James Hanson’s form is a big deal as new contract brings best out of Bantams striker

James Hanson in action against MK Dons, when he scored his tenth goal of the season

James Hanson in action against MK Dons, when he scored his tenth goal of the season

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Andrew Davies reckons James Hanson has stepped up a gear since committing his long-term future to City.

Hanson has been back to his dominant best in the successive home wins that have revived their League One campaign and scored the decider against MK Dons on Saturday.

It was his fourth goal since Nahki Wells left for Huddersfield last month – and his performance reminded Davies why it was so important that the club had tied down the targetman for another three years.

The influential defender said: “I’ve always rated Hans very highly and getting him signed was a massive bonus for everybody.

“He’s a handful on his day and causes every centre half problems, especially when his confidence is flying like it is now.

“When he is on top form, he’ll win all his headers and his hold-up play is also so good. People underestimate just how good his control is with the ball at his feet.

"After he signed his new contract, everyone was saying he would go into the comfort zone because he’s playing for his hometown club and has all his family here.

“But he knows it’s important for him to keep improving as a player. Keep doing that and he will get himself a big move one day and go as far as he wants.”

Hanson took his goal tally to double figures when he panicked MK Dons goalkeeper David Martin into missing a backpass.

“It must be a scary sight to see him charging towards you at 100 miles an hour,” said Davies. “It was a mistake from the keeper but full credit to Hans for putting him under pressure.

“We deserved that little bit of luck for all the hard work we’ve put in.”

City’s clean sheet at the weekend was their third in the five games since Davies returned to the heart of the back four after his knee operation.

But he acknowledges the crucial role that Hanson plays in helping out the team defensively on top of his normal attacking duties.

Davies added: “It’s easy to overlook how much work he does in our penalty area when we’re defending corners and free-kicks.

“When I was injured, I watched a lot of home games and I saw for myself how many headers he wins in our box. He must have headed loads.

“Not a lot of strikers are willing to come back and do that and it’s a massive help for the rest of the team.”

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9:13am Tue 25 Feb 14

dannbradfc says...

Hanson is a great player that myself and prisoner recognised and defended against some who just can't see the game properly.

His workrate at the last home game was equal to any i've ever seen from a centre forward at city. Put it this way he's helping Maclean out at present......

Only thing i'll say about the article is that Davies should be saying he'll go a long way with us, as we're a top club ;-)
Hanson is a great player that myself and prisoner recognised and defended against some who just can't see the game properly. His workrate at the last home game was equal to any i've ever seen from a centre forward at city. Put it this way he's helping Maclean out at present...... Only thing i'll say about the article is that Davies should be saying he'll go a long way with us, as we're a top club ;-) dannbradfc
  • Score: 9

9:18am Tue 25 Feb 14

tinytoonster says...

wish we had more with his work rate.
top player.
wish we had more with his work rate. top player. tinytoonster
  • Score: 3

9:42am Tue 25 Feb 14

Freddy says...

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Big Jim does a creditable job up front. But he needs more support . On the occasions I have seen City this Season, I have noted how much he is on his own. Especially on the attack. There needs to be more players getting into the box area, on the attack.
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Hanson on his own , leaves him struggling to have a shot at the Target. But more support around him, will give more options, and create more chances and goals.
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* Big Jim does a creditable job up front. But he needs more support . On the occasions I have seen City this Season, I have noted how much he is on his own. Especially on the attack. There needs to be more players getting into the box area, on the attack. * Hanson on his own , leaves him struggling to have a shot at the Target. But more support around him, will give more options, and create more chances and goals. * Freddy
  • Score: 5

10:17am Tue 25 Feb 14

Peter300 says...

dannbradfc wrote:
Hanson is a great player that myself and prisoner recognised and defended against some who just can't see the game properly.

His workrate at the last home game was equal to any i've ever seen from a centre forward at city. Put it this way he's helping Maclean out at present......

Only thing i'll say about the article is that Davies should be saying he'll go a long way with us, as we're a top club ;-)
Yes, it took nearly three seasons for the Hanson Bashers to recognise that James has always had attributes as a player. Considering he arrived from non-league, he had a tremendous first season. He stuck at it when you see many players unable to adapt to the rigours of full-time football. As always, his critics were more interested in what they said he could not do, rather than than recognising his strengths. All his managers have shown faith in James. He is a great example of what can be achieved for a player with ability and determination.
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Hanson is a great player that myself and prisoner recognised and defended against some who just can't see the game properly. His workrate at the last home game was equal to any i've ever seen from a centre forward at city. Put it this way he's helping Maclean out at present...... Only thing i'll say about the article is that Davies should be saying he'll go a long way with us, as we're a top club ;-)[/p][/quote]Yes, it took nearly three seasons for the Hanson Bashers to recognise that James has always had attributes as a player. Considering he arrived from non-league, he had a tremendous first season. He stuck at it when you see many players unable to adapt to the rigours of full-time football. As always, his critics were more interested in what they said he could not do, rather than than recognising his strengths. All his managers have shown faith in James. He is a great example of what can be achieved for a player with ability and determination. Peter300
  • Score: 10

10:18am Tue 25 Feb 14

Peter300 says...

tinytoonster wrote:
wish we had more with his work rate.
top player.
All the players work hard. If they don't, they are not in the team.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: wish we had more with his work rate. top player.[/p][/quote]All the players work hard. If they don't, they are not in the team. Peter300
  • Score: 4

10:28am Tue 25 Feb 14

Peter300 says...

Freddy wrote:
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Big Jim does a creditable job up front. But he needs more support . On the occasions I have seen City this Season, I have noted how much he is on his own. Especially on the attack. There needs to be more players getting into the box area, on the attack.
*
Hanson on his own , leaves him struggling to have a shot at the Target. But more support around him, will give more options, and create more chances and goals.
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Which actually is another feather in James' cap. I think they are just trying to integrate Aaron McLean into the team to get the right balance. You cannot have too many players driving into the box otherwise the team will be left wide open and always be struggling with players in the wrong position. The manager and players know that. You can see the consequences when this does not happen. Have you managed to sort out the training yet Freddy? You've been able to identify who's who? I heard that the imposter Nick Allenby was escorted from the ground.
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * Big Jim does a creditable job up front. But he needs more support . On the occasions I have seen City this Season, I have noted how much he is on his own. Especially on the attack. There needs to be more players getting into the box area, on the attack. * Hanson on his own , leaves him struggling to have a shot at the Target. But more support around him, will give more options, and create more chances and goals. *[/p][/quote]Which actually is another feather in James' cap. I think they are just trying to integrate Aaron McLean into the team to get the right balance. You cannot have too many players driving into the box otherwise the team will be left wide open and always be struggling with players in the wrong position. The manager and players know that. You can see the consequences when this does not happen. Have you managed to sort out the training yet Freddy? You've been able to identify who's who? I heard that the imposter Nick Allenby was escorted from the ground. Peter300
  • Score: -2

10:44am Tue 25 Feb 14

whisky1 says...

Great attitude and ticks a lot of boxes. Categorized by many fans as a Pub player unfairly in his second season. Parky also deserves praise for getting the best out of him.
Great attitude and ticks a lot of boxes. Categorized by many fans as a Pub player unfairly in his second season. Parky also deserves praise for getting the best out of him. whisky1
  • Score: 5

12:38pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

whisky1 wrote:
Great attitude and ticks a lot of boxes. Categorized by many fans as a Pub player unfairly in his second season. Parky also deserves praise for getting the best out of him.
The second season was due to a mistaken 'bulking' up which saw him fall foul to back, groin and hamstring injury. His form and attitude, approach and value to the team should never be in question.
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: Great attitude and ticks a lot of boxes. Categorized by many fans as a Pub player unfairly in his second season. Parky also deserves praise for getting the best out of him.[/p][/quote]The second season was due to a mistaken 'bulking' up which saw him fall foul to back, groin and hamstring injury. His form and attitude, approach and value to the team should never be in question. Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 1

1:42pm Tue 25 Feb 14

gman27 says...

I'll put my head on the chopping block and admit to never being the biggest Hanson fan but his performances this season have been brilliant. His desire seems to have improved massively and he looks to be fulfilling his potential.
Since Wells left he really seemed to have grabbed the bull by the horns.
I'll put my head on the chopping block and admit to never being the biggest Hanson fan but his performances this season have been brilliant. His desire seems to have improved massively and he looks to be fulfilling his potential. Since Wells left he really seemed to have grabbed the bull by the horns. gman27
  • Score: 0

2:06pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Waynus1971 says...

dannbradfc wrote:
Hanson is a great player that myself and prisoner recognised and defended against some who just can't see the game properly.

His workrate at the last home game was equal to any i've ever seen from a centre forward at city. Put it this way he's helping Maclean out at present......

Only thing i'll say about the article is that Davies should be saying he'll go a long way with us, as we're a top club ;-)
I don't think only you and Prisoner saw his potential. In fact I'd go as far as saying those that claim he is poor, are the minority. I'm sure people will only ever remember my comments about him acting unprofessionally, but I didn't question his ability. He has improved some areas of his game and still has other elements he can further improved. He is one of our better players.

In relation to Davies' comments, in addition to what you said above, I'd also pick up on his statement that "everyone was saying he would go into the comfort zone because he’s playing for his hometown club and has all his family here". Everyone? Really????
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Hanson is a great player that myself and prisoner recognised and defended against some who just can't see the game properly. His workrate at the last home game was equal to any i've ever seen from a centre forward at city. Put it this way he's helping Maclean out at present...... Only thing i'll say about the article is that Davies should be saying he'll go a long way with us, as we're a top club ;-)[/p][/quote]I don't think only you and Prisoner saw his potential. In fact I'd go as far as saying those that claim he is poor, are the minority. I'm sure people will only ever remember my comments about him acting unprofessionally, but I didn't question his ability. He has improved some areas of his game and still has other elements he can further improved. He is one of our better players. In relation to Davies' comments, in addition to what you said above, I'd also pick up on his statement that "everyone was saying he would go into the comfort zone because he’s playing for his hometown club and has all his family here". Everyone? Really???? Waynus1971
  • Score: 2

3:45pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Bantambhoy says...

Well done, T&A, for getting rid of those Wells pictures. At last!!
Well done, T&A, for getting rid of those Wells pictures. At last!! Bantambhoy
  • Score: 0

5:15pm Tue 25 Feb 14

diffident says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
whisky1 wrote:
Great attitude and ticks a lot of boxes. Categorized by many fans as a Pub player unfairly in his second season. Parky also deserves praise for getting the best out of him.
The second season was due to a mistaken 'bulking' up which saw him fall foul to back, groin and hamstring injury. His form and attitude, approach and value to the team should never be in question.
There's no doubt that James Hanson is very good at what he does and his work ethic is second to none but I don't think he's a 'natural goalscorer' and for those fans that like to watch attractive football a new/extended contract means we'll be seeing the same brand of 'dark age' football that was successful last season in the 4th Division. The cup run was great, the play-offs were great but keeping it tight with two defensive midfield players and hoping a winger creates something and/or we get something from a set piece on the back of hoofed diagonals up to the big centre forrad from the back four doesn't make for a great watch. Especially when it's not working, i.e. one win in 20 odd and shots at goal at a premium.

Interestingly I was watching the FL72 show the other night and without researching it the host mentioned the fact that all the leading scorers in all the lower divisions weren't very tall. I bet there's no running around like a headless chicken second guessing flick ons from the big centre forward and feeding off scraps for those lads.

I love my team and appreciate James' huge contribution in the system we play and I will always give them my full support. I just wish the team I watch every week played a different way and that's not going to happen while James is in the team. Is that such a bad thing, really?
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: Great attitude and ticks a lot of boxes. Categorized by many fans as a Pub player unfairly in his second season. Parky also deserves praise for getting the best out of him.[/p][/quote]The second season was due to a mistaken 'bulking' up which saw him fall foul to back, groin and hamstring injury. His form and attitude, approach and value to the team should never be in question.[/p][/quote]There's no doubt that James Hanson is very good at what he does and his work ethic is second to none but I don't think he's a 'natural goalscorer' and for those fans that like to watch attractive football a new/extended contract means we'll be seeing the same brand of 'dark age' football that was successful last season in the 4th Division. The cup run was great, the play-offs were great but keeping it tight with two defensive midfield players and hoping a winger creates something and/or we get something from a set piece on the back of hoofed diagonals up to the big centre forrad from the back four doesn't make for a great watch. Especially when it's not working, i.e. one win in 20 odd and shots at goal at a premium. Interestingly I was watching the FL72 show the other night and without researching it the host mentioned the fact that all the leading scorers in all the lower divisions weren't very tall. I bet there's no running around like a headless chicken second guessing flick ons from the big centre forward and feeding off scraps for those lads. I love my team and appreciate James' huge contribution in the system we play and I will always give them my full support. I just wish the team I watch every week played a different way and that's not going to happen while James is in the team. Is that such a bad thing, really? diffident
  • Score: -7

5:57pm Tue 25 Feb 14

bcfcincheshire says...

James can continue to develop and now his partnership with Aaron is firmly in its apprenticeship. They probably need the rest of the season and all of pre season to really cement that pairing. ..and to work with the permanent midfielders and wingers in the summer once that has been determined. For now this is all about confirming survival first, getting as close to seventh the highest possible place next, and finally preparing the squad with games now ready for an assault on the top six for next season
James can continue to develop and now his partnership with Aaron is firmly in its apprenticeship. They probably need the rest of the season and all of pre season to really cement that pairing. ..and to work with the permanent midfielders and wingers in the summer once that has been determined. For now this is all about confirming survival first, getting as close to seventh the highest possible place next, and finally preparing the squad with games now ready for an assault on the top six for next season bcfcincheshire
  • Score: 3

7:46pm Tue 25 Feb 14

bcfc1903 says...

I actually think James has modified his game since Well's departure. He's far from a one trick pony and can work the channels, he's also got deceptive pace, not Well's pace, but enough to cause most defenders at this level problems. An excellent player who is capable of becoming a twenty goal a season striker.

Just like to add a big well done to the BCFC fans once again against MK Dons, immense support with special mention to the upper kop, superb support!!!!!
I actually think James has modified his game since Well's departure. He's far from a one trick pony and can work the channels, he's also got deceptive pace, not Well's pace, but enough to cause most defenders at this level problems. An excellent player who is capable of becoming a twenty goal a season striker. Just like to add a big well done to the BCFC fans once again against MK Dons, immense support with special mention to the upper kop, superb support!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 7

8:06pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Ray1946 says...

Great to see City winning again and James has been instrumental in achieving that. Don't forget he has scored twice as many goals as Nakhi Wells has since the latter's departure.
Great to see City winning again and James has been instrumental in achieving that. Don't forget he has scored twice as many goals as Nakhi Wells has since the latter's departure. Ray1946
  • Score: 4

7:41am Wed 26 Feb 14

Olivermac says...

What a great ambassador for a player that came from local amature league of football to be a model proffesional, well done James and one hopes there are many more years to come hopefully with B.C.F.C.
What a great ambassador for a player that came from local amature league of football to be a model proffesional, well done James and one hopes there are many more years to come hopefully with B.C.F.C. Olivermac
  • Score: 1

11:21am Wed 26 Feb 14

lawsonio123 says...

Peter300 wrote:
dannbradfc wrote:
Hanson is a great player that myself and prisoner recognised and defended against some who just can't see the game properly.

His workrate at the last home game was equal to any i've ever seen from a centre forward at city. Put it this way he's helping Maclean out at present......

Only thing i'll say about the article is that Davies should be saying he'll go a long way with us, as we're a top club ;-)
Yes, it took nearly three seasons for the Hanson Bashers to recognise that James has always had attributes as a player. Considering he arrived from non-league, he had a tremendous first season. He stuck at it when you see many players unable to adapt to the rigours of full-time football. As always, his critics were more interested in what they said he could not do, rather than than recognising his strengths. All his managers have shown faith in James. He is a great example of what can be achieved for a player with ability and determination.
SMETIMES Peter you bang your own drum to much Look back at postings and you will see I am the one who has always defended James per chance your memory is not what it was Have a great day
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Hanson is a great player that myself and prisoner recognised and defended against some who just can't see the game properly. His workrate at the last home game was equal to any i've ever seen from a centre forward at city. Put it this way he's helping Maclean out at present...... Only thing i'll say about the article is that Davies should be saying he'll go a long way with us, as we're a top club ;-)[/p][/quote]Yes, it took nearly three seasons for the Hanson Bashers to recognise that James has always had attributes as a player. Considering he arrived from non-league, he had a tremendous first season. He stuck at it when you see many players unable to adapt to the rigours of full-time football. As always, his critics were more interested in what they said he could not do, rather than than recognising his strengths. All his managers have shown faith in James. He is a great example of what can be achieved for a player with ability and determination.[/p][/quote]SMETIMES Peter you bang your own drum to much Look back at postings and you will see I am the one who has always defended James per chance your memory is not what it was Have a great day lawsonio123
  • Score: 0

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