Davies demands Bradford City players put bodies on line in dogfight (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Andrew Davies demands Bradford City players put bodies on line in dogfight
Andrew Davies today issued a rallying cry to help drag City out of their slide down League One.
Tuesday’s defeat at Carlisle was their 13th game without a win and leaves Phil Parkinson’s side hovering nervously in the bottom half.
But Davies stressed he was up for the “dogfight” – and demanded the same from all those around him.
The defensive lynchpin said: “This run affects everybody; the manager, the players, the staff and the fans. You can see that.
“We are all in this and that’s why we have to stick together.
“I’m willing to dig as deep as possible to get results for this team. I will put my body on the line and it’s up to everyone to do the same.
“It doesn’t matter whether you’re loan players, contracts are running out or you’ve got another one or two years after this.
“We are in a major dogfight and it needs every single one of us to give it all we can.”
Parkinson’s own position is starting to be questioned by some fans. A year on from steering City to an unprecedented place in the Capital One Cup final, the manager is battling to reverse a terrible run of only one win from 21 games.
Davies said: “That’s the way football is. It can be ruthless. But this is really the first period since I’ve been here when the results have been so poor.
“The manager has done some fantastic things at this club. He has changed the mentality of the place.
“When I first came in, he had a lot of players he had to get out to bring in the ones he wanted. He transformed the whole ethos of the football club.
“For me, Phil Parkinson is a fantastic manager. He is a fighter like me and wants to win and I’ve got no doubts he will get us out of this.
“Get one win under our belts and I’m sure things will change. Every player at this club has got to stand up and be counted.”