Vital we strike the first blow, says Gary Jones as Bantams look to buck worrying trend at Carlisle

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: GREAT LEVELLER: Gary Jones after making it 2-2 with the first of his two equalising goals in Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Valley Parade GREAT LEVELLER: Gary Jones after making it 2-2 with the first of his two equalising goals in Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Valley Parade

Saturday saviour Gary Jones eyed City’s next challenge and pleaded: Let’s score first for a change.

Jones engineered a two-goal fightback for the second time in four games to rescue a point from a wild 3-3 draw with Crewe.

It was the skipper’s first scoring double for three years as City clambered back from 2-0 and 3-2 down.

The point extended the run to 12 games since their last win at MK Dons and the Bantams have only scored the opening goal in three of them.

City are straight back in action at fifth-bottom Carlisle tomorrow – under captain’s orders to strike the first blow.

Jones said: “The first goal is massive. Football is all about momentum but we can’t seem to get it at the moment.

“It takes the wind out of your sails to go behind all the time.

“The one we conceded on Saturday was sloppy and could have been avoided. But we ground out a result in the end and now we can dust ourselves down for the Carlisle game.”

Jones, who last hit two for Rochdale against Tranmere on New Year’s Day 2011, took his tally for the season to five. He revealed that working with sports psychologist John Muranka had helped him refocus on his long-range shooting.

“They were a couple of swingers really,” he added. “I just threw my right and left feet at them and fortunately the ball flew in at a decent time.

“Aaron Mclean deserves a lot of credit because they were two great lay-offs. I didn’t have to break a stride and just took a pop.

“Going 2-0 down was a massive disappointment, especially conceding the first goal that was terrible. But we’ve got spirit and character and players that never give up. It was a good point in the end.

“We’ve been down a few times this season and managed to get back in games. But we shouldn’t be scoring three at home and not winning.

“It would be nice the other way round if we got a 2-0 head start. Unfortunately it’s not to be at the moment.

“Their young goalkeeper was unbelievable and his stock’s gone up after that game – he’s probably worth £1million already! He made two or three great point-blank saves. That’s the way it’s been going and we just can’t get that elusive win.

“But if we keep plodding on and creating chances it surely can’t be far away.”

City will today check on Rory McArdle, who missed the weekend after splitting his eye open in a clash of heads while practising a corner in training on Friday.

Boss Phil Parkinson feared the Northern Ireland centre half had broken his cheekbone.

Parkinson said: “I had a tortuous afternoon waiting for the call from the hospital to come through. When I saw Rory in the treatment room, I thought he’d be out for six weeks because it didn’t look good at all.

“Fortunately there wasn’t anything broken but his eye was completely closed. There was no way he could have played.”

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9:57am Mon 10 Feb 14

bcfc1903 says...

Sports psychologist John Muranka seems to do some good work regarding the squad, doesn't Hanson also see this fella. Even a small percentage improvement can make all the difference to performance, great that Phil Parkinson is a big believer in this side of the game, as with all sports a big part of being successful is played out between the ears.

Well done to the crowd on Saturday for giving great support and sticking with the team, they played an important part in securing a point for BCFC.
Sports psychologist John Muranka seems to do some good work regarding the squad, doesn't Hanson also see this fella. Even a small percentage improvement can make all the difference to performance, great that Phil Parkinson is a big believer in this side of the game, as with all sports a big part of being successful is played out between the ears. Well done to the crowd on Saturday for giving great support and sticking with the team, they played an important part in securing a point for BCFC. bcfc1903
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11:31am Mon 10 Feb 14

tyker2 says...

a win:nothing else will do
a win:nothing else will do tyker2
  • Score: -7

12:15pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Michael Clayton says...

tyker2 wrote:
a win:nothing else will do
City are playing against opponents, who also want to win a football match. Let us ensure that our demands are realistic and do not apply more pressure to an already challenging situation.
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: a win:nothing else will do[/p][/quote]City are playing against opponents, who also want to win a football match. Let us ensure that our demands are realistic and do not apply more pressure to an already challenging situation. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 10

1:28pm Mon 10 Feb 14

tyker2 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
tyker2 wrote:
a win:nothing else will do
City are playing against opponents, who also want to win a football match. Let us ensure that our demands are realistic and do not apply more pressure to an already challenging situation.
so play for a draw and take 1 point which will simply NOT be enough
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: a win:nothing else will do[/p][/quote]City are playing against opponents, who also want to win a football match. Let us ensure that our demands are realistic and do not apply more pressure to an already challenging situation.[/p][/quote]so play for a draw and take 1 point which will simply NOT be enough tyker2
  • Score: -6

3:00pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Statler4 says...

tyker2 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
tyker2 wrote:
a win:nothing else will do
City are playing against opponents, who also want to win a football match. Let us ensure that our demands are realistic and do not apply more pressure to an already challenging situation.
so play for a draw and take 1 point which will simply NOT be enough
Do you think Gary Jones is going to be taking the players out to play for a draw? I don't. How do you quantify simply NOT enough, what is the criteria, where are the parameters?
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: a win:nothing else will do[/p][/quote]City are playing against opponents, who also want to win a football match. Let us ensure that our demands are realistic and do not apply more pressure to an already challenging situation.[/p][/quote]so play for a draw and take 1 point which will simply NOT be enough[/p][/quote]Do you think Gary Jones is going to be taking the players out to play for a draw? I don't. How do you quantify simply NOT enough, what is the criteria, where are the parameters? Statler4
  • Score: 3

3:11pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Michael Clayton says...

tyker2 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
tyker2 wrote: a win:nothing else will do
City are playing against opponents, who also want to win a football match. Let us ensure that our demands are realistic and do not apply more pressure to an already challenging situation.
so play for a draw and take 1 point which will simply NOT be enough
Based on current form, one point per match is (I will refrain from shouting)enough. The bottom seven are not averaging more than one point per game.

Who mentioned playing for a draw?
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: a win:nothing else will do[/p][/quote]City are playing against opponents, who also want to win a football match. Let us ensure that our demands are realistic and do not apply more pressure to an already challenging situation.[/p][/quote]so play for a draw and take 1 point which will simply NOT be enough[/p][/quote]Based on current form, one point per match is (I will refrain from shouting)enough. The bottom seven are not averaging more than one point per game. Who mentioned playing for a draw? Michael Clayton
  • Score: 5

3:50pm Mon 10 Feb 14

mrmuzzy says...

We need a win!
Whats the point of turning up if we dont play to win?
Taxi for parkinson!
Bring back paul jewell!
We need a win! Whats the point of turning up if we dont play to win? Taxi for parkinson! Bring back paul jewell! mrmuzzy
  • Score: -18

4:17pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Statler4 says...

mrmuzzy wrote:
We need a win!
Whats the point of turning up if we dont play to win?
Taxi for parkinson!
Bring back paul jewell!
We are going to play for a win. Parkinson isn't going anywhere.
[quote][p][bold]mrmuzzy[/bold] wrote: We need a win! Whats the point of turning up if we dont play to win? Taxi for parkinson! Bring back paul jewell![/p][/quote]We are going to play for a win. Parkinson isn't going anywhere. Statler4
  • Score: 8

6:28pm Mon 10 Feb 14

tinytoonster says...

Instead of jones saying we should go out to score first maybe parky should tell em to start 1st half like 2nd half saturday.
The 2nd half was a real rollercoaster.
Please start like that instead of his slowly cautious approach.
Instead of jones saying we should go out to score first maybe parky should tell em to start 1st half like 2nd half saturday. The 2nd half was a real rollercoaster. Please start like that instead of his slowly cautious approach. tinytoonster
  • Score: -4

8:13pm Mon 10 Feb 14

birbir says...

Parkinson needs to see the sports therapist too!!! Needs some red bull too...he needs some wings. I was at the game before you all start trolling..sat five rows back from the dugout. He used shout at the officials,players, start silly fights with the opposition managers.. now you don't see any passion not telling players what to do..hands in his pockets...

There is something not right in his attitude no spark no fight the lights have gone out and I hope we do some magic we need Dynamo here to get us out f this fight and win some games...starting at Carlisle!!!!
Parkinson needs to see the sports therapist too!!! Needs some red bull too...he needs some wings. I was at the game before you all start trolling..sat five rows back from the dugout. He used shout at the officials,players, start silly fights with the opposition managers.. now you don't see any passion not telling players what to do..hands in his pockets... There is something not right in his attitude no spark no fight the lights have gone out and I hope we do some magic we need Dynamo here to get us out f this fight and win some games...starting at Carlisle!!!! birbir
  • Score: -3

9:26pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Cityman23 says...

tinytoonster wrote:
Instead of jones saying we should go out to score first maybe parky should tell em to start 1st half like 2nd half saturday.
The 2nd half was a real rollercoaster.
Please start like that instead of his slowly cautious approach.
It WAS a rollercoaster and the City goals were great but the defence was pretty awful. A draw away is usually good and against Carllisle would be. but defending like v Crewe could be a disaster.

Home wins are the 'must' now and the sooner the better.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: Instead of jones saying we should go out to score first maybe parky should tell em to start 1st half like 2nd half saturday. The 2nd half was a real rollercoaster. Please start like that instead of his slowly cautious approach.[/p][/quote]It WAS a rollercoaster and the City goals were great but the defence was pretty awful. A draw away is usually good and against Carllisle would be. but defending like v Crewe could be a disaster. Home wins are the 'must' now and the sooner the better. Cityman23
  • Score: 1

10:31pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Boing-Boing says...

Were in trouble but have the ability to get out of it, a win tomorrow will calm nerves but anything less and we will be in a relegation fight, the longer this run lasts the harder it will be to get out of, with Coventry and vale coming up it doesn't get any easier.
Keep supporting the lads because they are good enough, although only 7 wins we only have 8 losses! So the spirit is still there! One result can turn this around!
CTID

I hear Wells has played pants after his 2 goals in 2 games! He was dragged off as hudds went on to win without him! #MissingHanson!!!lol
Were in trouble but have the ability to get out of it, a win tomorrow will calm nerves but anything less and we will be in a relegation fight, the longer this run lasts the harder it will be to get out of, with Coventry and vale coming up it doesn't get any easier. Keep supporting the lads because they are good enough, although only 7 wins we only have 8 losses! So the spirit is still there! One result can turn this around! CTID I hear Wells has played pants after his 2 goals in 2 games! He was dragged off as hudds went on to win without him! #MissingHanson!!!lol Boing-Boing
  • Score: 2

8:58am Tue 11 Feb 14

Michael Clayton says...

Boing-Boing wrote:
Were in trouble but have the ability to get out of it, a win tomorrow will calm nerves but anything less and we will be in a relegation fight, the longer this run lasts the harder it will be to get out of, with Coventry and vale coming up it doesn't get any easier. Keep supporting the lads because they are good enough, although only 7 wins we only have 8 losses! So the spirit is still there! One result can turn this around! CTID I hear Wells has played pants after his 2 goals in 2 games! He was dragged off as hudds went on to win without him! #MissingHanson!!!lol
Only in trouble if you believe that to be the case. Keep your nerves in check. Otherwise, the doubt transmits to the team and that is when problems do set in.
[quote][p][bold]Boing-Boing[/bold] wrote: Were in trouble but have the ability to get out of it, a win tomorrow will calm nerves but anything less and we will be in a relegation fight, the longer this run lasts the harder it will be to get out of, with Coventry and vale coming up it doesn't get any easier. Keep supporting the lads because they are good enough, although only 7 wins we only have 8 losses! So the spirit is still there! One result can turn this around! CTID I hear Wells has played pants after his 2 goals in 2 games! He was dragged off as hudds went on to win without him! #MissingHanson!!!lol[/p][/quote]Only in trouble if you believe that to be the case. Keep your nerves in check. Otherwise, the doubt transmits to the team and that is when problems do set in. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 0

4:09pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

The level of understanding and intelligence on this and many other forums is astounding.

Keep it up guys. FIFA 15 is out soon
The level of understanding and intelligence on this and many other forums is astounding. Keep it up guys. FIFA 15 is out soon Prisoner Cell Block A
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