Bradford City: James Hanson can relate to Aaron Mclean goal frustration

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: James Hanson can sympathise with Aaron Mclean having experienced barren spells in the past James Hanson can sympathise with Aaron Mclean having experienced barren spells in the past

James Hanson knows exactly what goal-shy Aaron Mclean is going through.

City’s January signing is still looking to get off the mark since replacing Nahki Wells.

Hanson can understand his strike partner’s frustration. He went 16 games without a goal last season and another 11 during the current campaign.

Hanson said: “Aaron just needs that one bit of luck. I’ve had a couple recently when there have been shots just palmed to me.

“He could do with something like that to get him off and running and then I’m sure he will score more goals.

“Of course he’ll be feeling it. He’s come in to a big club and wants to hit the ground running.

“He’s done well in his performances but it’s just the goals that aren’t happening – and that’s what you get judged on as a striker.

“Hopefully he can score and get on a run. He just needs something to fall for him.

“I’ve been in that position last season. You’ve just got to do your best for the team.

“The gaffer has had meetings with me in the past when I’ve had a barren run and it picks your confidence up.

“It worked with me last season and I went on that run at the end.”

Hanson is currently enjoying a rich vein of scoring with five goals in eight games since Wells went to Huddersfield.

He is now four off last season’s tally of 15 – his best as a pro.

“It’s a different role since Nahki’s gone. The gaffer wants me to stay higher up the pitch and I’ve been getting quite a few chances – maybe I should have hit eight or nine.

“Aaron’s a different player to Nahki and fans have got to appreciate that. “When you flick the ball on, you know he’s probably not going to get there but he’s very good with it at his feet.

“He takes up good positions for me to flick it in and chest it down for him. I have to think a bit more than before.

“We just need to get him some chances as well because it seems to be me rather than him getting in the (shooting) areas at the moment.”

Hanson’s own sights are set on beating his 2013 tally and toppling Wells at the top of the City scoring charts. The Bermudian still leads him by four.

“I’ve had chances to be on more – I don’t know how I didn’t score a double in the Crewe game.

“But my aim is to get to 15 first and then beat my target.

“With Nahki going, it took a massive goal threat away.

“A few of the other lads have had to step up as well, like Gazza (Gary Jones), who’s got a few as well.

“From a personal point of view, I’d be happy to get past 15 for my first season in League One and then kick on next year.”

 

Comments (10)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:09am Fri 7 Mar 14

albioff says...

Give him the right service for a start, little wonder Hanson is doing so well if he's at the right end of the famous city "hoof ball".
Give him the right service for a start, little wonder Hanson is doing so well if he's at the right end of the famous city "hoof ball". albioff
  • Score: -11

9:33am Fri 7 Mar 14

bcfc mad85 says...

Play the ball to his feet I'v said it once I'll say it again he's a striker from the premier league do you know of any teams up there that play long ball constantly even when it's not work we don't switch it up
Play the ball to his feet I'v said it once I'll say it again he's a striker from the premier league do you know of any teams up there that play long ball constantly even when it's not work we don't switch it up bcfc mad85
  • Score: 2

9:45am Fri 7 Mar 14

Freddy says...

*
I saw " Toothpaste ! " playing very deep at VP. His work rate an inter-passing were excellent. But he was around the half way line almost most of the match, like a mid-field player.
*
He needs to be upfront more --with Hanson. They need to learn to inter-pass around the box area. Flick-ons are not his game--as was the style with goal poacher Wells.
A new attack approach is needed. With more players getting into and around the box area when on the attack. Then more chances of scoring will occur. Mid-Field players need to get forward and then back much faster in today's athletic fast running play.
*
* I saw " Toothpaste ! " playing very deep at VP. His work rate an inter-passing were excellent. But he was around the half way line almost most of the match, like a mid-field player. * He needs to be upfront more --with Hanson. They need to learn to inter-pass around the box area. Flick-ons are not his game--as was the style with goal poacher Wells. A new attack approach is needed. With more players getting into and around the box area when on the attack. Then more chances of scoring will occur. Mid-Field players need to get forward and then back much faster in today's athletic fast running play. * Freddy
  • Score: 1

10:21am Fri 7 Mar 14

Peter300 says...

albioff wrote:
Give him the right service for a start, little wonder Hanson is doing so well if he's at the right end of the famous city "hoof ball".
So its working then!
[quote][p][bold]albioff[/bold] wrote: Give him the right service for a start, little wonder Hanson is doing so well if he's at the right end of the famous city "hoof ball".[/p][/quote]So its working then! Peter300
  • Score: -5

10:28am Fri 7 Mar 14

Peter300 says...

bcfc mad85 wrote:
Play the ball to his feet I'v said it once I'll say it again he's a striker from the premier league do you know of any teams up there that play long ball constantly even when it's not work we don't switch it up
The balls been played to his feet numerous times. Aaron has had chances. One thing is for sure. When the ball is given away in an attempt to pass to feet, you will be the first to complain. A lot of patience is required to play the idealistic football you and your associates seem to want. A requirement I do not think you have.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc mad85[/bold] wrote: Play the ball to his feet I'v said it once I'll say it again he's a striker from the premier league do you know of any teams up there that play long ball constantly even when it's not work we don't switch it up[/p][/quote]The balls been played to his feet numerous times. Aaron has had chances. One thing is for sure. When the ball is given away in an attempt to pass to feet, you will be the first to complain. A lot of patience is required to play the idealistic football you and your associates seem to want. A requirement I do not think you have. Peter300
  • Score: -5

12:11pm Fri 7 Mar 14

shaun from richmond says...

Hes been a massive "Waste of Money" so far!!. He was bought for ONE REASON ONLY.....Put the ball in the net!. Im not sure he actually knows where the goals are??.
Mind you at least its making the "Shocking" signing of "Gray" last year look not so bad now!.
Hes been a massive "Waste of Money" so far!!. He was bought for ONE REASON ONLY.....Put the ball in the net!. Im not sure he actually knows where the goals are??. Mind you at least its making the "Shocking" signing of "Gray" last year look not so bad now!. shaun from richmond
  • Score: 1

12:52pm Fri 7 Mar 14

cookie_brighton says...

James Hanson.........Mclea
n , like you. is a professional footballer.....you say he needs " that one bit of luck "......luck does not come into it..........he should be scoring goals.
CTID
James Hanson.........Mclea n , like you. is a professional footballer.....you say he needs " that one bit of luck "......luck does not come into it..........he should be scoring goals. CTID cookie_brighton
  • Score: -2

2:03pm Fri 7 Mar 14

lawsonio123 says...

James Hanson will score 20 goals this season. The goal scoring forward has indeed had chances but has failed to find the net the very thing which he is payed to do enough talk about a Premiership Player he never really made it in the Premiership normally on the bench so we really bought a player of somewhat lesser class these are the Facts His scoring feats did indeed happen but it was a few seasons ago now He is able to put himself about a bit but to earn his corn needs to find the net I hope he can do so but would notb bet a penny piece on it happening
James Hanson will score 20 goals this season. The goal scoring forward has indeed had chances but has failed to find the net the very thing which he is payed to do enough talk about a Premiership Player he never really made it in the Premiership normally on the bench so we really bought a player of somewhat lesser class these are the Facts His scoring feats did indeed happen but it was a few seasons ago now He is able to put himself about a bit but to earn his corn needs to find the net I hope he can do so but would notb bet a penny piece on it happening lawsonio123
  • Score: 0

2:37pm Fri 7 Mar 14

pokertee says...

Aaron Mclean has only scored 27 goals in the last Five years although most of those were at Championship level. I would not myself expect lots of goals from him but think he will get some for us soon. He seems the sort of player that scares defenses into close marking him which gives other players on the pitch more space and time to score. Maybe the wide players can come inside more like Bennet and Reach and get more goals that way.
Aaron Mclean has only scored 27 goals in the last Five years although most of those were at Championship level. I would not myself expect lots of goals from him but think he will get some for us soon. He seems the sort of player that scares defenses into close marking him which gives other players on the pitch more space and time to score. Maybe the wide players can come inside more like Bennet and Reach and get more goals that way. pokertee
  • Score: 3

4:10pm Fri 7 Mar 14

bcfc mad85 says...

Peter300 wrote:
bcfc mad85 wrote:
Play the ball to his feet I'v said it once I'll say it again he's a striker from the premier league do you know of any teams up there that play long ball constantly even when it's not work we don't switch it up
The balls been played to his feet numerous times. Aaron has had chances. One thing is for sure. When the ball is given away in an attempt to pass to feet, you will be the first to complain. A lot of patience is required to play the idealistic football you and your associates seem to want. A requirement I do not think you have.
Not idealistic football proper football there would be no complaining from here anything would be worth ago other than the long ball week in week out let's try involve the midfielders this week if you like the long ball game we may aswell play 8 defenders and 2 strikers
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc mad85[/bold] wrote: Play the ball to his feet I'v said it once I'll say it again he's a striker from the premier league do you know of any teams up there that play long ball constantly even when it's not work we don't switch it up[/p][/quote]The balls been played to his feet numerous times. Aaron has had chances. One thing is for sure. When the ball is given away in an attempt to pass to feet, you will be the first to complain. A lot of patience is required to play the idealistic football you and your associates seem to want. A requirement I do not think you have.[/p][/quote]Not idealistic football proper football there would be no complaining from here anything would be worth ago other than the long ball week in week out let's try involve the midfielders this week if you like the long ball game we may aswell play 8 defenders and 2 strikers bcfc mad85
  • Score: -1

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree