We're not safe yet, says Bantams boss Phil Parkinson, who calls for more of the same fighting spirit against Stevenage

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: James Hanson slots home after Dons keeper David Martin makes a hash of clearing a back pass James Hanson slots home after Dons keeper David Martin makes a hash of clearing a back pass

Phil Parkinson stressed there can be no easing off after City’s “great week” of two home wins.

His side followed up the drought-ending victory over Port Vale with another in Saturday’s tough slog against MK Dons.

City have moved within two points of the ninth-placed Dons – and, more importantly, nine clear of the League One drop zone.

But with basement dwellers Stevenage next up at Valley Parade, Parkinson has made it clear they are not out of the woods yet.

He said: “We need to recharge the batteries this week and we’ll give the lads plenty of chance to do that.

“We know Stevenage will be a game against a team scrapping for their lives. But so are we.

“We’ve got to have that mentality right to the end of the season. We want to play like that.”

James Hanson cashed in on an awful blunder from Dons keeper David Martin to poach the only goal in the second half – his tenth of the season.

It was also the first time City have claimed back-to-back clean sheets since April.

Parkinson added: “You’ve got to win all types of games. It was tough because MK Dons are a very good side, have that extra man in midfield and there were tired legs from the enormous effort we put in last Tuesday.

“I thought we were very disciplined and had the ability to grind out a result, which is so important.

“It’s been a great week for us. Tuesday was one almighty performance from the lads and we were very professional to see this game through.”

Hanson scored after Martin fluffed his attempt to clear a back pass but Parkinson felt it was a fitting reward for the targetman’s efforts.

“We’ve scored a lot of goals like that when the front two pressurise the back players to put the ball at risk going back to the keeper,” said the City chief.

“The keeper makes a mistake but I thought Hanson ran himself into the ground for the team. His all-round game was great.

“It just shows with James, his athleticism and the way he looks after himself away from here enabled him to play like he did. I thought that was a colossal performance from our number nine.”

Strike partner Aaron Mclean is still looking to open his account and was taken off after taking a whack as Parkinson threw on an extra midfielder.

But Parkinson saw signs of a growing understanding between his front two and is confident Mclean’s moment will come.

“Keep working hard and something will fall for him. I was pleased with him.

“Aaron had a tight hamstring after Tuesday and never for one minute said he didn’t want to play. That partnership is looking better.”

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8:39am Mon 24 Feb 14

tyker7745 says...

10 MORE POINTS WOUL BE MORE THAN ENOUGH
10 MORE POINTS WOUL BE MORE THAN ENOUGH tyker7745
  • Score: 6

9:41am Mon 24 Feb 14

Freddy says...

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Delighted with the second Home win. So my dream of 9 Points, is still on track.
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Confidence is returning to the Squad. Two matches of clean sheets, is a great credit to their defending.
*
Pleased to see Mclean is now teaming up with Big Jim. The goals will come. Like the proverbial flood. I feel a 'Hat-Trick' is due.
*
City are now on target for 50 Points. To consolidate in this new league is an achievement .
*
Well played 'The Kop Choir ! '. Magnificent support.
*
* Delighted with the second Home win. So my dream of 9 Points, is still on track. * Confidence is returning to the Squad. Two matches of clean sheets, is a great credit to their defending. * Pleased to see Mclean is now teaming up with Big Jim. The goals will come. Like the proverbial flood. I feel a 'Hat-Trick' is due. * City are now on target for 50 Points. To consolidate in this new league is an achievement . * Well played 'The Kop Choir ! '. Magnificent support. * Freddy
  • Score: 24

10:14am Mon 24 Feb 14

whisky1 says...

awfully quiet on here where are all the lily livered defeatists and back stabbers x
awfully quiet on here where are all the lily livered defeatists and back stabbers x whisky1
  • Score: 25

12:28pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Baby Bantam says...

3 more wins and we're sailing, better make it 4 to be sure
3 more wins and we're sailing, better make it 4 to be sure Baby Bantam
  • Score: 9

1:29pm Mon 24 Feb 14

macca1969 says...

Hardly any comments we must have won. Oh well let them all crawl back under their stones
Hardly any comments we must have won. Oh well let them all crawl back under their stones macca1969
  • Score: 19

3:34pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Peter300 says...

whisky1 wrote:
awfully quiet on here where are all the lily livered defeatists and back stabbers x
Exactly. Farsley Bantam and his crew fit the bill. No doubt Farsley Bantam and his friends will be out of the woodwork should City lose on Saturday. In mitigation, these people don't know any better. They like to sack managers. Remember one of these persons was demanding Phil was sacked two weeks after he was appointed. How daft is that?
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: awfully quiet on here where are all the lily livered defeatists and back stabbers x[/p][/quote]Exactly. Farsley Bantam and his crew fit the bill. No doubt Farsley Bantam and his friends will be out of the woodwork should City lose on Saturday. In mitigation, these people don't know any better. They like to sack managers. Remember one of these persons was demanding Phil was sacked two weeks after he was appointed. How daft is that? Peter300
  • Score: 7

3:39pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Peter300 says...

macca1969 wrote:
Hardly any comments we must have won. Oh well let them all crawl back under their stones
Strange that. You'd think Farsley Bantam and his not-so-merry people would be on the rooftops demanding Phil be sacked. Maybe next week they'll be back.
[quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: Hardly any comments we must have won. Oh well let them all crawl back under their stones[/p][/quote]Strange that. You'd think Farsley Bantam and his not-so-merry people would be on the rooftops demanding Phil be sacked. Maybe next week they'll be back. Peter300
  • Score: 4

3:43pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Peter300 wrote:
macca1969 wrote: Hardly any comments we must have won. Oh well let them all crawl back under their stones
Strange that. You'd think Farsley Bantam and his not-so-merry people would be on the rooftops demanding Phil be sacked. Maybe next week they'll be back.
Nice try Peter!
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: Hardly any comments we must have won. Oh well let them all crawl back under their stones[/p][/quote]Strange that. You'd think Farsley Bantam and his not-so-merry people would be on the rooftops demanding Phil be sacked. Maybe next week they'll be back.[/p][/quote]Nice try Peter! Farsley Bantam
  • Score: -4

4:12pm Mon 24 Feb 14

whisky1 says...

There are those who are cool in a "crisis" and show a modicum of loyalty restraint and perspective and there are those who do not.
There are those who are cool in a "crisis" and show a modicum of loyalty restraint and perspective and there are those who do not. whisky1
  • Score: 7

4:51pm Mon 24 Feb 14

lawsonio123 says...

It was never a crisis it was a situation where a few wins needed but crisis is desperation and City did not reach that point Mr Parkinson has turned the corner now let him do his job and stop the winning for this season in other words GET OFF HIS BACK
It was never a crisis it was a situation where a few wins needed but crisis is desperation and City did not reach that point Mr Parkinson has turned the corner now let him do his job and stop the winning for this season in other words GET OFF HIS BACK lawsonio123
  • Score: 9

5:18pm Mon 24 Feb 14

jamiejoe says...

I guess if a number of supporters came on and said great to get 6 points but we are not safe yet - they would be criticised on here by some - the self-appointed message board police!! ;-)
I guess if a number of supporters came on and said great to get 6 points but we are not safe yet - they would be criticised on here by some - the self-appointed message board police!! ;-) jamiejoe
  • Score: 0

6:05pm Mon 24 Feb 14

shaun from richmond says...

Peter300 wrote:
whisky1 wrote:
awfully quiet on here where are all the lily livered defeatists and back stabbers x
Exactly. Farsley Bantam and his crew fit the bill. No doubt Farsley Bantam and his friends will be out of the woodwork should City lose on Saturday. In mitigation, these people don't know any better. They like to sack managers. Remember one of these persons was demanding Phil was sacked two weeks after he was appointed. How daft is that?
LOOK OUT!!...Its DUMB AND DUMBER!!......Probab
ly working out of the same library.
On the match.......We got lucky!!.....Lets hope that continues till we are SAFE!
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: awfully quiet on here where are all the lily livered defeatists and back stabbers x[/p][/quote]Exactly. Farsley Bantam and his crew fit the bill. No doubt Farsley Bantam and his friends will be out of the woodwork should City lose on Saturday. In mitigation, these people don't know any better. They like to sack managers. Remember one of these persons was demanding Phil was sacked two weeks after he was appointed. How daft is that?[/p][/quote]LOOK OUT!!...Its DUMB AND DUMBER!!......Probab ly working out of the same library. On the match.......We got lucky!!.....Lets hope that continues till we are SAFE! shaun from richmond
  • Score: -5

6:28pm Mon 24 Feb 14

tyker7745 says...

see you at Brentford Shaun whilst Peter is going up and down the high street in Skipton looking for cheap hrills
see you at Brentford Shaun whilst Peter is going up and down the high street in Skipton looking for cheap hrills tyker7745
  • Score: -2

7:15pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Wrose bantam says...

Yes, funny isn't it, no mention of City being "Pub Footballer's" !
Also interesting to see that with Davies back we have 2 clean sheets.
A further point is that for those who mention Saturday was "lucky" , it is worth mentionning that amongst all the draws this season we have not always had that much luck either.
Of the teams promoted last Year only Rotherham (yep it sticks in the throat) are really doing better than us and City have a good Goal difference. There is a lot more positives than negatives in my opinion.
Yes, funny isn't it, no mention of City being "Pub Footballer's" ! Also interesting to see that with Davies back we have 2 clean sheets. A further point is that for those who mention Saturday was "lucky" , it is worth mentionning that amongst all the draws this season we have not always had that much luck either. Of the teams promoted last Year only Rotherham (yep it sticks in the throat) are really doing better than us and City have a good Goal difference. There is a lot more positives than negatives in my opinion. Wrose bantam
  • Score: 6

8:21pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Aussie Bantam says...

don't know who replaced Jones at Rochdale but they seem to be doing very well at the moment in div 2, maybe next year Jones will be playing against his old club. good on u Rochdale.
Come on City , are we on a roll of wins, do hope so. up and at em.
don't know who replaced Jones at Rochdale but they seem to be doing very well at the moment in div 2, maybe next year Jones will be playing against his old club. good on u Rochdale. Come on City , are we on a roll of wins, do hope so. up and at em. Aussie Bantam
  • Score: 1

9:40pm Mon 24 Feb 14

bradford321 says...

Freddy wrote:
*
Delighted with the second Home win. So my dream of 9 Points, is still on track.
*
Confidence is returning to the Squad. Two matches of clean sheets, is a great credit to their defending.
*
Pleased to see Mclean is now teaming up with Big Jim. The goals will come. Like the proverbial flood. I feel a 'Hat-Trick' is due.
*
City are now on target for 50 Points. To consolidate in this new league is an achievement .
*
Well played 'The Kop Choir ! '. Magnificent support.
*
Hat trick of pens too, well over due them as well!
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * Delighted with the second Home win. So my dream of 9 Points, is still on track. * Confidence is returning to the Squad. Two matches of clean sheets, is a great credit to their defending. * Pleased to see Mclean is now teaming up with Big Jim. The goals will come. Like the proverbial flood. I feel a 'Hat-Trick' is due. * City are now on target for 50 Points. To consolidate in this new league is an achievement . * Well played 'The Kop Choir ! '. Magnificent support. *[/p][/quote]Hat trick of pens too, well over due them as well! bradford321
  • Score: 1

11:00pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Victor Clayton says...

whisky1 wrote:
awfully quiet on here where are all the lily livered defeatists and back stabbers x
For the sake of a balanced argument, where are all those fans that were saying we could gain another promotion, or at the very least get a playoff spot?
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: awfully quiet on here where are all the lily livered defeatists and back stabbers x[/p][/quote]For the sake of a balanced argument, where are all those fans that were saying we could gain another promotion, or at the very least get a playoff spot? Victor Clayton
  • Score: -2

11:56pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Melbourne Bantam says...

Nice to see the negativity disappear and some joy on this page.
To stay in this league is a good result, don't think we are ready for promotion just yet.
Come on City
Nice to see the negativity disappear and some joy on this page. To stay in this league is a good result, don't think we are ready for promotion just yet. Come on City Melbourne Bantam
  • Score: 7

8:00am Tue 25 Feb 14

shaun from richmond says...

Peter300 wrote:
whisky1 wrote:
awfully quiet on here where are all the lily livered defeatists and back stabbers x
Exactly. Farsley Bantam and his crew fit the bill. No doubt Farsley Bantam and his friends will be out of the woodwork should City lose on Saturday. In mitigation, these people don't know any better. They like to sack managers. Remember one of these persons was demanding Phil was sacked two weeks after he was appointed. How daft is that?
Ha ha!!...Yes Peter!..IT WAS YOU!...REMEMBER!
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: awfully quiet on here where are all the lily livered defeatists and back stabbers x[/p][/quote]Exactly. Farsley Bantam and his crew fit the bill. No doubt Farsley Bantam and his friends will be out of the woodwork should City lose on Saturday. In mitigation, these people don't know any better. They like to sack managers. Remember one of these persons was demanding Phil was sacked two weeks after he was appointed. How daft is that?[/p][/quote]Ha ha!!...Yes Peter!..IT WAS YOU!...REMEMBER! shaun from richmond
  • Score: 0

9:46am Tue 25 Feb 14

bcfc mad85 says...

Always said I would be happy with mid table think everybody got carried away with the start the team had But then again who wouldn't 6th spot still there let's hope we can push on
Always said I would be happy with mid table think everybody got carried away with the start the team had But then again who wouldn't 6th spot still there let's hope we can push on bcfc mad85
  • Score: 1

2:40pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Waynus1971 says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
whisky1 wrote:
awfully quiet on here where are all the lily livered defeatists and back stabbers x
For the sake of a balanced argument, where are all those fans that were saying we could gain another promotion, or at the very least get a playoff spot?
Asylum???
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: awfully quiet on here where are all the lily livered defeatists and back stabbers x[/p][/quote]For the sake of a balanced argument, where are all those fans that were saying we could gain another promotion, or at the very least get a playoff spot?[/p][/quote]Asylum??? Waynus1971
  • Score: 1

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