Points dry up as Bradford City swim against the tide

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: City striker Aaron Mclean is denied by a last-ditch Carlisle tackle City striker Aaron Mclean is denied by a last-ditch Carlisle tackle

Carlisle 1, City 0

They know all about floods in these parts. What regions of the south are going through now, the hardy Cumbrians had to endure this time nine years ago.

Snow rather than rain was the only weather on the Brunton Park agenda last night but thankfully the first-half blizzard forecast by the locals failed to materialise.

But it was still perishing – and City will be feeling the cold draught of the wrong end of the table after this costly defeat to a team beneath them.

It’s a drought, not a deluge that is concerning West Yorkshire. The flood of points from the opening couple of months of League One life has reduced to a trickle.

Like the water levels in certain areas of the country, the numbers keep on rising; one win in 21 games and none from the last 13.

Successive matches against Crewe and Carlisle which had been realistically viewed as a route towards the relative comfort of the top half have yielded a single point.

This was a poor defeat from a poor game.

Rory McArdle had recovered from his cut eye so Phil Parkinson was able to unite him with Andrew Davies at the heart of defence.

City’s other change from Saturday saw Garry Thompson return to the starting line-up in his native Cumbria in place of Kyle Bennett. Nathan Doyle, back from suspension, replaced Raffaele De Vita on the bench.

Parkinson had called for his side to start in the same positive vein as they finished in the rousing second half against Crewe. Instead, he looked on in familiar frustration as City once again conceded the opening blow after 14 minutes.

The overhead finish from Lee Miller was emphatic but there was a huge self-inflicted element for the visitors, who should have dealt with James Berrett’s corner.

They had opportunities to clear their lines but James Hanson and McArdle went for the same header and the ball kept bobbling around the danger zone before Miller launched himself to thrash past Jon McLaughlin.

Chances were at a premium but McLaughlin had to be alert to dive to his left and keep out a goal-bound Matty Robson cross which had beaten everybody.

Carlisle were playing with the confidence of a side a goal to the good. After six defeats in their last seven games, it was a rare luxury. For City, it was yet another case of having to chase the game.

Adam Reach, a player who had also interested Carlisle before opting for West Yorkshire, raised hopes when he swapped the left wing for the right. Driving into the corner of the box, he fired in an angled shot which Jordan Pickford fisted away.

But City were trying to rush things by getting the ball back to front too quickly. Passes tended to be loose and overhit, with not enough care in possession.

That anxiety almost increased as half-time approached when Danny Redmond held off Stephen Darby to meet a cross from Brad Potts with a looping header just over the bar.

City had won their fair share of corners but the only other effort of note was a bobbled volley from Gary Jones. No repeat of his Crewe crackers here.

It had been another generally listless first-half display against a side whose own morale would have been brittle given their lack of form.

Doyle came on for Matty Dolan for the second half but City could have found themselves two down within minutes.

After McArdle had stretched to cut out Robson’s low cross, Carlisle launched another raid from a City corner.

Darby’s miskick when the ball was cleared out of the home box allowed David Amoo to seize possession on the halfway line.

Slipping past McArdle, the speedy winger bore down on the City goal with amber shirts trailing in his wake. Amoo eased round McLaughlin as the open goal beckoned but Thompson did enough to force him too wide for the tap-in.

It was a warning for the Bantams and Miller tested them again with a flick header that was safely held by McLaughlin.

Reach looked City’s most effective outlet and he created space for Jones to have another pop from distance. But his well-struck shot cannoned off team-mate Aaron Mclean and out of harm’s way.

Neither of the front two had really threatened the hosts and Hanson had struggled to win a header. His poor night was highlighted when he missed a great chance to equalise midway through the half.

Thompson had already whipped in one inviting cross that cleared the Carlisle goal-mouth unrewarded. Then the right winger clipped another ball in which seemed to have an equaliser written all over it for Hanson.

But the big man blew the chance of his tenth goal of the season as it brushed his head with the net beckoning.

City were having a go at least and it was Carlisle’s turn to become edgy. Jones forced a save from 25 yards and Mclean cut in from the left before firing well over the far angle.

Thompson, who had been more involved since the break, made way for Bennett with 15 minutes to go. Back-to-back corners promised something but the home defence held firm.

Hanson’s poor night also came to a premature end as Parkinson threw on Andy Gray but Carlisle, defending deeper and deeper, saw the job through. Mclean squirted a shot wide in stoppage time – it summed up City’s inability to find a clean shot on target.

It was not pretty on the hosts’ part but the points were priceless. You could see what that winning feeling meant to them and their frozen fans when the final whistle sounded.

The 472-strong travelling support following City to this footballing outpost must be wondering when they will experience the same.

Attendance: 3,267

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7:43am Wed 12 Feb 14

spleen ventor says...

We must surely be getting close to some kind of unwanted club record by now, I certainly can't remember a run as bad as this in my forty six years of following the fortunes of City.
Three home games on the trot after Saturday which are as a matter of urgency becoming the dreaded "must win".... but then again I was convinced we'd get more than a miserly one point from these two games. so I won't be holding my breath waiting for us to be transformed into some sort of slick attacking free scoring outfit.
We must surely be getting close to some kind of unwanted club record by now, I certainly can't remember a run as bad as this in my forty six years of following the fortunes of City. Three home games on the trot after Saturday which are as a matter of urgency becoming the dreaded "must win".... but then again I was convinced we'd get more than a miserly one point from these two games. so I won't be holding my breath waiting for us to be transformed into some sort of slick attacking free scoring outfit. spleen ventor

7:53am Wed 12 Feb 14

gordon ramsay says...

The fear I have is where the wins are going to come.

Ultimately if we can't beat the likes of crewe and Carlisle then where will we get the wins needed?

I don't believe sacking Parky is the answer but he stayed far too loyal for far too long to under performers. His transfer record in 2013 was nothing short of comical!!! That's fact.

If anyone mentions "last season" again,
The fear I have is where the wins are going to come. Ultimately if we can't beat the likes of crewe and Carlisle then where will we get the wins needed? I don't believe sacking Parky is the answer but he stayed far too loyal for far too long to under performers. His transfer record in 2013 was nothing short of comical!!! That's fact. If anyone mentions "last season" again, gordon ramsay

7:57am Wed 12 Feb 14

gordon ramsay says...

Sorry, incomplete post.....

We have to stop banging on about "last season". Its gone.

We are in the mire and sleeves need rolling up and tin hats putting on!!

Let's just hope we can stay up and a massive rebuilding job needed in the summer.
Sorry, incomplete post..... We have to stop banging on about "last season". Its gone. We are in the mire and sleeves need rolling up and tin hats putting on!! Let's just hope we can stay up and a massive rebuilding job needed in the summer. gordon ramsay

7:57am Wed 12 Feb 14

flashdonut says...

Told y'all about relegation. 33/1 I got it at . Down to 14/1.
Told y'all about relegation. 33/1 I got it at . Down to 14/1. flashdonut

8:18am Wed 12 Feb 14

shaun from richmond says...

After last nights SHAMBLES the phrase "YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR DOING" has to be pinned on Parky!!.
I have to say this....I feel SORRY for poor "Jones" in midfield, who has to do so much work its almost cruel to watch him.
We have bought a Striker "At great expense" who doesn't have the first clue where the goal is??.
This is a tough one for Lawn/Rhodes.......Da
re they sack a Man who took them to Wembley twice last year?.....
IF YES....How about Gary Rowett.....has done amazing on no money at Burton...plays great footy, and a Top Bloke!.
After last nights SHAMBLES the phrase "YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR DOING" has to be pinned on Parky!!. I have to say this....I feel SORRY for poor "Jones" in midfield, who has to do so much work its almost cruel to watch him. We have bought a Striker "At great expense" who doesn't have the first clue where the goal is??. This is a tough one for Lawn/Rhodes.......Da re they sack a Man who took them to Wembley twice last year?..... IF YES....How about Gary Rowett.....has done amazing on no money at Burton...plays great footy, and a Top Bloke!. shaun from richmond

8:21am Wed 12 Feb 14

Michael Clayton says...

gordon ramsay wrote:
Sorry, incomplete post..... We have to stop banging on about "last season". Its gone. We are in the mire and sleeves need rolling up and tin hats putting on!! Let's just hope we can stay up and a massive rebuilding job needed in the summer.
Those successes raised the expectation bar too high. The start to this season merely heightened the hype.

When the inevitable happened, we were all left scratching out heads as to what was going wrong.

Its easy to criticise when things are going badly but it is also to easy to overheat when things are going well.

Personally, I think the team will be safe this season. This is not complacency or arrogance. We are in an awkward transition phase.

Parkinson will be feeling the heat right now and for those that realise what he has done, keep the negative vibes away from match days as this will only make the situation worse.

As we have seen, a positive crowd is worth points.
[quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Sorry, incomplete post..... We have to stop banging on about "last season". Its gone. We are in the mire and sleeves need rolling up and tin hats putting on!! Let's just hope we can stay up and a massive rebuilding job needed in the summer.[/p][/quote]Those successes raised the expectation bar too high. The start to this season merely heightened the hype. When the inevitable happened, we were all left scratching out heads as to what was going wrong. Its easy to criticise when things are going badly but it is also to easy to overheat when things are going well. Personally, I think the team will be safe this season. This is not complacency or arrogance. We are in an awkward transition phase. Parkinson will be feeling the heat right now and for those that realise what he has done, keep the negative vibes away from match days as this will only make the situation worse. As we have seen, a positive crowd is worth points. Michael Clayton

9:49am Wed 12 Feb 14

midlandroad says...

flashdonut wrote:
Told y'all about relegation. 33/1 I got it at . Down to 14/1.
well done, you. glad you managed to get a quid on at such an attractive price. if I were you'd I bang another pound on at 14s and then you'll have, now let me see, lots of pennies to spend on sweets.
[quote][p][bold]flashdonut[/bold] wrote: Told y'all about relegation. 33/1 I got it at . Down to 14/1.[/p][/quote]well done, you. glad you managed to get a quid on at such an attractive price. if I were you'd I bang another pound on at 14s and then you'll have, now let me see, lots of pennies to spend on sweets. midlandroad

10:10am Wed 12 Feb 14

SHOESMAKER24 says...

the bottom line is we must start to win games now some teams below us now have games in hand , its get the tin hats out time , hears hoping we can find the net again more often . but loosing to 2 bottom teams after one another is a worry if im honest . lets hope we can stear the ship clear and start getting back up the league again while we still have the chance to come on city
the bottom line is we must start to win games now some teams below us now have games in hand , its get the tin hats out time , hears hoping we can find the net again more often . but loosing to 2 bottom teams after one another is a worry if im honest . lets hope we can stear the ship clear and start getting back up the league again while we still have the chance to come on city SHOESMAKER24

10:55am Wed 12 Feb 14

bradvilla says...

Keep the faith!
Keep the faith! bradvilla

12:14pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Michael Clayton says...

gordon ramsay wrote:
Sorry, incomplete post..... We have to stop banging on about "last season". Its gone. We are in the mire and sleeves need rolling up and tin hats putting on!! Let's just hope we can stay up and a massive rebuilding job needed in the summer.
You are associating a maxim of 'success' when anyone mentions 'last season'.

As such, I think you are in danger of failing to draw from the experience as a whole.

It was a tremendous few months but the successes gained have impacted on this season.

Everyone is carping on about Lawn, Parkinson the players etc

However, it is also the fans, hoisted by a sense of self-worth, who are not accepting the realty of the situation. They have created their own disappointment by expecting too much too soon.
[quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Sorry, incomplete post..... We have to stop banging on about "last season". Its gone. We are in the mire and sleeves need rolling up and tin hats putting on!! Let's just hope we can stay up and a massive rebuilding job needed in the summer.[/p][/quote]You are associating a maxim of 'success' when anyone mentions 'last season'. As such, I think you are in danger of failing to draw from the experience as a whole. It was a tremendous few months but the successes gained have impacted on this season. Everyone is carping on about Lawn, Parkinson the players etc However, it is also the fans, hoisted by a sense of self-worth, who are not accepting the realty of the situation. They have created their own disappointment by expecting too much too soon. Michael Clayton

2:17pm Wed 12 Feb 14

my only vision says...

Next 4 will certainly be all losses with Parky....... Why on earth is McPAIN wearing 21 shirt? How dare you insult KING WELLS in that jersey !!!!!!! In all honesty guys, were will the goals come from against Coventry? Last I checked my good buddy got a HATRICK against them !!!!!!! Bradford have in my opinion gave up on the manager. Have you even noticed how many penalties have been given to City thisseason? That speaks volumes that the refs don't like him, He will not get that border line call either.. Believe it or not. A Prem r gave the last pen and that was a long danm tie ago against who!!!!!!!!! Was it Coventry? Bring Wells back on loan since you gave him away for peanuts !!!!! Besides he might help bcuz he cant find the net in Championship ...LOL... Oh well be prepared to vit Northampton, Mansfield, Wimbledon, Bury, York, Newport etc !!!!!!! Told City tey will miss Wells..... HA HA HA..... You fans trashed him when he left.... GOD DON'T SLEEP !!!!!!!!!
Next 4 will certainly be all losses with Parky....... Why on earth is McPAIN wearing 21 shirt? How dare you insult KING WELLS in that jersey !!!!!!! In all honesty guys, were will the goals come from against Coventry? Last I checked my good buddy got a HATRICK against them !!!!!!! Bradford have in my opinion gave up on the manager. Have you even noticed how many penalties have been given to City thisseason? That speaks volumes that the refs don't like him, He will not get that border line call either.. Believe it or not. A Prem r gave the last pen and that was a long danm tie ago against who!!!!!!!!! Was it Coventry? Bring Wells back on loan since you gave him away for peanuts !!!!! Besides he might help bcuz he cant find the net in Championship ...LOL... Oh well be prepared to vit Northampton, Mansfield, Wimbledon, Bury, York, Newport etc !!!!!!! Told City tey will miss Wells..... HA HA HA..... You fans trashed him when he left.... GOD DON'T SLEEP !!!!!!!!! my only vision

3:17pm Wed 12 Feb 14

bcfc mad85 says...

Something drastically need to change no more excuses if it want for going up last season pp would have been sacked by now he is a good manager and knows what he's doing just hope the changes within the team haven't come to late
Something drastically need to change no more excuses if it want for going up last season pp would have been sacked by now he is a good manager and knows what he's doing just hope the changes within the team haven't come to late bcfc mad85

6:34pm Wed 12 Feb 14

bantamblood says...

In Parky we trust!
Changing managers doesn't necessarily mean it will get any better! Surely we should have learnt our lesson from that by now.

I was part of the few last night who braved the weather. It was pretty miserable at times but the crowd's frustration was more with the players who seemed too frozen to the spot to actually chase the ball! If you want to win you have to fight for every ball, don't wait for it to come to you!
In Parky we trust! Changing managers doesn't necessarily mean it will get any better! Surely we should have learnt our lesson from that by now. I was part of the few last night who braved the weather. It was pretty miserable at times but the crowd's frustration was more with the players who seemed too frozen to the spot to actually chase the ball! If you want to win you have to fight for every ball, don't wait for it to come to you! bantamblood

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