Bradford City defender Stephen Darby thankful cheers never turned to jeers

LOYAL SUPPORTERS: Stephen Darby, left, has praised the City faithful for their consistent backing throughout the barren spell at Valley Parade

LOYAL SUPPORTERS: Stephen Darby, left, has praised the City faithful for their consistent backing throughout the barren spell at Valley Parade

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

Stephen Darby has thanked the Valley Parade faithful for never getting on City’s backs during their barren run of results.

Tuesday’s first win in 14 attempts has revitalised the players and the fans ahead of the second part of their home triple-header against MK Dons tomorrow.

The last-gasp victory over Port Vale was also City’s first in their own backyard for nearly five months – a winless home streak spanning ten games.

City teams in the past have found themselves intimidated at times by the size of the stadium. But Darby insisted that was never an issue during their long wait for that elusive win.

The ever-present right back said: “We always look forward to playing at home because we have the crowd behind us. They are always brilliant and stick with us.

“Look back at the Crewe game when we came from 2-0 down. The place was absolutely bouncing.

“Even when the results haven’t been there, we still get that backing. They don’t start having a go.

“The players can see that and I hope the fans can see we are putting in everything and working hard to the last minute of every game.”

Darby’s pledge was backed up by Carl McHugh’s decisive header in stoppage time which finally broke Vale’s resistance. It might have come late but his fellow defender felt that justice was served.

“It’s about those fine margins,” added Darby. “You look back at the other home games and we haven’t done an awful lot wrong.

“Apart from the Rotherham game when the performance wasn’t there, every other one has gone right to the wire. We’ve created chances but had a lot of draws.

“There wasn’t a lot of difference from when we were winning games before. That’s why it has been so frustrating.

“But three points gives everyone a massive lift. Wins breed confidence and that can only be good for the team.”

City returned to the top half of League One but are still currently closer to the bottom four than the top six. Seven points is the safety margin.

Darby said: “At this stage of the season, everyone is fighting for points whether you’re up the top of the table or scrapping it out to stay up. “We’ve got to battle for every single point. We’re all sticking together as a squad and this is the time when we need to show that character.”

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7:55am Fri 21 Feb 14

macca1969 says...

Player of the season by a country mile. Give him a 3 year deal ASAP as he is surely the best right back we have seen in many a year.
Player of the season by a country mile. Give him a 3 year deal ASAP as he is surely the best right back we have seen in many a year. macca1969
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9:56am Fri 21 Feb 14

KnightMcCall says...

macca1969 wrote:
Player of the season by a country mile. Give him a 3 year deal ASAP as he is surely the best right back we have seen in many a year.
Was going to say something. Best way for Darby to thank the fans is to agree a new deal.
[quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: Player of the season by a country mile. Give him a 3 year deal ASAP as he is surely the best right back we have seen in many a year.[/p][/quote]Was going to say something. Best way for Darby to thank the fans is to agree a new deal. KnightMcCall
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10:12am Fri 21 Feb 14

Olivermac says...

macca1969 wrote:
Player of the season by a country mile. Give him a 3 year deal ASAP as he is surely the best right back we have seen in many a year.
I agree he is the best right back that's been at VP and I do think that he deserves recognition for the form and commitment this season that he has shown but I do feel that Gary Jones is also in the running for P.O.S. Give Darby a 3year deal and Jones a 2 year deal regardless of Jones is age.
[quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: Player of the season by a country mile. Give him a 3 year deal ASAP as he is surely the best right back we have seen in many a year.[/p][/quote]I agree he is the best right back that's been at VP and I do think that he deserves recognition for the form and commitment this season that he has shown but I do feel that Gary Jones is also in the running for P.O.S. Give Darby a 3year deal and Jones a 2 year deal regardless of Jones is age. Olivermac
  • Score: 4

10:42am Fri 21 Feb 14

macca1969 says...

Olivermac wrote:
macca1969 wrote:
Player of the season by a country mile. Give him a 3 year deal ASAP as he is surely the best right back we have seen in many a year.
I agree he is the best right back that's been at VP and I do think that he deserves recognition for the form and commitment this season that he has shown but I do feel that Gary Jones is also in the running for P.O.S. Give Darby a 3year deal and Jones a 2 year deal regardless of Jones is age.
Not going to argue over your shout for jonah. But I do remember jonah lookinga little tired and a small dip in form around cChristmas and January. Darby hasn't had a single dip in form which is incredible
[quote][p][bold]Olivermac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: Player of the season by a country mile. Give him a 3 year deal ASAP as he is surely the best right back we have seen in many a year.[/p][/quote]I agree he is the best right back that's been at VP and I do think that he deserves recognition for the form and commitment this season that he has shown but I do feel that Gary Jones is also in the running for P.O.S. Give Darby a 3year deal and Jones a 2 year deal regardless of Jones is age.[/p][/quote]Not going to argue over your shout for jonah. But I do remember jonah lookinga little tired and a small dip in form around cChristmas and January. Darby hasn't had a single dip in form which is incredible macca1969
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10:54am Fri 21 Feb 14

lawsonio123 says...

Yes a good player who is happy at Valley Parade (unlike one who has gone) he does not rock the boat so give him what he has earned and keep him with City
Yes a good player who is happy at Valley Parade (unlike one who has gone) he does not rock the boat so give him what he has earned and keep him with City lawsonio123
  • Score: 6

11:13am Fri 21 Feb 14

rinkydink says...

if we want to stay at least competitive in this league then players like Darby need to stay.
If he's happy here and he's playing well then surely its a no brainer.
if we want to stay at least competitive in this league then players like Darby need to stay. If he's happy here and he's playing well then surely its a no brainer. rinkydink
  • Score: 6

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11:44am Sat 22 Feb 14

fansince1956 says...

macca1969 wrote:
Player of the season by a country mile. Give him a 3 year deal ASAP as he is surely the best right back we have seen in many a year.
Yes it's so good having a right back of his quality after experiencing the likes of Edgehill, Holloway, Arneson, Hunt and Kozluk in recen years!
[quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: Player of the season by a country mile. Give him a 3 year deal ASAP as he is surely the best right back we have seen in many a year.[/p][/quote]Yes it's so good having a right back of his quality after experiencing the likes of Edgehill, Holloway, Arneson, Hunt and Kozluk in recen years! fansince1956
  • Score: 1

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