Bradford City urged to kick off at full throttle

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Rory McArdle will need a late check on his cut eye before tonight’s match at Carlisle Rory McArdle will need a late check on his cut eye before tonight’s match at Carlisle

Phil Parkinson is urging City to come bursting out of the blocks at Carlisle tonight after their chalk and cheese weekend show.

The Bantams boss wants to see his team start how they finished against Crewe by reproducing the form which saw them score three second-half goals.

But he is also demanding a better defensive display at Brunton Park and will give a late test to Rory McArdle.

The Northern Ireland international was reportedly much improved yesterday following the badly-cut eye he suffered on Friday.

Parkinson said: “We can’t wait until half-time to suddenly become this positive, attack-minded team.

“We know over the last 18 months that we have a certain mindset when we play at our best.

“Look at the second half when we got Crewe on the back foot and then there was space to play. The supporters saw Matty Dolan and Gary Jones on the ball in midfield.

“There was so much more positivity in our second-half play. Our first thought was ‘can we run forward and pass forward’ – in the first half it was ‘can we pass backwards?’ “No team at this level could create as many chances in 45 minutes as we did on Saturday. I don’t think anyone could have complained if we’d scored six.”

City have now gone 12 games without a win but fifth-bottom Carlisle are wobbling after seven defeats in nine. Parkinson feels a solid defence is the key to ending the drought.

He said: “We’ve got to defend better. We need the back four and the goalkeeper to give us a platform to win a game. We need to have the belief that we can win 1-0 somewhere.

“There wasn’t any question about the toughness or commitment of our defenders on Saturday but some of our decision-making wasn’t quite right. We’ve got to make sure that’s better tonight.

“You won’t get a more honest bunch of defenders but sometimes there’s a little bit of desperation to win and do well.

“Of course we make sure we’re committed with a challenge but you also need that calmness with decisions.”

Struggling Carlisle have already used 45 players – far more than anyone else in League One – and boss Graham Kavanagh is still weighing up further loan additions.

Only two of the side thrashed 4-0 at Valley Parade in August, when Greg Abbott was still in charge, started Saturday’s seventh home loss of the season against Gillingham.

Parkinson said: “They are going to be fired up for it after losing at home – but we’ve got to meet fire with fire.

“I understand that Carlisle were a little unfortunate not to get something out the game against Gillingham. But we were probably unfortunate not to win on Saturday, so we both haven’t got our rewards.

“Their team is a bit different (to last time) like us. Kav will be taking his time but it’s obvious you need that when you’ve had that much change.”

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10:20am Tue 11 Feb 14

Freddy says...

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Why am I thinking another draw. It is time other players started scoring. Not reliant on "Screamers" to get out of jail.
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Several new players have yet to show their abilities. Some Strikers need to start scoring, from good build-up play ( Not lucky strikes at the target from 25 yds. out)
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I will feel happier when City have achieved 50 points. Where have we heard that before?.
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* Why am I thinking another draw. It is time other players started scoring. Not reliant on "Screamers" to get out of jail. * Several new players have yet to show their abilities. Some Strikers need to start scoring, from good build-up play ( Not lucky strikes at the target from 25 yds. out) * I will feel happier when City have achieved 50 points. Where have we heard that before?. * Freddy

11:05am Tue 11 Feb 14

Remembertheparaders says...

We should be OK with 17 more draws.
We should be OK with 17 more draws. Remembertheparaders

11:22am Tue 11 Feb 14

shaun from richmond says...

The "Richmond Chapter" (all 3 of us) is off to Carlisle tonight!...."oh what fun it is to see City win away"....PLEASE!!!
The "Richmond Chapter" (all 3 of us) is off to Carlisle tonight!...."oh what fun it is to see City win away"....PLEASE!!! shaun from richmond

11:55am Tue 11 Feb 14

minkiebantam says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
The "Richmond Chapter" (all 3 of us) is off to Carlisle tonight!...."oh what fun it is to see City win away"....PLEASE!!!
It will be a bit colder than Dubai Shaun!! ; )
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: The "Richmond Chapter" (all 3 of us) is off to Carlisle tonight!...."oh what fun it is to see City win away"....PLEASE!!![/p][/quote]It will be a bit colder than Dubai Shaun!! ; ) minkiebantam

12:01pm Tue 11 Feb 14

lawsonio123 says...

You may say Carlisle are there for the taking Carlisle may feel City are there for the taking either way the fact remains we are almost in the last chance saloon and a win tonight is very much needed for the next game at Coventry will be much harder to win. The time has now come when victory is not only needed but is urgent to say the least. Mr Parkinson is talking of 1 nil I hope he is not going with this in mind for 1 nil is never safe very often resulting in a draw LET US GO AND WIN THE GAME This will bring back the winning feeling to our players so they can go on to better times
You may say Carlisle are there for the taking Carlisle may feel City are there for the taking either way the fact remains we are almost in the last chance saloon and a win tonight is very much needed for the next game at Coventry will be much harder to win. The time has now come when victory is not only needed but is urgent to say the least. Mr Parkinson is talking of 1 nil I hope he is not going with this in mind for 1 nil is never safe very often resulting in a draw LET US GO AND WIN THE GAME This will bring back the winning feeling to our players so they can go on to better times lawsonio123

12:09pm Tue 11 Feb 14

SHOESMAKER24 says...

come on city lets to playing how we can again and as freddy above says we carnt rely on 25 yard shots to get us out of jail . lets be more positive and get back to business rome wasn't built in a day but lets start back today COME ON CITY
come on city lets to playing how we can again and as freddy above says we carnt rely on 25 yard shots to get us out of jail . lets be more positive and get back to business rome wasn't built in a day but lets start back today COME ON CITY SHOESMAKER24

12:37pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Michael Clayton says...

Remembertheparaders wrote:
We should be OK with 17 more draws.
Based on current analysis, you are correct.

A lot of comments have been made about the number of draws (14?). I am sure that a number of 'experts' will use the statistic in order to attack the manager.

However, without the 14 points, the team would be in the midst of a relegation battle.

I say hats off to the team for sticking to the task - only beaten by two or more goals on two occasions (in the league).

If you can't win then make sure you don't lose.
[quote][p][bold]Remembertheparaders[/bold] wrote: We should be OK with 17 more draws.[/p][/quote]Based on current analysis, you are correct. A lot of comments have been made about the number of draws (14?). I am sure that a number of 'experts' will use the statistic in order to attack the manager. However, without the 14 points, the team would be in the midst of a relegation battle. I say hats off to the team for sticking to the task - only beaten by two or more goals on two occasions (in the league). If you can't win then make sure you don't lose. Michael Clayton

2:31pm Tue 11 Feb 14

shaun from richmond says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
Remembertheparaders wrote:
We should be OK with 17 more draws.
Based on current analysis, you are correct.

A lot of comments have been made about the number of draws (14?). I am sure that a number of 'experts' will use the statistic in order to attack the manager.

However, without the 14 points, the team would be in the midst of a relegation battle.

I say hats off to the team for sticking to the task - only beaten by two or more goals on two occasions (in the league).

If you can't win then make sure you don't lose.
Thought you didn't like the City message page??......NOW OFF TO THE BULLS PAGE (where you belong!)!...theres a good Chap!
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Remembertheparaders[/bold] wrote: We should be OK with 17 more draws.[/p][/quote]Based on current analysis, you are correct. A lot of comments have been made about the number of draws (14?). I am sure that a number of 'experts' will use the statistic in order to attack the manager. However, without the 14 points, the team would be in the midst of a relegation battle. I say hats off to the team for sticking to the task - only beaten by two or more goals on two occasions (in the league). If you can't win then make sure you don't lose.[/p][/quote]Thought you didn't like the City message page??......NOW OFF TO THE BULLS PAGE (where you belong!)!...theres a good Chap! shaun from richmond

2:43pm Tue 11 Feb 14

bcfc1903 says...

Good luck at Carlisle tonight lads, and to the supporters, keep up the fantastic support of last Saturday!!!

1-1 with Hanson getting another with a Mclean assist!!!!!!
Good luck at Carlisle tonight lads, and to the supporters, keep up the fantastic support of last Saturday!!! 1-1 with Hanson getting another with a Mclean assist!!!!!! bcfc1903

3:23pm Tue 11 Feb 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
The "Richmond Chapter" (all 3 of us) is off to Carlisle tonight!...."oh what fun it is to see City win away"....PLEASE!!!
Jesus, there's three of them? God help us.... Unless it's just SHAUNS three multiple personalities are going due to his meds running out (apparently one regards itself as a City fan!?). Well done though, I'm sure having three idiots there calling the manager and chairmen DEADBEATS and slagging off everything the players do will be a massive help in getting a result.
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: The "Richmond Chapter" (all 3 of us) is off to Carlisle tonight!...."oh what fun it is to see City win away"....PLEASE!!![/p][/quote]Jesus, there's three of them? God help us.... Unless it's just SHAUNS three multiple personalities are going due to his meds running out (apparently one regards itself as a City fan!?). Well done though, I'm sure having three idiots there calling the manager and chairmen DEADBEATS and slagging off everything the players do will be a massive help in getting a result. moanmoanwhingewhinge

4:51pm Tue 11 Feb 14

audal says...

If parky advocates a city attack from the off then why have we been under the cosh from all teams below us at vp.?
If parky advocates a city attack from the off then why have we been under the cosh from all teams below us at vp.? audal

4:55pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Michael Clayton says...

moanmoanwhingewhinge wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote: The "Richmond Chapter" (all 3 of us) is off to Carlisle tonight!...."oh what fun it is to see City win away"....PLEASE!!!
Jesus, there's three of them? God help us.... Unless it's just SHAUNS three multiple personalities are going due to his meds running out (apparently one regards itself as a City fan!?). Well done though, I'm sure having three idiots there calling the manager and chairmen DEADBEATS and slagging off everything the players do will be a massive help in getting a result.
Torquay versus Northampton for me I'm afraid. Fully expect the match to be abandoned but hoping to see Connell and Ravenhill in action for the Cobblers.
[quote][p][bold]moanmoanwhingewhinge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: The "Richmond Chapter" (all 3 of us) is off to Carlisle tonight!...."oh what fun it is to see City win away"....PLEASE!!![/p][/quote]Jesus, there's three of them? God help us.... Unless it's just SHAUNS three multiple personalities are going due to his meds running out (apparently one regards itself as a City fan!?). Well done though, I'm sure having three idiots there calling the manager and chairmen DEADBEATS and slagging off everything the players do will be a massive help in getting a result.[/p][/quote]Torquay versus Northampton for me I'm afraid. Fully expect the match to be abandoned but hoping to see Connell and Ravenhill in action for the Cobblers. Michael Clayton

5:45pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Belfast Bantam says...

Come on you Mighty Bantams. 3 points at Carlisle and I'll sleep tonight with a huge inane grin on my chevy.
Come on you Mighty Bantams. 3 points at Carlisle and I'll sleep tonight with a huge inane grin on my chevy. Belfast Bantam

5:54pm Tue 11 Feb 14

bcfcincheshire says...

Six more goals would have unbelievably seen us in seventh turning six draws into six wins and twelve extra points...but the last four months results have been extremely disappointing. ...tonight is an absolute must win...and will finally be that elusive victory....indeed 2-0 will set the squad up nicely to also finally show the new players have properly bedded in...and set up 2-1 success at Sixfields on Saturday. ...McLean and Dolan to get off the mark!
Six more goals would have unbelievably seen us in seventh turning six draws into six wins and twelve extra points...but the last four months results have been extremely disappointing. ...tonight is an absolute must win...and will finally be that elusive victory....indeed 2-0 will set the squad up nicely to also finally show the new players have properly bedded in...and set up 2-1 success at Sixfields on Saturday. ...McLean and Dolan to get off the mark! bcfcincheshire

6:20pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Michael Clayton says...

bcfcincheshire wrote:
Six more goals would have unbelievably seen us in seventh turning six draws into six wins and twelve extra points...but the last four months results have been extremely disappointing. ...tonight is an absolute must win...and will finally be that elusive victory....indeed 2-0 will set the squad up nicely to also finally show the new players have properly bedded in...and set up 2-1 success at Sixfields on Saturday. ...McLean and Dolan to get off the mark!
A win would be fantastic but it is not a 'must win'.

Every team from place eighteen downwards is only averaging a point per game.

It is forgotten that this City team have guts and will holding their own in a higher level of football.

Shame that excitable punters on here cannot show any trust or respect in Phil and his staff.

Perhaps you would like to wind the clock back two years and forget all that has happened?
[quote][p][bold]bcfcincheshire[/bold] wrote: Six more goals would have unbelievably seen us in seventh turning six draws into six wins and twelve extra points...but the last four months results have been extremely disappointing. ...tonight is an absolute must win...and will finally be that elusive victory....indeed 2-0 will set the squad up nicely to also finally show the new players have properly bedded in...and set up 2-1 success at Sixfields on Saturday. ...McLean and Dolan to get off the mark![/p][/quote]A win would be fantastic but it is not a 'must win'. Every team from place eighteen downwards is only averaging a point per game. It is forgotten that this City team have guts and will holding their own in a higher level of football. Shame that excitable punters on here cannot show any trust or respect in Phil and his staff. Perhaps you would like to wind the clock back two years and forget all that has happened? Michael Clayton

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