LiveFT: City 1 MK Dons 0

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5:00pm

James Hanson made it back-to-back home wins for City this afternoon – with a helping hand from blundering Dons keeper David Martin.
The targetman claimed his tenth goal of the season after an air-shot from the Milton Keynes stopper.
Both sides went close to breaking the deadlock in an open first half.
MK Dons, who only brought four subs because of injuries, were first to threaten when Jon McLaughlin beat away a Ben Reeves drive.
When the keeper was beaten by Izale McLeod, Stephen Darby was in the right place at the right time to clear off the line.
Hanson and Aaron Mclean were linking well up front for City and the targetman nearly had his tenth goal of the season two minutes before the break.
Latching on to Andrew Davies’ header, Hanson met it with a volley which crashed back off the bar.
But the big man got his rewards after 71 minutes thanks to a massive blunder from Martin. The keeper swung and missed at a backpass, allowing Hanson in to tap into the empty net from a tight angle.

4:58pm

That's it! City win again...

4:58pm

It's now the EIGHTH minute of stoppages and MK have a corner. Martin come up for it..

4:57pm

All we care about is BCFC booms around the ground. Crowd singing City home

4:56pm

All right to carry on...

4:55pm

But he's still on the floor getting treated by physio Matt Barrass

4:55pm

McLaughlin dives bravely at McLeod's feet and gets a kick in the head for his trouble

4:54pm

City kill more time by replacing Reach with Dolan

4:53pm

Important clearing header at far post from McHugh to clear Hall cross

4:50pm

Might as well play another half referee...

4:49pm

Six!!!

4:48pm

Gonna be a lot of added time today. For once, that's not ideal

4:46pm

Martin comes to edge of box to clear and flattens Hanson in process. Big man is flattened but no action taken against the keeper

4:45pm

McLeod pole-axes Doyle and joins Kay in referee Gary Sutton's book

4:43pm

How is it not 2-0? Jones corner headed goalwards by Hanson, Martin parries and the striker's attempt to jab in rebound is somehow smuggled behind for corner

4:41pm

City shout for a penalty for Lewington's challenge on Thompson but corner given

4:40pm

Screamer from Doyle flies just over the bar from 30 yards...

4:38pm

More action on the MK bench. On comes Bolton striker Odelusi for his debut in place of Chadwick

4:37pm

Big cheer as Martin faces another high back pass. Even big cheers when he shanks it like a 32-handicap golfer straight into touch...

4:37pm

Place has come alive again. Looks a very different game from five minutes ago...

4:35pm

Ryan Hall comes on for Baldock for MK Dons.

4:34pm

Thompson caught by Kay on touchline right in front of Parkinson. Booking for the MK centre half

4:31pm

City take the lead thanks to a horrible howler from keeper David Martin! He completely misses a backpass and HANSON taps in his tenth goal of the season...

4:28pm

The change in formation has evened up the numbers in midfield where MK were starting to get on top

4:27pm

Kay heads over from corner with keeper struggling to get there

4:26pm

McLaughlin saves well with his legs to deny Reeves cross-shot

4:25pm

City switch to 4-3-3 as Atkinson makes his home debut. Only appearance up to now was at Wolves

4:24pm

City make their second change. Mclean, clearly not ok, is replaced by the lesser-spotted Atkinson

4:23pm

Mclean walking a bit gingerly to the touchline but he should be ok

4:22pm

Parky uses the break to pass on some notes to Doyle

4:22pm

Jones clears away before play is halted as Mclean stays down following challenge

4:21pm

Corner number five for MK

4:20pm

Karl Robinson punches the air in annoyance as a Dons move breaks down in the City box. He clearly fancies winning this

4:18pm

McLaughlin comes a long way for the corner and grabs at the second attempt

4:17pm

Neat inter-change from Dons on edge of box. Davis smothers McLeod shot then Alli and Chadwick denied. Dons corner

4:14pm

Thompson coming on for Bennett, not a surprise

4:12pm

Crowd coming to life. Let's hope the team can do the same, game drifting along at the moment

4:10pm

... comes to nothing

4:10pm

First City corner...

4:10pm

Chorus of Midland Road as City try to push on

4:07pm

Crowd today is 13,501 with 253 from Milton Keynes

4:04pm

MK get us underway once more...

4:03pm

Teams re-emerge and we're ready to go again. City attacking the Bradford End second half for a change

4:02pm

3:48pm

All square at the break, 0-0

3:48pm

Good tackle from Darby on Powell to thwart promising MK counter-attack

3:46pm

Two minutes added time

3:45pm

Stop in play while Alli gets treatment for whack on the head...

3:44pm

City rattle the woodwork as Davies heads free-kick across goal and Hanson fires volley against the bar...

3:39pm

Hanson shapes for an overhead kick but cannot keep it down

3:38pm

Good persistence from Mclean and Hanson to pen Dons in. Hanson squeezes pass back to Doyle 20 yards out but his drive flies into Kop

3:37pm

Reeves eludes Doyle's clutches to cut across edge of City box but screws low shot wide

3:37pm

City trying to keep the ball down on a difficult pitch. Might be more effective if they play to their strengths

3:32pm

3:31pm

Biggest cheer of day as Mr Sutton awards a throw-in City's way...

3:31pm

Mclean again comes out on wrong side of a 50-50 decision with the ref. The crowd are suitably impressed with the official

3:28pm

Alli plays Chadwick inside McHugh into box but McLaughlin is out smartish to smother the ball at his feet.

3:27pm

McLeod leaves McHugh on his backside with sharp turn in box. Shot beats McLaughlin but Darby in right place to clear off the line!

3:24pm

Mclean looks to bustle his way clear but Kay blocks him off on edge of box

3:23pm

Hanson jumps above two white shirts to nod down McLaughlin's long free-kick and Bennett's first-time shot is saved above his head by Martin.

3:22pm

Then he throws his body in the way of Powell's shot as Dons find some space

3:22pm

Davies tracks back to make important interception as Reeves tries to pick out McLeod's run into the box

3:19pm

Early link-up play between Hanson and Mclean has been good. Bit of anticipation about where the headers will land

3:18pm

Dons look a much better team than Port Vale but it's a nice open game

3:15pm

Strong right-handed save from McLaughlin to keep out fierce drive from Reeves after City fail to clear their lines. Great block that against Dons' most dangerous player so far

3:11pm

Mclean just been flagged offside for the third time already

3:10pm

Bennet, now back on the right, is brushed off the ball by Alli and then pulls him down just to side of City penalty area.

3:09pm

Dons keeper Martin in a rather fetching "mango" ensemble...

3:07pm

Jones heads away MK's second corner of the afternoon

3:06pm

Parkinson is irate with fourth official as Mclean is dragged back by Spence and free-kick given to the Dons

3:06pm

Bennett and Reach have switched sides. But Bennett's cross for Hanson is a poor one

3:04pm

Hanson flicks into path of Mclean and Martin manages to block his first-time jab. That elusive first City goal is getting closer ...

3:04pm

"All we care about is BCFC" booms out - the new Valley Parade anthem

3:03pm

.... which McLaughlin gathers easily

3:03pm

Reeves shows some quick feet to work space on left but cross is cut out by McLaughlin. Dons attack again and Davies slides to concede first corner

3:01pm

City get us going and immediately Mclean ploughs forward on to long ball - but flag is up

3:01pm

Boos as MK Dons win the toss and turn teams round. Keeper David Martin gets a load of stick as he heads towards goal beneath the Kop

3:01pm

Boos as MK Dons win the toss and turn teams round. Keeper David Martin gets a load of stick as he heads towards goal beneath the Kop

2:59pm

Kop loosening their vocal chords. Played a big part on Tuesday and looking to carry on where they left off...

2:58pm

2:58pm

2:57pm

2:57pm

Here come the teams... time to go to work!

2:52pm

Doesn't look a lot here from Milton Keynes - and no sign of any concrete cows in the away end

2:46pm

2:21pm

MK Dons have been hit so hard by injuries that they are only able to field four subs.

Samir Carruthers and Lee Hodson joined the growing casualty list in Tuesday's goalless draw with Preston.

Bolton striker Sanmi Odelusi goes straight on to the bench after signing on loan yesterday.

MK DONS: Martin, Baldock, Spence, Kay, Lewington, Alli, Gleeson, Chadwick, Powell, Reeves, McLeod. Subs: Smith, Hall, Odelusi, McLoughlin.

2:07pm

2:02pm

No surprise to see an unchanged line-up for City today.

With Adam Reach secured for a further month's loan, Phil Parkinson is happy to send out the same team that never stopped battling in midweek.

The bench is also the same seven.

CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, McHugh, Bennett, Doyle, Jones, Reach, Mclean, Hanson. Subs: Dolan, Gray, Thompson, Yeates, McBurnie, Atkinson, Jameson.

1:49pm

1:48pm

Good afternoon and welcome from a sunny Valley Parade as City look to make it back-to-back home wins.

After the late drama of Tuesday's night victory over Port Vale, MK Dons are the visitors - and the prospect of a first double of the season.

 

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2:47pm Sat 22 Feb 14

bazzathetyke says...

Have a Tenner on a Leeds Draw, Chelsea Win and Mk Dons Win..
2 down 1 to go...set off to the bookies at 4.30PM to collect...
Have a Tenner on a Leeds Draw, Chelsea Win and Mk Dons Win.. 2 down 1 to go...set off to the bookies at 4.30PM to collect... bazzathetyke
  • Score: -23

4:05pm Sat 22 Feb 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

bazzathetyke wrote:
Have a Tenner on a Leeds Draw, Chelsea Win and Mk Dons Win..
2 down 1 to go...set off to the bookies at 4.30PM to collect...
Wow, you really are a seriously sad little man. I tried to get odds on you not turning up being a pathetic troll on City's pages every Saturday but the bookie refused to take the bet as the odds were so very, very long. Shouldn't you be trolling your big' rivals' in Manchester and Chelsea? They'll be green with envy at your big 0-0 draw
[quote][p][bold]bazzathetyke[/bold] wrote: Have a Tenner on a Leeds Draw, Chelsea Win and Mk Dons Win.. 2 down 1 to go...set off to the bookies at 4.30PM to collect...[/p][/quote]Wow, you really are a seriously sad little man. I tried to get odds on you not turning up being a pathetic troll on City's pages every Saturday but the bookie refused to take the bet as the odds were so very, very long. Shouldn't you be trolling your big' rivals' in Manchester and Chelsea? They'll be green with envy at your big 0-0 draw moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: 10

5:02pm Sat 22 Feb 14

SHOESMAKER24 says...

well played city with the win just the job
well played city with the win just the job SHOESMAKER24
  • Score: 4

5:04pm Sat 22 Feb 14

SHOESMAKER24 says...

keep the great work up thats better ,onword and upwords
keep the great work up thats better ,onword and upwords SHOESMAKER24
  • Score: 4

5:05pm Sat 22 Feb 14

bazzathetyke says...

moanmoanwhingewhinge wrote:
bazzathetyke wrote:
Have a Tenner on a Leeds Draw, Chelsea Win and Mk Dons Win..
2 down 1 to go...set off to the bookies at 4.30PM to collect...
Wow, you really are a seriously sad little man. I tried to get odds on you not turning up being a pathetic troll on City's pages every Saturday but the bookie refused to take the bet as the odds were so very, very long. Shouldn't you be trolling your big' rivals' in Manchester and Chelsea? They'll be green with envy at your big 0-0 draw
First time I've commented on a Saturday for quite a while. Well done City and lighten up MMWW...
[quote][p][bold]moanmoanwhingewhinge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bazzathetyke[/bold] wrote: Have a Tenner on a Leeds Draw, Chelsea Win and Mk Dons Win.. 2 down 1 to go...set off to the bookies at 4.30PM to collect...[/p][/quote]Wow, you really are a seriously sad little man. I tried to get odds on you not turning up being a pathetic troll on City's pages every Saturday but the bookie refused to take the bet as the odds were so very, very long. Shouldn't you be trolling your big' rivals' in Manchester and Chelsea? They'll be green with envy at your big 0-0 draw[/p][/quote]First time I've commented on a Saturday for quite a while. Well done City and lighten up MMWW... bazzathetyke
  • Score: -6

5:36pm Sat 22 Feb 14

birstallbantam56 says...

bazzathetyke wrote:
Have a Tenner on a Leeds Draw, Chelsea Win and Mk Dons Win..
2 down 1 to go...set off to the bookies at 4.30PM to collect...
What a b3ll3nd you are!
[quote][p][bold]bazzathetyke[/bold] wrote: Have a Tenner on a Leeds Draw, Chelsea Win and Mk Dons Win.. 2 down 1 to go...set off to the bookies at 4.30PM to collect...[/p][/quote]What a b3ll3nd you are! birstallbantam56
  • Score: 6

5:37pm Sat 22 Feb 14

bazzathetyke says...

birstallbantam56 wrote:
bazzathetyke wrote:
Have a Tenner on a Leeds Draw, Chelsea Win and Mk Dons Win..
2 down 1 to go...set off to the bookies at 4.30PM to collect...
What a b3ll3nd you are!
Ding Dong!
[quote][p][bold]birstallbantam56[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bazzathetyke[/bold] wrote: Have a Tenner on a Leeds Draw, Chelsea Win and Mk Dons Win.. 2 down 1 to go...set off to the bookies at 4.30PM to collect...[/p][/quote]What a b3ll3nd you are![/p][/quote]Ding Dong! bazzathetyke
  • Score: -5

5:59pm Sat 22 Feb 14

lawsonio123 says...

All credit for a hard earned win thanks to James a bit down to see our goal machine did not score again but he did play very well let us hope he starts to find the net soon. However credit to the team well played and as usual they did not give in Mr Parkinson should be pleased with his team
All credit for a hard earned win thanks to James a bit down to see our goal machine did not score again but he did play very well let us hope he starts to find the net soon. However credit to the team well played and as usual they did not give in Mr Parkinson should be pleased with his team lawsonio123
  • Score: 4

6:34pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Cityman23 says...

City's second three points in a row was most welcome but in all honesty, the claret/amber boys were fortunate indeed to get them! Up to the point when the MKD keeper missed his clearance kick allowing 'JH' to nip in/ convert an easy chance, a draw looked the most likely.

The back four had a solid game with Stephen Darby the big standout-my MOTM . Jonny Mac made some key saves and Rory McArdle looked better than he has been at times recently.

Gary Jones was his usual busy, reliable self, getting around like a player half his age and Reach again threatened. The young winger is rapidly becoming a favourite with the Bantams' faithful.

James Hanson worked hard but the partnership with Aaron McLean is yet to 'click' and 'AMc' was subbed during the second half when Thompson moved up front.

Two wins out of three successive home games SHOULD be converted to three by 5pm on March 1st v Stevenage...surely!! But, then again when do City have easy games? The main thing now is the supporters calling for 'PP' to go have been silenced as has talk of a relegation battle!
City's second three points in a row was most welcome but in all honesty, the claret/amber boys were fortunate indeed to get them! Up to the point when the MKD keeper missed his clearance kick allowing 'JH' to nip in/ convert an easy chance, a draw looked the most likely. The back four had a solid game with Stephen Darby the big standout-my MOTM . Jonny Mac made some key saves and Rory McArdle looked better than he has been at times recently. Gary Jones was his usual busy, reliable self, getting around like a player half his age and Reach again threatened. The young winger is rapidly becoming a favourite with the Bantams' faithful. James Hanson worked hard but the partnership with Aaron McLean is yet to 'click' and 'AMc' was subbed during the second half when Thompson moved up front. Two wins out of three successive home games SHOULD be converted to three by 5pm on March 1st v Stevenage...surely!! But, then again when do City have easy games? The main thing now is the supporters calling for 'PP' to go have been silenced as has talk of a relegation battle! Cityman23
  • Score: -2

8:24pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Durko11 says...

Well done city, it's much easier to play without that monkey on our back!!
Well done city, it's much easier to play without that monkey on our back!! Durko11
  • Score: 1

8:46pm Sat 22 Feb 14

silverbantam says...

Cityman23 wrote:
City's second three points in a row was most welcome but in all honesty, the claret/amber boys were fortunate indeed to get them! Up to the point when the MKD keeper missed his clearance kick allowing 'JH' to nip in/ convert an easy chance, a draw looked the most likely.

The back four had a solid game with Stephen Darby the big standout-my MOTM . Jonny Mac made some key saves and Rory McArdle looked better than he has been at times recently.

Gary Jones was his usual busy, reliable self, getting around like a player half his age and Reach again threatened. The young winger is rapidly becoming a favourite with the Bantams' faithful.

James Hanson worked hard but the partnership with Aaron McLean is yet to 'click' and 'AMc' was subbed during the second half when Thompson moved up front.

Two wins out of three successive home games SHOULD be converted to three by 5pm on March 1st v Stevenage...surely!! But, then again when do City have easy games? The main thing now is the supporters calling for 'PP' to go have been silenced as has talk of a relegation battle!
McLean was subbed off to change formation to 4-5-1 cos MK Dons were getting on top. He'd also tweaked his groin a little !
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: City's second three points in a row was most welcome but in all honesty, the claret/amber boys were fortunate indeed to get them! Up to the point when the MKD keeper missed his clearance kick allowing 'JH' to nip in/ convert an easy chance, a draw looked the most likely. The back four had a solid game with Stephen Darby the big standout-my MOTM . Jonny Mac made some key saves and Rory McArdle looked better than he has been at times recently. Gary Jones was his usual busy, reliable self, getting around like a player half his age and Reach again threatened. The young winger is rapidly becoming a favourite with the Bantams' faithful. James Hanson worked hard but the partnership with Aaron McLean is yet to 'click' and 'AMc' was subbed during the second half when Thompson moved up front. Two wins out of three successive home games SHOULD be converted to three by 5pm on March 1st v Stevenage...surely!! But, then again when do City have easy games? The main thing now is the supporters calling for 'PP' to go have been silenced as has talk of a relegation battle![/p][/quote]McLean was subbed off to change formation to 4-5-1 cos MK Dons were getting on top. He'd also tweaked his groin a little ! silverbantam
  • Score: 3

8:54pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Cityman23 says...

silverbantam wrote:
Cityman23 wrote:
City's second three points in a row was most welcome but in all honesty, the claret/amber boys were fortunate indeed to get them! Up to the point when the MKD keeper missed his clearance kick allowing 'JH' to nip in/ convert an easy chance, a draw looked the most likely.

The back four had a solid game with Stephen Darby the big standout-my MOTM . Jonny Mac made some key saves and Rory McArdle looked better than he has been at times recently.

Gary Jones was his usual busy, reliable self, getting around like a player half his age and Reach again threatened. The young winger is rapidly becoming a favourite with the Bantams' faithful.

James Hanson worked hard but the partnership with Aaron McLean is yet to 'click' and 'AMc' was subbed during the second half when Thompson moved up front.

Two wins out of three successive home games SHOULD be converted to three by 5pm on March 1st v Stevenage...surely!! But, then again when do City have easy games? The main thing now is the supporters calling for 'PP' to go have been silenced as has talk of a relegation battle!
McLean was subbed off to change formation to 4-5-1 cos MK Dons were getting on top. He'd also tweaked his groin a little !
I understand about the need for an extra City midfielder v 5 MKD midfielders but would 'AMc' have been the one to be sacrificed if he'd been threatening to score?
[quote][p][bold]silverbantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: City's second three points in a row was most welcome but in all honesty, the claret/amber boys were fortunate indeed to get them! Up to the point when the MKD keeper missed his clearance kick allowing 'JH' to nip in/ convert an easy chance, a draw looked the most likely. The back four had a solid game with Stephen Darby the big standout-my MOTM . Jonny Mac made some key saves and Rory McArdle looked better than he has been at times recently. Gary Jones was his usual busy, reliable self, getting around like a player half his age and Reach again threatened. The young winger is rapidly becoming a favourite with the Bantams' faithful. James Hanson worked hard but the partnership with Aaron McLean is yet to 'click' and 'AMc' was subbed during the second half when Thompson moved up front. Two wins out of three successive home games SHOULD be converted to three by 5pm on March 1st v Stevenage...surely!! But, then again when do City have easy games? The main thing now is the supporters calling for 'PP' to go have been silenced as has talk of a relegation battle![/p][/quote]McLean was subbed off to change formation to 4-5-1 cos MK Dons were getting on top. He'd also tweaked his groin a little ![/p][/quote]I understand about the need for an extra City midfielder v 5 MKD midfielders but would 'AMc' have been the one to be sacrificed if he'd been threatening to score? Cityman23
  • Score: 0

9:17pm Sat 22 Feb 14

torreyman says...

well done City but lets be honest it was a lucky 3 points but they all count same again next Saturday please
well done City but lets be honest it was a lucky 3 points but they all count same again next Saturday please torreyman
  • Score: 2

9:46pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Olivermac says...

torreyman wrote:
well done City but lets be honest it was a lucky 3 points but they all count same again next Saturday please
Sorry no such thing as luck the goalkeeper should have done his job, you might say that Hansons effort hitting the crossbar was unlucky, to be fair it was MKD who produced the footballing with no end product city could have had at least 2 goals so well done City you deserved the 3 points.
[quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: well done City but lets be honest it was a lucky 3 points but they all count same again next Saturday please[/p][/quote]Sorry no such thing as luck the goalkeeper should have done his job, you might say that Hansons effort hitting the crossbar was unlucky, to be fair it was MKD who produced the footballing with no end product city could have had at least 2 goals so well done City you deserved the 3 points. Olivermac
  • Score: 5

10:42pm Sat 22 Feb 14

gordon ramsay says...

Good 3 points and we deserved a bit if luck.

Thought we were great on Tuesday but to be honest very very lucky to win today.

I'm longing for McLean to score but... I'm slightly hesitating ... He's shocking !!
Good 3 points and we deserved a bit if luck. Thought we were great on Tuesday but to be honest very very lucky to win today. I'm longing for McLean to score but... I'm slightly hesitating ... He's shocking !! gordon ramsay
  • Score: 0

11:48pm Sat 22 Feb 14

diffident says...

gordon ramsay wrote:
Good 3 points and we deserved a bit if luck.

Thought we were great on Tuesday but to be honest very very lucky to win today.

I'm longing for McLean to score but... I'm slightly hesitating ... He's shocking !!
I suggest that to be 'shocking' a player needs to have the ball and make countless mistakes and if he's a forward miss lots of chances. Other than a misplaced pass in the first half I'm struggling to think of another mistake that McClean made. He certainly didn't miss a chance because that would have meant he had a chance to miss and that isn't likely to happen anytime soon if he has to rely on Nathan Doyle and Zebedee for service. Nevermind Aaron McClean, the way we are set up and play I seriously doubt Messi or Ronaldo would make an impact.
[quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Good 3 points and we deserved a bit if luck. Thought we were great on Tuesday but to be honest very very lucky to win today. I'm longing for McLean to score but... I'm slightly hesitating ... He's shocking !![/p][/quote]I suggest that to be 'shocking' a player needs to have the ball and make countless mistakes and if he's a forward miss lots of chances. Other than a misplaced pass in the first half I'm struggling to think of another mistake that McClean made. He certainly didn't miss a chance because that would have meant he had a chance to miss and that isn't likely to happen anytime soon if he has to rely on Nathan Doyle and Zebedee for service. Nevermind Aaron McClean, the way we are set up and play I seriously doubt Messi or Ronaldo would make an impact. diffident
  • Score: -1

12:30am Sun 23 Feb 14

eldwick person says...

Another 3 points make for a happy city fan!
Another 3 points make for a happy city fan! eldwick person
  • Score: 3

9:02am Sun 23 Feb 14

SHOESMAKER24 says...

hay the weekends are so much more pleasant with thees wins come on city keep up the good work
hay the weekends are so much more pleasant with thees wins come on city keep up the good work SHOESMAKER24
  • Score: 1

9:34am Sun 23 Feb 14

tinytoonster says...

gordon ramsay wrote:
Good 3 points and we deserved a bit if luck.

Thought we were great on Tuesday but to be honest very very lucky to win today.

I'm longing for McLean to score but... I'm slightly hesitating ... He's shocking !!
a bit poor mclean but we got 3 points so its ok, for now...
[quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Good 3 points and we deserved a bit if luck. Thought we were great on Tuesday but to be honest very very lucky to win today. I'm longing for McLean to score but... I'm slightly hesitating ... He's shocking !![/p][/quote]a bit poor mclean but we got 3 points so its ok, for now... tinytoonster
  • Score: -4

10:15am Sun 23 Feb 14

tyker7745 says...

a good three points no matter how it was achieved: another three in the next home game and we will be safe. Currently 9 points ahead of fourth bottom so we should be k soon.

I like the idea of 4-5-1 with two wide an and one on running midfielder to back up the centre forward and two generally defensive midfield players
a good three points no matter how it was achieved: another three in the next home game and we will be safe. Currently 9 points ahead of fourth bottom so we should be k soon. I like the idea of 4-5-1 with two wide an and one on running midfielder to back up the centre forward and two generally defensive midfield players tyker7745
  • Score: 0

11:15am Sun 23 Feb 14

Cityman23 says...

gordon ramsay wrote:
Good 3 points and we deserved a bit if luck.

Thought we were great on Tuesday but to be honest very very lucky to win today.

I'm longing for McLean to score but... I'm slightly hesitating ... He's shocking !!
Yes, it's a fair point that City deserve some good fortune.
[quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Good 3 points and we deserved a bit if luck. Thought we were great on Tuesday but to be honest very very lucky to win today. I'm longing for McLean to score but... I'm slightly hesitating ... He's shocking !![/p][/quote]Yes, it's a fair point that City deserve some good fortune. Cityman23
  • Score: 2

6:24pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Pablo says...

gordon ramsay wrote:
Good 3 points and we deserved a bit if luck.

Thought we were great on Tuesday but to be honest very very lucky to win today.

I'm longing for McLean to score but... I'm slightly hesitating ... He's shocking !!
I thought the Hanson and McLean partnership showed a bit more of an understanding but McLean doesn't look like the prolific goalscorer I thought we'd signed. He seems happiest when he's playing with his back to goal. Maybe we're going to have to change our style of play, with an advanced midfielder playing off him.

Meanwhile, over at Huddersfield, the ambitious one appears to be low on confidence and struggling to fit in during the early stages of his Town career. So, currently, there are no winners out of that deal.
[quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Good 3 points and we deserved a bit if luck. Thought we were great on Tuesday but to be honest very very lucky to win today. I'm longing for McLean to score but... I'm slightly hesitating ... He's shocking !![/p][/quote]I thought the Hanson and McLean partnership showed a bit more of an understanding but McLean doesn't look like the prolific goalscorer I thought we'd signed. He seems happiest when he's playing with his back to goal. Maybe we're going to have to change our style of play, with an advanced midfielder playing off him. Meanwhile, over at Huddersfield, the ambitious one appears to be low on confidence and struggling to fit in during the early stages of his Town career. So, currently, there are no winners out of that deal. Pablo
  • Score: 4

8:29pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Bradford1903 says...

I thought we played quite well in what was an open 1st half. For the first 20 mins after the break they dominanted, and it seemed like the exertions of midweek were catching up on us.

It might have seemed a negative move at the time, but what changed the game, was Parky switching to a 4-5-1. Granted, Hanson's goal which followed shortly after gave us something to hold onto, but with us having an extra man in midfield, we managed to disrupt the MK Dons fluid passing style; they were never the same threat, and it was us that finished the more dangerous side.

The last two results will make the Parky out critics crawl back under the woodwork. What they fail to understand, is that we haven't played that badly during our winless run, but the difference in these last two games is that we have had a bit of luck, as typified by Hanson's goal.

These are the same people who want the manager out 2 or 3 times every season. If they had their way last season during out bad run, then we would still be playing the likes of Accrington Stanley, so it shows their views have very little credibility.

The fact that they can never offer any praise to the team, especially after these last two performances, when they could've commented on the players character and determination, shows them up to be people who just love a good moan.
I thought we played quite well in what was an open 1st half. For the first 20 mins after the break they dominanted, and it seemed like the exertions of midweek were catching up on us. It might have seemed a negative move at the time, but what changed the game, was Parky switching to a 4-5-1. Granted, Hanson's goal which followed shortly after gave us something to hold onto, but with us having an extra man in midfield, we managed to disrupt the MK Dons fluid passing style; they were never the same threat, and it was us that finished the more dangerous side. The last two results will make the Parky out critics crawl back under the woodwork. What they fail to understand, is that we haven't played that badly during our winless run, but the difference in these last two games is that we have had a bit of luck, as typified by Hanson's goal. These are the same people who want the manager out 2 or 3 times every season. If they had their way last season during out bad run, then we would still be playing the likes of Accrington Stanley, so it shows their views have very little credibility. The fact that they can never offer any praise to the team, especially after these last two performances, when they could've commented on the players character and determination, shows them up to be people who just love a good moan. Bradford1903
  • Score: 3

9:27pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Aussie Bantam says...

Stevenage are the next team to beat but we don't seem to have a good record against bottom clubs, lets hope this result goes against the grain.
If Maclean is not getting the service he requires to score goals , what was the point in signing him? If M.K . Dons played us off the Park in footballing terms , why aren't we playing football of that quality? 45% -55% , its not easy to play without the ball and MKD had the most of it, maybe we had a bit more luck . Can someone give a bit if a match report ?
Stevenage are the next team to beat but we don't seem to have a good record against bottom clubs, lets hope this result goes against the grain. If Maclean is not getting the service he requires to score goals , what was the point in signing him? If M.K . Dons played us off the Park in footballing terms , why aren't we playing football of that quality? 45% -55% , its not easy to play without the ball and MKD had the most of it, maybe we had a bit more luck . Can someone give a bit if a match report ? Aussie Bantam
  • Score: 1

3:32pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Cityman23 wrote:
City's second three points in a row was most welcome but in all honesty, the claret/amber boys were fortunate indeed to get them! Up to the point when the MKD keeper missed his clearance kick allowing 'JH' to nip in/ convert an easy chance, a draw looked the most likely.

The back four had a solid game with Stephen Darby the big standout-my MOTM . Jonny Mac made some key saves and Rory McArdle looked better than he has been at times recently.

Gary Jones was his usual busy, reliable self, getting around like a player half his age and Reach again threatened. The young winger is rapidly becoming a favourite with the Bantams' faithful.

James Hanson worked hard but the partnership with Aaron McLean is yet to 'click' and 'AMc' was subbed during the second half when Thompson moved up front.

Two wins out of three successive home games SHOULD be converted to three by 5pm on March 1st v Stevenage...surely!! But, then again when do City have easy games? The main thing now is the supporters calling for 'PP' to go have been silenced as has talk of a relegation battle!
Jones had his quietest and dare I say worst game in a while, Reach looked like he wasn't interested most of the time and struggled to match his performance on Tuesday, McLean and Hanson have found each other numerous times now and the partnership is a work in progress but will blossom, McLean looking hungrier and livlier game by game. His substitution was as much to do with the groin strain as it was tactics and Thompson came on to play in a 4-3-3 not as a second striker.

Apart from that, good review.
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: City's second three points in a row was most welcome but in all honesty, the claret/amber boys were fortunate indeed to get them! Up to the point when the MKD keeper missed his clearance kick allowing 'JH' to nip in/ convert an easy chance, a draw looked the most likely. The back four had a solid game with Stephen Darby the big standout-my MOTM . Jonny Mac made some key saves and Rory McArdle looked better than he has been at times recently. Gary Jones was his usual busy, reliable self, getting around like a player half his age and Reach again threatened. The young winger is rapidly becoming a favourite with the Bantams' faithful. James Hanson worked hard but the partnership with Aaron McLean is yet to 'click' and 'AMc' was subbed during the second half when Thompson moved up front. Two wins out of three successive home games SHOULD be converted to three by 5pm on March 1st v Stevenage...surely!! But, then again when do City have easy games? The main thing now is the supporters calling for 'PP' to go have been silenced as has talk of a relegation battle![/p][/quote]Jones had his quietest and dare I say worst game in a while, Reach looked like he wasn't interested most of the time and struggled to match his performance on Tuesday, McLean and Hanson have found each other numerous times now and the partnership is a work in progress but will blossom, McLean looking hungrier and livlier game by game. His substitution was as much to do with the groin strain as it was tactics and Thompson came on to play in a 4-3-3 not as a second striker. Apart from that, good review. Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 1

4:32pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Cityman23 wrote:
City's second three points in a row was most welcome but in all honesty, the claret/amber boys were fortunate indeed to get them! Up to the point when the MKD keeper missed his clearance kick allowing 'JH' to nip in/ convert an easy chance, a draw looked the most likely.

The back four had a solid game with Stephen Darby the big standout-my MOTM . Jonny Mac made some key saves and Rory McArdle looked better than he has been at times recently.

Gary Jones was his usual busy, reliable self, getting around like a player half his age and Reach again threatened. The young winger is rapidly becoming a favourite with the Bantams' faithful.

James Hanson worked hard but the partnership with Aaron McLean is yet to 'click' and 'AMc' was subbed during the second half when Thompson moved up front.

Two wins out of three successive home games SHOULD be converted to three by 5pm on March 1st v Stevenage...surely!! But, then again when do City have easy games? The main thing now is the supporters calling for 'PP' to go have been silenced as has talk of a relegation battle!
Jones had his quietest and dare I say worst game in a while, Reach looked like he wasn't interested most of the time and struggled to match his performance on Tuesday, McLean and Hanson have found each other numerous times now and the partnership is a work in progress but will blossom, McLean looking hungrier and livlier game by game. His substitution was as much to do with the groin strain as it was tactics and Thompson came on to play in a 4-3-3 not as a second striker.

Apart from that, good review.
I will add that the change was likely anyway as MK had started to dominate for 10-15 minutes at that time.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: City's second three points in a row was most welcome but in all honesty, the claret/amber boys were fortunate indeed to get them! Up to the point when the MKD keeper missed his clearance kick allowing 'JH' to nip in/ convert an easy chance, a draw looked the most likely. The back four had a solid game with Stephen Darby the big standout-my MOTM . Jonny Mac made some key saves and Rory McArdle looked better than he has been at times recently. Gary Jones was his usual busy, reliable self, getting around like a player half his age and Reach again threatened. The young winger is rapidly becoming a favourite with the Bantams' faithful. James Hanson worked hard but the partnership with Aaron McLean is yet to 'click' and 'AMc' was subbed during the second half when Thompson moved up front. Two wins out of three successive home games SHOULD be converted to three by 5pm on March 1st v Stevenage...surely!! But, then again when do City have easy games? The main thing now is the supporters calling for 'PP' to go have been silenced as has talk of a relegation battle![/p][/quote]Jones had his quietest and dare I say worst game in a while, Reach looked like he wasn't interested most of the time and struggled to match his performance on Tuesday, McLean and Hanson have found each other numerous times now and the partnership is a work in progress but will blossom, McLean looking hungrier and livlier game by game. His substitution was as much to do with the groin strain as it was tactics and Thompson came on to play in a 4-3-3 not as a second striker. Apart from that, good review.[/p][/quote]I will add that the change was likely anyway as MK had started to dominate for 10-15 minutes at that time. Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 0

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