Brains needed for Bradford City to get the job Don

City are in talks with Middlesbrough over extending the loan of Adam Reach, right

City are in talks with Middlesbrough over extending the loan of Adam Reach, right

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

City face a test of brains as much as brawn in their bid to chalk up successive home wins tomorrow.

Phil Parkinson has warned that MK Dons will offer a very different test to the Port Vale game when his side finally claimed a first victory in 2014.

Parkinson, who is in discussions with Middlesbrough over extending Adam Reach’s loan, revealed it has been a happier training ground in the wake of Tuesday’s win.

City are now looking for back-to-back success – but Parkinson knows it will be far from easy.

He said: “MK Dons offer a different proposition. They play the extra man in midfield so there will be times when they have possession of the ball and we’ll have to be disciplined.

“Sometimes the game can have a different look because there are two different systems on the pitch. But we’ve dealt with that before.

“We have got to make sure we are switched on and play with our brains as well. We’re capable of doing that.”

Boro boss Aitor Karanka was at Valley Parade in midweek to watch Reach, whose initial month with City is up after tomorrow’s game.

He saw the left winger in outstanding form again and a team who finally made the breakthrough after 13 games since their previous win.

Parkinson added: “The lads needed to get rewarded for the way they played. We deserved that.

“We go into the next game in good spirits but equally with the understanding that it’s going to take the same effort to get the points. Anything less than that won’t be enough.”

Parkinson will stick with the same side so goal hero McHugh continues at left back. Matthew Bates is expected to miss the next fortnight and James Meredith is still recovering from his broken foot.

The City chief said: “Mez is progressing but he’s still walking round with a protective boot. He’s still a way off.

“Carl never lets you down and never shirks responsibility on the pitch. All the lads respect him because of his honesty and commitment.

“When he’s been out the team, he trains so well and that’s so important for me personally. He waits patiently for his chance and when he comes in, more often than not puts in a performance.”

McHugh believes his first goal for over a year has changed the whole outlook of the club as they head into the second of three home games on the bounce.

“We thought it was going to be another one of those draws,” he said. “You could sense the relief from everyone.

“The pressure has been eased. If we’d drawn that game again, it would have been a different mindset going into tomorrow.

“Hopefully we can put in a performance similar to Tuesday night and that will give us a good chance.”

Kyle Bennett is likely to get the nod over Garry Thompson on the right flank again after his brightest display since arriving from Doncaster.

Bennett said: “I did enjoy it a lot more than the previous games and we looked more like a team.

“It’s given us a bit of momentum now. That run of draws and losses has gone and we can put a line under it.”

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9:49am Fri 21 Feb 14

Freddy says...

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So I sorted the Team out on Tuesday Night and got my promised WIN!!!.
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I thought McLean's work rate was excellent. The fouling he was subjected to, was disgraceful. He rightly rejected the Ref. who asked if he was OK. BUT, I did not understand why he played deep. Hanson was receiving the ball, but with no other player up front with him.
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Parky was urging McHugh to go up field into the box area--during the second half. Result---A GOAL!!!. Brilliant.
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I watched 'Parky' welcome every player back into the Dressing Room. Great delight and relieved smiling ALL round.
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I like to DREAM---I said 9 Points from the 3 Homes would be perfick!.
It is possibly going to become a reality. The Crowd in The Kop Stand were magnificent.. Superb Support--Superb Supporters. Well done every singing and chanting Supporter.
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City won 3-2 at MK Dons. I agree an equally tough match tomorrow. BUT--with our excellent Home Supporters---I feel another WIN is a very strong possibility. WELL DONE EVERYONE AT BRADFORD CITY FC.
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* So I sorted the Team out on Tuesday Night and got my promised WIN!!!. * I thought McLean's work rate was excellent. The fouling he was subjected to, was disgraceful. He rightly rejected the Ref. who asked if he was OK. BUT, I did not understand why he played deep. Hanson was receiving the ball, but with no other player up front with him. * Parky was urging McHugh to go up field into the box area--during the second half. Result---A GOAL!!!. Brilliant. * I watched 'Parky' welcome every player back into the Dressing Room. Great delight and relieved smiling ALL round. * I like to DREAM---I said 9 Points from the 3 Homes would be perfick!. It is possibly going to become a reality. The Crowd in The Kop Stand were magnificent.. Superb Support--Superb Supporters. Well done every singing and chanting Supporter. * City won 3-2 at MK Dons. I agree an equally tough match tomorrow. BUT--with our excellent Home Supporters---I feel another WIN is a very strong possibility. WELL DONE EVERYONE AT BRADFORD CITY FC. * Freddy
  • Score: 6

10:08am Fri 21 Feb 14

Peter300 says...

Freddy wrote:
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So I sorted the Team out on Tuesday Night and got my promised WIN!!!.
*
I thought McLean's work rate was excellent. The fouling he was subjected to, was disgraceful. He rightly rejected the Ref. who asked if he was OK. BUT, I did not understand why he played deep. Hanson was receiving the ball, but with no other player up front with him.
*
Parky was urging McHugh to go up field into the box area--during the second half. Result---A GOAL!!!. Brilliant.
*
I watched 'Parky' welcome every player back into the Dressing Room. Great delight and relieved smiling ALL round.
*
I like to DREAM---I said 9 Points from the 3 Homes would be perfick!.
It is possibly going to become a reality. The Crowd in The Kop Stand were magnificent.. Superb Support--Superb Supporters. Well done every singing and chanting Supporter.
*
City won 3-2 at MK Dons. I agree an equally tough match tomorrow. BUT--with our excellent Home Supporters---I feel another WIN is a very strong possibility. WELL DONE EVERYONE AT BRADFORD CITY FC.
*
Well done Freddy!
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * So I sorted the Team out on Tuesday Night and got my promised WIN!!!. * I thought McLean's work rate was excellent. The fouling he was subjected to, was disgraceful. He rightly rejected the Ref. who asked if he was OK. BUT, I did not understand why he played deep. Hanson was receiving the ball, but with no other player up front with him. * Parky was urging McHugh to go up field into the box area--during the second half. Result---A GOAL!!!. Brilliant. * I watched 'Parky' welcome every player back into the Dressing Room. Great delight and relieved smiling ALL round. * I like to DREAM---I said 9 Points from the 3 Homes would be perfick!. It is possibly going to become a reality. The Crowd in The Kop Stand were magnificent.. Superb Support--Superb Supporters. Well done every singing and chanting Supporter. * City won 3-2 at MK Dons. I agree an equally tough match tomorrow. BUT--with our excellent Home Supporters---I feel another WIN is a very strong possibility. WELL DONE EVERYONE AT BRADFORD CITY FC. *[/p][/quote]Well done Freddy! Peter300
  • Score: 5

10:27am Fri 21 Feb 14

minkiebantam says...

I Hope we have tied Reach down for the rest of the season by the end of today? The fact that they are saying it will be the same team as Tues is a god sign, but we have had no confirmation yet that it is a done deal?
Should be a good game tomorrow, hopefully with 3 points at the end of it.
COME ON CITY!!!
CTID!
I Hope we have tied Reach down for the rest of the season by the end of today? The fact that they are saying it will be the same team as Tues is a god sign, but we have had no confirmation yet that it is a done deal? Should be a good game tomorrow, hopefully with 3 points at the end of it. COME ON CITY!!! CTID! minkiebantam
  • Score: 3

11:06am Fri 21 Feb 14

lawsonio123 says...

IF Reach is recalled it will be after Saturday but please directors try to buy him now it would be money well spent
IF Reach is recalled it will be after Saturday but please directors try to buy him now it would be money well spent lawsonio123
  • Score: 3

11:15am Fri 21 Feb 14

whisky1 says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
IF Reach is recalled it will be after Saturday but please directors try to buy him now it would be money well spent
He is well out of our REACH!..he is seen as one for the future for them and his fee would be very significant. Long loan is the best we can hope for
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: IF Reach is recalled it will be after Saturday but please directors try to buy him now it would be money well spent[/p][/quote]He is well out of our REACH!..he is seen as one for the future for them and his fee would be very significant. Long loan is the best we can hope for whisky1
  • Score: 7

1:18pm Fri 21 Feb 14

bcfc1903 says...

Good feeling about this game, 2-1 to BCFC, McArdle and Mclean....att 13,101

If the BCFC players repeat the 95 minute performance of last Tuesday, it'll be another three points coming to to the home team, another passionate Valley Parade crowd should ensure yet another fantastic atmosphere. Good luck to the clubs management, players and to the BCFC fans, have a good one!!!!!!
Good feeling about this game, 2-1 to BCFC, McArdle and Mclean....att 13,101 If the BCFC players repeat the 95 minute performance of last Tuesday, it'll be another three points coming to to the home team, another passionate Valley Parade crowd should ensure yet another fantastic atmosphere. Good luck to the clubs management, players and to the BCFC fans, have a good one!!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 5

5:01pm Fri 21 Feb 14

lawsonio123 says...

whisky1 wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote:
IF Reach is recalled it will be after Saturday but please directors try to buy him now it would be money well spent
He is well out of our REACH!..he is seen as one for the future for them and his fee would be very significant. Long loan is the best we can hope for
Ha but they are not immune to having palms crossed with silver and we have a bit of brass now
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: IF Reach is recalled it will be after Saturday but please directors try to buy him now it would be money well spent[/p][/quote]He is well out of our REACH!..he is seen as one for the future for them and his fee would be very significant. Long loan is the best we can hope for[/p][/quote]Ha but they are not immune to having palms crossed with silver and we have a bit of brass now lawsonio123
  • Score: -1

6:47pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Statler4 says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
whisky1 wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote:
IF Reach is recalled it will be after Saturday but please directors try to buy him now it would be money well spent
He is well out of our REACH!..he is seen as one for the future for them and his fee would be very significant. Long loan is the best we can hope for
Ha but they are not immune to having palms crossed with silver and we have a bit of brass now
He's contracted to Middlesbough until 2016. They rate him extremely highly and they're not going to let him go. They're sending him out on loan to get experience to benefit them in the future. He's not for sale.
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: IF Reach is recalled it will be after Saturday but please directors try to buy him now it would be money well spent[/p][/quote]He is well out of our REACH!..he is seen as one for the future for them and his fee would be very significant. Long loan is the best we can hope for[/p][/quote]Ha but they are not immune to having palms crossed with silver and we have a bit of brass now[/p][/quote]He's contracted to Middlesbough until 2016. They rate him extremely highly and they're not going to let him go. They're sending him out on loan to get experience to benefit them in the future. He's not for sale. Statler4
  • Score: 2

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  • Score: -3

9:25pm Fri 21 Feb 14

torreyman says...

If we play anything like Tuesday night 3 points in the bag anything less a draw looms up or even worse Come on City
If we play anything like Tuesday night 3 points in the bag anything less a draw looms up or even worse Come on City torreyman
  • Score: 0

10:03pm Fri 21 Feb 14

silverbantam says...

Adam Reach's dad: @paulreach11: @martin2129 @ParkerTandA he is staying for one more month”
#bcafc
Adam Reach's dad: @paulreach11: @martin2129 @ParkerTandA he is staying for one more month” #bcafc silverbantam
  • Score: 0

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