Mc-Phew! Phil Parkinson admits he is a relieved man as he heaps praise on Bantams match-winner

Carl McHugh, right, on a victory slide with Stephen Darby

Carl McHugh, right, on a victory slide with Stephen Darby

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Phil Parkinson hailed Carl McHugh’s “extra half yard of desire” as City finally celebrated their first win since November.

The defender’s header in stoppage time sunk Port Vale and ended a 14-game wait for a victory.

The 1-0 win at Valley Parade, their first at home in 11 attempts, removed the pressure that was building on Parkinson and his team as they risked being sucked into the relegation battle.

A delighted Bantams boss said: “You need big moments in games of football and in seasons. That header was a big moment for us and so similar to the one he scored against Aston Villa last year.

“We always talk to the lads about having that extra half a yard in desire, whether it’s sliding in to score a goal or defending at the other end. That’s what wins games and Carl showed it.

“I’m so relieved because it’s been a long time coming. We’ve had so many close calls to getting those three points – the point-blank save against Crewe being the most recent.

“I felt we played well right across the game. We can bemoan our luck but we needed to put in a performance from the first minute until the last.

“We did that to a man and I don’t think anyone could deny us that victory.”

McHugh was only recalled to the side at left back after Matthew Bates was ruled out with hip trouble. A scan on Monday revealed that there is a muscle problem.

Parkinson added: “I’ve said it about Carl McHugh before. He’s probably got the biggest heart of a player I’ve ever worked with and the goal typified what he’s all about.

“He did it for us last year and he’s a massive threat in those situations.

“We’ve asked him to play slightly out of position but he stuck to his job and did well.”

City had battered away at Vale but it looked to be heading for a fifth straight home draw when they could not convert the constant pressure into a breakthrough. Adam Reach hit the post and there were several goal-mouth scrambles.

“Last time we played Port Vale here was a very similar scenario,” said Parkinson. “We had chances and they nicked it but I just felt that it couldn’t happen again.

“There was a determination to get the win and the lads were absolutely buoyant in the dressing room.

“Rightly so because they’ve given everything and some of the football we played on a very difficult pitch was top draw.

“I found it a tortuous day waiting for the game to come. We were waiting around for the kick-off but I felt we came out of the traps really quickly.

“That’s what we’re all about. Bradford City is all about getting the opposition on the back foot and making them defend. That’s got to be for 90 minutes and you could see how tired the Port Vale players were on the pitch. They were really at full stretch to contain our attacking players.”

Joint-chairman Julian Rhodes had called on the home crowd to help lift Parkinson and City at the start of a run of three successive home games.

He said: “The fans were magnificent and I want to thank them. They never stopped singing and the team fed off that.”

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8:51am Wed 19 Feb 14

James bcfc says...

Well Done parky and the team keep ya chins up put effort in with us fans behind u we get though this cnt win every game but play like last night we won't be in surviveal battle keep it up boys #ParkysArmy
Well Done parky and the team keep ya chins up put effort in with us fans behind u we get though this cnt win every game but play like last night we won't be in surviveal battle keep it up boys #ParkysArmy James bcfc
  • Score: 28

8:51am Wed 19 Feb 14

bigang02 says...

awesome please keep the back 4 that played lastnite .we was great from start to finish and that is all us fans ask for you could see also what it meant to the fans because they all stayed aft the final whistle to applaud the side .fantastic lads please take that into the next 2 home games and we will all be very happy.
awesome please keep the back 4 that played lastnite .we was great from start to finish and that is all us fans ask for you could see also what it meant to the fans because they all stayed aft the final whistle to applaud the side .fantastic lads please take that into the next 2 home games and we will all be very happy. bigang02
  • Score: 22

8:52am Wed 19 Feb 14

tinytoonster says...

great game and atmosphere.
who needs man city v barca?!!!
pleased for mchugh, had a rough spell.
great to see us at it from the word go.
great game and atmosphere. who needs man city v barca?!!! pleased for mchugh, had a rough spell. great to see us at it from the word go. tinytoonster
  • Score: 17

8:55am Wed 19 Feb 14

Cityman23 says...

'Relief' is indeed the only apt word to use after City got the winning goal at the very end of last night's game. It brings in 3 points, it ends a long winless run at home and stops the rot when even getting a single point has been difficult. And if ever a game looked like ending in a draw it was last night's match, before Carl McHugh's winner.

Yes, we can allow ourselves a moment of quiet satisfaction and joy but...we shouldn't get carried away. There's plenty for 'PP' to sort out and his job is still a big one!

'CM's goal was well taken and no fluke but it shouldn't disguise a performance at left back that was anything but comfortable. We need a loan left back to be brought in and the sooner the better.

The Hanson/McLean partnership looks a bad fit with both players struggling to make sense of each others style. Hanson seems often unsure where McLean is and McLean seems so far back he often looks like a midfielder. Will it come right eventually? Hard to say, but it is a concern.

Jonny Mac seems to make at least one bad call in each game these days. He did it early on and a looping ball came swinging back towards an empty City net (after JMc had run out of his box) Thankfully it missed. 0-1 down at that time would have been hard to take.

Yes, Jones never stopped , Hanson tried hard, Davies was sure/steadfast and Reach is tricky and a handful but........!!!
'Relief' is indeed the only apt word to use after City got the winning goal at the very end of last night's game. It brings in 3 points, it ends a long winless run at home and stops the rot when even getting a single point has been difficult. And if ever a game looked like ending in a draw it was last night's match, before Carl McHugh's winner. Yes, we can allow ourselves a moment of quiet satisfaction and joy but...we shouldn't get carried away. There's plenty for 'PP' to sort out and his job is still a big one! 'CM's goal was well taken and no fluke but it shouldn't disguise a performance at left back that was anything but comfortable. We need a loan left back to be brought in and the sooner the better. The Hanson/McLean partnership looks a bad fit with both players struggling to make sense of each others style. Hanson seems often unsure where McLean is and McLean seems so far back he often looks like a midfielder. Will it come right eventually? Hard to say, but it is a concern. Jonny Mac seems to make at least one bad call in each game these days. He did it early on and a looping ball came swinging back towards an empty City net (after JMc had run out of his box) Thankfully it missed. 0-1 down at that time would have been hard to take. Yes, Jones never stopped , Hanson tried hard, Davies was sure/steadfast and Reach is tricky and a handful but........!!! Cityman23
  • Score: -49

9:02am Wed 19 Feb 14

al&co says...

Absolutely immense win and a top performance - well done everybody. The winner was a long time coming but we deserved to win by a bigger margin.

Now, let's hope we can take the same level into our next match. Another win would be tremendous but we will have to be totally committed for 90 minutes just like last night.

With two home games to come we have a real chance to turn a very important corner and we can do it!

After the Carlisle game I was bitterly disappointed but last night we looked rejuvenated and hungry. It was great to see the team pick themselves up and start on the front foot from the off.

Delighted for Carl McHugh but all the players deserve great credit for an outstanding team performance.

And well done PP....looking forward to Saturday....and more of the same please...

Come on City!!!
Absolutely immense win and a top performance - well done everybody. The winner was a long time coming but we deserved to win by a bigger margin. Now, let's hope we can take the same level into our next match. Another win would be tremendous but we will have to be totally committed for 90 minutes just like last night. With two home games to come we have a real chance to turn a very important corner and we can do it! After the Carlisle game I was bitterly disappointed but last night we looked rejuvenated and hungry. It was great to see the team pick themselves up and start on the front foot from the off. Delighted for Carl McHugh but all the players deserve great credit for an outstanding team performance. And well done PP....looking forward to Saturday....and more of the same please... Come on City!!! al&co
  • Score: 18

10:25am Wed 19 Feb 14

Peter300 says...

Cityman23 wrote:
'Relief' is indeed the only apt word to use after City got the winning goal at the very end of last night's game. It brings in 3 points, it ends a long winless run at home and stops the rot when even getting a single point has been difficult. And if ever a game looked like ending in a draw it was last night's match, before Carl McHugh's winner.

Yes, we can allow ourselves a moment of quiet satisfaction and joy but...we shouldn't get carried away. There's plenty for 'PP' to sort out and his job is still a big one!

'CM's goal was well taken and no fluke but it shouldn't disguise a performance at left back that was anything but comfortable. We need a loan left back to be brought in and the sooner the better.

The Hanson/McLean partnership looks a bad fit with both players struggling to make sense of each others style. Hanson seems often unsure where McLean is and McLean seems so far back he often looks like a midfielder. Will it come right eventually? Hard to say, but it is a concern.

Jonny Mac seems to make at least one bad call in each game these days. He did it early on and a looping ball came swinging back towards an empty City net (after JMc had run out of his box) Thankfully it missed. 0-1 down at that time would have been hard to take.

Yes, Jones never stopped , Hanson tried hard, Davies was sure/steadfast and Reach is tricky and a handful but........!!!
But not just any left-back. You are obvlously completely unaware of the other 91 teams, because the keepers at these clubs usually make a bad call in every game. Jonny Mac looks a very confident keeper this season and long may it continue. At the moment Phil seems to want James to do the chasing. It's a work in progress for every manager in the League, but I guess some people only ever want to find faults and complain.
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: 'Relief' is indeed the only apt word to use after City got the winning goal at the very end of last night's game. It brings in 3 points, it ends a long winless run at home and stops the rot when even getting a single point has been difficult. And if ever a game looked like ending in a draw it was last night's match, before Carl McHugh's winner. Yes, we can allow ourselves a moment of quiet satisfaction and joy but...we shouldn't get carried away. There's plenty for 'PP' to sort out and his job is still a big one! 'CM's goal was well taken and no fluke but it shouldn't disguise a performance at left back that was anything but comfortable. We need a loan left back to be brought in and the sooner the better. The Hanson/McLean partnership looks a bad fit with both players struggling to make sense of each others style. Hanson seems often unsure where McLean is and McLean seems so far back he often looks like a midfielder. Will it come right eventually? Hard to say, but it is a concern. Jonny Mac seems to make at least one bad call in each game these days. He did it early on and a looping ball came swinging back towards an empty City net (after JMc had run out of his box) Thankfully it missed. 0-1 down at that time would have been hard to take. Yes, Jones never stopped , Hanson tried hard, Davies was sure/steadfast and Reach is tricky and a handful but........!!![/p][/quote]But not just any left-back. You are obvlously completely unaware of the other 91 teams, because the keepers at these clubs usually make a bad call in every game. Jonny Mac looks a very confident keeper this season and long may it continue. At the moment Phil seems to want James to do the chasing. It's a work in progress for every manager in the League, but I guess some people only ever want to find faults and complain. Peter300
  • Score: 13

10:29am Wed 19 Feb 14

rengar61 says...

Brill, outstanding TEAM PERFORMANCE a win we really deserved.
Can we keep Adam Reach a bit longer please????
CTID.
Brill, outstanding TEAM PERFORMANCE a win we really deserved. Can we keep Adam Reach a bit longer please???? CTID. rengar61
  • Score: 13

10:29am Wed 19 Feb 14

Peter300 says...

Cityman23 wrote:
'Relief' is indeed the only apt word to use after City got the winning goal at the very end of last night's game. It brings in 3 points, it ends a long winless run at home and stops the rot when even getting a single point has been difficult. And if ever a game looked like ending in a draw it was last night's match, before Carl McHugh's winner.

Yes, we can allow ourselves a moment of quiet satisfaction and joy but...we shouldn't get carried away. There's plenty for 'PP' to sort out and his job is still a big one!

'CM's goal was well taken and no fluke but it shouldn't disguise a performance at left back that was anything but comfortable. We need a loan left back to be brought in and the sooner the better.

The Hanson/McLean partnership looks a bad fit with both players struggling to make sense of each others style. Hanson seems often unsure where McLean is and McLean seems so far back he often looks like a midfielder. Will it come right eventually? Hard to say, but it is a concern.

Jonny Mac seems to make at least one bad call in each game these days. He did it early on and a looping ball came swinging back towards an empty City net (after JMc had run out of his box) Thankfully it missed. 0-1 down at that time would have been hard to take.

Yes, Jones never stopped , Hanson tried hard, Davies was sure/steadfast and Reach is tricky and a handful but........!!!
I don't think City have lacked committment, but it's always a case of getting the balance right. It's important to try and not concede goals, so that was a plus last night. And City do have one of the best defensive records in the division. The manager and players can take credit for that.
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: 'Relief' is indeed the only apt word to use after City got the winning goal at the very end of last night's game. It brings in 3 points, it ends a long winless run at home and stops the rot when even getting a single point has been difficult. And if ever a game looked like ending in a draw it was last night's match, before Carl McHugh's winner. Yes, we can allow ourselves a moment of quiet satisfaction and joy but...we shouldn't get carried away. There's plenty for 'PP' to sort out and his job is still a big one! 'CM's goal was well taken and no fluke but it shouldn't disguise a performance at left back that was anything but comfortable. We need a loan left back to be brought in and the sooner the better. The Hanson/McLean partnership looks a bad fit with both players struggling to make sense of each others style. Hanson seems often unsure where McLean is and McLean seems so far back he often looks like a midfielder. Will it come right eventually? Hard to say, but it is a concern. Jonny Mac seems to make at least one bad call in each game these days. He did it early on and a looping ball came swinging back towards an empty City net (after JMc had run out of his box) Thankfully it missed. 0-1 down at that time would have been hard to take. Yes, Jones never stopped , Hanson tried hard, Davies was sure/steadfast and Reach is tricky and a handful but........!!![/p][/quote]I don't think City have lacked committment, but it's always a case of getting the balance right. It's important to try and not concede goals, so that was a plus last night. And City do have one of the best defensive records in the division. The manager and players can take credit for that. Peter300
  • Score: 4

11:54am Wed 19 Feb 14

minkiebantam says...

A massive well done to the Whole team. Last night was BRILLIANT!
The only thing that would have made it better, would have been if Reach had scored, not Mchugh. (Had 1-0 to city, Reach to score @ 50-1!).
But hey ho, the win is the main thing. Onwards and upwards!
Lets hope we tie Reach down until the end of the season (and beyond for me) by the end of today.
CTID!
A massive well done to the Whole team. Last night was BRILLIANT! The only thing that would have made it better, would have been if Reach had scored, not Mchugh. (Had 1-0 to city, Reach to score @ 50-1!). But hey ho, the win is the main thing. Onwards and upwards! Lets hope we tie Reach down until the end of the season (and beyond for me) by the end of today. CTID! minkiebantam
  • Score: 9

12:40pm Wed 19 Feb 14

realcitygent says...

great win lastnight about time,thought the whole team apart from doyle played well , imo i think we deff need to sign experianced keeper as jonny mac seems to make at least one bad mistake every other game ,the lad can pull some great saves off but dont think he is commanding enough round the box , also why are we playing doyle when we are looking to sign dolan at end of season should be giving the lad games to get him settled into team ,doyle contract is up end season cant see city giving him another on his performane this season ,thought adam reach was outstanding again he just floats past deffenders ,great work rate not scared to shoot ,he put more good crosses in lastnight than reid put in all season and never once fell/dived like reid, the lad will go far to good for this div so cant see us getting him ,would like to see atkinson getting bit of game time been here for 5games now not set foot on the pich, does parky not think he upto it ,thought jones outstanding again nonstop running for whole game again carrying doyle ,lets have another 3 points sat then we can relax and try to play football with no pressure on team
great win lastnight about time,thought the whole team apart from doyle played well , imo i think we deff need to sign experianced keeper as jonny mac seems to make at least one bad mistake every other game ,the lad can pull some great saves off but dont think he is commanding enough round the box , also why are we playing doyle when we are looking to sign dolan at end of season should be giving the lad games to get him settled into team ,doyle contract is up end season cant see city giving him another on his performane this season ,thought adam reach was outstanding again he just floats past deffenders ,great work rate not scared to shoot ,he put more good crosses in lastnight than reid put in all season and never once fell/dived like reid, the lad will go far to good for this div so cant see us getting him ,would like to see atkinson getting bit of game time been here for 5games now not set foot on the pich, does parky not think he upto it ,thought jones outstanding again nonstop running for whole game again carrying doyle ,lets have another 3 points sat then we can relax and try to play football with no pressure on team realcitygent
  • Score: -7

1:47pm Wed 19 Feb 14

bcfc1903 says...

So proud of Carlo and the rest of the BCFC players, love the Irish connection many Bradfordians have!!!!!! Great performance that deserved the three points.

Fantastic passionate support from the BCFC fans once again !!!!!! Can't beat night games at Valley Parade.
So proud of Carlo and the rest of the BCFC players, love the Irish connection many Bradfordians have!!!!!! Great performance that deserved the three points. Fantastic passionate support from the BCFC fans once again !!!!!! Can't beat night games at Valley Parade. bcfc1903
  • Score: 9

2:30pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Olivermac says...

Great performance well done to all the team and many thanks to Parky for letting the players express themselfs instead of the long ball we looked great going forward playing the ball on the floor, I noticed that some comments relating to the Hanson and McLean are not on the same wavelength given time they will be fine the work rate that both players was outstanding last night and with a decent Ref McLean would have played even better as he was used as a battering ram by some of the Vale players for 80min of the game, keep the same side Parky and we will have another 3 points in the bag against MD. On Sat.
Great performance well done to all the team and many thanks to Parky for letting the players express themselfs instead of the long ball we looked great going forward playing the ball on the floor, I noticed that some comments relating to the Hanson and McLean are not on the same wavelength given time they will be fine the work rate that both players was outstanding last night and with a decent Ref McLean would have played even better as he was used as a battering ram by some of the Vale players for 80min of the game, keep the same side Parky and we will have another 3 points in the bag against MD. On Sat. Olivermac
  • Score: 5

3:50pm Wed 19 Feb 14

torreyman says...

the fans were great the game was great more of the same please my fish and chips tasted much better on the way home !!!
the fans were great the game was great more of the same please my fish and chips tasted much better on the way home !!! torreyman
  • Score: 5

4:14pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Still not understanding the criticism of Jonny Mac, he is as good as any other keeper in this division and Parky turned down the chance to sign Shwann Jalal who we had on trial.

Last night he made some great shot stops from ferocious drives, came and collected a good 4 or 5 crosses and sprinted out of his net to save Doyle and McHugh's skin after a combined fk up. Ok, he then made a hash of his clearance but that only equals the one listake Doyle made and the fact McHugh runs like an overloaded lorry. For a young lad he lacks pace and will get found out time and again as widemen are usually the pacy players in a team.
Still not understanding the criticism of Jonny Mac, he is as good as any other keeper in this division and Parky turned down the chance to sign Shwann Jalal who we had on trial. Last night he made some great shot stops from ferocious drives, came and collected a good 4 or 5 crosses and sprinted out of his net to save Doyle and McHugh's skin after a combined fk up. Ok, he then made a hash of his clearance but that only equals the one listake Doyle made and the fact McHugh runs like an overloaded lorry. For a young lad he lacks pace and will get found out time and again as widemen are usually the pacy players in a team. Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 1

4:40pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Dannyp1892 says...

Cityman23 wrote:
'Relief' is indeed the only apt word to use after City got the winning goal at the very end of last night's game. It brings in 3 points, it ends a long winless run at home and stops the rot when even getting a single point has been difficult. And if ever a game looked like ending in a draw it was last night's match, before Carl McHugh's winner.

Yes, we can allow ourselves a moment of quiet satisfaction and joy but...we shouldn't get carried away. There's plenty for 'PP' to sort out and his job is still a big one!

'CM's goal was well taken and no fluke but it shouldn't disguise a performance at left back that was anything but comfortable. We need a loan left back to be brought in and the sooner the better.

The Hanson/McLean partnership looks a bad fit with both players struggling to make sense of each others style. Hanson seems often unsure where McLean is and McLean seems so far back he often looks like a midfielder. Will it come right eventually? Hard to say, but it is a concern.

Jonny Mac seems to make at least one bad call in each game these days. He did it early on and a looping ball came swinging back towards an empty City net (after JMc had run out of his box) Thankfully it missed. 0-1 down at that time would have been hard to take.

Yes, Jones never stopped , Hanson tried hard, Davies was sure/steadfast and Reach is tricky and a handful but........!!!
Very harsh indeed sir. We played very well, all over the pitch.

Not many great keepers around outside the premier league, so i'm very happy to take Jonny Mac at the moment, yes, of course, he can be a bit over zealous at times, but we got away with it, so smile, instead of having a go, and he's still only young, most keepers don't hit their peak until 28-32.

And Carl McHugh, a knight of the Valley Parade table, no more a left back than you are a Comedian. It's clearly not his best position, he looks uncomfortable at times, he looks uncomfortable full stop at times, but certainly at left back, but he put a huge shift in last night, first half wasn't great but the second half he was brilliant, tried his best to support Reach when he could, always worked hard to get back into position when required, I never saw him slack off, not once, and then a majestic carbon copy Aston Villa special finish to a match that we clearly deserved to run out winners by an even bigger margin.

And Mr McLean, a slow start to his City career I can agree, but he is a player who likes to get the ball into his feet (The amount of assists he has since joining should tell you everything about the man that you need to know), you can see that from the way he plays, always looking to come deep for it and always wants to try to make things happen. He's been here for a bout 3 and a half minutes so lets give the lad a break. He's playing with a huge striker alongside him, which I don't think he has ever done before, and the tactic is... 'Launch it long to Hanson, you run in behind son for the scraps' Personally I think it's not a great tactic, but it's the only weapon we have at the moment so stick to what you know eh. And last night was the first time I saw McLean do what I'm sure Parky has been asking him to do for a long time, get closer to Hanson and try get in behind, it's a learning curve for any striker if they are not tactics you have ever played before, so again, give him a break eh, he'll only get better.

We played well, deserved the 3 points and can build on that performance for the MK Dons game. Lets not forget confidence must have been low before the game, it would be in any team that hasn't won for so long, so to play like that was very refreshing. P.S. if you want to pay for the left back's wages when he arrives on loan, then feel free to let Mr. Lawn know, we have been playing with McHugh or Bates there for that long now, that would suggest that there just isn't anything available right now, or the money isn't there. Oh, and bear in mind Parky has said on a number of occasions that left backs are the hardest position to fill on loan, because teams don't have many, so don't want to let them go. That is all.
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: 'Relief' is indeed the only apt word to use after City got the winning goal at the very end of last night's game. It brings in 3 points, it ends a long winless run at home and stops the rot when even getting a single point has been difficult. And if ever a game looked like ending in a draw it was last night's match, before Carl McHugh's winner. Yes, we can allow ourselves a moment of quiet satisfaction and joy but...we shouldn't get carried away. There's plenty for 'PP' to sort out and his job is still a big one! 'CM's goal was well taken and no fluke but it shouldn't disguise a performance at left back that was anything but comfortable. We need a loan left back to be brought in and the sooner the better. The Hanson/McLean partnership looks a bad fit with both players struggling to make sense of each others style. Hanson seems often unsure where McLean is and McLean seems so far back he often looks like a midfielder. Will it come right eventually? Hard to say, but it is a concern. Jonny Mac seems to make at least one bad call in each game these days. He did it early on and a looping ball came swinging back towards an empty City net (after JMc had run out of his box) Thankfully it missed. 0-1 down at that time would have been hard to take. Yes, Jones never stopped , Hanson tried hard, Davies was sure/steadfast and Reach is tricky and a handful but........!!![/p][/quote]Very harsh indeed sir. We played very well, all over the pitch. Not many great keepers around outside the premier league, so i'm very happy to take Jonny Mac at the moment, yes, of course, he can be a bit over zealous at times, but we got away with it, so smile, instead of having a go, and he's still only young, most keepers don't hit their peak until 28-32. And Carl McHugh, a knight of the Valley Parade table, no more a left back than you are a Comedian. It's clearly not his best position, he looks uncomfortable at times, he looks uncomfortable full stop at times, but certainly at left back, but he put a huge shift in last night, first half wasn't great but the second half he was brilliant, tried his best to support Reach when he could, always worked hard to get back into position when required, I never saw him slack off, not once, and then a majestic carbon copy Aston Villa special finish to a match that we clearly deserved to run out winners by an even bigger margin. And Mr McLean, a slow start to his City career I can agree, but he is a player who likes to get the ball into his feet (The amount of assists he has since joining should tell you everything about the man that you need to know), you can see that from the way he plays, always looking to come deep for it and always wants to try to make things happen. He's been here for a bout 3 and a half minutes so lets give the lad a break. He's playing with a huge striker alongside him, which I don't think he has ever done before, and the tactic is... 'Launch it long to Hanson, you run in behind son for the scraps' Personally I think it's not a great tactic, but it's the only weapon we have at the moment so stick to what you know eh. And last night was the first time I saw McLean do what I'm sure Parky has been asking him to do for a long time, get closer to Hanson and try get in behind, it's a learning curve for any striker if they are not tactics you have ever played before, so again, give him a break eh, he'll only get better. We played well, deserved the 3 points and can build on that performance for the MK Dons game. Lets not forget confidence must have been low before the game, it would be in any team that hasn't won for so long, so to play like that was very refreshing. P.S. if you want to pay for the left back's wages when he arrives on loan, then feel free to let Mr. Lawn know, we have been playing with McHugh or Bates there for that long now, that would suggest that there just isn't anything available right now, or the money isn't there. Oh, and bear in mind Parky has said on a number of occasions that left backs are the hardest position to fill on loan, because teams don't have many, so don't want to let them go. That is all. Dannyp1892
  • Score: 10

5:17pm Wed 19 Feb 14

macca1969 says...

Why the criticism of Doyle. I thought his positional play last night was fantastic. As usual his passing and keeping possession was also top drawer allowing us to keep building the pressure. Yes Jones runs and runs but thats his game as he has less technical ability than Doyle. Saying that he did well again last night but you can't play 442 with two wingers unless you have a holding midfielder which is what Doyle does and does well. Some people have so little knowledge of the game and how it is played i'm pretty sure it could be wrote down on the back of a postage stamp. After a fantastic win last night and all the players putting in 100% i personally don't think they needs to be anything negative said.
Why the criticism of Doyle. I thought his positional play last night was fantastic. As usual his passing and keeping possession was also top drawer allowing us to keep building the pressure. Yes Jones runs and runs but thats his game as he has less technical ability than Doyle. Saying that he did well again last night but you can't play 442 with two wingers unless you have a holding midfielder which is what Doyle does and does well. Some people have so little knowledge of the game and how it is played i'm pretty sure it could be wrote down on the back of a postage stamp. After a fantastic win last night and all the players putting in 100% i personally don't think they needs to be anything negative said. macca1969
  • Score: 16

7:06pm Wed 19 Feb 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

The criticisms of Doyle and Jonny Mac are from the usual suspects who simply must have something to complain about regardless of how well (or not) the team are doing. The team won last night so they can't be TOO negative, therefore they are reviertng back to picking on individuals. Makes a nice change from hearing them bang on about Andy Gray though
The criticisms of Doyle and Jonny Mac are from the usual suspects who simply must have something to complain about regardless of how well (or not) the team are doing. The team won last night so they can't be TOO negative, therefore they are reviertng back to picking on individuals. Makes a nice change from hearing them bang on about Andy Gray though moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: 1

7:07pm Wed 19 Feb 14

wormcage says...

Bates does'nt play and we win and keep a clean sheet, might be just a coincidence. Just saying that's all.
Bates does'nt play and we win and keep a clean sheet, might be just a coincidence. Just saying that's all. wormcage
  • Score: 3

7:32pm Wed 19 Feb 14

bcfcincheshire says...

Well done to all..it was inevitable. .but a painful wait across the weeks and months. ..completely possible to go on an unbeaten run now mainly of wins...The atmosphere has changed and twenty percent more confidence will produce ten percent more energy for Saturday. .we know we can beat MKDons already...we could well be on the top eight by the end of March..
need next three home games to go the same way and a point at Colchester to hit 48 points by mid March....indeed extremely likely now we will finally see the post Wells team we hoped for until May.


..
Well done to all..it was inevitable. .but a painful wait across the weeks and months. ..completely possible to go on an unbeaten run now mainly of wins...The atmosphere has changed and twenty percent more confidence will produce ten percent more energy for Saturday. .we know we can beat MKDons already...we could well be on the top eight by the end of March.. need next three home games to go the same way and a point at Colchester to hit 48 points by mid March....indeed extremely likely now we will finally see the post Wells team we hoped for until May. .. bcfcincheshire
  • Score: 0

10:03pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Cityman23 says...

Peter300 wrote:
Cityman23 wrote:
'Relief' is indeed the only apt word to use after City got the winning goal at the very end of last night's game. It brings in 3 points, it ends a long winless run at home and stops the rot when even getting a single point has been difficult. And if ever a game looked like ending in a draw it was last night's match, before Carl McHugh's winner.

Yes, we can allow ourselves a moment of quiet satisfaction and joy but...we shouldn't get carried away. There's plenty for 'PP' to sort out and his job is still a big one!

'CM's goal was well taken and no fluke but it shouldn't disguise a performance at left back that was anything but comfortable. We need a loan left back to be brought in and the sooner the better.

The Hanson/McLean partnership looks a bad fit with both players struggling to make sense of each others style. Hanson seems often unsure where McLean is and McLean seems so far back he often looks like a midfielder. Will it come right eventually? Hard to say, but it is a concern.

Jonny Mac seems to make at least one bad call in each game these days. He did it early on and a looping ball came swinging back towards an empty City net (after JMc had run out of his box) Thankfully it missed. 0-1 down at that time would have been hard to take.

Yes, Jones never stopped , Hanson tried hard, Davies was sure/steadfast and Reach is tricky and a handful but........!!!
But not just any left-back. You are obvlously completely unaware of the other 91 teams, because the keepers at these clubs usually make a bad call in every game. Jonny Mac looks a very confident keeper this season and long may it continue. At the moment Phil seems to want James to do the chasing. It's a work in progress for every manager in the League, but I guess some people only ever want to find faults and complain.
I think if you read my email I do give City/players credit but 'one swallow doesn't make a summer.' One game won at the death doesn't mean all the probs we've been having have disappeared overnight. (And 'Width Of The Post'-an excellent site has confirmed many of them in a constructive way over recent weeks)

I think for some people on here any/ criticism/reservatio
n/less than 100% positive opinion whatsoever is considered 'high treason' and 'betrayal'. Strange, since its only days since quite a few on here were calling for 'PP' to be axed-something I've never done.

This site, at times, seems to go from one extreme to the other within a day or so...
ie abject desperation, depression and despair...to...wild exaltation, over- the- top celebration and ecstacy! (missing out the 'middle-man!)

Excuse me, the unofficial BCAFC blogging 'police' if I give my own opinion as I see it, based on what I see on the park. As the song says, "..I could be right...I could be wrong.." just like you and everyone else!!

CTID (Comment Truly- Ignore Disparagement!)
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: 'Relief' is indeed the only apt word to use after City got the winning goal at the very end of last night's game. It brings in 3 points, it ends a long winless run at home and stops the rot when even getting a single point has been difficult. And if ever a game looked like ending in a draw it was last night's match, before Carl McHugh's winner. Yes, we can allow ourselves a moment of quiet satisfaction and joy but...we shouldn't get carried away. There's plenty for 'PP' to sort out and his job is still a big one! 'CM's goal was well taken and no fluke but it shouldn't disguise a performance at left back that was anything but comfortable. We need a loan left back to be brought in and the sooner the better. The Hanson/McLean partnership looks a bad fit with both players struggling to make sense of each others style. Hanson seems often unsure where McLean is and McLean seems so far back he often looks like a midfielder. Will it come right eventually? Hard to say, but it is a concern. Jonny Mac seems to make at least one bad call in each game these days. He did it early on and a looping ball came swinging back towards an empty City net (after JMc had run out of his box) Thankfully it missed. 0-1 down at that time would have been hard to take. Yes, Jones never stopped , Hanson tried hard, Davies was sure/steadfast and Reach is tricky and a handful but........!!![/p][/quote]But not just any left-back. You are obvlously completely unaware of the other 91 teams, because the keepers at these clubs usually make a bad call in every game. Jonny Mac looks a very confident keeper this season and long may it continue. At the moment Phil seems to want James to do the chasing. It's a work in progress for every manager in the League, but I guess some people only ever want to find faults and complain.[/p][/quote]I think if you read my email I do give City/players credit but 'one swallow doesn't make a summer.' One game won at the death doesn't mean all the probs we've been having have disappeared overnight. (And 'Width Of The Post'-an excellent site has confirmed many of them in a constructive way over recent weeks) I think for some people on here any/ criticism/reservatio n/less than 100% positive opinion whatsoever is considered 'high treason' and 'betrayal'. Strange, since its only days since quite a few on here were calling for 'PP' to be axed-something I've never done. This site, at times, seems to go from one extreme to the other within a day or so... ie abject desperation, depression and despair...to...wild exaltation, over- the- top celebration and ecstacy! (missing out the 'middle-man!) Excuse me, the unofficial BCAFC blogging 'police' if I give my own opinion as I see it, based on what I see on the park. As the song says, "..I could be right...I could be wrong.." just like you and everyone else!! CTID (Comment Truly- Ignore Disparagement!) Cityman23
  • Score: 0

10:36pm Wed 19 Feb 14

eldwick person says...

Really pleased with last nights result. Top support from the fans too.
Really pleased with last nights result. Top support from the fans too. eldwick person
  • Score: 5

1:21pm Thu 20 Feb 14

nowt fresh says...

Cityman23 wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
Cityman23 wrote: 'Relief' is indeed the only apt word to use after City got the winning goal at the very end of last night's game. It brings in 3 points, it ends a long winless run at home and stops the rot when even getting a single point has been difficult. And if ever a game looked like ending in a draw it was last night's match, before Carl McHugh's winner. Yes, we can allow ourselves a moment of quiet satisfaction and joy but...we shouldn't get carried away. There's plenty for 'PP' to sort out and his job is still a big one! 'CM's goal was well taken and no fluke but it shouldn't disguise a performance at left back that was anything but comfortable. We need a loan left back to be brought in and the sooner the better. The Hanson/McLean partnership looks a bad fit with both players struggling to make sense of each others style. Hanson seems often unsure where McLean is and McLean seems so far back he often looks like a midfielder. Will it come right eventually? Hard to say, but it is a concern. Jonny Mac seems to make at least one bad call in each game these days. He did it early on and a looping ball came swinging back towards an empty City net (after JMc had run out of his box) Thankfully it missed. 0-1 down at that time would have been hard to take. Yes, Jones never stopped , Hanson tried hard, Davies was sure/steadfast and Reach is tricky and a handful but........!!!
But not just any left-back. You are obvlously completely unaware of the other 91 teams, because the keepers at these clubs usually make a bad call in every game. Jonny Mac looks a very confident keeper this season and long may it continue. At the moment Phil seems to want James to do the chasing. It's a work in progress for every manager in the League, but I guess some people only ever want to find faults and complain.
I think if you read my email I do give City/players credit but 'one swallow doesn't make a summer.' One game won at the death doesn't mean all the probs we've been having have disappeared overnight. (And 'Width Of The Post'-an excellent site has confirmed many of them in a constructive way over recent weeks) I think for some people on here any/ criticism/reservatio n/less than 100% positive opinion whatsoever is considered 'high treason' and 'betrayal'. Strange, since its only days since quite a few on here were calling for 'PP' to be axed-something I've never done. This site, at times, seems to go from one extreme to the other within a day or so... ie abject desperation, depression and despair...to...wild exaltation, over- the- top celebration and ecstacy! (missing out the 'middle-man!) Excuse me, the unofficial BCAFC blogging 'police' if I give my own opinion as I see it, based on what I see on the park. As the song says, "..I could be right...I could be wrong.." just like you and everyone else!! CTID (Comment Truly- Ignore Disparagement!)
If you think some on here have extreme views try Claret & Banter some on there wanted Phil Parkinson sacked !!!! laughable.
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: 'Relief' is indeed the only apt word to use after City got the winning goal at the very end of last night's game. It brings in 3 points, it ends a long winless run at home and stops the rot when even getting a single point has been difficult. And if ever a game looked like ending in a draw it was last night's match, before Carl McHugh's winner. Yes, we can allow ourselves a moment of quiet satisfaction and joy but...we shouldn't get carried away. There's plenty for 'PP' to sort out and his job is still a big one! 'CM's goal was well taken and no fluke but it shouldn't disguise a performance at left back that was anything but comfortable. We need a loan left back to be brought in and the sooner the better. The Hanson/McLean partnership looks a bad fit with both players struggling to make sense of each others style. Hanson seems often unsure where McLean is and McLean seems so far back he often looks like a midfielder. Will it come right eventually? Hard to say, but it is a concern. Jonny Mac seems to make at least one bad call in each game these days. He did it early on and a looping ball came swinging back towards an empty City net (after JMc had run out of his box) Thankfully it missed. 0-1 down at that time would have been hard to take. Yes, Jones never stopped , Hanson tried hard, Davies was sure/steadfast and Reach is tricky and a handful but........!!![/p][/quote]But not just any left-back. You are obvlously completely unaware of the other 91 teams, because the keepers at these clubs usually make a bad call in every game. Jonny Mac looks a very confident keeper this season and long may it continue. At the moment Phil seems to want James to do the chasing. It's a work in progress for every manager in the League, but I guess some people only ever want to find faults and complain.[/p][/quote]I think if you read my email I do give City/players credit but 'one swallow doesn't make a summer.' One game won at the death doesn't mean all the probs we've been having have disappeared overnight. (And 'Width Of The Post'-an excellent site has confirmed many of them in a constructive way over recent weeks) I think for some people on here any/ criticism/reservatio n/less than 100% positive opinion whatsoever is considered 'high treason' and 'betrayal'. Strange, since its only days since quite a few on here were calling for 'PP' to be axed-something I've never done. This site, at times, seems to go from one extreme to the other within a day or so... ie abject desperation, depression and despair...to...wild exaltation, over- the- top celebration and ecstacy! (missing out the 'middle-man!) Excuse me, the unofficial BCAFC blogging 'police' if I give my own opinion as I see it, based on what I see on the park. As the song says, "..I could be right...I could be wrong.." just like you and everyone else!! CTID (Comment Truly- Ignore Disparagement!)[/p][/quote]If you think some on here have extreme views try Claret & Banter some on there wanted Phil Parkinson sacked !!!! laughable. nowt fresh
  • Score: 1

4:05pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

nowt fresh wrote:
Cityman23 wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
Cityman23 wrote: 'Relief' is indeed the only apt word to use after City got the winning goal at the very end of last night's game. It brings in 3 points, it ends a long winless run at home and stops the rot when even getting a single point has been difficult. And if ever a game looked like ending in a draw it was last night's match, before Carl McHugh's winner. Yes, we can allow ourselves a moment of quiet satisfaction and joy but...we shouldn't get carried away. There's plenty for 'PP' to sort out and his job is still a big one! 'CM's goal was well taken and no fluke but it shouldn't disguise a performance at left back that was anything but comfortable. We need a loan left back to be brought in and the sooner the better. The Hanson/McLean partnership looks a bad fit with both players struggling to make sense of each others style. Hanson seems often unsure where McLean is and McLean seems so far back he often looks like a midfielder. Will it come right eventually? Hard to say, but it is a concern. Jonny Mac seems to make at least one bad call in each game these days. He did it early on and a looping ball came swinging back towards an empty City net (after JMc had run out of his box) Thankfully it missed. 0-1 down at that time would have been hard to take. Yes, Jones never stopped , Hanson tried hard, Davies was sure/steadfast and Reach is tricky and a handful but........!!!
But not just any left-back. You are obvlously completely unaware of the other 91 teams, because the keepers at these clubs usually make a bad call in every game. Jonny Mac looks a very confident keeper this season and long may it continue. At the moment Phil seems to want James to do the chasing. It's a work in progress for every manager in the League, but I guess some people only ever want to find faults and complain.
I think if you read my email I do give City/players credit but 'one swallow doesn't make a summer.' One game won at the death doesn't mean all the probs we've been having have disappeared overnight. (And 'Width Of The Post'-an excellent site has confirmed many of them in a constructive way over recent weeks) I think for some people on here any/ criticism/reservatio n/less than 100% positive opinion whatsoever is considered 'high treason' and 'betrayal'. Strange, since its only days since quite a few on here were calling for 'PP' to be axed-something I've never done. This site, at times, seems to go from one extreme to the other within a day or so... ie abject desperation, depression and despair...to...wild exaltation, over- the- top celebration and ecstacy! (missing out the 'middle-man!) Excuse me, the unofficial BCAFC blogging 'police' if I give my own opinion as I see it, based on what I see on the park. As the song says, "..I could be right...I could be wrong.." just like you and everyone else!! CTID (Comment Truly- Ignore Disparagement!)
If you think some on here have extreme views try Claret & Banter some on there wanted Phil Parkinson sacked !!!! laughable.
Twitter....Someone has even set up a ParkyOut account.

One game won at the death doesn't mean any problems are resolved but the run of results haven't really matched the effort and desire either. It has been very odd indeed as we have drawn and lost some games by playing better than at times in the past when we have won. I don't really think there have been many problems over and above some bad injury luck, personnel brought in from a higher division not performing as expected and some poor/odd officiating thrown in the mix too.

Of course we have had games when we have looked tired and void of ideas but the multi-million pound Man U team has also suffered similar this season.

We have near perfect mid-table form/points haul and I for one would have happily accepted that in August. The shotgun start, although helpful re the points gained didn't do the fans expectations any good and have been the cause of much criticism of the team and manager across many sites and forums.
[quote][p][bold]nowt fresh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: 'Relief' is indeed the only apt word to use after City got the winning goal at the very end of last night's game. It brings in 3 points, it ends a long winless run at home and stops the rot when even getting a single point has been difficult. And if ever a game looked like ending in a draw it was last night's match, before Carl McHugh's winner. Yes, we can allow ourselves a moment of quiet satisfaction and joy but...we shouldn't get carried away. There's plenty for 'PP' to sort out and his job is still a big one! 'CM's goal was well taken and no fluke but it shouldn't disguise a performance at left back that was anything but comfortable. We need a loan left back to be brought in and the sooner the better. The Hanson/McLean partnership looks a bad fit with both players struggling to make sense of each others style. Hanson seems often unsure where McLean is and McLean seems so far back he often looks like a midfielder. Will it come right eventually? Hard to say, but it is a concern. Jonny Mac seems to make at least one bad call in each game these days. He did it early on and a looping ball came swinging back towards an empty City net (after JMc had run out of his box) Thankfully it missed. 0-1 down at that time would have been hard to take. Yes, Jones never stopped , Hanson tried hard, Davies was sure/steadfast and Reach is tricky and a handful but........!!![/p][/quote]But not just any left-back. You are obvlously completely unaware of the other 91 teams, because the keepers at these clubs usually make a bad call in every game. Jonny Mac looks a very confident keeper this season and long may it continue. At the moment Phil seems to want James to do the chasing. It's a work in progress for every manager in the League, but I guess some people only ever want to find faults and complain.[/p][/quote]I think if you read my email I do give City/players credit but 'one swallow doesn't make a summer.' One game won at the death doesn't mean all the probs we've been having have disappeared overnight. (And 'Width Of The Post'-an excellent site has confirmed many of them in a constructive way over recent weeks) I think for some people on here any/ criticism/reservatio n/less than 100% positive opinion whatsoever is considered 'high treason' and 'betrayal'. Strange, since its only days since quite a few on here were calling for 'PP' to be axed-something I've never done. This site, at times, seems to go from one extreme to the other within a day or so... ie abject desperation, depression and despair...to...wild exaltation, over- the- top celebration and ecstacy! (missing out the 'middle-man!) Excuse me, the unofficial BCAFC blogging 'police' if I give my own opinion as I see it, based on what I see on the park. As the song says, "..I could be right...I could be wrong.." just like you and everyone else!! CTID (Comment Truly- Ignore Disparagement!)[/p][/quote]If you think some on here have extreme views try Claret & Banter some on there wanted Phil Parkinson sacked !!!! laughable.[/p][/quote]Twitter....Someone has even set up a ParkyOut account. One game won at the death doesn't mean any problems are resolved but the run of results haven't really matched the effort and desire either. It has been very odd indeed as we have drawn and lost some games by playing better than at times in the past when we have won. I don't really think there have been many problems over and above some bad injury luck, personnel brought in from a higher division not performing as expected and some poor/odd officiating thrown in the mix too. Of course we have had games when we have looked tired and void of ideas but the multi-million pound Man U team has also suffered similar this season. We have near perfect mid-table form/points haul and I for one would have happily accepted that in August. The shotgun start, although helpful re the points gained didn't do the fans expectations any good and have been the cause of much criticism of the team and manager across many sites and forums. Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 3

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