Andrew Davies provides major boost to Bantams

City's talismanic defender looks likely to line up against Brentford tomorrow

City's talismanic defender looks likely to line up against Brentford tomorrow

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Andrew Davies will throw his “pivotal” presence straight back into the heart of City’s plans at high-flying Brentford.

The key centre half is in training today after the injury which forced him off early on in the Stevenage defeat.

And providing there are no ill effects, Davies will be thrust into the back four for the Griffin Park clash with the third-placed Bees.

“We’ve had some really good defensive displays when he’s played,” said assistant boss Steve Parkin.

“He has been pivotal to the success we’ve had in the last two years at the club.

“He certainly adds a bit of size, strength and solidity to the back four when he does play and also he’s a threat at the other end of the pitch at set-plays.”

City claimed three clean sheets in his first five games back after knee surgery kept Davies sidelined for four months.

Before limping off last week, he had only been on the losing side twice in 16 previous outings this season.

Parkin admits his talismanic qualities will be needed as they try to regain lost ground against a side chasing automatic promotion.

“We need to claw a couple of points back that we gave away last weekend.

“It’s a game we should have won, whether we deserved to or not. So it’s important that all the players go down there positively.

“We’d fought hard and scrapped after a poor run to get two wins on the board. That was great and now it’s up to us to start again.”

Brentford lost their last home game to Wolves – their first defeat anywhere for four months. They were then held to a goalless draw by Carlisle to slip behind Wolves and Leyton Orient in the three-team race for the two automatic spots.

Parkin added: “All good things come to an end. It’s up to us to make sure that lasts a little bit longer.

“They have been an outstanding team for two or three months of the season and won so many games it was verging on the unbelievable.

“They’ve got some very good players but, as football does, it shows that they are only human.

“They’ve had a couple of bad results and we did beat them well at the start of the season.”

“It’s the business end now. The pitches get a bit bobblier, the football goes out the window because there’s so much at stake and the results are everything as we saw last season.”

Brentford claimed 51 points from a possible 57 during the 19-match unbeaten run which powered them towards the top.

But City dished out their heaviest defeat of the season with a 4-0 thrashing at Valley Parade in September after keeper David Button was sent off.

Parkin said: “Brentford have come a long way since then. But they will know we do have the armoury to beat them if we are bang at it.

“We’ve got to make sure the players are confident and will make it a tough game for them.”

Carl McHugh was back in training yesterday after a slight calf problem. But Matthew Bates is once again pressing to take his place in the troublesome left-back role.

Rory McArdle also came through unscathed from his latest international outing in Cyprus.

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9:00am Fri 7 Mar 14

tyker7745 says...

see you at Griffin Park, Peter

If Brentford go up it maybe the last time we ever play there as they have sold the ground for development and had a 20000 seater stadium approved a few miles away
see you at Griffin Park, Peter If Brentford go up it maybe the last time we ever play there as they have sold the ground for development and had a 20000 seater stadium approved a few miles away tyker7745
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9:07am Fri 7 Mar 14

albioff says...

An admission that our sometimes invisible defence is a one man band.
An admission that our sometimes invisible defence is a one man band. albioff
  • Score: -8

9:32am Fri 7 Mar 14

Freddy says...

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I hope Davies is not brought back too early. There are some tough matches coming up.Points will be very difficult to achieve from now on. So--a 100% fit Davies will be a better asset in defence.
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* I hope Davies is not brought back too early. There are some tough matches coming up.Points will be very difficult to achieve from now on. So--a 100% fit Davies will be a better asset in defence. * Freddy
  • Score: 5

10:18am Fri 7 Mar 14

Peter300 says...

Freddy wrote:
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I hope Davies is not brought back too early. There are some tough matches coming up.Points will be very difficult to achieve from now on. So--a 100% fit Davies will be a better asset in defence.
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Well, I don't think he's going to be 100%. Have you discussed this with the person you think is looking after the fitness of the team? Usually you are pretty definite on what needs to be done. This time you are wavering a little. I hope the pressure is not becoming to much Freddy.
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * I hope Davies is not brought back too early. There are some tough matches coming up.Points will be very difficult to achieve from now on. So--a 100% fit Davies will be a better asset in defence. *[/p][/quote]Well, I don't think he's going to be 100%. Have you discussed this with the person you think is looking after the fitness of the team? Usually you are pretty definite on what needs to be done. This time you are wavering a little. I hope the pressure is not becoming to much Freddy. Peter300
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10:28am Fri 7 Mar 14

whisky1 says...

albioff wrote:
An admission that our sometimes invisible defence is a one man band.
you obviously don't rate Darby then. Tit.
[quote][p][bold]albioff[/bold] wrote: An admission that our sometimes invisible defence is a one man band.[/p][/quote]you obviously don't rate Darby then. Tit. whisky1
  • Score: 10

12:14pm Fri 7 Mar 14

shaun from richmond says...

TOP BLOKE!...TOP DEFENDER (For this Division and Championship). THANK GOODNESS HES BACK!
TOP BLOKE!...TOP DEFENDER (For this Division and Championship). THANK GOODNESS HES BACK! shaun from richmond
  • Score: 3

2:22pm Fri 7 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

A sciatic nerve problem can flare up just from a slip or twist and just as quickly the problem can disappear, I'm sure with the right physio Andrew Davies will be fine for tomorrows game.

I fancy BCFC will get a draw 1-1, Hanson scoring with a BCFC following of 957. Good luck to the players management and supporters, raise the roof!!!!!
A sciatic nerve problem can flare up just from a slip or twist and just as quickly the problem can disappear, I'm sure with the right physio Andrew Davies will be fine for tomorrows game. I fancy BCFC will get a draw 1-1, Hanson scoring with a BCFC following of 957. Good luck to the players management and supporters, raise the roof!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 3

2:42pm Fri 7 Mar 14

pokertee says...

whisky1 wrote:
albioff wrote:
An admission that our sometimes invisible defence is a one man band.
you obviously don't rate Darby then. Tit.
I think the point been made by Parkin as with all teams the player that brings out the best in the rest is Davies hes not saying the rest are crap. They just play better when he is in the team because he is so good.
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]albioff[/bold] wrote: An admission that our sometimes invisible defence is a one man band.[/p][/quote]you obviously don't rate Darby then. Tit.[/p][/quote]I think the point been made by Parkin as with all teams the player that brings out the best in the rest is Davies hes not saying the rest are crap. They just play better when he is in the team because he is so good. pokertee
  • Score: 1

7:22pm Fri 7 Mar 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

whisky1 wrote:
albioff wrote:
An admission that our sometimes invisible defence is a one man band.
you obviously don't rate Darby then. Tit.
Or Meredith. Or Northern Ireland international McArdle. i.e. the defence that took us to Wembley twice last year, including a major cup final, and has conceded less goals than Rotherscum and Peterborough. We have conceded less than 6 of the teams above us, not bad for an 'invisible' defence. The only 'admission' by Parkin is that Davies is a top quality player who can only improve the team.
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]albioff[/bold] wrote: An admission that our sometimes invisible defence is a one man band.[/p][/quote]you obviously don't rate Darby then. Tit.[/p][/quote]Or Meredith. Or Northern Ireland international McArdle. i.e. the defence that took us to Wembley twice last year, including a major cup final, and has conceded less goals than Rotherscum and Peterborough. We have conceded less than 6 of the teams above us, not bad for an 'invisible' defence. The only 'admission' by Parkin is that Davies is a top quality player who can only improve the team. moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: 3

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