Is Kyle Bennett or Garry Thompson the right choice for Bantams?

Kyle Bennett in action in City's victory over Port Vale

Kyle Bennett in action in City's victory over Port Vale

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

Kyle Bennett is braced for a scrap with Garry Thompson for City’s right wing slot.

The on-loan Doncaster wide-man has started the successive victories which have eased tensions around Valley Parade.

But he was subbed straight after half-time against MK Dons – and Thompson came on to deliver a lively response from the bench.

It has left Phil Parkinson with a big call to make as City look to complete a home hat-trick of wins aga-inst Stevenage on Saturday.

Bennett admits there is no margin for error between the two rivals for the shirt.

He said: “If I don’t perform, I don’t play. It’s as simple as that.

“Thommo has been here a while now and everyone knows what he can do.

“He’s a quality player and it is good competition between the two of us. You need that because it pushes you a bit more.

“If you know you’re going to play every week, it’s not always great. You know there’s always the next game.

“But if somebody’s pushing you, you have to perform on the day.

“Every footballer wants to play. As good friends as you might be off the field, you still want to be out there in that position.”

Bennett has made five appearances since arriving from the Keepmoat last month – starting with that red card inside half an hour against Preston.

He is still looking to build momentum after finding himself out in the cold following Doncaster’s promotion to the Championship.

He added: “I’ve not played a lot of games, probably only seven or eight (starts) all season and Bradford have played 32. So I’m quite a bit behind in match fitness.But I’m getting up to speed a bit more and feel a lot fitter now.

“The gaffer wants me to get on the ball as much as I can and that’s what I try to do.

“But obviously the defensive side is important as well. That’s why we try to do all the basics right and kick on from there.”

City’s confidence has been restored by the two wins, which have blown away memories of the 13-game drought that threatened to drag them into trouble.

Bennett said: “Nobody is thinking we’re safe now. You can never take your eye off what’s behind you. But we had that long run of games without a win and we’re still in a good position.

“Everyone is talking about behind us but why can’t we look forward? We’re 11 points off the play-offs and everyone beats everybody else in this division.”

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8:54am Thu 27 Feb 14

silverbantam says...

Thompson for me. Bennett was woeful on Saturday and City improved and scored after Thompson came on.

I would play either Reach or Bennett, not both together.

Thompson deserves to start on Saturday.
Thompson for me. Bennett was woeful on Saturday and City improved and scored after Thompson came on. I would play either Reach or Bennett, not both together. Thompson deserves to start on Saturday. silverbantam
  • Score: 14

9:08am Thu 27 Feb 14

Victor Clayton says...

Bennett. I think Thompson probably benefits coming on when the opposition is a bit tired.
Bennett. I think Thompson probably benefits coming on when the opposition is a bit tired. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 4

9:26am Thu 27 Feb 14

ynotdunne says...

Bennett to start for me, Thompson doesn't perform when he starts game's, better as an impact player off the bench.
Bennett to start for me, Thompson doesn't perform when he starts game's, better as an impact player off the bench. ynotdunne
  • Score: 4

9:40am Thu 27 Feb 14

bcfc mad85 says...

Bennett for me him and arron are linking up pretty well more youth a lot better player than tomo I don't think he's done much this season what a differences a season makes
Bennett for me him and arron are linking up pretty well more youth a lot better player than tomo I don't think he's done much this season what a differences a season makes bcfc mad85
  • Score: -1

9:49am Thu 27 Feb 14

realcitygent says...

its got to be thommo all bennett seems to do is pass the ball backwards,he,s also imo to lightweight cant tackle and is on his backside a lot time thommo may not be the best winger we have had but his workrate is spot on ,he can tackle is decent in the air also got decent shot, bennett does not have any of these ,
its got to be thommo all bennett seems to do is pass the ball backwards,he,s also imo to lightweight cant tackle and is on his backside a lot time thommo may not be the best winger we have had but his workrate is spot on ,he can tackle is decent in the air also got decent shot, bennett does not have any of these , realcitygent
  • Score: 5

9:55am Thu 27 Feb 14

bcfc mad85 says...

ynotdunne wrote:
Bennett to start for me, Thompson doesn't perform when he starts game's, better as an impact player off the bench.
Int all the stuff your saying about Bennett what people where saying about wells and look how he turned out
[quote][p][bold]ynotdunne[/bold] wrote: Bennett to start for me, Thompson doesn't perform when he starts game's, better as an impact player off the bench.[/p][/quote]Int all the stuff your saying about Bennett what people where saying about wells and look how he turned out bcfc mad85
  • Score: -7

9:57am Thu 27 Feb 14

bcfc mad85 says...

bcfc mad85 wrote:
ynotdunne wrote:
Bennett to start for me, Thompson doesn't perform when he starts game's, better as an impact player off the bench.
Int all the stuff your saying about Bennett what people where saying about wells and look how he turned out
Sorry about that comment was for realcitygent
[quote][p][bold]bcfc mad85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ynotdunne[/bold] wrote: Bennett to start for me, Thompson doesn't perform when he starts game's, better as an impact player off the bench.[/p][/quote]Int all the stuff your saying about Bennett what people where saying about wells and look how he turned out[/p][/quote]Sorry about that comment was for realcitygent bcfc mad85
  • Score: 0

10:13am Thu 27 Feb 14

Waynus1971 says...

And this is why I get frustrated on here. Many fans knocking Thommo, whilst others hammering Bennett. Someone even accused a Bennett of going backwards too much!! When he does, does he give the ball away?

So, to help me understand, we don't want Thommo because he isn't very effective and we tend to hit long diagonals to him when he plays. But we don't want Bennett either because he is too similar in stature to Wells and goes backwards too often instead of running into trouble.

Will our budget for next season be high enough to bring in Ronaldo????
And this is why I get frustrated on here. Many fans knocking Thommo, whilst others hammering Bennett. Someone even accused a Bennett of going backwards too much!! When he does, does he give the ball away? So, to help me understand, we don't want Thommo because he isn't very effective and we tend to hit long diagonals to him when he plays. But we don't want Bennett either because he is too similar in stature to Wells and goes backwards too often instead of running into trouble. Will our budget for next season be high enough to bring in Ronaldo???? Waynus1971
  • Score: 14

11:40am Thu 27 Feb 14

tyker7745 says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
And this is why I get frustrated on here. Many fans knocking Thommo, whilst others hammering Bennett. Someone even accused a Bennett of going backwards too much!! When he does, does he give the ball away?

So, to help me understand, we don't want Thommo because he isn't very effective and we tend to hit long diagonals to him when he plays. But we don't want Bennett either because he is too similar in stature to Wells and goes backwards too often instead of running into trouble.

Will our budget for next season be high enough to bring in Ronaldo????
nice one
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: And this is why I get frustrated on here. Many fans knocking Thommo, whilst others hammering Bennett. Someone even accused a Bennett of going backwards too much!! When he does, does he give the ball away? So, to help me understand, we don't want Thommo because he isn't very effective and we tend to hit long diagonals to him when he plays. But we don't want Bennett either because he is too similar in stature to Wells and goes backwards too often instead of running into trouble. Will our budget for next season be high enough to bring in Ronaldo????[/p][/quote]nice one tyker7745
  • Score: 2

12:07pm Thu 27 Feb 14

minkiebantam says...

Both players have positive and negative atributes IMO.
Bennett is a quicker, tricky player with a god pedigree in this league.
Thommo is stronger, better in the air and defends better.
Im sure Parky knows this and will utilise them, depending on what team we are playing.
What do people know about how Stevenage set up? Who would you use on the right wing?, cos i aint got a clue on this one!??
CTID!!
Both players have positive and negative atributes IMO. Bennett is a quicker, tricky player with a god pedigree in this league. Thommo is stronger, better in the air and defends better. Im sure Parky knows this and will utilise them, depending on what team we are playing. What do people know about how Stevenage set up? Who would you use on the right wing?, cos i aint got a clue on this one!?? CTID!! minkiebantam
  • Score: -1

12:45pm Thu 27 Feb 14

BradfordSportsFan says...

Bennett looks to have potential but i'm always wanting him to get down the line but his movement is terrible, never able to lose his man and doesn't take a player on. Which I thought was going to be his fortay...

Thompson I was a big fan of last year, but hasn't really offered anything this season. He does seem to make an impact against a tired full back though so maybe he should be the bench man.

I like what Parky is doing in trying players like Reach, Bennett and Dolan out for potential long term loan or permanent signings next year however only Reach has excelled so far, Dolan looked good on the ball but hasn't had much game time and i'm yet to be convinced by Bennett.
Bennett looks to have potential but i'm always wanting him to get down the line but his movement is terrible, never able to lose his man and doesn't take a player on. Which I thought was going to be his fortay... Thompson I was a big fan of last year, but hasn't really offered anything this season. He does seem to make an impact against a tired full back though so maybe he should be the bench man. I like what Parky is doing in trying players like Reach, Bennett and Dolan out for potential long term loan or permanent signings next year however only Reach has excelled so far, Dolan looked good on the ball but hasn't had much game time and i'm yet to be convinced by Bennett. BradfordSportsFan
  • Score: 1

1:20pm Thu 27 Feb 14

bcfc1903 says...

I'd stick with Bennett against Stevenage, like the competition between him and Thompson who did really well when coming on against MK Dons. Think there is much more to come from both players with this rivalry for the shirt bringing the best out of both players. Can see the shirt alternating between both throughout the rest of this season. Very good move by Phil Parkinson to bring in Bennett... competition is key to a successful team.
I'd stick with Bennett against Stevenage, like the competition between him and Thompson who did really well when coming on against MK Dons. Think there is much more to come from both players with this rivalry for the shirt bringing the best out of both players. Can see the shirt alternating between both throughout the rest of this season. Very good move by Phil Parkinson to bring in Bennett... competition is key to a successful team. bcfc1903
  • Score: 6

1:28pm Thu 27 Feb 14

fatbloke says...

With 2 players that tend to protect the back 4 the majority of the time in the middle I would go with Benett and Reach out wide
With 2 players that tend to protect the back 4 the majority of the time in the middle I would go with Benett and Reach out wide fatbloke
  • Score: 0

3:22pm Thu 27 Feb 14

ynotdunne says...

bcfc mad85 wrote:
ynotdunne wrote: Bennett to start for me, Thompson doesn't perform when he starts game's, better as an impact player off the bench.
Int all the stuff your saying about Bennett what people where saying about wells and look how he turned out
I've not said anything adverse about Bennett can't you read man?
[quote][p][bold]bcfc mad85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ynotdunne[/bold] wrote: Bennett to start for me, Thompson doesn't perform when he starts game's, better as an impact player off the bench.[/p][/quote]Int all the stuff your saying about Bennett what people where saying about wells and look how he turned out[/p][/quote]I've not said anything adverse about Bennett can't you read man? ynotdunne
  • Score: 2

5:45pm Thu 27 Feb 14

bcfcincheshire says...

Need as much competition as possible so having Bennett, Dolan, Reach & Atkinson has lifted the whole atmosphere (eventually)..just need McLean off the mark asap so he builds form for next season's push for top six...must win on Saturday as Brentford amd Orient away very tough on March...
Predict ten points from March....three wins, one draw and probably two narrow losses at the above.


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Need as much competition as possible so having Bennett, Dolan, Reach & Atkinson has lifted the whole atmosphere (eventually)..just need McLean off the mark asap so he builds form for next season's push for top six...must win on Saturday as Brentford amd Orient away very tough on March... Predict ten points from March....three wins, one draw and probably two narrow losses at the above. . bcfcincheshire
  • Score: 0

6:59pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Bantambhoy says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
I'd stick with Bennett against Stevenage, like the competition between him and Thompson who did really well when coming on against MK Dons. Think there is much more to come from both players with this rivalry for the shirt bringing the best out of both players. Can see the shirt alternating between both throughout the rest of this season. Very good move by Phil Parkinson to bring in Bennett... competition is key to a successful team.
Spot on!
Bennett to start and then Thommo when he's run them ragged. His strength and threat in the air when they are knackered would boost our two frontmen.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: I'd stick with Bennett against Stevenage, like the competition between him and Thompson who did really well when coming on against MK Dons. Think there is much more to come from both players with this rivalry for the shirt bringing the best out of both players. Can see the shirt alternating between both throughout the rest of this season. Very good move by Phil Parkinson to bring in Bennett... competition is key to a successful team.[/p][/quote]Spot on! Bennett to start and then Thommo when he's run them ragged. His strength and threat in the air when they are knackered would boost our two frontmen. Bantambhoy
  • Score: 1

7:23pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Cheshire Bantam says...

If Bennett is going to play, someone tell him where the wing is. He spends too much time pretending to be a centre forward.
If Bennett is going to play, someone tell him where the wing is. He spends too much time pretending to be a centre forward. Cheshire Bantam
  • Score: -1

11:56pm Thu 27 Feb 14

diffident says...

From what I've seen of him so far Bennett looks like a feisty holding midfield player that's been stuck out on the wing and likes to tuck in. Parkinson will love that away from home and I reckon he'll stay on the pitch at VP if we're winning. I sincerely hope he can offer more going forward once he's got a few more games under his belt because anything's better than Thompson.
From what I've seen of him so far Bennett looks like a feisty holding midfield player that's been stuck out on the wing and likes to tuck in. Parkinson will love that away from home and I reckon he'll stay on the pitch at VP if we're winning. I sincerely hope he can offer more going forward once he's got a few more games under his belt because anything's better than Thompson. diffident
  • Score: -2

3:21pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
And this is why I get frustrated on here. Many fans knocking Thommo, whilst others hammering Bennett. Someone even accused a Bennett of going backwards too much!! When he does, does he give the ball away?

So, to help me understand, we don't want Thommo because he isn't very effective and we tend to hit long diagonals to him when he plays. But we don't want Bennett either because he is too similar in stature to Wells and goes backwards too often instead of running into trouble.

Will our budget for next season be high enough to bring in Ronaldo????
I think the way both players have been used in the last two games has brought the best out of Thommo, Bennett is still a little hit and miss but he is tiring full backs out by his positional play, most are screaming for him to stay wide bu the is dragging full backs into places they don't want to go and aren't comfortable.

I think we should all be a little happier after the last two games, 6 points, three changes of 'plan' and players all sharing the workload and performance level.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: And this is why I get frustrated on here. Many fans knocking Thommo, whilst others hammering Bennett. Someone even accused a Bennett of going backwards too much!! When he does, does he give the ball away? So, to help me understand, we don't want Thommo because he isn't very effective and we tend to hit long diagonals to him when he plays. But we don't want Bennett either because he is too similar in stature to Wells and goes backwards too often instead of running into trouble. Will our budget for next season be high enough to bring in Ronaldo????[/p][/quote]I think the way both players have been used in the last two games has brought the best out of Thommo, Bennett is still a little hit and miss but he is tiring full backs out by his positional play, most are screaming for him to stay wide bu the is dragging full backs into places they don't want to go and aren't comfortable. I think we should all be a little happier after the last two games, 6 points, three changes of 'plan' and players all sharing the workload and performance level. Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 0

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