Ready or not? Bantams boss faces decision over Andrew Davies' return against Preston

Fans cannot wait to see Andrew Davies in action again, with City having won just once in 17 games while he has been sidelined

Fans cannot wait to see Andrew Davies in action again, with City having won just once in 17 games while he has been sidelined

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

Phil Parkinson will spend the weekend mulling over whether Andrew Davies is ready to face Preston.

City’s talismanic central defender is back in full training – and his long-awaited comeback would help to lift the current injury gloom engulfing Valley Parade.

But Phil Parkinson is not going to rush into making the call for Davies to be involved against Simon Grayson’s side.

The City chief said: “It’s too early for me to say about Tuesday. We’ll have to see how that goes.

“He is not too far away with the way he has progressed. His knee feels really strong, which is a good sign.

“He needs to get some really good football training under his belt. Once he’s had a full week, we will assess him over the weekend.”

Davies has not played since October 5 when City won 2-0 at Walsall to go fourth. He underwent knee surgery four days later.

The Bantams, now 13th, have won only one game – and kept one clean sheet against Crewe – in his absence.

Davies was thrown in on his return from a similar lay-off last year, helping his side to a 3-0 away victory over Wycombe.

Parkinson can understand the clamour for his recall, especially at a time when the team have been decimated by injury.

He added: “Seeing Andrew Davies back will be a huge boost for everybody. The lads know he is a very good player – as good as any centre back at this level.

“He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed.

“Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.”

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7:43am Thu 23 Jan 14

Lancashire Bantam says...

Massive boost if Davies can play against Preston, fingers crossed. This will be the turning point of our season.
Massive boost if Davies can play against Preston, fingers crossed. This will be the turning point of our season. Lancashire Bantam
  • Score: 13

8:35am Thu 23 Jan 14

Dave2610 says...

We have 2 nearly 3 fit centre backs so why have we still got bates surely Luke or Matt would do a job just as god as Bates, then spend that money on a left back just saying!!!
We have 2 nearly 3 fit centre backs so why have we still got bates surely Luke or Matt would do a job just as god as Bates, then spend that money on a left back just saying!!! Dave2610
  • Score: -7

8:55am Thu 23 Jan 14

minkiebantam says...

"He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed.

“Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.”
Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?...
Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind.
CTID!
"He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID! minkiebantam
  • Score: -11

9:08am Thu 23 Jan 14

London bcfc says...

Play the loanees, otherwise what's the point?
Play the loanees, otherwise what's the point? London bcfc
  • Score: -7

9:21am Thu 23 Jan 14

gordon ramsay says...

we need him fit long term. rushing back would be madness and pure desperation!!

we need to make sure he is fit and ready to go. let's hope we don't rush him back too early and therefore end both his and our season. for the sake of another week or so play 1 of the other 17 centre halves!!
we need him fit long term. rushing back would be madness and pure desperation!! we need to make sure he is fit and ready to go. let's hope we don't rush him back too early and therefore end both his and our season. for the sake of another week or so play 1 of the other 17 centre halves!! gordon ramsay
  • Score: 6

10:24am Thu 23 Jan 14

Peter300 says...

Dave2610 wrote:
We have 2 nearly 3 fit centre backs so why have we still got bates surely Luke or Matt would do a job just as god as Bates, then spend that money on a left back just saying!!!
I think Matt Bates receives some unfair criticism. When he makes a goal saving tackle like he did against Bristol City he gets no recognition from the likes of you. Yet every mistake, if there is one, is jumped on by you. Phil gave him an extended contract until the end of the season. Unlike you, I trust the manager.
[quote][p][bold]Dave2610[/bold] wrote: We have 2 nearly 3 fit centre backs so why have we still got bates surely Luke or Matt would do a job just as god as Bates, then spend that money on a left back just saying!!![/p][/quote]I think Matt Bates receives some unfair criticism. When he makes a goal saving tackle like he did against Bristol City he gets no recognition from the likes of you. Yet every mistake, if there is one, is jumped on by you. Phil gave him an extended contract until the end of the season. Unlike you, I trust the manager. Peter300
  • Score: 4

10:28am Thu 23 Jan 14

Peter300 says...

minkiebantam wrote:
"He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed.

“Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.”
Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?...
Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind.
CTID!
No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.
[quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: "He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID![/p][/quote]No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation. Peter300
  • Score: 1

10:29am Thu 23 Jan 14

Peter300 says...

London bcfc wrote:
Play the loanees, otherwise what's the point?
The point of what?
[quote][p][bold]London bcfc[/bold] wrote: Play the loanees, otherwise what's the point?[/p][/quote]The point of what? Peter300
  • Score: -2

10:29am Thu 23 Jan 14

Peter300 says...

gordon ramsay wrote:
we need him fit long term. rushing back would be madness and pure desperation!!

we need to make sure he is fit and ready to go. let's hope we don't rush him back too early and therefore end both his and our season. for the sake of another week or so play 1 of the other 17 centre halves!!
Exactly!
[quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: we need him fit long term. rushing back would be madness and pure desperation!! we need to make sure he is fit and ready to go. let's hope we don't rush him back too early and therefore end both his and our season. for the sake of another week or so play 1 of the other 17 centre halves!![/p][/quote]Exactly! Peter300
  • Score: 2

10:56am Thu 23 Jan 14

minkiebantam says...

Peter300 wrote:
minkiebantam wrote: "He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID!
No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.
There is nothing more to take into account Peter. The club decided not to have any reserve team this year fact. And IMO was the wrong decision. The fact that we cant ease Davo or any injured player for that matter back into full match fitness and cant keep the bench warmers and obsolete squad members match fit is showing.
I dont know this as fact, but i assume if Connell,Oliver, Taylor, Gray and Ravinhill had been playing regular reserve matches, They would have been taken on by other clubs and off the wage book here a bit quicker than they have been.
I may be wrong, but a match ready player must be a more attractive prospect than one who hasnt played a full 90 mins ALL season?
CTID!
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: "He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID![/p][/quote]No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.[/p][/quote]There is nothing more to take into account Peter. The club decided not to have any reserve team this year fact. And IMO was the wrong decision. The fact that we cant ease Davo or any injured player for that matter back into full match fitness and cant keep the bench warmers and obsolete squad members match fit is showing. I dont know this as fact, but i assume if Connell,Oliver, Taylor, Gray and Ravinhill had been playing regular reserve matches, They would have been taken on by other clubs and off the wage book here a bit quicker than they have been. I may be wrong, but a match ready player must be a more attractive prospect than one who hasnt played a full 90 mins ALL season? CTID! minkiebantam
  • Score: 7

2:28pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

minkiebantam wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
minkiebantam wrote: "He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID!
No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.
There is nothing more to take into account Peter. The club decided not to have any reserve team this year fact. And IMO was the wrong decision. The fact that we cant ease Davo or any injured player for that matter back into full match fitness and cant keep the bench warmers and obsolete squad members match fit is showing.
I dont know this as fact, but i assume if Connell,Oliver, Taylor, Gray and Ravinhill had been playing regular reserve matches, They would have been taken on by other clubs and off the wage book here a bit quicker than they have been.
I may be wrong, but a match ready player must be a more attractive prospect than one who hasnt played a full 90 mins ALL season?
CTID!
Wrong. The club decided not to have a reserve team as they only play 10-12 competitive games per season, the club have already played 9 'behind closed doors' games this season. Therefore your stance that not having a reserve team has impacted on match fitness is incorrect. By the end of the season they will have played more games than the reserves of last season did.
[quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: "He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID![/p][/quote]No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.[/p][/quote]There is nothing more to take into account Peter. The club decided not to have any reserve team this year fact. And IMO was the wrong decision. The fact that we cant ease Davo or any injured player for that matter back into full match fitness and cant keep the bench warmers and obsolete squad members match fit is showing. I dont know this as fact, but i assume if Connell,Oliver, Taylor, Gray and Ravinhill had been playing regular reserve matches, They would have been taken on by other clubs and off the wage book here a bit quicker than they have been. I may be wrong, but a match ready player must be a more attractive prospect than one who hasnt played a full 90 mins ALL season? CTID![/p][/quote]Wrong. The club decided not to have a reserve team as they only play 10-12 competitive games per season, the club have already played 9 'behind closed doors' games this season. Therefore your stance that not having a reserve team has impacted on match fitness is incorrect. By the end of the season they will have played more games than the reserves of last season did. Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 3

2:43pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Waynus1971 says...

Dave2610 wrote:
We have 2 nearly 3 fit centre backs so why have we still got bates surely Luke or Matt would do a job just as god as Bates, then spend that money on a left back just saying!!!
For someone who constantly criticised posters for making Hanson a scapegoat, it surprises me why you are saying this about Bates. The fact is, as bad as he has been of late, he's still as good as Taylor, Oliver, McHugh and McArdle. Difference is that he can cover left-back better than the other bench-warmers!
[quote][p][bold]Dave2610[/bold] wrote: We have 2 nearly 3 fit centre backs so why have we still got bates surely Luke or Matt would do a job just as god as Bates, then spend that money on a left back just saying!!![/p][/quote]For someone who constantly criticised posters for making Hanson a scapegoat, it surprises me why you are saying this about Bates. The fact is, as bad as he has been of late, he's still as good as Taylor, Oliver, McHugh and McArdle. Difference is that he can cover left-back better than the other bench-warmers! Waynus1971
  • Score: -1

2:46pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Waynus1971 says...

Peter300 wrote:
Dave2610 wrote:
We have 2 nearly 3 fit centre backs so why have we still got bates surely Luke or Matt would do a job just as god as Bates, then spend that money on a left back just saying!!!
I think Matt Bates receives some unfair criticism. When he makes a goal saving tackle like he did against Bristol City he gets no recognition from the likes of you. Yet every mistake, if there is one, is jumped on by you. Phil gave him an extended contract until the end of the season. Unlike you, I trust the manager.
The ironic thing is, Dave hated this same behaviour from fans when they targetted Hanson in a similar way
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dave2610[/bold] wrote: We have 2 nearly 3 fit centre backs so why have we still got bates surely Luke or Matt would do a job just as god as Bates, then spend that money on a left back just saying!!![/p][/quote]I think Matt Bates receives some unfair criticism. When he makes a goal saving tackle like he did against Bristol City he gets no recognition from the likes of you. Yet every mistake, if there is one, is jumped on by you. Phil gave him an extended contract until the end of the season. Unlike you, I trust the manager.[/p][/quote]The ironic thing is, Dave hated this same behaviour from fans when they targetted Hanson in a similar way Waynus1971
  • Score: 0

2:50pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Waynus1971 says...

Peter300 wrote:
minkiebantam wrote:
"He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed.

“Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.”
Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?...
Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind.
CTID!
No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.
Go on then Peter, if you know why a L1 PROFESSIONAL football club ditched it's reserve side, leaving us no way of preparing our youth boys (on the fringes) or long-term absentees for a return to first team, please enlighten us....!

We keep hearing from BCFC1903 about this comment about Shaun Harvey. For me, the decision to scrap our reserve side is far more serious...!
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: "He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID![/p][/quote]No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.[/p][/quote]Go on then Peter, if you know why a L1 PROFESSIONAL football club ditched it's reserve side, leaving us no way of preparing our youth boys (on the fringes) or long-term absentees for a return to first team, please enlighten us....! We keep hearing from BCFC1903 about this comment about Shaun Harvey. For me, the decision to scrap our reserve side is far more serious...! Waynus1971
  • Score: 1

2:53pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Waynus1971 says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
minkiebantam wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
minkiebantam wrote: "He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID!
No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.
There is nothing more to take into account Peter. The club decided not to have any reserve team this year fact. And IMO was the wrong decision. The fact that we cant ease Davo or any injured player for that matter back into full match fitness and cant keep the bench warmers and obsolete squad members match fit is showing.
I dont know this as fact, but i assume if Connell,Oliver, Taylor, Gray and Ravinhill had been playing regular reserve matches, They would have been taken on by other clubs and off the wage book here a bit quicker than they have been.
I may be wrong, but a match ready player must be a more attractive prospect than one who hasnt played a full 90 mins ALL season?
CTID!
Wrong. The club decided not to have a reserve team as they only play 10-12 competitive games per season, the club have already played 9 'behind closed doors' games this season. Therefore your stance that not having a reserve team has impacted on match fitness is incorrect. By the end of the season they will have played more games than the reserves of last season did.
So, by joinin up to the reserve league, there is a rule that states we can't arrange 'behind closed door games'?

Why couldn't we do both????
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: "He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID![/p][/quote]No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.[/p][/quote]There is nothing more to take into account Peter. The club decided not to have any reserve team this year fact. And IMO was the wrong decision. The fact that we cant ease Davo or any injured player for that matter back into full match fitness and cant keep the bench warmers and obsolete squad members match fit is showing. I dont know this as fact, but i assume if Connell,Oliver, Taylor, Gray and Ravinhill had been playing regular reserve matches, They would have been taken on by other clubs and off the wage book here a bit quicker than they have been. I may be wrong, but a match ready player must be a more attractive prospect than one who hasnt played a full 90 mins ALL season? CTID![/p][/quote]Wrong. The club decided not to have a reserve team as they only play 10-12 competitive games per season, the club have already played 9 'behind closed doors' games this season. Therefore your stance that not having a reserve team has impacted on match fitness is incorrect. By the end of the season they will have played more games than the reserves of last season did.[/p][/quote]So, by joinin up to the reserve league, there is a rule that states we can't arrange 'behind closed door games'? Why couldn't we do both???? Waynus1971
  • Score: 0

2:56pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Cyprus Bantam says...

minkiebantam wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
minkiebantam wrote: "He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID!
No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.
There is nothing more to take into account Peter. The club decided not to have any reserve team this year fact. And IMO was the wrong decision. The fact that we cant ease Davo or any injured player for that matter back into full match fitness and cant keep the bench warmers and obsolete squad members match fit is showing.
I dont know this as fact, but i assume if Connell,Oliver, Taylor, Gray and Ravinhill had been playing regular reserve matches, They would have been taken on by other clubs and off the wage book here a bit quicker than they have been.
I may be wrong, but a match ready player must be a more attractive prospect than one who hasnt played a full 90 mins ALL season?
CTID!
Totally agree! PP wants to off-load to recruit new players. How can he do this if potential clubs cannot see them play in a competitive match (be-it a reserve game or practice match). One cannot assess a player just watching him sit on the bench or running up and down the touch-line.

A reserve team also provides match practice for those not in the first team, up and coming youngsters, trialists and players coming back from injury.
[quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: "He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID![/p][/quote]No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.[/p][/quote]There is nothing more to take into account Peter. The club decided not to have any reserve team this year fact. And IMO was the wrong decision. The fact that we cant ease Davo or any injured player for that matter back into full match fitness and cant keep the bench warmers and obsolete squad members match fit is showing. I dont know this as fact, but i assume if Connell,Oliver, Taylor, Gray and Ravinhill had been playing regular reserve matches, They would have been taken on by other clubs and off the wage book here a bit quicker than they have been. I may be wrong, but a match ready player must be a more attractive prospect than one who hasnt played a full 90 mins ALL season? CTID![/p][/quote]Totally agree! PP wants to off-load to recruit new players. How can he do this if potential clubs cannot see them play in a competitive match (be-it a reserve game or practice match). One cannot assess a player just watching him sit on the bench or running up and down the touch-line. A reserve team also provides match practice for those not in the first team, up and coming youngsters, trialists and players coming back from injury. Cyprus Bantam
  • Score: 0

3:02pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
minkiebantam wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
minkiebantam wrote: "He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID!
No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.
There is nothing more to take into account Peter. The club decided not to have any reserve team this year fact. And IMO was the wrong decision. The fact that we cant ease Davo or any injured player for that matter back into full match fitness and cant keep the bench warmers and obsolete squad members match fit is showing.
I dont know this as fact, but i assume if Connell,Oliver, Taylor, Gray and Ravinhill had been playing regular reserve matches, They would have been taken on by other clubs and off the wage book here a bit quicker than they have been.
I may be wrong, but a match ready player must be a more attractive prospect than one who hasnt played a full 90 mins ALL season?
CTID!
Wrong. The club decided not to have a reserve team as they only play 10-12 competitive games per season, the club have already played 9 'behind closed doors' games this season. Therefore your stance that not having a reserve team has impacted on match fitness is incorrect. By the end of the season they will have played more games than the reserves of last season did.
So, by joinin up to the reserve league, there is a rule that states we can't arrange 'behind closed door games'?

Why couldn't we do both????
Cost, the decision was made to have a smaller squad, which then couldn't compete in a reserve league without using too many young players or too many who may be needed for the firsts. Remember we have to abide by the fair play agreement as regards 60% of turnover only to be used for team building/wages. This gets worse next season when ot drops to 55%.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: "He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID![/p][/quote]No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.[/p][/quote]There is nothing more to take into account Peter. The club decided not to have any reserve team this year fact. And IMO was the wrong decision. The fact that we cant ease Davo or any injured player for that matter back into full match fitness and cant keep the bench warmers and obsolete squad members match fit is showing. I dont know this as fact, but i assume if Connell,Oliver, Taylor, Gray and Ravinhill had been playing regular reserve matches, They would have been taken on by other clubs and off the wage book here a bit quicker than they have been. I may be wrong, but a match ready player must be a more attractive prospect than one who hasnt played a full 90 mins ALL season? CTID![/p][/quote]Wrong. The club decided not to have a reserve team as they only play 10-12 competitive games per season, the club have already played 9 'behind closed doors' games this season. Therefore your stance that not having a reserve team has impacted on match fitness is incorrect. By the end of the season they will have played more games than the reserves of last season did.[/p][/quote]So, by joinin up to the reserve league, there is a rule that states we can't arrange 'behind closed door games'? Why couldn't we do both????[/p][/quote]Cost, the decision was made to have a smaller squad, which then couldn't compete in a reserve league without using too many young players or too many who may be needed for the firsts. Remember we have to abide by the fair play agreement as regards 60% of turnover only to be used for team building/wages. This gets worse next season when ot drops to 55%. Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 1

3:30pm Thu 23 Jan 14

minkiebantam says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
minkiebantam wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
minkiebantam wrote: "He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID!
No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.
There is nothing more to take into account Peter. The club decided not to have any reserve team this year fact. And IMO was the wrong decision. The fact that we cant ease Davo or any injured player for that matter back into full match fitness and cant keep the bench warmers and obsolete squad members match fit is showing. I dont know this as fact, but i assume if Connell,Oliver, Taylor, Gray and Ravinhill had been playing regular reserve matches, They would have been taken on by other clubs and off the wage book here a bit quicker than they have been. I may be wrong, but a match ready player must be a more attractive prospect than one who hasnt played a full 90 mins ALL season? CTID!
Wrong. The club decided not to have a reserve team as they only play 10-12 competitive games per season, the club have already played 9 'behind closed doors' games this season. Therefore your stance that not having a reserve team has impacted on match fitness is incorrect. By the end of the season they will have played more games than the reserves of last season did.
So, by joinin up to the reserve league, there is a rule that states we can't arrange 'behind closed door games'? Why couldn't we do both????
Exactly.
I do not dispute that the behind close door games are needed. But they dont (IMO) Give the test that a reserve match game would give. There just is'nt that Competitiveness in a private match compared to a reserve game.
And i dont believe there is a rule stating you have to do one or the other.
CTID!
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: "He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID![/p][/quote]No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.[/p][/quote]There is nothing more to take into account Peter. The club decided not to have any reserve team this year fact. And IMO was the wrong decision. The fact that we cant ease Davo or any injured player for that matter back into full match fitness and cant keep the bench warmers and obsolete squad members match fit is showing. I dont know this as fact, but i assume if Connell,Oliver, Taylor, Gray and Ravinhill had been playing regular reserve matches, They would have been taken on by other clubs and off the wage book here a bit quicker than they have been. I may be wrong, but a match ready player must be a more attractive prospect than one who hasnt played a full 90 mins ALL season? CTID![/p][/quote]Wrong. The club decided not to have a reserve team as they only play 10-12 competitive games per season, the club have already played 9 'behind closed doors' games this season. Therefore your stance that not having a reserve team has impacted on match fitness is incorrect. By the end of the season they will have played more games than the reserves of last season did.[/p][/quote]So, by joinin up to the reserve league, there is a rule that states we can't arrange 'behind closed door games'? Why couldn't we do both????[/p][/quote]Exactly. I do not dispute that the behind close door games are needed. But they dont (IMO) Give the test that a reserve match game would give. There just is'nt that Competitiveness in a private match compared to a reserve game. And i dont believe there is a rule stating you have to do one or the other. CTID! minkiebantam
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4:06pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

minkiebantam wrote:
Waynus1971 wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
minkiebantam wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
minkiebantam wrote: "He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID!
No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.
There is nothing more to take into account Peter. The club decided not to have any reserve team this year fact. And IMO was the wrong decision. The fact that we cant ease Davo or any injured player for that matter back into full match fitness and cant keep the bench warmers and obsolete squad members match fit is showing. I dont know this as fact, but i assume if Connell,Oliver, Taylor, Gray and Ravinhill had been playing regular reserve matches, They would have been taken on by other clubs and off the wage book here a bit quicker than they have been. I may be wrong, but a match ready player must be a more attractive prospect than one who hasnt played a full 90 mins ALL season? CTID!
Wrong. The club decided not to have a reserve team as they only play 10-12 competitive games per season, the club have already played 9 'behind closed doors' games this season. Therefore your stance that not having a reserve team has impacted on match fitness is incorrect. By the end of the season they will have played more games than the reserves of last season did.
So, by joinin up to the reserve league, there is a rule that states we can't arrange 'behind closed door games'? Why couldn't we do both????
Exactly.
I do not dispute that the behind close door games are needed. But they dont (IMO) Give the test that a reserve match game would give. There just is'nt that Competitiveness in a private match compared to a reserve game.
And i dont believe there is a rule stating you have to do one or the other.
CTID!
There isn't, it was a cost related decision. We could have played the dozen ressie games AND had closed games too but then we would have needed to increase the squad size, or as above, risk injuring the kids or players needed for first team cover.
[quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: "He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID![/p][/quote]No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.[/p][/quote]There is nothing more to take into account Peter. The club decided not to have any reserve team this year fact. And IMO was the wrong decision. The fact that we cant ease Davo or any injured player for that matter back into full match fitness and cant keep the bench warmers and obsolete squad members match fit is showing. I dont know this as fact, but i assume if Connell,Oliver, Taylor, Gray and Ravinhill had been playing regular reserve matches, They would have been taken on by other clubs and off the wage book here a bit quicker than they have been. I may be wrong, but a match ready player must be a more attractive prospect than one who hasnt played a full 90 mins ALL season? CTID![/p][/quote]Wrong. The club decided not to have a reserve team as they only play 10-12 competitive games per season, the club have already played 9 'behind closed doors' games this season. Therefore your stance that not having a reserve team has impacted on match fitness is incorrect. By the end of the season they will have played more games than the reserves of last season did.[/p][/quote]So, by joinin up to the reserve league, there is a rule that states we can't arrange 'behind closed door games'? Why couldn't we do both????[/p][/quote]Exactly. I do not dispute that the behind close door games are needed. But they dont (IMO) Give the test that a reserve match game would give. There just is'nt that Competitiveness in a private match compared to a reserve game. And i dont believe there is a rule stating you have to do one or the other. CTID![/p][/quote]There isn't, it was a cost related decision. We could have played the dozen ressie games AND had closed games too but then we would have needed to increase the squad size, or as above, risk injuring the kids or players needed for first team cover. Prisoner Cell Block A
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4:48pm Thu 23 Jan 14

minkiebantam says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
minkiebantam wrote:
Waynus1971 wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
minkiebantam wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
minkiebantam wrote: "He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID!
No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.
There is nothing more to take into account Peter. The club decided not to have any reserve team this year fact. And IMO was the wrong decision. The fact that we cant ease Davo or any injured player for that matter back into full match fitness and cant keep the bench warmers and obsolete squad members match fit is showing. I dont know this as fact, but i assume if Connell,Oliver, Taylor, Gray and Ravinhill had been playing regular reserve matches, They would have been taken on by other clubs and off the wage book here a bit quicker than they have been. I may be wrong, but a match ready player must be a more attractive prospect than one who hasnt played a full 90 mins ALL season? CTID!
Wrong. The club decided not to have a reserve team as they only play 10-12 competitive games per season, the club have already played 9 'behind closed doors' games this season. Therefore your stance that not having a reserve team has impacted on match fitness is incorrect. By the end of the season they will have played more games than the reserves of last season did.
So, by joinin up to the reserve league, there is a rule that states we can't arrange 'behind closed door games'? Why couldn't we do both????
Exactly. I do not dispute that the behind close door games are needed. But they dont (IMO) Give the test that a reserve match game would give. There just is'nt that Competitiveness in a private match compared to a reserve game. And i dont believe there is a rule stating you have to do one or the other. CTID!
There isn't, it was a cost related decision. We could have played the dozen ressie games AND had closed games too but then we would have needed to increase the squad size, or as above, risk injuring the kids or players needed for first team cover.
Hmmmmm.Tricky one that.
Who'd Be a Football Mangager Eh?? ; )
CTID!
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: "He is positive in his knee and the healing process has taken place. (Specialist) Steve Bollen wanted to give him three months off to ensure it has been fully healed. “Now it’s about getting his knee and the rest of his body used to football movements again.” Good job we have some reserve games lined up to help ease him back in then?... Oh wait, we haven't. Foot and shooting come to mind. CTID![/p][/quote]No, you are the foot shooting person! You need to look into this more and take account of several factors. Can you do this? It will be beneficial to yourself because you will gain a better understanding of the situation.[/p][/quote]There is nothing more to take into account Peter. The club decided not to have any reserve team this year fact. And IMO was the wrong decision. The fact that we cant ease Davo or any injured player for that matter back into full match fitness and cant keep the bench warmers and obsolete squad members match fit is showing. I dont know this as fact, but i assume if Connell,Oliver, Taylor, Gray and Ravinhill had been playing regular reserve matches, They would have been taken on by other clubs and off the wage book here a bit quicker than they have been. I may be wrong, but a match ready player must be a more attractive prospect than one who hasnt played a full 90 mins ALL season? CTID![/p][/quote]Wrong. The club decided not to have a reserve team as they only play 10-12 competitive games per season, the club have already played 9 'behind closed doors' games this season. Therefore your stance that not having a reserve team has impacted on match fitness is incorrect. By the end of the season they will have played more games than the reserves of last season did.[/p][/quote]So, by joinin up to the reserve league, there is a rule that states we can't arrange 'behind closed door games'? Why couldn't we do both????[/p][/quote]Exactly. I do not dispute that the behind close door games are needed. But they dont (IMO) Give the test that a reserve match game would give. There just is'nt that Competitiveness in a private match compared to a reserve game. And i dont believe there is a rule stating you have to do one or the other. CTID![/p][/quote]There isn't, it was a cost related decision. We could have played the dozen ressie games AND had closed games too but then we would have needed to increase the squad size, or as above, risk injuring the kids or players needed for first team cover.[/p][/quote]Hmmmmm.Tricky one that. Who'd Be a Football Mangager Eh?? ; ) CTID! minkiebantam
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