Only way is up as Bradford City skipper Gary Jones celebrates getting ‘massive monkey off our backs’

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Skipper Gary Jones celebrates after City’s last-gasp midweek victory against Port Vale Skipper Gary Jones celebrates after City’s last-gasp midweek victory against Port Vale

Gary Jones has set his sights on back-to-back Valley Parade victories after admitting he had almost forgotten what the winning feeling was like.

City pulled out of their 14-match drought by beating Port Vale on Tuesday – their first success since the end of November.

With MK Dons visiting this weekend, Phil Parkinson’s rejuvenated troops can now focus on cementing their mid-table security after edging back into the top half of League One.

Skipper Jones voiced the relief within the squad at claiming that first win since they had last come out on top at stadium:mk.

“We should savour this – it’s been a long time coming for everyone,” he said.

“We’ve had so many draws. We’d rather win, lose, win, lose, win, lose and be much further up the table.

“We just appreciate what it’s like to win at last. They have been very few and far between.

“I thought we played well all game. That’s what’s been missing of late – we’ve played a good 45 minutes here and 45 minutes there.

“But we were on Port Vale from the start and getting that goal was a massive monkey off our backs. We should enjoy it.

“We’ve got a tough game on Saturday against MK Dons, who are a very good footballing team.

“But this will hopefully give us a massive shot in the arm and we can really look forward to it.”

Jones continued his run of form with another high-energy effort against Vale and supplied the corner for Carl McHugh to head home the clinching goal in stoppage time.

The captain said: “We thought it was going to be one of those days again when Reachy (Adam Reach) hit the post and we had a few scrambles when the ball wouldn’t go in.

“But Carl McHugh is quite adept at popping up. He’s quite small, so I don’t think people realise how good he is in the air.

“He does really attack the ball – but it did seem to take absolutely forever to go in!”

It was also City’s first win in 11 home games and Jones paid tribute to the fans for their backing.

He said: “The supporters were unbelievable. After the run we’ve been on, they didn’t get frustrated. They were behind us from the start and the atmosphere was fantastic.

“We appreciate them so much and I’m so pleased for them that we could get that win at last.”

With two more home games on the agenda, Phil Parkinson is keen to see that Tuesday’s good work is not wasted.

The City chief stressed: “You can see how much it meant to everyone and we’ve got to capitalise on it.

“The most important thing before the next game is that the lads look after themselves and we get the level of training right. We want to produce another performance like that.

“We’ll sit down as a staff and decide whether to go with fresh legs in the team or stick with the same 11.”

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8:17am Thu 20 Feb 14

whisky1 says...

Get Jonah signed up for next season pronto ...awesome player top man
Get Jonah signed up for next season pronto ...awesome player top man whisky1
  • Score: 26

8:27am Thu 20 Feb 14

bcfc1903 says...

MK Dons are a footballing side, can see another BCFC win on the cards.

Gary Jones, he's magic you know!!!!! Just wish he'd arrived when Stuart tried to sign him a few years back....better late than never, awesome player indeed!!!!!!!!
MK Dons are a footballing side, can see another BCFC win on the cards. Gary Jones, he's magic you know!!!!! Just wish he'd arrived when Stuart tried to sign him a few years back....better late than never, awesome player indeed!!!!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 21

8:53am Thu 20 Feb 14

macca1969 says...

Think he must be related to Forest Gump the way he runs. What an engine he has for a man his age. He really does show at age is but a number although I,m sure its his professionalism that allows him to perform in this way. So happy for the team that for once their tremendous efforts were finally rewarded with 3 points,
Think he must be related to Forest Gump the way he runs. What an engine he has for a man his age. He really does show at age is but a number although I,m sure its his professionalism that allows him to perform in this way. So happy for the team that for once their tremendous efforts were finally rewarded with 3 points, macca1969
  • Score: 15

10:14am Thu 20 Feb 14

Peter300 says...

whisky1 wrote:
Get Jonah signed up for next season pronto ...awesome player top man
Somebody in the crowd was calling him an old duffer. The team from last season have competed well so far. Barring injury Meredith and Reid would have probably started on Tuesday. City had to sell Nahki (and yes they did have to sell him) plus Tommo came on as a sub. The idea was always evolution not revolution, so credit goes to the manager and players. Obviously a loss on Saturday and the Parkinson Out contingent will be up and running again, but thats football.
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: Get Jonah signed up for next season pronto ...awesome player top man[/p][/quote]Somebody in the crowd was calling him an old duffer. The team from last season have competed well so far. Barring injury Meredith and Reid would have probably started on Tuesday. City had to sell Nahki (and yes they did have to sell him) plus Tommo came on as a sub. The idea was always evolution not revolution, so credit goes to the manager and players. Obviously a loss on Saturday and the Parkinson Out contingent will be up and running again, but thats football. Peter300
  • Score: 3

11:21am Thu 20 Feb 14

audal says...

Off topic but maybe it is my age (sorry) why does the club support homosexuality but bans plastic ciggies ?
Off topic but maybe it is my age (sorry) why does the club support homosexuality but bans plastic ciggies ? audal
  • Score: -17

11:25am Thu 20 Feb 14

Farsley Bantam says...

audal wrote:
Off topic but maybe it is my age (sorry) why does the club support homosexuality but bans plastic ciggies ?
Those two things are totally unrelated. Not sure why you would lump them together.
[quote][p][bold]audal[/bold] wrote: Off topic but maybe it is my age (sorry) why does the club support homosexuality but bans plastic ciggies ?[/p][/quote]Those two things are totally unrelated. Not sure why you would lump them together. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 20

11:42am Thu 20 Feb 14

shaun from richmond says...

Peter300 wrote:
whisky1 wrote:
Get Jonah signed up for next season pronto ...awesome player top man
Somebody in the crowd was calling him an old duffer. The team from last season have competed well so far. Barring injury Meredith and Reid would have probably started on Tuesday. City had to sell Nahki (and yes they did have to sell him) plus Tommo came on as a sub. The idea was always evolution not revolution, so credit goes to the manager and players. Obviously a loss on Saturday and the Parkinson Out contingent will be up and running again, but thats football.
Someone in the crowd??????....HOW ON EARTH CAN YOU HEAR THAT??...From Skipton!!.
As for the Parky out contingent..ERM...Yo
u wanted him out after less than 6 months, REMEMBER!!.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: Get Jonah signed up for next season pronto ...awesome player top man[/p][/quote]Somebody in the crowd was calling him an old duffer. The team from last season have competed well so far. Barring injury Meredith and Reid would have probably started on Tuesday. City had to sell Nahki (and yes they did have to sell him) plus Tommo came on as a sub. The idea was always evolution not revolution, so credit goes to the manager and players. Obviously a loss on Saturday and the Parkinson Out contingent will be up and running again, but thats football.[/p][/quote]Someone in the crowd??????....HOW ON EARTH CAN YOU HEAR THAT??...From Skipton!!. As for the Parky out contingent..ERM...Yo u wanted him out after less than 6 months, REMEMBER!!. shaun from richmond
  • Score: 3

12:16pm Thu 20 Feb 14

London bcfc says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
audal wrote:
Off topic but maybe it is my age (sorry) why does the club support homosexuality but bans plastic ciggies ?
Those two things are totally unrelated. Not sure why you would lump them together.
Homosexuality and e cigs go together like elephants and bacon
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]audal[/bold] wrote: Off topic but maybe it is my age (sorry) why does the club support homosexuality but bans plastic ciggies ?[/p][/quote]Those two things are totally unrelated. Not sure why you would lump them together.[/p][/quote]Homosexuality and e cigs go together like elephants and bacon London bcfc
  • Score: 5

12:34pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Victor Clayton says...

I think Jones is a great man and great player, but was it just a coincidence that our first win in ages came after we had had a Saturday off and our opponents hadn’t.
For me, our win was due to the high tempo we maintained for the whole 90 mins +. We don’t normally do this, and for this reason I think we need to rotate the 2 central midfield player, inc Jones
I think Jones is a great man and great player, but was it just a coincidence that our first win in ages came after we had had a Saturday off and our opponents hadn’t. For me, our win was due to the high tempo we maintained for the whole 90 mins +. We don’t normally do this, and for this reason I think we need to rotate the 2 central midfield player, inc Jones Victor Clayton
  • Score: 8

1:36pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Cityman23 says...

Tuesday's result does indeed give us a bit of a 'comfort-zone' and now City have the psychological boost that should help in trying to get a win or two in the next couple of games.

I still feel that James Hanson being given the chasing role doesn't really make sense for a player whose pace is not his main strength and I would prefer to see Aaron McLean playing further forward, but I hope that greater 'awareness' of each other will happen with each succeeding game. McLean's 'monkey to be lost from his back' is his first goal-maybe it'll come v MK Dons.

Adam Reach is a terrific talent and City must make the most of his ability to bamboozle opponents and create openings/chances for other players.

Gary Jones seems a certainty for 'POTY' and they could just as well start engraving his name on the trophy right now!
Tuesday's result does indeed give us a bit of a 'comfort-zone' and now City have the psychological boost that should help in trying to get a win or two in the next couple of games. I still feel that James Hanson being given the chasing role doesn't really make sense for a player whose pace is not his main strength and I would prefer to see Aaron McLean playing further forward, but I hope that greater 'awareness' of each other will happen with each succeeding game. McLean's 'monkey to be lost from his back' is his first goal-maybe it'll come v MK Dons. Adam Reach is a terrific talent and City must make the most of his ability to bamboozle opponents and create openings/chances for other players. Gary Jones seems a certainty for 'POTY' and they could just as well start engraving his name on the trophy right now! Cityman23
  • Score: -1

1:51pm Thu 20 Feb 14

wakefieldbantam says...

Peter300 wrote:
whisky1 wrote:
Get Jonah signed up for next season pronto ...awesome player top man
Somebody in the crowd was calling him an old duffer. The team from last season have competed well so far. Barring injury Meredith and Reid would have probably started on Tuesday. City had to sell Nahki (and yes they did have to sell him) plus Tommo came on as a sub. The idea was always evolution not revolution, so credit goes to the manager and players. Obviously a loss on Saturday and the Parkinson Out contingent will be up and running again, but thats football.
If someone was, and I find that very unlikely, why didn't you have a word with him? Instead of moaning on here, but then again that's what you do best!
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: Get Jonah signed up for next season pronto ...awesome player top man[/p][/quote]Somebody in the crowd was calling him an old duffer. The team from last season have competed well so far. Barring injury Meredith and Reid would have probably started on Tuesday. City had to sell Nahki (and yes they did have to sell him) plus Tommo came on as a sub. The idea was always evolution not revolution, so credit goes to the manager and players. Obviously a loss on Saturday and the Parkinson Out contingent will be up and running again, but thats football.[/p][/quote]If someone was, and I find that very unlikely, why didn't you have a word with him? Instead of moaning on here, but then again that's what you do best! wakefieldbantam
  • Score: -3

2:34pm Thu 20 Feb 14

whisky1 says...

wakefieldbantam wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
whisky1 wrote: Get Jonah signed up for next season pronto ...awesome player top man
Somebody in the crowd was calling him an old duffer. The team from last season have competed well so far. Barring injury Meredith and Reid would have probably started on Tuesday. City had to sell Nahki (and yes they did have to sell him) plus Tommo came on as a sub. The idea was always evolution not revolution, so credit goes to the manager and players. Obviously a loss on Saturday and the Parkinson Out contingent will be up and running again, but thats football.
If someone was, and I find that very unlikely, why didn't you have a word with him? Instead of moaning on here, but then again that's what you do best!
There are plenty who said Jonahs legs had gone..and it would be no surprise if some moron picked on him just like the Fvckwit behind me who barracks Hanson constantly. Pedro is reet the knives will be out for Parky sooner or later.
[quote][p][bold]wakefieldbantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: Get Jonah signed up for next season pronto ...awesome player top man[/p][/quote]Somebody in the crowd was calling him an old duffer. The team from last season have competed well so far. Barring injury Meredith and Reid would have probably started on Tuesday. City had to sell Nahki (and yes they did have to sell him) plus Tommo came on as a sub. The idea was always evolution not revolution, so credit goes to the manager and players. Obviously a loss on Saturday and the Parkinson Out contingent will be up and running again, but thats football.[/p][/quote]If someone was, and I find that very unlikely, why didn't you have a word with him? Instead of moaning on here, but then again that's what you do best![/p][/quote]There are plenty who said Jonahs legs had gone..and it would be no surprise if some moron picked on him just like the Fvckwit behind me who barracks Hanson constantly. Pedro is reet the knives will be out for Parky sooner or later. whisky1
  • Score: -1

4:34pm Thu 20 Feb 14

audal says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
audal wrote:
Off topic but maybe it is my age (sorry) why does the club support homosexuality but bans plastic ciggies ?
Those two things are totally unrelated. Not sure why you would lump them together.
TRY READING the clubs official web site, re.(in)human rights and you will find them relevant sweetie xx
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]audal[/bold] wrote: Off topic but maybe it is my age (sorry) why does the club support homosexuality but bans plastic ciggies ?[/p][/quote]Those two things are totally unrelated. Not sure why you would lump them together.[/p][/quote]TRY READING the clubs official web site, re.(in)human rights and you will find them relevant sweetie xx audal
  • Score: -3

5:24pm Thu 20 Feb 14

James bcfc says...

Brilliant from jones real leader when we been throw this bad form jones has given his all like useally, passionate and love the club and fans and that's brilliant for a club to have a player like that, I did think he struggle this season but over recent games I don't know where we would be without him!! And parky! Hasn't deserve a lot of stick Class manage and person glad to see bit of pressure off him and play like we know we can and with are 13,000 behind them and class away surport we can match a lot of teams and never give up dreaming ( last season we was 11-13 points from play-offs ) #ParkysBarmyArmy
Brilliant from jones real leader when we been throw this bad form jones has given his all like useally, passionate and love the club and fans and that's brilliant for a club to have a player like that, I did think he struggle this season but over recent games I don't know where we would be without him!! And parky! Hasn't deserve a lot of stick Class manage and person glad to see bit of pressure off him and play like we know we can and with are 13,000 behind them and class away surport we can match a lot of teams and never give up dreaming ( last season we was 11-13 points from play-offs ) #ParkysBarmyArmy James bcfc
  • Score: 4

5:55pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Olivermac says...

Well done Gary this win was down to 90 min of effort from all the players involved even Thomo looked to have had a new engine fitted,in previous games not all the players have had the commitment but Tuesday game all the players deserve a pat on the back for the commitment shown from the first min to the 90th min of the game, just need the same effort and commitment on Sat .
Well done Gary this win was down to 90 min of effort from all the players involved even Thomo looked to have had a new engine fitted,in previous games not all the players have had the commitment but Tuesday game all the players deserve a pat on the back for the commitment shown from the first min to the 90th min of the game, just need the same effort and commitment on Sat . Olivermac
  • Score: 2

7:04pm Thu 20 Feb 14

shaun from richmond says...

whisky1 wrote:
wakefieldbantam wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
whisky1 wrote: Get Jonah signed up for next season pronto ...awesome player top man
Somebody in the crowd was calling him an old duffer. The team from last season have competed well so far. Barring injury Meredith and Reid would have probably started on Tuesday. City had to sell Nahki (and yes they did have to sell him) plus Tommo came on as a sub. The idea was always evolution not revolution, so credit goes to the manager and players. Obviously a loss on Saturday and the Parkinson Out contingent will be up and running again, but thats football.
If someone was, and I find that very unlikely, why didn't you have a word with him? Instead of moaning on here, but then again that's what you do best!
There are plenty who said Jonahs legs had gone..and it would be no surprise if some moron picked on him just like the Fvckwit behind me who barracks Hanson constantly. Pedro is reet the knives will be out for Parky sooner or later.
HOLD THE BACK PAGE....."Whiskey" supporting "The Moron Peter!" SHOCK!
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wakefieldbantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: Get Jonah signed up for next season pronto ...awesome player top man[/p][/quote]Somebody in the crowd was calling him an old duffer. The team from last season have competed well so far. Barring injury Meredith and Reid would have probably started on Tuesday. City had to sell Nahki (and yes they did have to sell him) plus Tommo came on as a sub. The idea was always evolution not revolution, so credit goes to the manager and players. Obviously a loss on Saturday and the Parkinson Out contingent will be up and running again, but thats football.[/p][/quote]If someone was, and I find that very unlikely, why didn't you have a word with him? Instead of moaning on here, but then again that's what you do best![/p][/quote]There are plenty who said Jonahs legs had gone..and it would be no surprise if some moron picked on him just like the Fvckwit behind me who barracks Hanson constantly. Pedro is reet the knives will be out for Parky sooner or later.[/p][/quote]HOLD THE BACK PAGE....."Whiskey" supporting "The Moron Peter!" SHOCK! shaun from richmond
  • Score: 0

8:08pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Farsley Bantam says...

audal wrote:
Farsley Bantam wrote:
audal wrote:
Off topic but maybe it is my age (sorry) why does the club support homosexuality but bans plastic ciggies ?
Those two things are totally unrelated. Not sure why you would lump them together.
TRY READING the clubs official web site, re.(in)human rights and you will find them relevant sweetie xx
Just read the two SEPERATE statements on the clubs website. You asked 'why does the club support homosexuality but bans plastic ciggies', two totally unrelated statements yet you ask as if they contradict each other (they don't by any stretch of the imagination). And yes since you ask you are being an old c*nt, sweetie xxx
[quote][p][bold]audal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]audal[/bold] wrote: Off topic but maybe it is my age (sorry) why does the club support homosexuality but bans plastic ciggies ?[/p][/quote]Those two things are totally unrelated. Not sure why you would lump them together.[/p][/quote]TRY READING the clubs official web site, re.(in)human rights and you will find them relevant sweetie xx[/p][/quote]Just read the two SEPERATE statements on the clubs website. You asked 'why does the club support homosexuality but bans plastic ciggies', two totally unrelated statements yet you ask as if they contradict each other (they don't by any stretch of the imagination). And yes since you ask you are being an old c*nt, sweetie xxx Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 0

9:09pm Thu 20 Feb 14

lawsonio123 says...

Jones secret is no secret at all he loves and lives for football this love of the game drives him on Oh but more players was like this instead of money mad the whole game would benefit i hope he goes on for years to come which i am sure he will in one way or another
Jones secret is no secret at all he loves and lives for football this love of the game drives him on Oh but more players was like this instead of money mad the whole game would benefit i hope he goes on for years to come which i am sure he will in one way or another lawsonio123
  • Score: 2

7:48am Fri 21 Feb 14

BigFigure says...

audal wrote:
Off topic but maybe it is my age (sorry) why does the club support homosexuality but bans plastic ciggies ?
Probably....they say some people revert back to childhood as they get older....
[quote][p][bold]audal[/bold] wrote: Off topic but maybe it is my age (sorry) why does the club support homosexuality but bans plastic ciggies ?[/p][/quote]Probably....they say some people revert back to childhood as they get older.... BigFigure
  • Score: 0

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