Phil Parkinson happy as triple Bantams signing revives competition for places

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL: City signings, from left, Chris Atkinson, Kyle Bennett and Adam Reach after training yesterday REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL: City signings, from left, Chris Atkinson, Kyle Bennett and Adam Reach after training yesterday

Phil Parkinson believes City’s new recruits have finally given him a selection headache again.

Wingers Kyle Bennett and Adam Reach and attacking midfielder Chris Atkinson are all vying for starts against Preston at Valley Parade tonight.

And key defender Andrew Davies could also be on the verge of a return after 17 games out following knee surgery.

Parkinson can see plenty of plusses as City target their first home win since September to breathe new life into a faltering campaign.

He believes the new faces have reintroduced competition for places – something that has been lacking recently.

Parkinson said: “Some have been changes by necessity in terms of injuries, others by choice. It’s good to have some different personalities around the place.

“They are young, athletic players and I feel they will all add something to the team.

“It’s been tough. We’ve been at our best when we’ve had competition for places and it’s so important to have that back.

“It keeps people on their toes across the pitch.

“We’ve had plenty of thinking time to look at the squad and we’ve got to make sure that our big players are playing well.

“Sometimes the best way to regulate that is to make sure there is competition in the team.”

With no Kyel Reid or Nahki Wells, Bennett and Reach will provide some much-needed zip to City’s attack. Atkinson is a midfielder who likes to get into the opposition penalty area and feed off knock-downs.

Parkinson said: “Chris is a different type of midfield player to what we’ve got. He is someone who can get box to box quickly and make good runs.

“Adam and Kyle certainly inject some pace, which we lacked when Reidy went off injured.

“There’s a freshness around the building. A shake-up of the pack was needed.

“You don’t want to disrupt everything but we’ve tried to add some ingredients into the team which can improve us.”

Middlesbrough winger Reach is relishing the chance to feed James Hanson and Aaron Mclean from out wide.

He said: “I’ll hug the touchline and whip countless balls in with my left foot and hopefully get the strikers a few goals. I’ll try and be as exciting as I can.

Hanson’s like a magnet with the crosses because he’s such a big target. Him and Azzer both know where to be in the box so it makes my job a lot easier.

“I’m really looking forward to it. The following here is so good, nearly matching Middlesbrough in the league above.

“When I came with Shrewsbury, the crowd was very intimidating and I can’t wait to have those fans behind me.

“I’ve played Preston this season and they are a handful. It’s a test but you have got to beat the best teams.”

Preston, who are without the suspended Kevin Davies, have lost only twice away and won eight. Parkinson and Steve Parkin saw them draw at Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

Parkinson said: “They are a well drilled team who don’t give much away on their travels. They aren’t going to open up too much, although they have got some good attacking players.

“We had a great game against them at Deepdale. I think it was one of the best of the season and this will be just as competitive.”

Parkinson also bumped into the referee’s assessor from the Sheffield United game at the City Ground – and had a few more words about official Roger East’s performance that day.

He still feels short-changed over the incident when Jose Baxter blocked a header on the line with his arm.

Parkinson added: “That was one of the most blatant handballs I’ve seen in a long time so it’s a red card and a penalty.

“The assessor said we should also have had a penalty when Mclean got elbowed. We got absolutely no favours.

“If you can’t see a player has pushed the ball over the bar with his arm and you’re 15 yards away, then I hope the referee isn’t going to progress too quickly up the ladder.”

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7:24am Tue 28 Jan 14

spleen ventor says...

No mamby pambying Parky.....GET 'EM IN!
No mamby pambying Parky.....GET 'EM IN! spleen ventor

8:07am Tue 28 Jan 14

markthemenace says...

Adam Reach on the left wing, Kyle Bennett on the right wing & Chris Atkinson in the middle, McClean & Hanson up front, Andrew Davies back in defence alongside Rory McArdle...........fo
rget being loyal to the existing players.

We need a win & a win urgently..........pl
ay this team & City to win 2-0.
Adam Reach on the left wing, Kyle Bennett on the right wing & Chris Atkinson in the middle, McClean & Hanson up front, Andrew Davies back in defence alongside Rory McArdle...........fo rget being loyal to the existing players. We need a win & a win urgently..........pl ay this team & City to win 2-0. markthemenace

8:19am Tue 28 Jan 14

Belfast Bantam says...

Really looking forward to tonight's game, specially with the new recruits on board.
3 points tonight to stop the rot!
CTID.
Really looking forward to tonight's game, specially with the new recruits on board. 3 points tonight to stop the rot! CTID. Belfast Bantam

8:21am Tue 28 Jan 14

silverbantam says...

City might regret not getting a proper left back in for tonight's game.
City might regret not getting a proper left back in for tonight's game. silverbantam

8:28am Tue 28 Jan 14

fatbloke says...

It wilk be off to allow Davies more recovery time!
It wilk be off to allow Davies more recovery time! fatbloke

9:41am Tue 28 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

I think Phil Parkinson has brought some real quality and pace into the building, Should be an absolute cracker tonight with a fantastic atmosphere. I'm going for a 2-1 win for BCFC with Aaron McLean getting both. att... 13,831.
I think Phil Parkinson has brought some real quality and pace into the building, Should be an absolute cracker tonight with a fantastic atmosphere. I'm going for a 2-1 win for BCFC with Aaron McLean getting both. att... 13,831. bcfc1903

9:43am Tue 28 Jan 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

fatbloke wrote:
It wilk be off to allow Davies more recovery time!
Don't know why this got thumbed down, it is not beyond the pale for this to be the case.

Hopeful it won't be but as the rain continues with a forecast for more it could well be off.
[quote][p][bold]fatbloke[/bold] wrote: It wilk be off to allow Davies more recovery time![/p][/quote]Don't know why this got thumbed down, it is not beyond the pale for this to be the case. Hopeful it won't be but as the rain continues with a forecast for more it could well be off. Prisoner Cell Block A

10:48am Tue 28 Jan 14

shaun from richmond says...

CANT believe the match will be on!....We are having a "MONSOON" up her in the Dales!.
If it is on......NOTE TO PARKY....Play REACH from the start!....None of this leaving it for the last 10 mins!....PLEASE!!
CANT believe the match will be on!....We are having a "MONSOON" up her in the Dales!. If it is on......NOTE TO PARKY....Play REACH from the start!....None of this leaving it for the last 10 mins!....PLEASE!! shaun from richmond

11:31am Tue 28 Jan 14

SHOESMAKER24 says...

good look lads and the new lads to for a good result and that we can it that net again and fly back up that league come on city
good look lads and the new lads to for a good result and that we can it that net again and fly back up that league come on city SHOESMAKER24

11:38am Tue 28 Jan 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

silverbantam wrote:
City might regret not getting a proper left back in for tonight's game.
Were there any available at the wage price structure? Any that would be prepared to come in? Has he not brought Reach in to play there?
[quote][p][bold]silverbantam[/bold] wrote: City might regret not getting a proper left back in for tonight's game.[/p][/quote]Were there any available at the wage price structure? Any that would be prepared to come in? Has he not brought Reach in to play there? Prisoner Cell Block A

12:45pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Victor Clayton says...

a bit of youth is just what we need. hopefully at least 2 will start. come on city.
a bit of youth is just what we need. hopefully at least 2 will start. come on city. Victor Clayton

1:49pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Bantam76 says...

There's a lot of good noises coming out of VP at the moment - I just hope it carries on when the starting XI come out on to the pitch! :-)

Great atmosphere - great crowd, we can push the boys to get that elusive win! And obviously, a small sideline but a little battle of the Roses! CTID
There's a lot of good noises coming out of VP at the moment - I just hope it carries on when the starting XI come out on to the pitch! :-) Great atmosphere - great crowd, we can push the boys to get that elusive win! And obviously, a small sideline but a little battle of the Roses! CTID Bantam76

3:06pm Tue 28 Jan 14

realcitygent says...

"The arrivals have given everyone a lift. We just have to make sure we don't disrupt the team too much by making too many changes too soon.
Read more at http://www.bradfordc
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-of-preston-at-home-
1321781.aspx#lq7XYJw
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come off it parky disrupt the team to much ,its what we needed new faces in if we had carried on with same 11 every week we prob would of gone down ,please dont sign these players then have them sat on bench for rest season, you have done it far to often, give the lads a chance cant be any worse thanwhat we have been watching last few months ,
"The arrivals have given everyone a lift. We just have to make sure we don't disrupt the team too much by making too many changes too soon. Read more at http://www.bradfordc ityfc.co.uk/news/art icle/parkinson-ahead -of-preston-at-home- 1321781.aspx#lq7XYJw StqQGOu5o.99 come off it parky disrupt the team to much ,its what we needed new faces in if we had carried on with same 11 every week we prob would of gone down ,please dont sign these players then have them sat on bench for rest season, you have done it far to often, give the lads a chance cant be any worse thanwhat we have been watching last few months , realcitygent

3:10pm Tue 28 Jan 14

kirkleesbantam says...

Gutted can't go tonight, welcome to the new boys do the team proud, come on city
Gutted can't go tonight, welcome to the new boys do the team proud, come on city kirkleesbantam

3:46pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Bingley Baz says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
CANT believe the match will be on!....We are having a "MONSOON" up her in the Dales!.
If it is on......NOTE TO PARKY....Play REACH from the start!....None of this leaving it for the last 10 mins!....PLEASE!!
Very little rain in Bingley all day. Can't see any reason for it to be off.
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: CANT believe the match will be on!....We are having a "MONSOON" up her in the Dales!. If it is on......NOTE TO PARKY....Play REACH from the start!....None of this leaving it for the last 10 mins!....PLEASE!![/p][/quote]Very little rain in Bingley all day. Can't see any reason for it to be off. Bingley Baz

4:03pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Crags says...

If it's on tonight then Thommo will start guaranteed Parkys bum chum. Get the new lads in straight away.
If it's on tonight then Thommo will start guaranteed Parkys bum chum. Get the new lads in straight away. Crags

4:21pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Olivermac says...

Crags wrote:
If it's on tonight then Thommo will start guaranteed Parkys bum chum. Get the new lads in straight away.
Agreed
[quote][p][bold]Crags[/bold] wrote: If it's on tonight then Thommo will start guaranteed Parkys bum chum. Get the new lads in straight away.[/p][/quote]Agreed Olivermac

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