Bantams chief Julian Rhodes eyeing a triple tonic to lift Bradford City's spirits

"Phil himself has said he is going through a tough time. I know he is feeling it" - Julian Rhodes on Phil Parkinson, pictured

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

Julian Rhodes believes City’s hat-trick of home games coming up is as “huge as anything from last season.”

The Bantams host Port Vale tonight before entertaining MK Dons and bottom club Stevenage in an 11-day spell that could prove critical to their fortunes.

With no win for nearly three months – and none at Valley Parade since September 28 – joint-chairman Rhodes sees it as a crucial oppor-tunity to halt the slide.

And he urged the fans to do all they can to roar City and boss Phil Parkin-son towards a result that will instantly ease the building pressure.

Rhodes said: “I really feel that Phil, the man who took us to a cup final and got us promoted after all these years, needs the backing of everybody.

“We really need the fans to get behind him in particular and the team for the next three home games – everybody needs to do whatever we can.

“Phil himself has said he is going through a tough time. I know he is feeling it.

“He will be looking at all kinds of ways to stop the run we’ve been on. I’m sure the players are up for it.

“The supporters continue to be magnificent – they were absolutely brilliant against Crewe. We went 2-0 down and you’d have thought we were 3-0 up.

“Now we need to show our appreciation for what Phil has done and do everything to help.”

City have not won in ten home games since beating Shrewsbury, with seven of them draws.

The gap to the bottom four remained five points after the weekend postponement.

Rhodes added: “This time last year we were all looking forward to a cup final. These three games are as huge as any from last season because we don’t want to undo all of that good work.

“After them, we’ve got 13 left and eight away. Five of those are tough ones – Brentford, Leyton Orient, Rotherham, Coventry and Swindon.

“It’s really going to put the pressure on if we don’t have a good haul of points from this run. You don’t often get three consecutive home games to give you the opportunity to get the season back on track. We are certainly going to need some victories on the board.”

The unexpected free Saturday gave Aaron Mclean time to get his virus out the system. Andrew Davies has also felt the benefit having played two games in four days last week.

Parkinson has used the spare time for pep talks with his players.

He said: “The last few days has given me a good chance to sit down with a lot of the players. The confidence levels are what we’d expect in this situation and, as a staff, we’re just trying to get the most out of each individual.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been in this position where we’ve been so close so many times to getting a win. There is a snowball effect as this scenario has gone on.

“We’ve got to be focused on putting a consistent performance across the 90 minutes from all 11 players.

“I know that sounds obvious but look at the Crewe game. The team played really well second half, creating more chances and crosses than anything we’ve done all season, but defensively we played poorly.

“We need to put all departments of the team together for the whole game. Whether we concede a goal or whatever happens, we’ve got to keep playing well – there’s no other way to solve it.”

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8:01am Tue 18 Feb 14

macca1969 says...

Let us all raise the volume tonight and get behind Phil and the team. We should all keep the faith as the team and the manager deserve this support for the efforts they have put in over the last 18 months
Let us all raise the volume tonight and get behind Phil and the team. We should all keep the faith as the team and the manager deserve this support for the efforts they have put in over the last 18 months macca1969
  • Score: 36

8:26am Tue 18 Feb 14

tinytoonster says...

macca1969 wrote:
Let us all raise the volume tonight and get behind Phil and the team. We should all keep the faith as the team and the manager deserve this support for the efforts they have put in over the last 18 months
the team does but parky needs to stop talking a good game and get them at it from start instead of just 2nd half!
[quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: Let us all raise the volume tonight and get behind Phil and the team. We should all keep the faith as the team and the manager deserve this support for the efforts they have put in over the last 18 months[/p][/quote]the team does but parky needs to stop talking a good game and get them at it from start instead of just 2nd half! tinytoonster
  • Score: -9

8:36am Tue 18 Feb 14

Nickloza says...

macca1969 wrote:
Let us all raise the volume tonight and get behind Phil and the team. We should all keep the faith as the team and the manager deserve this support for the efforts they have put in over the last 18 months
Agreed Macca, We can play a big part and help lift the team too. C'mon City
[quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: Let us all raise the volume tonight and get behind Phil and the team. We should all keep the faith as the team and the manager deserve this support for the efforts they have put in over the last 18 months[/p][/quote]Agreed Macca, We can play a big part and help lift the team too. C'mon City Nickloza
  • Score: 18

9:25am Tue 18 Feb 14

Freddy says...

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Travelling up tonight ---to sort the Team out !!!. So expect a WIN !.
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Crowd need to shout support throughout the WHOLE game. Even--God Forbid - a goal against occurs.
City need to lock up the defence- when they score. Teams come straight back after conceding. And Vice-Versa.
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* Travelling up tonight ---to sort the Team out !!!. So expect a WIN !. * Crowd need to shout support throughout the WHOLE game. Even--God Forbid - a goal against occurs. City need to lock up the defence- when they score. Teams come straight back after conceding. And Vice-Versa. * Freddy
  • Score: 3

9:40am Tue 18 Feb 14

bcfc1903 says...

Got a good feeling about tonights game. I'm going for 2-0 to BCFC, McArdle and Reach ........att 12,841.

Good luck to the management and players and to the BCFC fans.....raise the VP roof!!!!!!
Got a good feeling about tonights game. I'm going for 2-0 to BCFC, McArdle and Reach ........att 12,841. Good luck to the management and players and to the BCFC fans.....raise the VP roof!!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 12

10:17am Tue 18 Feb 14

Stafford Heginbantam says...

We haven't beaten Vale at home since the 2005/06 season. Time we broke that dismal run!
We haven't beaten Vale at home since the 2005/06 season. Time we broke that dismal run! Stafford Heginbantam
  • Score: 8

10:18am Tue 18 Feb 14

Peter300 says...

macca1969 wrote:
Let us all raise the volume tonight and get behind Phil and the team. We should all keep the faith as the team and the manager deserve this support for the efforts they have put in over the last 18 months
I think any manager deserves support given the way City have played in League 1 this season. There have been few really poor performances in this very competitive division.
[quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: Let us all raise the volume tonight and get behind Phil and the team. We should all keep the faith as the team and the manager deserve this support for the efforts they have put in over the last 18 months[/p][/quote]I think any manager deserves support given the way City have played in League 1 this season. There have been few really poor performances in this very competitive division. Peter300
  • Score: 18

10:18am Tue 18 Feb 14

Stafford Heginbantam says...

Apologies -2006/07!
Apologies -2006/07! Stafford Heginbantam
  • Score: 2

10:22am Tue 18 Feb 14

Peter300 says...

Freddy wrote:
*
Travelling up tonight ---to sort the Team out !!!. So expect a WIN !.
*
Crowd need to shout support throughout the WHOLE game. Even--God Forbid - a goal against occurs.
City need to lock up the defence- when they score. Teams come straight back after conceding. And Vice-Versa.
*
Thank you. I see you've started shouting already. What's the latest with Mr. Allamby? No, not Mr. Allenby, Mr. Allamby. Has he carried out his duties to your satisfaction over the past week?
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * Travelling up tonight ---to sort the Team out !!!. So expect a WIN !. * Crowd need to shout support throughout the WHOLE game. Even--God Forbid - a goal against occurs. City need to lock up the defence- when they score. Teams come straight back after conceding. And Vice-Versa. *[/p][/quote]Thank you. I see you've started shouting already. What's the latest with Mr. Allamby? No, not Mr. Allenby, Mr. Allamby. Has he carried out his duties to your satisfaction over the past week? Peter300
  • Score: -9

10:29am Tue 18 Feb 14

Peter300 says...

Stafford Heginbantam wrote:
We haven't beaten Vale at home since the 2005/06 season. Time we broke that dismal run!
I think Mr. Julian will know that when City are faced with the three home games in a row situation due to a previous postponement, they never win all three games. Looking back over the years, I believe this is correct. Nine points are never collected. Well, I suppose at some time in the future this will change. Now would be a good as time as any.
[quote][p][bold]Stafford Heginbantam[/bold] wrote: We haven't beaten Vale at home since the 2005/06 season. Time we broke that dismal run![/p][/quote]I think Mr. Julian will know that when City are faced with the three home games in a row situation due to a previous postponement, they never win all three games. Looking back over the years, I believe this is correct. Nine points are never collected. Well, I suppose at some time in the future this will change. Now would be a good as time as any. Peter300
  • Score: 5

11:05am Tue 18 Feb 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Less than 3 points in the next 3 home games would be a disaster. We need to be looking at 5 to 7 points from this run. 9 would be fantastic but I can't see it happening.
Stevenage are at Orient tonight and Tranmere are at Crawley. A win for us should stick more points between us and them as I can't see them winning.
Vale drew at Shrewsbury a team on a similar run to us, where as we should be fresh not having a game. 3 points tonight could see 7 to 9 points from these home games, a draw or defeat and this run plays on the teams mind.
Less than 3 points in the next 3 home games would be a disaster. We need to be looking at 5 to 7 points from this run. 9 would be fantastic but I can't see it happening. Stevenage are at Orient tonight and Tranmere are at Crawley. A win for us should stick more points between us and them as I can't see them winning. Vale drew at Shrewsbury a team on a similar run to us, where as we should be fresh not having a game. 3 points tonight could see 7 to 9 points from these home games, a draw or defeat and this run plays on the teams mind. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 3

11:33am Tue 18 Feb 14

Olivermac says...

The only game when the supporters did not get behind the team was the dismall performance at Notts County so tonight will be the same backing from the supporters as allways Good luck Parky and the lads ,you won't need any luck it will be a 3-1 demolition job.
The only game when the supporters did not get behind the team was the dismall performance at Notts County so tonight will be the same backing from the supporters as allways Good luck Parky and the lads ,you won't need any luck it will be a 3-1 demolition job. Olivermac
  • Score: 2

11:33am Tue 18 Feb 14

al&co says...

Tough times but it really is down to the team to go for it. Three home games provide us with a real chance and the support will be there at every game so hopefully we can turn things round.
A win tonight would be massive! Come on City..
Tough times but it really is down to the team to go for it. Three home games provide us with a real chance and the support will be there at every game so hopefully we can turn things round. A win tonight would be massive! Come on City.. al&co
  • Score: 3

12:00pm Tue 18 Feb 14

SHOESMAKER24 says...

good look city , lets get in there faces from the start instead . of doing so in the second half we are at home not port vale I hope we can play a lot of balls to feet or just in front of mc clean to run onto good look to all the lads and fans and parki to
good look city , lets get in there faces from the start instead . of doing so in the second half we are at home not port vale I hope we can play a lot of balls to feet or just in front of mc clean to run onto good look to all the lads and fans and parki to SHOESMAKER24
  • Score: 1

1:52pm Tue 18 Feb 14

macca1969 says...

Peter300 wrote:
macca1969 wrote:
Let us all raise the volume tonight and get behind Phil and the team. We should all keep the faith as the team and the manager deserve this support for the efforts they have put in over the last 18 months
I think any manager deserves support given the way City have played in League 1 this season. There have been few really poor performances in this very competitive division.
I did say last 18 months which I do believe includes this season and the efforts so far. You really are a pleb aren't you
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: Let us all raise the volume tonight and get behind Phil and the team. We should all keep the faith as the team and the manager deserve this support for the efforts they have put in over the last 18 months[/p][/quote]I think any manager deserves support given the way City have played in League 1 this season. There have been few really poor performances in this very competitive division.[/p][/quote]I did say last 18 months which I do believe includes this season and the efforts so far. You really are a pleb aren't you macca1969
  • Score: 0

2:22pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Statler4 says...

Peter300 wrote:
Freddy wrote:
*
Travelling up tonight ---to sort the Team out !!!. So expect a WIN !.
*
Crowd need to shout support throughout the WHOLE game. Even--God Forbid - a goal against occurs.
City need to lock up the defence- when they score. Teams come straight back after conceding. And Vice-Versa.
*
Thank you. I see you've started shouting already. What's the latest with Mr. Allamby? No, not Mr. Allenby, Mr. Allamby. Has he carried out his duties to your satisfaction over the past week?
Allamby does all the work, Allenby gets all the plaudits.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * Travelling up tonight ---to sort the Team out !!!. So expect a WIN !. * Crowd need to shout support throughout the WHOLE game. Even--God Forbid - a goal against occurs. City need to lock up the defence- when they score. Teams come straight back after conceding. And Vice-Versa. *[/p][/quote]Thank you. I see you've started shouting already. What's the latest with Mr. Allamby? No, not Mr. Allenby, Mr. Allamby. Has he carried out his duties to your satisfaction over the past week?[/p][/quote]Allamby does all the work, Allenby gets all the plaudits. Statler4
  • Score: 2

4:36pm Tue 18 Feb 14

mrmuzzy says...

A bit rich coming from chairman who's not
given anything to parkinson to spend.
what planet does he live on?
Hope for a good result tonight.
Come on city.
A bit rich coming from chairman who's not given anything to parkinson to spend. what planet does he live on? Hope for a good result tonight. Come on city. mrmuzzy
  • Score: -9

5:10pm Tue 18 Feb 14

minkiebantam says...

I can see a demolition coming to VP. maybe not tonight, but 1 in the next 3!
Still can see us edging this one. 1-0
CTID!!
I can see a demolition coming to VP. maybe not tonight, but 1 in the next 3! Still can see us edging this one. 1-0 CTID!! minkiebantam
  • Score: 2

5:53pm Tue 18 Feb 14

torreyman says...

Big game tonight if the players do there best and we have a decent ref we can not ask for anymore so Come On City
Big game tonight if the players do there best and we have a decent ref we can not ask for anymore so Come On City torreyman
  • Score: 0

6:07pm Tue 18 Feb 14

lawsonio123 says...

OH MR RHODES the supporters have been backing City al season just look at the support we take away Maybe if are Manager was given a bob or two he could do more as the supporters back you to the hilt look at crowds at other team
OH MR RHODES the supporters have been backing City al season just look at the support we take away Maybe if are Manager was given a bob or two he could do more as the supporters back you to the hilt look at crowds at other team lawsonio123
  • Score: -1

12:26am Wed 19 Feb 14

tinytoonster says...

mrmuzzy wrote:
A bit rich coming from chairman who's not
given anything to parkinson to spend.
what planet does he live on?
Hope for a good result tonight.
Come on city.
no he just mortgaged and risked everything for this club!
he didn't LEND money like lawn, he gave it!
you should be ashamed at that comment.
[quote][p][bold]mrmuzzy[/bold] wrote: A bit rich coming from chairman who's not given anything to parkinson to spend. what planet does he live on? Hope for a good result tonight. Come on city.[/p][/quote]no he just mortgaged and risked everything for this club! he didn't LEND money like lawn, he gave it! you should be ashamed at that comment. tinytoonster
  • Score: 1

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