsay
  • Score: 7

12:55pm Wed 22 Jan 14

theoutsider says...

That headline reads wrong for me?, it simply is not 'the worst time', we are mid table in a good league. We are having some bad luck with injuries and the squad is struggling to cover this. Parky's had worse times than this for sure..how about when he was out of work ? thats gotta be worse. I trust Parky absolutely; I personally am enjoying the season and the ins and outs it throughs up. I didnt get carried away thinking we were going to springboard out of this league. If we bring in cover at Left Back, Left Wing and get in a ball playing Centre Mid and Davies back we will be fine. In Parky I trust !
That headline reads wrong for me?, it simply is not 'the worst time', we are mid table in a good league. We are having some bad luck with injuries and the squad is struggling to cover this. Parky's had worse times than this for sure..how about when he was out of work ? thats gotta be worse. I trust Parky absolutely; I personally am enjoying the season and the ins and outs it throughs up. I didnt get carried away thinking we were going to springboard out of this league. If we bring in cover at Left Back, Left Wing and get in a ball playing Centre Mid and Davies back we will be fine. In Parky I trust ! theoutsider
  • Score: 3

1:04pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Victor Clayton says...

CTID wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote:
CTID wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote: it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?
Eh? We've only made one signing and we did that within days of selling Nakhi, striking quickly before other teams have time to get other players off their books and sort their own bid out, which sounds like a perfect storm of thought, logic and planning to me. I'll grant you that, if and when we sign the left-sided players, there won't have been much planning but they only found out in the last week and a bit so they literally weren't planning for it! With regards to the thought and logic, I'd suggest the fact we haven't just gone out and signed the first left-back we see shows both of those things
what about pre-season? what about Connell? what about all the central defender?
Well, Connell was the leading scorer for the reigning champions of the league we were in and then proceeded to be a very important player for us in that season, so I'm not entirely sure what your point is there! We ran out of CBs last season, so making sure we have enough for this would seem to be, to me, thoughtful, logical planning ;) I'd also say Yeates was a good signing, at the time, but *seems* to have thrown his toys out of the pram (I hope he proves me very, very wrong in the coming months!) but hindsight is a wonderful think, it appeared a great signing at the time
I like Connell and maybe not the best example but PP has said that due to lack of pace he can not play alongside Hanson. I can appreciate that it’s not all black and white but for Connell to be effective he either comes on as an extra striker when we are throwing caution to the wind or we play the midfield a lot nearer the strikers. PP likes the midfield to be defensive.
The same might be said of Gray. He is not big and strong, but he is not swift and full of movement either. What is his role?
Also, how many central defenders do we have? 6 or 7? Compared to central midfield players? 3 or 4? And it could be argued that the central midfield role is the most demanding on the pitch (especially when you get to Jones age). I was quite jealous when I heard the Huds chairman say they had been tracking Wells for 18 months. OK, we are not them, but we do seem to be slap dash about it!
[quote][p][bold]CTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?[/p][/quote]Eh? We've only made one signing and we did that within days of selling Nakhi, striking quickly before other teams have time to get other players off their books and sort their own bid out, which sounds like a perfect storm of thought, logic and planning to me. I'll grant you that, if and when we sign the left-sided players, there won't have been much planning but they only found out in the last week and a bit so they literally weren't planning for it! With regards to the thought and logic, I'd suggest the fact we haven't just gone out and signed the first left-back we see shows both of those things[/p][/quote]what about pre-season? what about Connell? what about all the central defender?[/p][/quote]Well, Connell was the leading scorer for the reigning champions of the league we were in and then proceeded to be a very important player for us in that season, so I'm not entirely sure what your point is there! We ran out of CBs last season, so making sure we have enough for this would seem to be, to me, thoughtful, logical planning ;) I'd also say Yeates was a good signing, at the time, but *seems* to have thrown his toys out of the pram (I hope he proves me very, very wrong in the coming months!) but hindsight is a wonderful think, it appeared a great signing at the time[/p][/quote]I like Connell and maybe not the best example but PP has said that due to lack of pace he can not play alongside Hanson. I can appreciate that it’s not all black and white but for Connell to be effective he either comes on as an extra striker when we are throwing caution to the wind or we play the midfield a lot nearer the strikers. PP likes the midfield to be defensive. The same might be said of Gray. He is not big and strong, but he is not swift and full of movement either. What is his role? Also, how many central defenders do we have? 6 or 7? Compared to central midfield players? 3 or 4? And it could be argued that the central midfield role is the most demanding on the pitch (especially when you get to Jones age). I was quite jealous when I heard the Huds chairman say they had been tracking Wells for 18 months. OK, we are not them, but we do seem to be slap dash about it! Victor Clayton
  • Score: 4

1:07pm Wed 22 Jan 14

kirkleesbantam says...

We are all behind you parky, best manager we have had for a long time. Can't do anything about injuries every team and manager had its ups and downs and this is a low period which will come to and end.let's get behind the team and the manager.I'm sure pp is and has been looking to bring players in. Come on city.
We are all behind you parky, best manager we have had for a long time. Can't do anything about injuries every team and manager had its ups and downs and this is a low period which will come to and end.let's get behind the team and the manager.I'm sure pp is and has been looking to bring players in. Come on city. kirkleesbantam
  • Score: 10

1:11pm Wed 22 Jan 14

gman27 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
gman27 wrote:
Agree with comments about adopting. We are so predictable to play against and that's not having a dig at PP but maybe if we did adapt then it would cause a little confusion to the opposing manager.
Can you remember what happened the last time the 3-5-2 was adopted?
Exeter City 4 Bradford City 1 (16 March 2013)
I cant remember being so precise to mention a 3 5 2
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gman27[/bold] wrote: Agree with comments about adopting. We are so predictable to play against and that's not having a dig at PP but maybe if we did adapt then it would cause a little confusion to the opposing manager.[/p][/quote]Can you remember what happened the last time the 3-5-2 was adopted? Exeter City 4 Bradford City 1 (16 March 2013)[/p][/quote]I cant remember being so precise to mention a 3 5 2 gman27
  • Score: 0

1:13pm Wed 22 Jan 14

nowt fresh says...

mjkyorkshire wrote:
What's Luke O'Brien doing these days????
Or Lewis Emanuel ?.
[quote][p][bold]mjkyorkshire[/bold] wrote: What's Luke O'Brien doing these days????[/p][/quote]Or Lewis Emanuel ?. nowt fresh
  • Score: 6

1:33pm Wed 22 Jan 14

lawsonio123 says...

Mr Parkinson is having a rough time just now. But that is football management and i am sure he will sort it out. It does no good having a go at the manager who is only trying to do his best for CITY. at present his job is difficult and even at the best of times is not a easy one, Good Players do not grew on trees so let our manager get on with his job and let us ALL back him
Mr Parkinson is having a rough time just now. But that is football management and i am sure he will sort it out. It does no good having a go at the manager who is only trying to do his best for CITY. at present his job is difficult and even at the best of times is not a easy one, Good Players do not grew on trees so let our manager get on with his job and let us ALL back him lawsonio123
  • Score: 4

1:39pm Wed 22 Jan 14

whisky1 says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
I agree with those that are suggesting we have no-forward thinking transfer policy. Before a ball had even been kicked, I stated that I was concerned that Mezza was our only recognised left-back and that McHugh simply isn't good enough in that position. Instead of bringing in cover, PP continued with his centre-back recruitment; firstly Taylor and then Bates (and remember we also signed Nelson last January too). It's okay for PP to claim that signing full-backs isn't an easy task. Why the hell did he not target this area in the Summer then? What's the situation (contract wise) with Mezza & Darby? Both out of contract this summer and bearing in mind PP has just suggested it is difficult to sign good ones, surely our existing ones need to be tied down!!!! Why did we bring Graham to the club? The young Villa winger has yet to be given 5/10 mins, despite our indifferent form and now Reid's injury. On Saturday we brought on Yeates and neither he nor Thommo did enough to suggest it was their performances that prevented the kid making his City debut. Can everyone cast their minds back to PP's post-match interview after the Swindon game. For a 3rd time in 4 games, a Premier League loanee had just scored against us and PP said we would have to do likewise. He said a midfield player was a priority for us and yet her we are, weeks later and still no sign we are any closer to someone being brought in. In fact the above suggests that the only deal we were working on was McLean and now we are turning our attentions to left-back/left-wing. WTF??? PP has a decent budget this season and I'm afraid his recruitment since last January has been poor. He's wasted significant money on flops and by building a strangely unbalanced squad...!
Some valid points made here but lets not forget the bigger picture and the significant improvement made overall !
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: I agree with those that are suggesting we have no-forward thinking transfer policy. Before a ball had even been kicked, I stated that I was concerned that Mezza was our only recognised left-back and that McHugh simply isn't good enough in that position. Instead of bringing in cover, PP continued with his centre-back recruitment; firstly Taylor and then Bates (and remember we also signed Nelson last January too). It's okay for PP to claim that signing full-backs isn't an easy task. Why the hell did he not target this area in the Summer then? What's the situation (contract wise) with Mezza & Darby? Both out of contract this summer and bearing in mind PP has just suggested it is difficult to sign good ones, surely our existing ones need to be tied down!!!! Why did we bring Graham to the club? The young Villa winger has yet to be given 5/10 mins, despite our indifferent form and now Reid's injury. On Saturday we brought on Yeates and neither he nor Thommo did enough to suggest it was their performances that prevented the kid making his City debut. Can everyone cast their minds back to PP's post-match interview after the Swindon game. For a 3rd time in 4 games, a Premier League loanee had just scored against us and PP said we would have to do likewise. He said a midfield player was a priority for us and yet her we are, weeks later and still no sign we are any closer to someone being brought in. In fact the above suggests that the only deal we were working on was McLean and now we are turning our attentions to left-back/left-wing. WTF??? PP has a decent budget this season and I'm afraid his recruitment since last January has been poor. He's wasted significant money on flops and by building a strangely unbalanced squad...![/p][/quote]Some valid points made here but lets not forget the bigger picture and the significant improvement made overall ! whisky1
  • Score: -3

1:49pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Olivermac says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Scargutt2 wrote:
Reid has unfortunately been an accident waiting to happen all season because the referees are quite happy to let our opponents scythe him down. Now that a man's livelihood has been affected and he's sustained a serious and painful injury, could we perhaps ask whichever numpty is in charge of the referees to punish these industrial tackles?
Spot on, some shocking,inept and non existent protection from the officials for Reid this season.
Yes I agree as a past refferee I thought that we would get a better standard of officials in this div unfortunatly they are not even on a parr from last season and they were bad enough, in my opinion they have been watching to many matches on TV in the prem div like Ashley Young they then assume that all talented players are trying to con the refferee no matter what div they are in that's why Rotherham are doing so well because they know they can get away with being physical .
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Scargutt2[/bold] wrote: Reid has unfortunately been an accident waiting to happen all season because the referees are quite happy to let our opponents scythe him down. Now that a man's livelihood has been affected and he's sustained a serious and painful injury, could we perhaps ask whichever numpty is in charge of the referees to punish these industrial tackles?[/p][/quote]Spot on, some shocking,inept and non existent protection from the officials for Reid this season.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree as a past refferee I thought that we would get a better standard of officials in this div unfortunatly they are not even on a parr from last season and they were bad enough, in my opinion they have been watching to many matches on TV in the prem div like Ashley Young they then assume that all talented players are trying to con the refferee no matter what div they are in that's why Rotherham are doing so well because they know they can get away with being physical . Olivermac
  • Score: 0

3:09pm Wed 22 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

Olivermac wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Scargutt2 wrote:
Reid has unfortunately been an accident waiting to happen all season because the referees are quite happy to let our opponents scythe him down. Now that a man's livelihood has been affected and he's sustained a serious and painful injury, could we perhaps ask whichever numpty is in charge of the referees to punish these industrial tackles?
Spot on, some shocking,inept and non existent protection from the officials for Reid this season.
Yes I agree as a past refferee I thought that we would get a better standard of officials in this div unfortunatly they are not even on a parr from last season and they were bad enough, in my opinion they have been watching to many matches on TV in the prem div like Ashley Young they then assume that all talented players are trying to con the refferee no matter what div they are in that's why Rotherham are doing so well because they know they can get away with being physical .
There's also the scenario that the football league got wind of the braindead but throw away comment made by someone at BCFC about Shaun Harvey's new position at the Football League and them not asking BCFC for a reference in regards to that job, a comment published in the t&a no doubt in jest but who knows what the thinking was at football league towers if they got wind of that comment, I'm guessing it would have gone down like a lead balloon...

I digress, Kyle Reid will be a big big loss but we have the opportunity to maybe get a like for like replacement on loan, it'll be tough as PP alluded to above but certainly possible, left back seems tougher as they are a rare commodity. I think with the acquisition of McLean it shows PP really has got back to acquiring quality. Hopefully he'll continue in the same vein when getting a couple of left sided loans signings in. The club are in a decent position and I believe we've got more than enough in the locker to finish strongly. Anywhere from mid table upwards especially if McLean and Hanson hit it off!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Olivermac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Scargutt2[/bold] wrote: Reid has unfortunately been an accident waiting to happen all season because the referees are quite happy to let our opponents scythe him down. Now that a man's livelihood has been affected and he's sustained a serious and painful injury, could we perhaps ask whichever numpty is in charge of the referees to punish these industrial tackles?[/p][/quote]Spot on, some shocking,inept and non existent protection from the officials for Reid this season.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree as a past refferee I thought that we would get a better standard of officials in this div unfortunatly they are not even on a parr from last season and they were bad enough, in my opinion they have been watching to many matches on TV in the prem div like Ashley Young they then assume that all talented players are trying to con the refferee no matter what div they are in that's why Rotherham are doing so well because they know they can get away with being physical .[/p][/quote]There's also the scenario that the football league got wind of the braindead but throw away comment made by someone at BCFC about Shaun Harvey's new position at the Football League and them not asking BCFC for a reference in regards to that job, a comment published in the t&a no doubt in jest but who knows what the thinking was at football league towers if they got wind of that comment, I'm guessing it would have gone down like a lead balloon... I digress, Kyle Reid will be a big big loss but we have the opportunity to maybe get a like for like replacement on loan, it'll be tough as PP alluded to above but certainly possible, left back seems tougher as they are a rare commodity. I think with the acquisition of McLean it shows PP really has got back to acquiring quality. Hopefully he'll continue in the same vein when getting a couple of left sided loans signings in. The club are in a decent position and I believe we've got more than enough in the locker to finish strongly. Anywhere from mid table upwards especially if McLean and Hanson hit it off!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 0

3:20pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Cyprus Bantam says...

Peter300 wrote:
mjkyorkshire wrote:
What's Luke O'Brien doing these days????
Well, he hasn't been playing for Gateshead for the past two months. You're not seriously...........

no I didn't think you were.
Instead of slating other fan's post you come up with some original ones of your own - LOSER!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mjkyorkshire[/bold] wrote: What's Luke O'Brien doing these days????[/p][/quote]Well, he hasn't been playing for Gateshead for the past two months. You're not seriously........... no I didn't think you were.[/p][/quote]Instead of slating other fan's post you come up with some original ones of your own - LOSER!!!! Cyprus Bantam
  • Score: 0

3:24pm Wed 22 Jan 14

tyker2 says...

Parky :author o your own misfortune with a badly balanced squad: no adequate cover all down the left side, too many centre halves and a decent right side and nothing positive in midfield.
Parky :author o your own misfortune with a badly balanced squad: no adequate cover all down the left side, too many centre halves and a decent right side and nothing positive in midfield. tyker2
  • Score: 0

3:45pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Olivermac wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Scargutt2 wrote:
Reid has unfortunately been an accident waiting to happen all season because the referees are quite happy to let our opponents scythe him down. Now that a man's livelihood has been affected and he's sustained a serious and painful injury, could we perhaps ask whichever numpty is in charge of the referees to punish these industrial tackles?
Spot on, some shocking,inept and non existent protection from the officials for Reid this season.
Yes I agree as a past refferee I thought that we would get a better standard of officials in this div unfortunatly they are not even on a parr from last season and they were bad enough, in my opinion they have been watching to many matches on TV in the prem div like Ashley Young they then assume that all talented players are trying to con the refferee no matter what div they are in that's why Rotherham are doing so well because they know they can get away with being physical .
There's also the scenario that the football league got wind of the braindead but throw away comment made by someone at BCFC about Shaun Harvey's new position at the Football League and them not asking BCFC for a reference in regards to that job, a comment published in the t&a no doubt in jest but who knows what the thinking was at football league towers if they got wind of that comment, I'm guessing it would have gone down like a lead balloon...

I digress, Kyle Reid will be a big big loss but we have the opportunity to maybe get a like for like replacement on loan, it'll be tough as PP alluded to above but certainly possible, left back seems tougher as they are a rare commodity. I think with the acquisition of McLean it shows PP really has got back to acquiring quality. Hopefully he'll continue in the same vein when getting a couple of left sided loans signings in. The club are in a decent position and I believe we've got more than enough in the locker to finish strongly. Anywhere from mid table upwards especially if McLean and Hanson hit it off!!!!
If that is the case it is they are no better than the spot fixers and cheats.

I think it is a conspiracy theory too far
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Olivermac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Scargutt2[/bold] wrote: Reid has unfortunately been an accident waiting to happen all season because the referees are quite happy to let our opponents scythe him down. Now that a man's livelihood has been affected and he's sustained a serious and painful injury, could we perhaps ask whichever numpty is in charge of the referees to punish these industrial tackles?[/p][/quote]Spot on, some shocking,inept and non existent protection from the officials for Reid this season.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree as a past refferee I thought that we would get a better standard of officials in this div unfortunatly they are not even on a parr from last season and they were bad enough, in my opinion they have been watching to many matches on TV in the prem div like Ashley Young they then assume that all talented players are trying to con the refferee no matter what div they are in that's why Rotherham are doing so well because they know they can get away with being physical .[/p][/quote]There's also the scenario that the football league got wind of the braindead but throw away comment made by someone at BCFC about Shaun Harvey's new position at the Football League and them not asking BCFC for a reference in regards to that job, a comment published in the t&a no doubt in jest but who knows what the thinking was at football league towers if they got wind of that comment, I'm guessing it would have gone down like a lead balloon... I digress, Kyle Reid will be a big big loss but we have the opportunity to maybe get a like for like replacement on loan, it'll be tough as PP alluded to above but certainly possible, left back seems tougher as they are a rare commodity. I think with the acquisition of McLean it shows PP really has got back to acquiring quality. Hopefully he'll continue in the same vein when getting a couple of left sided loans signings in. The club are in a decent position and I believe we've got more than enough in the locker to finish strongly. Anywhere from mid table upwards especially if McLean and Hanson hit it off!!!![/p][/quote]If that is the case it is they are no better than the spot fixers and cheats. I think it is a conspiracy theory too far Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 4

3:52pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Michael Clayton says...

gman27 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
gman27 wrote: Agree with comments about adopting. We are so predictable to play against and that's not having a dig at PP but maybe if we did adapt then it would cause a little confusion to the opposing manager.
Can you remember what happened the last time the 3-5-2 was adopted? Exeter City 4 Bradford City 1 (16 March 2013)
I cant remember being so precise to mention a 3 5 2
You said that you agreed with the "comments about adopting"; being mooted was the possibility of a 3-5-2.

Even if you had not stated the formation specifically, you were in agreement and so what else was I supposed to think?
[quote][p][bold]gman27[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gman27[/bold] wrote: Agree with comments about adopting. We are so predictable to play against and that's not having a dig at PP but maybe if we did adapt then it would cause a little confusion to the opposing manager.[/p][/quote]Can you remember what happened the last time the 3-5-2 was adopted? Exeter City 4 Bradford City 1 (16 March 2013)[/p][/quote]I cant remember being so precise to mention a 3 5 2[/p][/quote]You said that you agreed with the "comments about adopting"; being mooted was the possibility of a 3-5-2. Even if you had not stated the formation specifically, you were in agreement and so what else was I supposed to think? Michael Clayton
  • Score: -3

4:05pm Wed 22 Jan 14

hepworth_123 says...

notpoliticallycorrec
t
wrote:
Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation.

That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit.

We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway.

Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.
I agree in obne respect, here's my prediction.

Defence mac , Davis, Bates

Doyle. DM

Rmwb derby Kennedy AM Jones. Control. Villa lad LM

Mclean. Hanson

This to me solves a lot of problems, and if we have to chase we can keep formation just move DM into attacking role maybe Connell
[quote][p][bold]notpoliticallycorrec t[/bold] wrote: Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.[/p][/quote]I agree in obne respect, here's my prediction. Defence mac , Davis, Bates Doyle. DM Rmwb derby Kennedy AM Jones. Control. Villa lad LM Mclean. Hanson This to me solves a lot of problems, and if we have to chase we can keep formation just move DM into attacking role maybe Connell hepworth_123
  • Score: -1

4:15pm Wed 22 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Olivermac wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Scargutt2 wrote:
Reid has unfortunately been an accident waiting to happen all season because the referees are quite happy to let our opponents scythe him down. Now that a man's livelihood has been affected and he's sustained a serious and painful injury, could we perhaps ask whichever numpty is in charge of the referees to punish these industrial tackles?
Spot on, some shocking,inept and non existent protection from the officials for Reid this season.
Yes I agree as a past refferee I thought that we would get a better standard of officials in this div unfortunatly they are not even on a parr from last season and they were bad enough, in my opinion they have been watching to many matches on TV in the prem div like Ashley Young they then assume that all talented players are trying to con the refferee no matter what div they are in that's why Rotherham are doing so well because they know they can get away with being physical .
There's also the scenario that the football league got wind of the braindead but throw away comment made by someone at BCFC about Shaun Harvey's new position at the Football League and them not asking BCFC for a reference in regards to that job, a comment published in the t&a no doubt in jest but who knows what the thinking was at football league towers if they got wind of that comment, I'm guessing it would have gone down like a lead balloon...

I digress, Kyle Reid will be a big big loss but we have the opportunity to maybe get a like for like replacement on loan, it'll be tough as PP alluded to above but certainly possible, left back seems tougher as they are a rare commodity. I think with the acquisition of McLean it shows PP really has got back to acquiring quality. Hopefully he'll continue in the same vein when getting a couple of left sided loans signings in. The club are in a decent position and I believe we've got more than enough in the locker to finish strongly. Anywhere from mid table upwards especially if McLean and Hanson hit it off!!!!
If that is the case it is they are no better than the spot fixers and cheats.

I think it is a conspiracy theory too far
It's probably just coincidence, but since this comment came to light we've been given nothing except the decision against Coventry where their player punched the ball right at the death. I'm not big on conspiracy theories myself, but the timing seems extraordinary. Surely the Football League wouldn't hammer the whole club and it's supporters, some of whom are fighting for King and Country in Afghanistan over one brain dead comment.

However, whoever at BCFC did make that information available to a journalist, should be sacked!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Olivermac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Scargutt2[/bold] wrote: Reid has unfortunately been an accident waiting to happen all season because the referees are quite happy to let our opponents scythe him down. Now that a man's livelihood has been affected and he's sustained a serious and painful injury, could we perhaps ask whichever numpty is in charge of the referees to punish these industrial tackles?[/p][/quote]Spot on, some shocking,inept and non existent protection from the officials for Reid this season.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree as a past refferee I thought that we would get a better standard of officials in this div unfortunatly they are not even on a parr from last season and they were bad enough, in my opinion they have been watching to many matches on TV in the prem div like Ashley Young they then assume that all talented players are trying to con the refferee no matter what div they are in that's why Rotherham are doing so well because they know they can get away with being physical .[/p][/quote]There's also the scenario that the football league got wind of the braindead but throw away comment made by someone at BCFC about Shaun Harvey's new position at the Football League and them not asking BCFC for a reference in regards to that job, a comment published in the t&a no doubt in jest but who knows what the thinking was at football league towers if they got wind of that comment, I'm guessing it would have gone down like a lead balloon... I digress, Kyle Reid will be a big big loss but we have the opportunity to maybe get a like for like replacement on loan, it'll be tough as PP alluded to above but certainly possible, left back seems tougher as they are a rare commodity. I think with the acquisition of McLean it shows PP really has got back to acquiring quality. Hopefully he'll continue in the same vein when getting a couple of left sided loans signings in. The club are in a decent position and I believe we've got more than enough in the locker to finish strongly. Anywhere from mid table upwards especially if McLean and Hanson hit it off!!!![/p][/quote]If that is the case it is they are no better than the spot fixers and cheats. I think it is a conspiracy theory too far[/p][/quote]It's probably just coincidence, but since this comment came to light we've been given nothing except the decision against Coventry where their player punched the ball right at the death. I'm not big on conspiracy theories myself, but the timing seems extraordinary. Surely the Football League wouldn't hammer the whole club and it's supporters, some of whom are fighting for King and Country in Afghanistan over one brain dead comment. However, whoever at BCFC did make that information available to a journalist, should be sacked!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: -4

4:31pm Wed 22 Jan 14

notpoliticallycorrect says...

Peter300 wrote:
notpoliticallycorrec

t
wrote:
Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation.

That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit.

We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway.

Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.
Your assessment is utterly ridiculous. What can one say? And yet you would have people believe you have watched Bradford City over the past two seasons. I would like to think we have a manager who would ignore this kind of stuff, because its devoid of any reality. I support the manager in these testing times. I hope others do too.
33 Seasons actually dole boy, you probably never set foot in the place, if you do I will be happy to meet you.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notpoliticallycorrec t[/bold] wrote: Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.[/p][/quote]Your assessment is utterly ridiculous. What can one say? And yet you would have people believe you have watched Bradford City over the past two seasons. I would like to think we have a manager who would ignore this kind of stuff, because its devoid of any reality. I support the manager in these testing times. I hope others do too.[/p][/quote]33 Seasons actually dole boy, you probably never set foot in the place, if you do I will be happy to meet you. notpoliticallycorrect
  • Score: 0

4:54pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Michael Clayton says...

Cyprus Bantam wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
mjkyorkshire wrote: What's Luke O'Brien doing these days????
Well, he hasn't been playing for Gateshead for the past two months. You're not seriously........... no I didn't think you were.
Instead of slating other fan's post you come up with some original ones of your own - LOSER!!!!
Perhaps you should practise what you preach? At least he has something to say for himself rather than conjuring up such 'imaginative' phrases such as "LOSER"; must have taken a lot of thought.
[quote][p][bold]Cyprus Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mjkyorkshire[/bold] wrote: What's Luke O'Brien doing these days????[/p][/quote]Well, he hasn't been playing for Gateshead for the past two months. You're not seriously........... no I didn't think you were.[/p][/quote]Instead of slating other fan's post you come up with some original ones of your own - LOSER!!!![/p][/quote]Perhaps you should practise what you preach? At least he has something to say for himself rather than conjuring up such 'imaginative' phrases such as "LOSER"; must have taken a lot of thought. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 1

4:57pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Michael Clayton says...

notpoliticallycorrec
t
wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
notpoliticallycorrec t wrote: Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.
Your assessment is utterly ridiculous. What can one say? And yet you would have people believe you have watched Bradford City over the past two seasons. I would like to think we have a manager who would ignore this kind of stuff, because its devoid of any reality. I support the manager in these testing times. I hope others do too.
33 Seasons actually dole boy, you probably never set foot in the place, if you do I will be happy to meet you.
It does not matter how long you (figuratively) have attended if you have no appreciation as to what is going on. All you are doing is flushing money down the drain.
[quote][p][bold]notpoliticallycorrec t[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notpoliticallycorrec t[/bold] wrote: Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.[/p][/quote]Your assessment is utterly ridiculous. What can one say? And yet you would have people believe you have watched Bradford City over the past two seasons. I would like to think we have a manager who would ignore this kind of stuff, because its devoid of any reality. I support the manager in these testing times. I hope others do too.[/p][/quote]33 Seasons actually dole boy, you probably never set foot in the place, if you do I will be happy to meet you.[/p][/quote]It does not matter how long you (figuratively) have attended if you have no appreciation as to what is going on. All you are doing is flushing money down the drain. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -1

5:51pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Bradford1903 says...

Unfortunately injuries are part and parcel of the game, and I don’t think they have been any worse than in recent years. Indeed last season, I recall Davies and Oliver both being ruled out long term in the same game.

I don’t understand why we need to sign another left winger. Yeates might have not been that impressive over the last few weeks, but you have surely now got to give him a go in that position, and our best form early in the season coincided with him playing on the left. Graham can also play on that side, so there are enough options in at least the short term.

I also don’t understand why we bring people in on loan and then don’t play them, as it is a complete waste of resources. A loan player should either improve the first 11, or cover for injury when there are no other options available, like in the case of Meredith.

I’m just wondering whether us bringing in loanees in the past and not playing them, is hindering our search now, as clubs are reluctant to sanction a deal when they are most likely to be left sitting on the bench.
Unfortunately injuries are part and parcel of the game, and I don’t think they have been any worse than in recent years. Indeed last season, I recall Davies and Oliver both being ruled out long term in the same game. I don’t understand why we need to sign another left winger. Yeates might have not been that impressive over the last few weeks, but you have surely now got to give him a go in that position, and our best form early in the season coincided with him playing on the left. Graham can also play on that side, so there are enough options in at least the short term. I also don’t understand why we bring people in on loan and then don’t play them, as it is a complete waste of resources. A loan player should either improve the first 11, or cover for injury when there are no other options available, like in the case of Meredith. I’m just wondering whether us bringing in loanees in the past and not playing them, is hindering our search now, as clubs are reluctant to sanction a deal when they are most likely to be left sitting on the bench. Bradford1903
  • Score: 3

6:10pm Wed 22 Jan 14

notpoliticallycorrect says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
notpoliticallycorrec

t
wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
notpoliticallycorrec t wrote: Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.
Your assessment is utterly ridiculous. What can one say? And yet you would have people believe you have watched Bradford City over the past two seasons. I would like to think we have a manager who would ignore this kind of stuff, because its devoid of any reality. I support the manager in these testing times. I hope others do too.
33 Seasons actually dole boy, you probably never set foot in the place, if you do I will be happy to meet you.
It does not matter how long you (figuratively) have attended if you have no appreciation as to what is going on. All you are doing is flushing money down the drain.
Put your head down the drain you waste if space, this site has to be the biggest collection of bum chumming losers ever assembled.

The highlight of most of your days is ticking down thumbs on here and kissing the **** of your fellow losers.

The great thing in my life is that I have the pleasure in not having to mix with you.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notpoliticallycorrec t[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notpoliticallycorrec t[/bold] wrote: Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.[/p][/quote]Your assessment is utterly ridiculous. What can one say? And yet you would have people believe you have watched Bradford City over the past two seasons. I would like to think we have a manager who would ignore this kind of stuff, because its devoid of any reality. I support the manager in these testing times. I hope others do too.[/p][/quote]33 Seasons actually dole boy, you probably never set foot in the place, if you do I will be happy to meet you.[/p][/quote]It does not matter how long you (figuratively) have attended if you have no appreciation as to what is going on. All you are doing is flushing money down the drain.[/p][/quote]Put your head down the drain you waste if space, this site has to be the biggest collection of bum chumming losers ever assembled. The highlight of most of your days is ticking down thumbs on here and kissing the **** of your fellow losers. The great thing in my life is that I have the pleasure in not having to mix with you. notpoliticallycorrect
  • Score: 0

7:01pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Well my view on it all. I think Parky has been thinking about the centre backs and not other departments. I know money is a prime but even a reserve left footed wing player on call could have helped us in this situation. Ok a reserve might not be a full flight winger/full back but we can't expect it all. I do think we should have cover at least. On the right I can't see it as bad as more right sided players seem available.

I also think that by rights we shouldn't have made it to Wembley, the lads did brilliant but we should have been stopped. If it wasn't for Southend and Exeter then we shouldn't have got the last play off spot, maybe they thought going up would be too expensive just like we heard a while ago. But we are in this division and I hope we progress or at least sustain our position.

Some say 'in Parky we trust' but it is more like 'with Parky we just'

Paul Ince was sacked at Blackpool with a record not as bad as ours so its not all swell at Valley Parade at the moment.
Well my view on it all. I think Parky has been thinking about the centre backs and not other departments. I know money is a prime but even a reserve left footed wing player on call could have helped us in this situation. Ok a reserve might not be a full flight winger/full back but we can't expect it all. I do think we should have cover at least. On the right I can't see it as bad as more right sided players seem available. I also think that by rights we shouldn't have made it to Wembley, the lads did brilliant but we should have been stopped. If it wasn't for Southend and Exeter then we shouldn't have got the last play off spot, maybe they thought going up would be too expensive just like we heard a while ago. But we are in this division and I hope we progress or at least sustain our position. Some say 'in Parky we trust' but it is more like 'with Parky we just' Paul Ince was sacked at Blackpool with a record not as bad as ours so its not all swell at Valley Parade at the moment. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: -5

7:13pm Wed 22 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

Bradford1903 wrote:
Unfortunately injuries are part and parcel of the game, and I don’t think they have been any worse than in recent years. Indeed last season, I recall Davies and Oliver both being ruled out long term in the same game.

I don’t understand why we need to sign another left winger. Yeates might have not been that impressive over the last few weeks, but you have surely now got to give him a go in that position, and our best form early in the season coincided with him playing on the left. Graham can also play on that side, so there are enough options in at least the short term.

I also don’t understand why we bring people in on loan and then don’t play them, as it is a complete waste of resources. A loan player should either improve the first 11, or cover for injury when there are no other options available, like in the case of Meredith.

I’m just wondering whether us bringing in loanees in the past and not playing them, is hindering our search now, as clubs are reluctant to sanction a deal when they are most likely to be left sitting on the bench.
Personally I wouldn't play Yeats wide left, we need a player with similar ability to Reid who has pace and the ability to carry the ball 30 or 40 yards. Playing Yeats just invites pressure as the opposition push up, obviously in regards to Reid, they couldn't do that as the possibility of a breakaway looms large. Maybe use the kid from Villa, but it's a big ask., hence the need to bring in a like for like player, a very difficult ask but far from impossible I believe PP will be on his A game regarding the two possible loans, expect some real quality to arrive at Valley Parade.
[quote][p][bold]Bradford1903[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately injuries are part and parcel of the game, and I don’t think they have been any worse than in recent years. Indeed last season, I recall Davies and Oliver both being ruled out long term in the same game. I don’t understand why we need to sign another left winger. Yeates might have not been that impressive over the last few weeks, but you have surely now got to give him a go in that position, and our best form early in the season coincided with him playing on the left. Graham can also play on that side, so there are enough options in at least the short term. I also don’t understand why we bring people in on loan and then don’t play them, as it is a complete waste of resources. A loan player should either improve the first 11, or cover for injury when there are no other options available, like in the case of Meredith. I’m just wondering whether us bringing in loanees in the past and not playing them, is hindering our search now, as clubs are reluctant to sanction a deal when they are most likely to be left sitting on the bench.[/p][/quote]Personally I wouldn't play Yeats wide left, we need a player with similar ability to Reid who has pace and the ability to carry the ball 30 or 40 yards. Playing Yeats just invites pressure as the opposition push up, obviously in regards to Reid, they couldn't do that as the possibility of a breakaway looms large. Maybe use the kid from Villa, but it's a big ask., hence the need to bring in a like for like player, a very difficult ask but far from impossible I believe PP will be on his A game regarding the two possible loans, expect some real quality to arrive at Valley Parade. bcfc1903
  • Score: -1

7:18pm Wed 22 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
Well my view on it all. I think Parky has been thinking about the centre backs and not other departments. I know money is a prime but even a reserve left footed wing player on call could have helped us in this situation. Ok a reserve might not be a full flight winger/full back but we can't expect it all. I do think we should have cover at least. On the right I can't see it as bad as more right sided players seem available.

I also think that by rights we shouldn't have made it to Wembley, the lads did brilliant but we should have been stopped. If it wasn't for Southend and Exeter then we shouldn't have got the last play off spot, maybe they thought going up would be too expensive just like we heard a while ago. But we are in this division and I hope we progress or at least sustain our position.

Some say 'in Parky we trust' but it is more like 'with Parky we just'

Paul Ince was sacked at Blackpool with a record not as bad as ours so its not all swell at Valley Parade at the moment.
Without the cup runs we'd have been promoted automatically. As it was we beat three premiership team on merit in the League Cup, one Aston Villa over two legs, hardly a fluke!! There is absolutely no chance of sacking the manager, that really would be complete and utter madness.
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: Well my view on it all. I think Parky has been thinking about the centre backs and not other departments. I know money is a prime but even a reserve left footed wing player on call could have helped us in this situation. Ok a reserve might not be a full flight winger/full back but we can't expect it all. I do think we should have cover at least. On the right I can't see it as bad as more right sided players seem available. I also think that by rights we shouldn't have made it to Wembley, the lads did brilliant but we should have been stopped. If it wasn't for Southend and Exeter then we shouldn't have got the last play off spot, maybe they thought going up would be too expensive just like we heard a while ago. But we are in this division and I hope we progress or at least sustain our position. Some say 'in Parky we trust' but it is more like 'with Parky we just' Paul Ince was sacked at Blackpool with a record not as bad as ours so its not all swell at Valley Parade at the moment.[/p][/quote]Without the cup runs we'd have been promoted automatically. As it was we beat three premiership team on merit in the League Cup, one Aston Villa over two legs, hardly a fluke!! There is absolutely no chance of sacking the manager, that really would be complete and utter madness. bcfc1903
  • Score: 7

7:19pm Wed 22 Jan 14

lawsonio123 says...

tyker2 wrote:
Parky :author o your own misfortune with a badly balanced squad: no adequate cover all down the left side, too many centre halves and a decent right side and nothing positive in midfield.
Maybe you would like to try to do better. He is doing his best Please get off his back
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: Parky :author o your own misfortune with a badly balanced squad: no adequate cover all down the left side, too many centre halves and a decent right side and nothing positive in midfield.[/p][/quote]Maybe you would like to try to do better. He is doing his best Please get off his back lawsonio123
  • Score: 3

7:27pm Wed 22 Jan 14

lawsonio123 says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
Well my view on it all. I think Parky has been thinking about the centre backs and not other departments. I know money is a prime but even a reserve left footed wing player on call could have helped us in this situation. Ok a reserve might not be a full flight winger/full back but we can't expect it all. I do think we should have cover at least. On the right I can't see it as bad as more right sided players seem available.

I also think that by rights we shouldn't have made it to Wembley, the lads did brilliant but we should have been stopped. If it wasn't for Southend and Exeter then we shouldn't have got the last play off spot, maybe they thought going up would be too expensive just like we heard a while ago. But we are in this division and I hope we progress or at least sustain our position.

Some say 'in Parky we trust' but it is more like 'with Parky we just'

Paul Ince was sacked at Blackpool with a record not as bad as ours so its not all swell at Valley Parade at the moment.
Ince LOSE nine out of ten games
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: Well my view on it all. I think Parky has been thinking about the centre backs and not other departments. I know money is a prime but even a reserve left footed wing player on call could have helped us in this situation. Ok a reserve might not be a full flight winger/full back but we can't expect it all. I do think we should have cover at least. On the right I can't see it as bad as more right sided players seem available. I also think that by rights we shouldn't have made it to Wembley, the lads did brilliant but we should have been stopped. If it wasn't for Southend and Exeter then we shouldn't have got the last play off spot, maybe they thought going up would be too expensive just like we heard a while ago. But we are in this division and I hope we progress or at least sustain our position. Some say 'in Parky we trust' but it is more like 'with Parky we just' Paul Ince was sacked at Blackpool with a record not as bad as ours so its not all swell at Valley Parade at the moment.[/p][/quote]Ince LOSE nine out of ten games lawsonio123
  • Score: 4

7:53pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Bradford1903 says...

I agree bcfc that Reid provided an outlet as I have commented before, but my point is that we can't keep bringing in loan players in the event of injuries, when there are other options available, as that is the purpose of having a squad.

If not Yeates, then try Graham out there, otherwise why did we bring them in if we are not prepared to start with him.
I agree bcfc that Reid provided an outlet as I have commented before, but my point is that we can't keep bringing in loan players in the event of injuries, when there are other options available, as that is the purpose of having a squad. If not Yeates, then try Graham out there, otherwise why did we bring them in if we are not prepared to start with him. Bradford1903
  • Score: 3

8:35pm Wed 22 Jan 14

shaun from richmond says...

gman27 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
gman27 wrote:
Agree with comments about adopting. We are so predictable to play against and that's not having a dig at PP but maybe if we did adapt then it would cause a little confusion to the opposing manager.
Can you remember what happened the last time the 3-5-2 was adopted?
Exeter City 4 Bradford City 1 (16 March 2013)
I cant remember being so precise to mention a 3 5 2
I was actually at that game. Everything Exeter did...came off!. It was a totally false score!.
Cant remember us playing 3-5-2??....All seemed a bit gung ho!..as I remember!
BUT a 3-5-2 NOW....should help us to safety. Which frankly is all we can hope NOW!
[quote][p][bold]gman27[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gman27[/bold] wrote: Agree with comments about adopting. We are so predictable to play against and that's not having a dig at PP but maybe if we did adapt then it would cause a little confusion to the opposing manager.[/p][/quote]Can you remember what happened the last time the 3-5-2 was adopted? Exeter City 4 Bradford City 1 (16 March 2013)[/p][/quote]I cant remember being so precise to mention a 3 5 2[/p][/quote]I was actually at that game. Everything Exeter did...came off!. It was a totally false score!. Cant remember us playing 3-5-2??....All seemed a bit gung ho!..as I remember! BUT a 3-5-2 NOW....should help us to safety. Which frankly is all we can hope NOW! shaun from richmond
  • Score: 1

8:55pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Bradford1903 says...

Some seem to be forgetting that we played 3-5-2 first half at Peterbro, and were totally outplayed and 2-0 down at the break. It wasn't until we switched back to 4-4-2 that we got back into the game.
Some seem to be forgetting that we played 3-5-2 first half at Peterbro, and were totally outplayed and 2-0 down at the break. It wasn't until we switched back to 4-4-2 that we got back into the game. Bradford1903
  • Score: 4

9:05pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Wrose bantam says...

I agree with most comments.

We bought in Yeates, he played in the Chamionship for Watford and he was brought into compete with Reid. Reid is injured so surely Yeates has to play. Whilst understanding he has not been great so far, if Parkinson does not fancy him, it seems odd? We also have Graham from Villa. If neither is the solution why are they with us?

We also have sold Nakhi and have sizeable amount of cash to actually buy a Player (Centre Midfielder who can score goals)?

Left back- I agree re Curtis Good. He knows most of the players and I feel he did well last Year. With Davies back soon this could work?

It's not all doom and gloom to me.

Left back
I agree with most comments. We bought in Yeates, he played in the Chamionship for Watford and he was brought into compete with Reid. Reid is injured so surely Yeates has to play. Whilst understanding he has not been great so far, if Parkinson does not fancy him, it seems odd? We also have Graham from Villa. If neither is the solution why are they with us? We also have sold Nakhi and have sizeable amount of cash to actually buy a Player (Centre Midfielder who can score goals)? Left back- I agree re Curtis Good. He knows most of the players and I feel he did well last Year. With Davies back soon this could work? It's not all doom and gloom to me. Left back Wrose bantam
  • Score: 1

9:11pm Wed 22 Jan 14

tinytoonster says...

Bradford1903 wrote:
I agree bcfc that Reid provided an outlet as I have commented before, but my point is that we can't keep bringing in loan players in the event of injuries, when there are other options available, as that is the purpose of having a squad.

If not Yeates, then try Graham out there, otherwise why did we bring them in if we are not prepared to start with him.
exactly.
we have players who do not play anyway who he mentions as injured like de vita but he brought in yeates and graham as "cover"
that means play them if we have injuries!
good managers have more than one system.
last season was a fluke, a great fluke but still a fluke!
are mourinho, fergie etc lucky?
no, because they can change formations and teams.
and please do not give me better players rubbish.
training and planning is all that is required.
[quote][p][bold]Bradford1903[/bold] wrote: I agree bcfc that Reid provided an outlet as I have commented before, but my point is that we can't keep bringing in loan players in the event of injuries, when there are other options available, as that is the purpose of having a squad. If not Yeates, then try Graham out there, otherwise why did we bring them in if we are not prepared to start with him.[/p][/quote]exactly. we have players who do not play anyway who he mentions as injured like de vita but he brought in yeates and graham as "cover" that means play them if we have injuries! good managers have more than one system. last season was a fluke, a great fluke but still a fluke! are mourinho, fergie etc lucky? no, because they can change formations and teams. and please do not give me better players rubbish. training and planning is all that is required. tinytoonster
  • Score: -4

9:15pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Waynus1971 says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
Well my view on it all. I think Parky has been thinking about the centre backs and not other departments. I know money is a prime but even a reserve left footed wing player on call could have helped us in this situation. Ok a reserve might not be a full flight winger/full back but we can't expect it all. I do think we should have cover at least. On the right I can't see it as bad as more right sided players seem available.

I also think that by rights we shouldn't have made it to Wembley, the lads did brilliant but we should have been stopped. If it wasn't for Southend and Exeter then we shouldn't have got the last play off spot, maybe they thought going up would be too expensive just like we heard a while ago. But we are in this division and I hope we progress or at least sustain our position.

Some say 'in Parky we trust' but it is more like 'with Parky we just'

Paul Ince was sacked at Blackpool with a record not as bad as ours so its not all swell at Valley Parade at the moment.
I think you need to revisit your comment about Ince. We have lost something like 7 games all season, whereas haven't Blackpool lost 7 of their last 8? Massive difference. Also, we got promoted last season so knew we would pick up some defeats this season. Recent form isn't good enough but this season still isn't as bad as you are making out.
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: Well my view on it all. I think Parky has been thinking about the centre backs and not other departments. I know money is a prime but even a reserve left footed wing player on call could have helped us in this situation. Ok a reserve might not be a full flight winger/full back but we can't expect it all. I do think we should have cover at least. On the right I can't see it as bad as more right sided players seem available. I also think that by rights we shouldn't have made it to Wembley, the lads did brilliant but we should have been stopped. If it wasn't for Southend and Exeter then we shouldn't have got the last play off spot, maybe they thought going up would be too expensive just like we heard a while ago. But we are in this division and I hope we progress or at least sustain our position. Some say 'in Parky we trust' but it is more like 'with Parky we just' Paul Ince was sacked at Blackpool with a record not as bad as ours so its not all swell at Valley Parade at the moment.[/p][/quote]I think you need to revisit your comment about Ince. We have lost something like 7 games all season, whereas haven't Blackpool lost 7 of their last 8? Massive difference. Also, we got promoted last season so knew we would pick up some defeats this season. Recent form isn't good enough but this season still isn't as bad as you are making out. Waynus1971
  • Score: 3

9:16pm Wed 22 Jan 14

tinytoonster says...

Wrose bantam wrote:
I agree with most comments.

We bought in Yeates, he played in the Chamionship for Watford and he was brought into compete with Reid. Reid is injured so surely Yeates has to play. Whilst understanding he has not been great so far, if Parkinson does not fancy him, it seems odd? We also have Graham from Villa. If neither is the solution why are they with us?

We also have sold Nakhi and have sizeable amount of cash to actually buy a Player (Centre Midfielder who can score goals)?

Left back- I agree re Curtis Good. He knows most of the players and I feel he did well last Year. With Davies back soon this could work?

It's not all doom and gloom to me.

Left back
we have not got a sizeable amount of cash.
we sold nahki too cheap, in my opinion.
needed the cash in regards overspend on budget and the tribunal.
anyone heard wells actually say i go to huddersfield or i wont play?
thought not.
smoke and mirrors.....
[quote][p][bold]Wrose bantam[/bold] wrote: I agree with most comments. We bought in Yeates, he played in the Chamionship for Watford and he was brought into compete with Reid. Reid is injured so surely Yeates has to play. Whilst understanding he has not been great so far, if Parkinson does not fancy him, it seems odd? We also have Graham from Villa. If neither is the solution why are they with us? We also have sold Nakhi and have sizeable amount of cash to actually buy a Player (Centre Midfielder who can score goals)? Left back- I agree re Curtis Good. He knows most of the players and I feel he did well last Year. With Davies back soon this could work? It's not all doom and gloom to me. Left back[/p][/quote]we have not got a sizeable amount of cash. we sold nahki too cheap, in my opinion. needed the cash in regards overspend on budget and the tribunal. anyone heard wells actually say i go to huddersfield or i wont play? thought not. smoke and mirrors..... tinytoonster
  • Score: 0

9:33pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Waynus1971 says...

whisky1 wrote:
Waynus1971 wrote:
I agree with those that are suggesting we have no-forward thinking transfer policy. Before a ball had even been kicked, I stated that I was concerned that Mezza was our only recognised left-back and that McHugh simply isn't good enough in that position. Instead of bringing in cover, PP continued with his centre-back recruitment; firstly Taylor and then Bates (and remember we also signed Nelson last January too). It's okay for PP to claim that signing full-backs isn't an easy task. Why the hell did he not target this area in the Summer then? What's the situation (contract wise) with Mezza & Darby? Both out of contract this summer and bearing in mind PP has just suggested it is difficult to sign good ones, surely our existing ones need to be tied down!!!! Why did we bring Graham to the club? The young Villa winger has yet to be given 5/10 mins, despite our indifferent form and now Reid's injury. On Saturday we brought on Yeates and neither he nor Thommo did enough to suggest it was their performances that prevented the kid making his City debut. Can everyone cast their minds back to PP's post-match interview after the Swindon game. For a 3rd time in 4 games, a Premier League loanee had just scored against us and PP said we would have to do likewise. He said a midfield player was a priority for us and yet her we are, weeks later and still no sign we are any closer to someone being brought in. In fact the above suggests that the only deal we were working on was McLean and now we are turning our attentions to left-back/left-wing. WTF??? PP has a decent budget this season and I'm afraid his recruitment since last January has been poor. He's wasted significant money on flops and by building a strangely unbalanced squad...!
Some valid points made here but lets not forget the bigger picture and the significant improvement made overall !
You are right Whiskey, significant improvement has been seen over the last 18-24mths. However, that doesn't mean we should stand still and not look to push on. This summer's recruiting was poor in that we failed to add any pace to central midfield or cover at left-back. Most of us were crying out for this before the season had even started.

I agree with those that suggest Yeates should start. PP seems to prefer pace down one wing but not both. With Reid injured, why not start Graham right and Yeates left? This still doesn't solve the left-back problem though and I just hope PP brings in a specialist instead of another centre-back **** left-back!!!!

And where is this Premier League midfielder PP claimed he wanted in December?????
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: I agree with those that are suggesting we have no-forward thinking transfer policy. Before a ball had even been kicked, I stated that I was concerned that Mezza was our only recognised left-back and that McHugh simply isn't good enough in that position. Instead of bringing in cover, PP continued with his centre-back recruitment; firstly Taylor and then Bates (and remember we also signed Nelson last January too). It's okay for PP to claim that signing full-backs isn't an easy task. Why the hell did he not target this area in the Summer then? What's the situation (contract wise) with Mezza & Darby? Both out of contract this summer and bearing in mind PP has just suggested it is difficult to sign good ones, surely our existing ones need to be tied down!!!! Why did we bring Graham to the club? The young Villa winger has yet to be given 5/10 mins, despite our indifferent form and now Reid's injury. On Saturday we brought on Yeates and neither he nor Thommo did enough to suggest it was their performances that prevented the kid making his City debut. Can everyone cast their minds back to PP's post-match interview after the Swindon game. For a 3rd time in 4 games, a Premier League loanee had just scored against us and PP said we would have to do likewise. He said a midfield player was a priority for us and yet her we are, weeks later and still no sign we are any closer to someone being brought in. In fact the above suggests that the only deal we were working on was McLean and now we are turning our attentions to left-back/left-wing. WTF??? PP has a decent budget this season and I'm afraid his recruitment since last January has been poor. He's wasted significant money on flops and by building a strangely unbalanced squad...![/p][/quote]Some valid points made here but lets not forget the bigger picture and the significant improvement made overall ![/p][/quote]You are right Whiskey, significant improvement has been seen over the last 18-24mths. However, that doesn't mean we should stand still and not look to push on. This summer's recruiting was poor in that we failed to add any pace to central midfield or cover at left-back. Most of us were crying out for this before the season had even started. I agree with those that suggest Yeates should start. PP seems to prefer pace down one wing but not both. With Reid injured, why not start Graham right and Yeates left? This still doesn't solve the left-back problem though and I just hope PP brings in a specialist instead of another centre-back **** left-back!!!! And where is this Premier League midfielder PP claimed he wanted in December????? Waynus1971
  • Score: 2

9:36pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Waynus1971 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
gman27 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
gman27 wrote: Agree with comments about adopting. We are so predictable to play against and that's not having a dig at PP but maybe if we did adapt then it would cause a little confusion to the opposing manager.
Can you remember what happened the last time the 3-5-2 was adopted? Exeter City 4 Bradford City 1 (16 March 2013)
I cant remember being so precise to mention a 3 5 2
You said that you agreed with the "comments about adopting"; being mooted was the possibility of a 3-5-2.

Even if you had not stated the formation specifically, you were in agreement and so what else was I supposed to think?
Then why did you not attach your comment (about 3-5-2 at Exeter) towards the original poster instead of someone who merely agreed???
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gman27[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gman27[/bold] wrote: Agree with comments about adopting. We are so predictable to play against and that's not having a dig at PP but maybe if we did adapt then it would cause a little confusion to the opposing manager.[/p][/quote]Can you remember what happened the last time the 3-5-2 was adopted? Exeter City 4 Bradford City 1 (16 March 2013)[/p][/quote]I cant remember being so precise to mention a 3 5 2[/p][/quote]You said that you agreed with the "comments about adopting"; being mooted was the possibility of a 3-5-2. Even if you had not stated the formation specifically, you were in agreement and so what else was I supposed to think?[/p][/quote]Then why did you not attach your comment (about 3-5-2 at Exeter) towards the original poster instead of someone who merely agreed??? Waynus1971
  • Score: 2

9:57pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Waynus1971 says...

CTID wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote:
CTID wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote: it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?
Eh? We've only made one signing and we did that within days of selling Nakhi, striking quickly before other teams have time to get other players off their books and sort their own bid out, which sounds like a perfect storm of thought, logic and planning to me. I'll grant you that, if and when we sign the left-sided players, there won't have been much planning but they only found out in the last week and a bit so they literally weren't planning for it! With regards to the thought and logic, I'd suggest the fact we haven't just gone out and signed the first left-back we see shows both of those things
what about pre-season? what about Connell? what about all the central defender?
Well, Connell was the leading scorer for the reigning champions of the league we were in and then proceeded to be a very important player for us in that season, so I'm not entirely sure what your point is there!

We ran out of CBs last season, so making sure we have enough for this would seem to be, to me, thoughtful, logical planning ;)

I'd also say Yeates was a good signing, at the time, but *seems* to have thrown his toys out of the pram (I hope he proves me very, very wrong in the coming months!) but hindsight is a wonderful think, it appeared a great signing at the time
We did indeed, run out of centre-backs and with the loan market brought in able replacements. However, didn't we also have the same issue at left-back and brought in a couple of loanees to cover? Why did PP feel it so important to leave this position alone in the summer? It's been my biggest concern since pre-season.
[quote][p][bold]CTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?[/p][/quote]Eh? We've only made one signing and we did that within days of selling Nakhi, striking quickly before other teams have time to get other players off their books and sort their own bid out, which sounds like a perfect storm of thought, logic and planning to me. I'll grant you that, if and when we sign the left-sided players, there won't have been much planning but they only found out in the last week and a bit so they literally weren't planning for it! With regards to the thought and logic, I'd suggest the fact we haven't just gone out and signed the first left-back we see shows both of those things[/p][/quote]what about pre-season? what about Connell? what about all the central defender?[/p][/quote]Well, Connell was the leading scorer for the reigning champions of the league we were in and then proceeded to be a very important player for us in that season, so I'm not entirely sure what your point is there! We ran out of CBs last season, so making sure we have enough for this would seem to be, to me, thoughtful, logical planning ;) I'd also say Yeates was a good signing, at the time, but *seems* to have thrown his toys out of the pram (I hope he proves me very, very wrong in the coming months!) but hindsight is a wonderful think, it appeared a great signing at the time[/p][/quote]We did indeed, run out of centre-backs and with the loan market brought in able replacements. However, didn't we also have the same issue at left-back and brought in a couple of loanees to cover? Why did PP feel it so important to leave this position alone in the summer? It's been my biggest concern since pre-season. Waynus1971
  • Score: 3

10:21pm Wed 22 Jan 14

delboybantam says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
Well my view on it all. I think Parky has been thinking about the centre backs and not other departments. I know money is a prime but even a reserve left footed wing player on call could have helped us in this situation. Ok a reserve might not be a full flight winger/full back but we can't expect it all. I do think we should have cover at least. On the right I can't see it as bad as more right sided players seem available.

I also think that by rights we shouldn't have made it to Wembley, the lads did brilliant but we should have been stopped. If it wasn't for Southend and Exeter then we shouldn't have got the last play off spot, maybe they thought going up would be too expensive just like we heard a while ago. But we are in this division and I hope we progress or at least sustain our position.

Some say 'in Parky we trust' but it is more like 'with Parky we just'

Paul Ince was sacked at Blackpool with a record not as bad as ours so its not all swell at Valley Parade at the moment.
The difference is, Blackpool haven't just been promoted and finding their feet in a division
they haven't been in for years, unlike us,
also there isn't as much expectation on us to finish top 6 as Blackpool,
I would have taken mid table half way through the season at the beginning of the campaign if anyone was offering,
The problem was, if you can call it a problem, was we started off this season so well and fans got their hopes up of back to back promotions but when
we started drawing/losing fans weren't happy.
True city fans should start remembering where we were 2 years ago and start getting behind the team and stop moaning!
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: Well my view on it all. I think Parky has been thinking about the centre backs and not other departments. I know money is a prime but even a reserve left footed wing player on call could have helped us in this situation. Ok a reserve might not be a full flight winger/full back but we can't expect it all. I do think we should have cover at least. On the right I can't see it as bad as more right sided players seem available. I also think that by rights we shouldn't have made it to Wembley, the lads did brilliant but we should have been stopped. If it wasn't for Southend and Exeter then we shouldn't have got the last play off spot, maybe they thought going up would be too expensive just like we heard a while ago. But we are in this division and I hope we progress or at least sustain our position. Some say 'in Parky we trust' but it is more like 'with Parky we just' Paul Ince was sacked at Blackpool with a record not as bad as ours so its not all swell at Valley Parade at the moment.[/p][/quote]The difference is, Blackpool haven't just been promoted and finding their feet in a division they haven't been in for years, unlike us, also there isn't as much expectation on us to finish top 6 as Blackpool, I would have taken mid table half way through the season at the beginning of the campaign if anyone was offering, The problem was, if you can call it a problem, was we started off this season so well and fans got their hopes up of back to back promotions but when we started drawing/losing fans weren't happy. True city fans should start remembering where we were 2 years ago and start getting behind the team and stop moaning! delboybantam
  • Score: 4

11:03pm Wed 22 Jan 14

tinytoonster says...

delboybantam wrote:
Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
Well my view on it all. I think Parky has been thinking about the centre backs and not other departments. I know money is a prime but even a reserve left footed wing player on call could have helped us in this situation. Ok a reserve might not be a full flight winger/full back but we can't expect it all. I do think we should have cover at least. On the right I can't see it as bad as more right sided players seem available.

I also think that by rights we shouldn't have made it to Wembley, the lads did brilliant but we should have been stopped. If it wasn't for Southend and Exeter then we shouldn't have got the last play off spot, maybe they thought going up would be too expensive just like we heard a while ago. But we are in this division and I hope we progress or at least sustain our position.

Some say 'in Parky we trust' but it is more like 'with Parky we just'

Paul Ince was sacked at Blackpool with a record not as bad as ours so its not all swell at Valley Parade at the moment.
The difference is, Blackpool haven't just been promoted and finding their feet in a division
they haven't been in for years, unlike us,
also there isn't as much expectation on us to finish top 6 as Blackpool,
I would have taken mid table half way through the season at the beginning of the campaign if anyone was offering,
The problem was, if you can call it a problem, was we started off this season so well and fans got their hopes up of back to back promotions but when
we started drawing/losing fans weren't happy.
True city fans should start remembering where we were 2 years ago and start getting behind the team and stop moaning!
i agree with most of the post.
but i think if you go back to nearer the beginning of the season it was the chairman who talked up promotion!
of course the fans will follow suit!
i said to people who sit near me, mid table would be great.
they know i said it on 1st game so i do not need to prove it on here by the way.
before the comments begin......
[quote][p][bold]delboybantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: Well my view on it all. I think Parky has been thinking about the centre backs and not other departments. I know money is a prime but even a reserve left footed wing player on call could have helped us in this situation. Ok a reserve might not be a full flight winger/full back but we can't expect it all. I do think we should have cover at least. On the right I can't see it as bad as more right sided players seem available. I also think that by rights we shouldn't have made it to Wembley, the lads did brilliant but we should have been stopped. If it wasn't for Southend and Exeter then we shouldn't have got the last play off spot, maybe they thought going up would be too expensive just like we heard a while ago. But we are in this division and I hope we progress or at least sustain our position. Some say 'in Parky we trust' but it is more like 'with Parky we just' Paul Ince was sacked at Blackpool with a record not as bad as ours so its not all swell at Valley Parade at the moment.[/p][/quote]The difference is, Blackpool haven't just been promoted and finding their feet in a division they haven't been in for years, unlike us, also there isn't as much expectation on us to finish top 6 as Blackpool, I would have taken mid table half way through the season at the beginning of the campaign if anyone was offering, The problem was, if you can call it a problem, was we started off this season so well and fans got their hopes up of back to back promotions but when we started drawing/losing fans weren't happy. True city fans should start remembering where we were 2 years ago and start getting behind the team and stop moaning![/p][/quote]i agree with most of the post. but i think if you go back to nearer the beginning of the season it was the chairman who talked up promotion! of course the fans will follow suit! i said to people who sit near me, mid table would be great. they know i said it on 1st game so i do not need to prove it on here by the way. before the comments begin...... tinytoonster
  • Score: 1

1:47am Thu 23 Jan 14

Melbourne Bantam says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Scargutt2 wrote:
Reid has unfortunately been an accident waiting to happen all season because the referees are quite happy to let our opponents scythe him down. Now that a man's livelihood has been affected and he's sustained a serious and painful injury, could we perhaps ask whichever numpty is in charge of the referees to punish these industrial tackles?
What? Someone not blaming Reid? Are you a real City fan? Surely it is Reid's fault for running with the ball and trying to go past people waiting for an opportunity to cross or pass, or even shoot.

I find it amusing that on the day we are recalling one of our greatest ever moments from possibly our greatest ever season that some people are questioning the ability of Parky and offering him advice even on tactics and formations.

Just trust in the bloke to bring in the right men, if available, if not, to get the best out of those at his disposal. Now is a time for calm heads and deep thinkers not knee jerk idiots.
Probably the most intelligent post I have read on here in ages
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Scargutt2[/bold] wrote: Reid has unfortunately been an accident waiting to happen all season because the referees are quite happy to let our opponents scythe him down. Now that a man's livelihood has been affected and he's sustained a serious and painful injury, could we perhaps ask whichever numpty is in charge of the referees to punish these industrial tackles?[/p][/quote]What? Someone not blaming Reid? Are you a real City fan? Surely it is Reid's fault for running with the ball and trying to go past people waiting for an opportunity to cross or pass, or even shoot. I find it amusing that on the day we are recalling one of our greatest ever moments from possibly our greatest ever season that some people are questioning the ability of Parky and offering him advice even on tactics and formations. Just trust in the bloke to bring in the right men, if available, if not, to get the best out of those at his disposal. Now is a time for calm heads and deep thinkers not knee jerk idiots.[/p][/quote]Probably the most intelligent post I have read on here in ages Melbourne Bantam
  • Score: 4

2:00am Thu 23 Jan 14

Melbourne Bantam says...

Craig Goodwin, Newcastle Jets a-league.
Surely some kind of deal can be done to get the lad.
Dominates the left side, and with a-league being roughly mid table championship standard, would be an ideal signing.
Craig Goodwin, Newcastle Jets a-league. Surely some kind of deal can be done to get the lad. Dominates the left side, and with a-league being roughly mid table championship standard, would be an ideal signing. Melbourne Bantam
  • Score: 1

8:29am Thu 23 Jan 14

tyker2 says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
tyker2 wrote:
Parky :author o your own misfortune with a badly balanced squad: no adequate cover all down the left side, too many centre halves and a decent right side and nothing positive in midfield.
Maybe you would like to try to do better. He is doing his best Please get off his back
not on his back at all but many managers have been sacked for such an appalling se of results. I am not advocating we sack him but it is right and proper to question his recruitment policy overall and or one or two isolated reasonable signings
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: Parky :author o your own misfortune with a badly balanced squad: no adequate cover all down the left side, too many centre halves and a decent right side and nothing positive in midfield.[/p][/quote]Maybe you would like to try to do better. He is doing his best Please get off his back[/p][/quote]not on his back at all but many managers have been sacked for such an appalling se of results. I am not advocating we sack him but it is right and proper to question his recruitment policy overall and or one or two isolated reasonable signings tyker2
  • Score: 0

8:30am Thu 23 Jan 14

Michael Clayton says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
gman27 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
gman27 wrote: Agree with comments about adopting. We are so predictable to play against and that's not having a dig at PP but maybe if we did adapt then it would cause a little confusion to the opposing manager.
Can you remember what happened the last time the 3-5-2 was adopted? Exeter City 4 Bradford City 1 (16 March 2013)
I cant remember being so precise to mention a 3 5 2
You said that you agreed with the "comments about adopting"; being mooted was the possibility of a 3-5-2. Even if you had not stated the formation specifically, you were in agreement and so what else was I supposed to think?
Then why did you not attach your comment (about 3-5-2 at Exeter) towards the original poster instead of someone who merely agreed???
I don't think it matters whether I responded with the OP or gman27. They were in mutual agreement. Please correct me if I am mistaken in some way.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gman27[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gman27[/bold] wrote: Agree with comments about adopting. We are so predictable to play against and that's not having a dig at PP but maybe if we did adapt then it would cause a little confusion to the opposing manager.[/p][/quote]Can you remember what happened the last time the 3-5-2 was adopted? Exeter City 4 Bradford City 1 (16 March 2013)[/p][/quote]I cant remember being so precise to mention a 3 5 2[/p][/quote]You said that you agreed with the "comments about adopting"; being mooted was the possibility of a 3-5-2. Even if you had not stated the formation specifically, you were in agreement and so what else was I supposed to think?[/p][/quote]Then why did you not attach your comment (about 3-5-2 at Exeter) towards the original poster instead of someone who merely agreed???[/p][/quote]I don't think it matters whether I responded with the OP or gman27. They were in mutual agreement. Please correct me if I am mistaken in some way. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 0

8:35am Thu 23 Jan 14

Michael Clayton says...

notpoliticallycorrec
t
wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
notpoliticallycorrec t wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
notpoliticallycorrec t wrote: Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.
Your assessment is utterly ridiculous. What can one say? And yet you would have people believe you have watched Bradford City over the past two seasons. I would like to think we have a manager who would ignore this kind of stuff, because its devoid of any reality. I support the manager in these testing times. I hope others do too.
33 Seasons actually dole boy, you probably never set foot in the place, if you do I will be happy to meet you.
It does not matter how long you (figuratively) have attended if you have no appreciation as to what is going on. All you are doing is flushing money down the drain.
Put your head down the drain you waste if space, this site has to be the biggest collection of bum chumming losers ever assembled. The highlight of most of your days is ticking down thumbs on here and kissing the **** of your fellow losers. The great thing in my life is that I have the pleasure in not having to mix with you.
You cannot justify your argument and so you resort to name calling and aggression. You are pathetic.
[quote][p][bold]notpoliticallycorrec t[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notpoliticallycorrec t[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notpoliticallycorrec t[/bold] wrote: Perhaps we should forget a left back, especially at home and play with 3 centre backs and a 5 man midfield. We always look more threatening when chasing games and adopting that formation. That way Doyle can sit in front of Darby/ McArdle, Davies (when fit) and Bates to offer cover, to supplement that line up all we really would need would be an attacking CM. If we have not got the players to effectively play 4-4-2 then we need to change to something that our layers can fit. We mostly by pass the wings anyway with our current tactics so Thompson/Reid not getting service anyway. Come on PP sort this mess out, adapt.[/p][/quote]Your assessment is utterly ridiculous. What can one say? And yet you would have people believe you have watched Bradford City over the past two seasons. I would like to think we have a manager who would ignore this kind of stuff, because its devoid of any reality. I support the manager in these testing times. I hope others do too.[/p][/quote]33 Seasons actually dole boy, you probably never set foot in the place, if you do I will be happy to meet you.[/p][/quote]It does not matter how long you (figuratively) have attended if you have no appreciation as to what is going on. All you are doing is flushing money down the drain.[/p][/quote]Put your head down the drain you waste if space, this site has to be the biggest collection of bum chumming losers ever assembled. The highlight of most of your days is ticking down thumbs on here and kissing the **** of your fellow losers. The great thing in my life is that I have the pleasure in not having to mix with you.[/p][/quote]You cannot justify your argument and so you resort to name calling and aggression. You are pathetic. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 1

8:50am Thu 23 Jan 14

CTID says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
CTID wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote:
CTID wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote: it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?
Eh? We've only made one signing and we did that within days of selling Nakhi, striking quickly before other teams have time to get other players off their books and sort their own bid out, which sounds like a perfect storm of thought, logic and planning to me. I'll grant you that, if and when we sign the left-sided players, there won't have been much planning but they only found out in the last week and a bit so they literally weren't planning for it! With regards to the thought and logic, I'd suggest the fact we haven't just gone out and signed the first left-back we see shows both of those things
what about pre-season? what about Connell? what about all the central defender?
Well, Connell was the leading scorer for the reigning champions of the league we were in and then proceeded to be a very important player for us in that season, so I'm not entirely sure what your point is there!

We ran out of CBs last season, so making sure we have enough for this would seem to be, to me, thoughtful, logical planning ;)

I'd also say Yeates was a good signing, at the time, but *seems* to have thrown his toys out of the pram (I hope he proves me very, very wrong in the coming months!) but hindsight is a wonderful think, it appeared a great signing at the time
We did indeed, run out of centre-backs and with the loan market brought in able replacements. However, didn't we also have the same issue at left-back and brought in a couple of loanees to cover? Why did PP feel it so important to leave this position alone in the summer? It's been my biggest concern since pre-season.
Because he took the calculated risk of spending the money on more important positions instead, knowing we had centre backs who could shift over if necessary and could dip into the loan market if needed
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?[/p][/quote]Eh? We've only made one signing and we did that within days of selling Nakhi, striking quickly before other teams have time to get other players off their books and sort their own bid out, which sounds like a perfect storm of thought, logic and planning to me. I'll grant you that, if and when we sign the left-sided players, there won't have been much planning but they only found out in the last week and a bit so they literally weren't planning for it! With regards to the thought and logic, I'd suggest the fact we haven't just gone out and signed the first left-back we see shows both of those things[/p][/quote]what about pre-season? what about Connell? what about all the central defender?[/p][/quote]Well, Connell was the leading scorer for the reigning champions of the league we were in and then proceeded to be a very important player for us in that season, so I'm not entirely sure what your point is there! We ran out of CBs last season, so making sure we have enough for this would seem to be, to me, thoughtful, logical planning ;) I'd also say Yeates was a good signing, at the time, but *seems* to have thrown his toys out of the pram (I hope he proves me very, very wrong in the coming months!) but hindsight is a wonderful think, it appeared a great signing at the time[/p][/quote]We did indeed, run out of centre-backs and with the loan market brought in able replacements. However, didn't we also have the same issue at left-back and brought in a couple of loanees to cover? Why did PP feel it so important to leave this position alone in the summer? It's been my biggest concern since pre-season.[/p][/quote]Because he took the calculated risk of spending the money on more important positions instead, knowing we had centre backs who could shift over if necessary and could dip into the loan market if needed CTID
  • Score: 0

9:05am Thu 23 Jan 14

London bcfc says...

Am I missing the point here? Surely Aston Villa must have put in the loan contract that he has to play. Otherwise what is the point in moving a player 100 miles to train with a worse club. I've done my homework on this kid and he has pace not far off usain bolt.
Play him phil!!
Am I missing the point here? Surely Aston Villa must have put in the loan contract that he has to play. Otherwise what is the point in moving a player 100 miles to train with a worse club. I've done my homework on this kid and he has pace not far off usain bolt. Play him phil!! London bcfc
  • Score: 0

9:46am Thu 23 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

London bcfc wrote:
Am I missing the point here? Surely Aston Villa must have put in the loan contract that he has to play. Otherwise what is the point in moving a player 100 miles to train with a worse club. I've done my homework on this kid and he has pace not far off usain bolt.
Play him phil!!
I think he will play him, can't see him starting, just waiting for the right opportunity, possibly if we are a couple of goals up with 20 minutes to go. He's very young so can't see him being put in a side that is lacking confidence from the off.
[quote][p][bold]London bcfc[/bold] wrote: Am I missing the point here? Surely Aston Villa must have put in the loan contract that he has to play. Otherwise what is the point in moving a player 100 miles to train with a worse club. I've done my homework on this kid and he has pace not far off usain bolt. Play him phil!![/p][/quote]I think he will play him, can't see him starting, just waiting for the right opportunity, possibly if we are a couple of goals up with 20 minutes to go. He's very young so can't see him being put in a side that is lacking confidence from the off. bcfc1903
  • Score: 0

10:03am Thu 23 Jan 14

London bcfc says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
London bcfc wrote:
Am I missing the point here? Surely Aston Villa must have put in the loan contract that he has to play. Otherwise what is the point in moving a player 100 miles to train with a worse club. I've done my homework on this kid and he has pace not far off usain bolt.
Play him phil!!
I think he will play him, can't see him starting, just waiting for the right opportunity, possibly if we are a couple of goals up with 20 minutes to go. He's very young so can't see him being put in a side that is lacking confidence from the off.
So why take him on loan? You don't take a premier league player that could train with internationals to apperley bridge as they are better training facilities!!? Start the kid, if it don't work take him off and go back to plan a (massive sarcasm!!) It isn't working so do something else. Going back to no plan b, if plan a isn't working do something else.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London bcfc[/bold] wrote: Am I missing the point here? Surely Aston Villa must have put in the loan contract that he has to play. Otherwise what is the point in moving a player 100 miles to train with a worse club. I've done my homework on this kid and he has pace not far off usain bolt. Play him phil!![/p][/quote]I think he will play him, can't see him starting, just waiting for the right opportunity, possibly if we are a couple of goals up with 20 minutes to go. He's very young so can't see him being put in a side that is lacking confidence from the off.[/p][/quote]So why take him on loan? You don't take a premier league player that could train with internationals to apperley bridge as they are better training facilities!!? Start the kid, if it don't work take him off and go back to plan a (massive sarcasm!!) It isn't working so do something else. Going back to no plan b, if plan a isn't working do something else. London bcfc
  • Score: 0

1:58pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

London bcfc wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
London bcfc wrote: Am I missing the point here? Surely Aston Villa must have put in the loan contract that he has to play. Otherwise what is the point in moving a player 100 miles to train with a worse club. I've done my homework on this kid and he has pace not far off usain bolt. Play him phil!!
I think he will play him, can't see him starting, just waiting for the right opportunity, possibly if we are a couple of goals up with 20 minutes to go. He's very young so can't see him being put in a side that is lacking confidence from the off.
So why take him on loan? You don't take a premier league player that could train with internationals to apperley bridge as they are better training facilities!!? Start the kid, if it don't work take him off and go back to plan a (massive sarcasm!!) It isn't working so do something else. Going back to no plan b, if plan a isn't working do something else.
This is where plan B has to come in as we haven't had one for a long time.
[quote][p][bold]London bcfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London bcfc[/bold] wrote: Am I missing the point here? Surely Aston Villa must have put in the loan contract that he has to play. Otherwise what is the point in moving a player 100 miles to train with a worse club. I've done my homework on this kid and he has pace not far off usain bolt. Play him phil!![/p][/quote]I think he will play him, can't see him starting, just waiting for the right opportunity, possibly if we are a couple of goals up with 20 minutes to go. He's very young so can't see him being put in a side that is lacking confidence from the off.[/p][/quote]So why take him on loan? You don't take a premier league player that could train with internationals to apperley bridge as they are better training facilities!!? Start the kid, if it don't work take him off and go back to plan a (massive sarcasm!!) It isn't working so do something else. Going back to no plan b, if plan a isn't working do something else.[/p][/quote]This is where plan B has to come in as we haven't had one for a long time. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 0

3:17pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

I think too many people took my previous post out of context or they didn't read it.

I said no back up is there on the left and if it wasn't for other teams last season not performing then we wouldn't be here in this division.
I think too many people took my previous post out of context or they didn't read it. I said no back up is there on the left and if it wasn't for other teams last season not performing then we wouldn't be here in this division. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: -1

5:12pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Waynus1971 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
Waynus1971 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
gman27 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
gman27 wrote: Agree with comments about adopting. We are so predictable to play against and that's not having a dig at PP but maybe if we did adapt then it would cause a little confusion to the opposing manager.
Can you remember what happened the last time the 3-5-2 was adopted? Exeter City 4 Bradford City 1 (16 March 2013)
I cant remember being so precise to mention a 3 5 2
You said that you agreed with the "comments about adopting"; being mooted was the possibility of a 3-5-2. Even if you had not stated the formation specifically, you were in agreement and so what else was I supposed to think?
Then why did you not attach your comment (about 3-5-2 at Exeter) towards the original poster instead of someone who merely agreed???
I don't think it matters whether I responded with the OP or gman27. They were in mutual agreement. Please correct me if I am mistaken in some way.
Not in disagreement at all. However, it does appear that you are victimising the 'agreeing poster' without saying anything to the poster that started the debate.
Just saying like
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gman27[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gman27[/bold] wrote: Agree with comments about adopting. We are so predictable to play against and that's not having a dig at PP but maybe if we did adapt then it would cause a little confusion to the opposing manager.[/p][/quote]Can you remember what happened the last time the 3-5-2 was adopted? Exeter City 4 Bradford City 1 (16 March 2013)[/p][/quote]I cant remember being so precise to mention a 3 5 2[/p][/quote]You said that you agreed with the "comments about adopting"; being mooted was the possibility of a 3-5-2. Even if you had not stated the formation specifically, you were in agreement and so what else was I supposed to think?[/p][/quote]Then why did you not attach your comment (about 3-5-2 at Exeter) towards the original poster instead of someone who merely agreed???[/p][/quote]I don't think it matters whether I responded with the OP or gman27. They were in mutual agreement. Please correct me if I am mistaken in some way.[/p][/quote]Not in disagreement at all. However, it does appear that you are victimising the 'agreeing poster' without saying anything to the poster that started the debate. Just saying like Waynus1971
  • Score: 1

5:19pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Waynus1971 says...

CTID wrote:
Waynus1971 wrote:
CTID wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote:
CTID wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote: it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?
Eh? We've only made one signing and we did that within days of selling Nakhi, striking quickly before other teams have time to get other players off their books and sort their own bid out, which sounds like a perfect storm of thought, logic and planning to me. I'll grant you that, if and when we sign the left-sided players, there won't have been much planning but they only found out in the last week and a bit so they literally weren't planning for it! With regards to the thought and logic, I'd suggest the fact we haven't just gone out and signed the first left-back we see shows both of those things
what about pre-season? what about Connell? what about all the central defender?
Well, Connell was the leading scorer for the reigning champions of the league we were in and then proceeded to be a very important player for us in that season, so I'm not entirely sure what your point is there! We ran out of CBs last season, so making sure we have enough for this would seem to be, to me, thoughtful, logical planning ;) I'd also say Yeates was a good signing, at the time, but *seems* to have thrown his toys out of the pram (I hope he proves me very, very wrong in the coming months!) but hindsight is a wonderful think, it appeared a great signing at the time
We did indeed, run out of centre-backs and with the loan market brought in able replacements. However, didn't we also have the same issue at left-back and brought in a couple of loanees to cover? Why did PP feel it so important to leave this position alone in the summer? It's been my biggest concern since pre-season.
Because he took the calculated risk of spending the money on more important positions instead, knowing we had centre backs who could shift over if necessary and could dip into the loan market if needed
And has this proved successful? We now have a team of centrebacks and he still has to go out and sign a left-back on loan..!

Sorry, but I simply do not agree. PP knew we had Davies, Oliver, McHugh, Nelson (at the start of the season) & McArdle. We have also used Doyle there at times. However we only had Meredith and (at a push) McHugh for the left-back position. He should have tackled this in the summer. Let's face it, he released many players, but only brought in Yeates, de Vita, Kennedy & Ripley.

When we took the option of allowing Nelson to leave, PP should have brought in a left-back instead of Taylor. And when we started to pick up injuries, why did he still insist on another CB (Bates)? Why did he not give Taylor a go (afterall,. he praised him after his loan at Cheltenham, but has refused to let him have a kick since), or even Oliver???
[quote][p][bold]CTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?[/p][/quote]Eh? We've only made one signing and we did that within days of selling Nakhi, striking quickly before other teams have time to get other players off their books and sort their own bid out, which sounds like a perfect storm of thought, logic and planning to me. I'll grant you that, if and when we sign the left-sided players, there won't have been much planning but they only found out in the last week and a bit so they literally weren't planning for it! With regards to the thought and logic, I'd suggest the fact we haven't just gone out and signed the first left-back we see shows both of those things[/p][/quote]what about pre-season? what about Connell? what about all the central defender?[/p][/quote]Well, Connell was the leading scorer for the reigning champions of the league we were in and then proceeded to be a very important player for us in that season, so I'm not entirely sure what your point is there! We ran out of CBs last season, so making sure we have enough for this would seem to be, to me, thoughtful, logical planning ;) I'd also say Yeates was a good signing, at the time, but *seems* to have thrown his toys out of the pram (I hope he proves me very, very wrong in the coming months!) but hindsight is a wonderful think, it appeared a great signing at the time[/p][/quote]We did indeed, run out of centre-backs and with the loan market brought in able replacements. However, didn't we also have the same issue at left-back and brought in a couple of loanees to cover? Why did PP feel it so important to leave this position alone in the summer? It's been my biggest concern since pre-season.[/p][/quote]Because he took the calculated risk of spending the money on more important positions instead, knowing we had centre backs who could shift over if necessary and could dip into the loan market if needed[/p][/quote]And has this proved successful? We now have a team of centrebacks and he still has to go out and sign a left-back on loan..! Sorry, but I simply do not agree. PP knew we had Davies, Oliver, McHugh, Nelson (at the start of the season) & McArdle. We have also used Doyle there at times. However we only had Meredith and (at a push) McHugh for the left-back position. He should have tackled this in the summer. Let's face it, he released many players, but only brought in Yeates, de Vita, Kennedy & Ripley. When we took the option of allowing Nelson to leave, PP should have brought in a left-back instead of Taylor. And when we started to pick up injuries, why did he still insist on another CB (Bates)? Why did he not give Taylor a go (afterall,. he praised him after his loan at Cheltenham, but has refused to let him have a kick since), or even Oliver??? Waynus1971
  • Score: 2

9:12pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
CTID wrote:
Waynus1971 wrote:
CTID wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote:
CTID wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote: it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?
Eh? We've only made one signing and we did that within days of selling Nakhi, striking quickly before other teams have time to get other players off their books and sort their own bid out, which sounds like a perfect storm of thought, logic and planning to me. I'll grant you that, if and when we sign the left-sided players, there won't have been much planning but they only found out in the last week and a bit so they literally weren't planning for it! With regards to the thought and logic, I'd suggest the fact we haven't just gone out and signed the first left-back we see shows both of those things
what about pre-season? what about Connell? what about all the central defender?
Well, Connell was the leading scorer for the reigning champions of the league we were in and then proceeded to be a very important player for us in that season, so I'm not entirely sure what your point is there! We ran out of CBs last season, so making sure we have enough for this would seem to be, to me, thoughtful, logical planning ;) I'd also say Yeates was a good signing, at the time, but *seems* to have thrown his toys out of the pram (I hope he proves me very, very wrong in the coming months!) but hindsight is a wonderful think, it appeared a great signing at the time
We did indeed, run out of centre-backs and with the loan market brought in able replacements. However, didn't we also have the same issue at left-back and brought in a couple of loanees to cover? Why did PP feel it so important to leave this position alone in the summer? It's been my biggest concern since pre-season.
Because he took the calculated risk of spending the money on more important positions instead, knowing we had centre backs who could shift over if necessary and could dip into the loan market if needed
And has this proved successful? We now have a team of centrebacks and he still has to go out and sign a left-back on loan..! Sorry, but I simply do not agree. PP knew we had Davies, Oliver, McHugh, Nelson (at the start of the season) & McArdle. We have also used Doyle there at times. However we only had Meredith and (at a push) McHugh for the left-back position. He should have tackled this in the summer. Let's face it, he released many players, but only brought in Yeates, de Vita, Kennedy & Ripley. When we took the option of allowing Nelson to leave, PP should have brought in a left-back instead of Taylor. And when we started to pick up injuries, why did he still insist on another CB (Bates)? Why did he not give Taylor a go (afterall,. he praised him after his loan at Cheltenham, but has refused to let him have a kick since), or even Oliver???
I was trying to get this point across. We have an abundance of centre backs but a key area was neglected.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: it doesn't seem like there is any thought, logic or planning going into our signings. do we even have scouts?[/p][/quote]Eh? We've only made one signing and we did that within days of selling Nakhi, striking quickly before other teams have time to get other players off their books and sort their own bid out, which sounds like a perfect storm of thought, logic and planning to me. I'll grant you that, if and when we sign the left-sided players, there won't have been much planning but they only found out in the last week and a bit so they literally weren't planning for it! With regards to the thought and logic, I'd suggest the fact we haven't just gone out and signed the first left-back we see shows both of those things[/p][/quote]what about pre-season? what about Connell? what about all the central defender?[/p][/quote]Well, Connell was the leading scorer for the reigning champions of the league we were in and then proceeded to be a very important player for us in that season, so I'm not entirely sure what your point is there! We ran out of CBs last season, so making sure we have enough for this would seem to be, to me, thoughtful, logical planning ;) I'd also say Yeates was a good signing, at the time, but *seems* to have thrown his toys out of the pram (I hope he proves me very, very wrong in the coming months!) but hindsight is a wonderful think, it appeared a great signing at the time[/p][/quote]We did indeed, run out of centre-backs and with the loan market brought in able replacements. However, didn't we also have the same issue at left-back and brought in a couple of loanees to cover? Why did PP feel it so important to leave this position alone in the summer? It's been my biggest concern since pre-season.[/p][/quote]Because he took the calculated risk of spending the money on more important positions instead, knowing we had centre backs who could shift over if necessary and could dip into the loan market if needed[/p][/quote]And has this proved successful? We now have a team of centrebacks and he still has to go out and sign a left-back on loan..! Sorry, but I simply do not agree. PP knew we had Davies, Oliver, McHugh, Nelson (at the start of the season) & McArdle. We have also used Doyle there at times. However we only had Meredith and (at a push) McHugh for the left-back position. He should have tackled this in the summer. Let's face it, he released many players, but only brought in Yeates, de Vita, Kennedy & Ripley. When we took the option of allowing Nelson to leave, PP should have brought in a left-back instead of Taylor. And when we started to pick up injuries, why did he still insist on another CB (Bates)? Why did he not give Taylor a go (afterall,. he praised him after his loan at Cheltenham, but has refused to let him have a kick since), or even Oliver???[/p][/quote]I was trying to get this point across. We have an abundance of centre backs but a key area was neglected. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 2

1:40pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Michael Clayton says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
Waynus1971 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
gman27 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
gman27 wrote: Agree with comments about adopting. We are so predictable to play against and that's not having a dig at PP but maybe if we did adapt then it would cause a little confusion to the opposing manager.
Can you remember what happened the last time the 3-5-2 was adopted? Exeter City 4 Bradford City 1 (16 March 2013)
I cant remember being so precise to mention a 3 5 2
You said that you agreed with the "comments about adopting"; being mooted was the possibility of a 3-5-2. Even if you had not stated the formation specifically, you were in agreement and so what else was I supposed to think?
Then why did you not attach your comment (about 3-5-2 at Exeter) towards the original poster instead of someone who merely agreed???
I don't think it matters whether I responded with the OP or gman27. They were in mutual agreement. Please correct me if I am mistaken in some way.
Not in disagreement at all. However, it does appear that you are victimising the 'agreeing poster' without saying anything to the poster that started the debate. Just saying like
The placement of my post could have been better.

However, I think that claims of victimisation are a bit strong!

I was merely pointing out what happened at Exeter.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gman27[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gman27[/bold] wrote: Agree with comments about adopting. We are so predictable to play against and that's not having a dig at PP but maybe if we did adapt then it would cause a little confusion to the opposing manager.[/p][/quote]Can you remember what happened the last time the 3-5-2 was adopted? Exeter City 4 Bradford City 1 (16 March 2013)[/p][/quote]I cant remember being so precise to mention a 3 5 2[/p][/quote]You said that you agreed with the "comments about adopting"; being mooted was the possibility of a 3-5-2. Even if you had not stated the formation specifically, you were in agreement and so what else was I supposed to think?[/p][/quote]Then why did you not attach your comment (about 3-5-2 at Exeter) towards the original poster instead of someone who merely agreed???[/p][/quote]I don't think it matters whether I responded with the OP or gman27. They were in mutual agreement. Please correct me if I am mistaken in some way.[/p][/quote]Not in disagreement at all. However, it does appear that you are victimising the 'agreeing poster' without saying anything to the poster that started the debate. Just saying like[/p][/quote]The placement of my post could have been better. However, I think that claims of victimisation are a bit strong! I was merely pointing out what happened at Exeter. Michael Clayton
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