Bradford City winger Mark Yeates told to up the ante

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: HAMPERED: Mark Yeates has been plagued by a knee injury but City are hoping he can kick on now and rediscover his best form HAMPERED: Mark Yeates has been plagued by a knee injury but City are hoping he can kick on now and rediscover his best form

Mark Yeates has been told to sharpen up his ideas if he wants to be more than a bit-part player for the rest of City’s campaign.

The Irishman’s capture last summer after leaving Championship play-off finalists Watford was seen as a real coup on the club’s return to the third tier.

But his first season at Valley Parade has been a disappointment as he faded after a promising start.

Yeates has not played a full game since the Saturday before Christmas at Peterborough – his only start in nearly five months.

After losing his place to Kyel Reid early on, he now finds himself behind in-form loan winger Adam Reach.

Yeates replaced him from the bench against Stevenage last week after a six-game absence but missed a great chance to equalise in stoppage time when he fired wide from close range.

Assistant boss Steve Parkin believes Yeates has to do more if he wants to rediscover a regular role in City’s plans.

Parkin said: “He’s had two decent opportunities to play and just done okay. He’s come off the bench several times and just done okay.

“Yeatesy has got to get himself going.”

The midfielder had been troubled by a knee ligament problem since pre-season and needed injections to calm it down. But Parkin hopes that is now behind him and Yeates can concentrate on pushing his way back into contention.

He added: “To be fair to him, he’s had this niggly knee problem that has dragged on.

“With the type of player he is, he looks to get crosses and shots in. It has hampered him a little bit.

“By all accounts it’s settled down now, although I don’t know if he’s still feeling a little bit of soreness in it again.

“He could be an important player for us between now and the end of the season. It’s important that we push him as hard as we can to get back in the team.

“There’s no doubt about his talent. We all know he’s a very good footballer and that’s why we brought him here.

“As regards getting back in, he’s got to do as much as he possibly can to do that.

“He’s been training hard and working on his fitness. He’s done everything we’ve asked of him.

“It’s important now that when he gets his opportunity, and I’m sure he will with the games we’ve got coming up, that he grabs it with both hands.

“He’s got to persuade us that he deserves a place in the team and he’s going to produce when he gets in there. That’s down to Yeatesy.”

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8:44am Sat 8 Mar 14

Freddy says...

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If Reach returns after his loan. Then Yeats will replace him. I feel the injury, and not being able to achieve " MATCH FITNESS ", is the main reason of his under performance level.
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Watford let him go--for a reason. It is possibly a similar reason, that Hull let Maclean go too..
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City's Squad are now playing for League 1 survival, and their contracts with City.
This Summer--players will be moved on. Players to be brought in, must be of first division quality, and with potential for Championship.
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That will involve money etc. I hope there is sufficient funds now, in the " Players Fund " for 'Parky' to revamp the Squad.
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I have only just recovered from last Saturday---and the two fortunate 'Screamers'. . I do not comment --when I am depressed, which is a failing of the genuine supporters. Who are hurting from a bad result.
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I hope The Bradford Army--and some of The Kop Choir- can be at Brentford Today. The players will need that support. As they suffer much more, after a bad result.
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* If Reach returns after his loan. Then Yeats will replace him. I feel the injury, and not being able to achieve " MATCH FITNESS ", is the main reason of his under performance level. * Watford let him go--for a reason. It is possibly a similar reason, that Hull let Maclean go too.. * City's Squad are now playing for League 1 survival, and their contracts with City. This Summer--players will be moved on. Players to be brought in, must be of first division quality, and with potential for Championship. * That will involve money etc. I hope there is sufficient funds now, in the " Players Fund " for 'Parky' to revamp the Squad. * I have only just recovered from last Saturday---and the two fortunate 'Screamers'. . I do not comment --when I am depressed, which is a failing of the genuine supporters. Who are hurting from a bad result. * I hope The Bradford Army--and some of The Kop Choir- can be at Brentford Today. The players will need that support. As they suffer much more, after a bad result. * Freddy
  • Score: 6

9:32am Sat 8 Mar 14

bcfcincheshire says...

Hopefully Drury can contribute to the type of stability needed for survival in the next couple of months. ..and McLean fomally gets off the mark!
Hopefully Drury can contribute to the type of stability needed for survival in the next couple of months. ..and McLean fomally gets off the mark! bcfcincheshire
  • Score: -2

10:05am Sat 8 Mar 14

Victor Clayton says...

Freddy wrote:
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If Reach returns after his loan. Then Yeats will replace him. I feel the injury, and not being able to achieve " MATCH FITNESS ", is the main reason of his under performance level.
*
Watford let him go--for a reason. It is possibly a similar reason, that Hull let Maclean go too..
*
City's Squad are now playing for League 1 survival, and their contracts with City.
This Summer--players will be moved on. Players to be brought in, must be of first division quality, and with potential for Championship.
*
That will involve money etc. I hope there is sufficient funds now, in the " Players Fund " for 'Parky' to revamp the Squad.
*
I have only just recovered from last Saturday---and the two fortunate 'Screamers'. . I do not comment --when I am depressed, which is a failing of the genuine supporters. Who are hurting from a bad result.
*
I hope The Bradford Army--and some of The Kop Choir- can be at Brentford Today. The players will need that support. As they suffer much more, after a bad result.
*
Would you be in favour of the club putting admission prices up?
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * If Reach returns after his loan. Then Yeats will replace him. I feel the injury, and not being able to achieve " MATCH FITNESS ", is the main reason of his under performance level. * Watford let him go--for a reason. It is possibly a similar reason, that Hull let Maclean go too.. * City's Squad are now playing for League 1 survival, and their contracts with City. This Summer--players will be moved on. Players to be brought in, must be of first division quality, and with potential for Championship. * That will involve money etc. I hope there is sufficient funds now, in the " Players Fund " for 'Parky' to revamp the Squad. * I have only just recovered from last Saturday---and the two fortunate 'Screamers'. . I do not comment --when I am depressed, which is a failing of the genuine supporters. Who are hurting from a bad result. * I hope The Bradford Army--and some of The Kop Choir- can be at Brentford Today. The players will need that support. As they suffer much more, after a bad result. *[/p][/quote]Would you be in favour of the club putting admission prices up? Victor Clayton
  • Score: -2

11:19am Sat 8 Mar 14

lawsonio123 says...

Clubs have a habit of letting players go when they have fitness problems Yeats may be in this area sometimes even after recovery the player is never the same if Yeats can get back to near his old form we would have a good player
Clubs have a habit of letting players go when they have fitness problems Yeats may be in this area sometimes even after recovery the player is never the same if Yeats can get back to near his old form we would have a good player lawsonio123
  • Score: 1

11:48am Sat 8 Mar 14

shoesmaker26 says...

good look to the lad and so wot if he comes from leeds , also hope we can get at brentford today from the start as we need all the points we can get at the moment come on city
good look to the lad and so wot if he comes from leeds , also hope we can get at brentford today from the start as we need all the points we can get at the moment come on city shoesmaker26
  • Score: 0

12:09pm Sat 8 Mar 14

KnightMcCall says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
Freddy wrote:
*
If Reach returns after his loan. Then Yeats will replace him. I feel the injury, and not being able to achieve " MATCH FITNESS ", is the main reason of his under performance level.
*
Watford let him go--for a reason. It is possibly a similar reason, that Hull let Maclean go too..
*
City's Squad are now playing for League 1 survival, and their contracts with City.
This Summer--players will be moved on. Players to be brought in, must be of first division quality, and with potential for Championship.
*
That will involve money etc. I hope there is sufficient funds now, in the " Players Fund " for 'Parky' to revamp the Squad.
*
I have only just recovered from last Saturday---and the two fortunate 'Screamers'. . I do not comment --when I am depressed, which is a failing of the genuine supporters. Who are hurting from a bad result.
*
I hope The Bradford Army--and some of The Kop Choir- can be at Brentford Today. The players will need that support. As they suffer much more, after a bad result.
*
Would you be in favour of the club putting admission prices up?
I think that City were innovative when they offered cheap ST deals, they were innovative when they brought in flexi-cards and I would welcome any further innovation that might help with club funds.

I don't personally think that they should have held prices at £200 on a ST. Even an extra tenner would have helped. Costs of running the club rise so it is silly not to increase the entrance fee.

I don't think they should discount cup matches at VP next season either.
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * If Reach returns after his loan. Then Yeats will replace him. I feel the injury, and not being able to achieve " MATCH FITNESS ", is the main reason of his under performance level. * Watford let him go--for a reason. It is possibly a similar reason, that Hull let Maclean go too.. * City's Squad are now playing for League 1 survival, and their contracts with City. This Summer--players will be moved on. Players to be brought in, must be of first division quality, and with potential for Championship. * That will involve money etc. I hope there is sufficient funds now, in the " Players Fund " for 'Parky' to revamp the Squad. * I have only just recovered from last Saturday---and the two fortunate 'Screamers'. . I do not comment --when I am depressed, which is a failing of the genuine supporters. Who are hurting from a bad result. * I hope The Bradford Army--and some of The Kop Choir- can be at Brentford Today. The players will need that support. As they suffer much more, after a bad result. *[/p][/quote]Would you be in favour of the club putting admission prices up?[/p][/quote]I think that City were innovative when they offered cheap ST deals, they were innovative when they brought in flexi-cards and I would welcome any further innovation that might help with club funds. I don't personally think that they should have held prices at £200 on a ST. Even an extra tenner would have helped. Costs of running the club rise so it is silly not to increase the entrance fee. I don't think they should discount cup matches at VP next season either. KnightMcCall
  • Score: 1

1:34pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Mr Perks says...

Yeates has been a big disappointment so far, when he does get on the pitch he just doesn't look interested. We need a big squad overhaul when this season's over and if he can persuaded to move on, then he should go. When we are attempting to compete with a relatively small squad, there's no room for passengers.
Yeates has been a big disappointment so far, when he does get on the pitch he just doesn't look interested. We need a big squad overhaul when this season's over and if he can persuaded to move on, then he should go. When we are attempting to compete with a relatively small squad, there's no room for passengers. Mr Perks
  • Score: 3

4:49pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Victor Clayton says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote:
Freddy wrote:
*
If Reach returns after his loan. Then Yeats will replace him. I feel the injury, and not being able to achieve " MATCH FITNESS ", is the main reason of his under performance level.
*
Watford let him go--for a reason. It is possibly a similar reason, that Hull let Maclean go too..
*
City's Squad are now playing for League 1 survival, and their contracts with City.
This Summer--players will be moved on. Players to be brought in, must be of first division quality, and with potential for Championship.
*
That will involve money etc. I hope there is sufficient funds now, in the " Players Fund " for 'Parky' to revamp the Squad.
*
I have only just recovered from last Saturday---and the two fortunate 'Screamers'. . I do not comment --when I am depressed, which is a failing of the genuine supporters. Who are hurting from a bad result.
*
I hope The Bradford Army--and some of The Kop Choir- can be at Brentford Today. The players will need that support. As they suffer much more, after a bad result.
*
Would you be in favour of the club putting admission prices up?
I think that City were innovative when they offered cheap ST deals, they were innovative when they brought in flexi-cards and I would welcome any further innovation that might help with club funds.

I don't personally think that they should have held prices at £200 on a ST. Even an extra tenner would have helped. Costs of running the club rise so it is silly not to increase the entrance fee.

I don't think they should discount cup matches at VP next season either.
I agree, especially now we are in a higher league.
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * If Reach returns after his loan. Then Yeats will replace him. I feel the injury, and not being able to achieve " MATCH FITNESS ", is the main reason of his under performance level. * Watford let him go--for a reason. It is possibly a similar reason, that Hull let Maclean go too.. * City's Squad are now playing for League 1 survival, and their contracts with City. This Summer--players will be moved on. Players to be brought in, must be of first division quality, and with potential for Championship. * That will involve money etc. I hope there is sufficient funds now, in the " Players Fund " for 'Parky' to revamp the Squad. * I have only just recovered from last Saturday---and the two fortunate 'Screamers'. . I do not comment --when I am depressed, which is a failing of the genuine supporters. Who are hurting from a bad result. * I hope The Bradford Army--and some of The Kop Choir- can be at Brentford Today. The players will need that support. As they suffer much more, after a bad result. *[/p][/quote]Would you be in favour of the club putting admission prices up?[/p][/quote]I think that City were innovative when they offered cheap ST deals, they were innovative when they brought in flexi-cards and I would welcome any further innovation that might help with club funds. I don't personally think that they should have held prices at £200 on a ST. Even an extra tenner would have helped. Costs of running the club rise so it is silly not to increase the entrance fee. I don't think they should discount cup matches at VP next season either.[/p][/quote]I agree, especially now we are in a higher league. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 0

7:37pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Pablo says...

Mr Perks wrote:
Yeates has been a big disappointment so far, when he does get on the pitch he just doesn't look interested. We need a big squad overhaul when this season's over and if he can persuaded to move on, then he should go. When we are attempting to compete with a relatively small squad, there's no room for passengers.
Agreed. He has the ability, but appears to have a half hearted approach. I'm not sure just what role he thinks he should be filling in the team because he's obviously not happy with what he's being asked to do on the rare occasions he's been called upon.

The management are obviously frustrated with him and, I guess the feeling is mutual.

A parting of the ways in the close season would be the best solution.

Shame, another wasted talent.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Perks[/bold] wrote: Yeates has been a big disappointment so far, when he does get on the pitch he just doesn't look interested. We need a big squad overhaul when this season's over and if he can persuaded to move on, then he should go. When we are attempting to compete with a relatively small squad, there's no room for passengers.[/p][/quote]Agreed. He has the ability, but appears to have a half hearted approach. I'm not sure just what role he thinks he should be filling in the team because he's obviously not happy with what he's being asked to do on the rare occasions he's been called upon. The management are obviously frustrated with him and, I guess the feeling is mutual. A parting of the ways in the close season would be the best solution. Shame, another wasted talent. Pablo
  • Score: 1

10:12am Sun 9 Mar 14

Waynus1971 says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
Freddy wrote:
*
If Reach returns after his loan. Then Yeats will replace him. I feel the injury, and not being able to achieve " MATCH FITNESS ", is the main reason of his under performance level.
*
Watford let him go--for a reason. It is possibly a similar reason, that Hull let Maclean go too..
*
City's Squad are now playing for League 1 survival, and their contracts with City.
This Summer--players will be moved on. Players to be brought in, must be of first division quality, and with potential for Championship.
*
That will involve money etc. I hope there is sufficient funds now, in the " Players Fund " for 'Parky' to revamp the Squad.
*
I have only just recovered from last Saturday---and the two fortunate 'Screamers'. . I do not comment --when I am depressed, which is a failing of the genuine supporters. Who are hurting from a bad result.
*
I hope The Bradford Army--and some of The Kop Choir- can be at Brentford Today. The players will need that support. As they suffer much more, after a bad result.
*
Would you be in favour of the club putting admission prices up?
Yes. Personally, we should have added £10-£15 on a Flexi Card and put match-day prices up to £24 (isn't that what most other decent clubs in this league charge)? I would also put the adult season ticket price up by £50. At £250, this still represents good value for money and if fans don't agree, they can still buy a Flexi Card at £60-£65.

That would give us a competitive budget to challenge the play-offs next season. Instead, I think PP is going to have his work cut out transforming this current squad into contenders with the money available.

There are lots of players out of contract soon and many of them should be released. I hope we resign Jon Mc (but bring in another decent keeper to seriously challenge for the no1 shirt), both full-backs and McArdle/McHugh (but warn them both that they are not guaranteed to start). I would offer Jones a player/coach role and explain his game time would be significantly reduced if he accepted the role. The rest, for me, can go, as we try to build a new energetic midfield with power and pace in our attacking play.
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * If Reach returns after his loan. Then Yeats will replace him. I feel the injury, and not being able to achieve " MATCH FITNESS ", is the main reason of his under performance level. * Watford let him go--for a reason. It is possibly a similar reason, that Hull let Maclean go too.. * City's Squad are now playing for League 1 survival, and their contracts with City. This Summer--players will be moved on. Players to be brought in, must be of first division quality, and with potential for Championship. * That will involve money etc. I hope there is sufficient funds now, in the " Players Fund " for 'Parky' to revamp the Squad. * I have only just recovered from last Saturday---and the two fortunate 'Screamers'. . I do not comment --when I am depressed, which is a failing of the genuine supporters. Who are hurting from a bad result. * I hope The Bradford Army--and some of The Kop Choir- can be at Brentford Today. The players will need that support. As they suffer much more, after a bad result. *[/p][/quote]Would you be in favour of the club putting admission prices up?[/p][/quote]Yes. Personally, we should have added £10-£15 on a Flexi Card and put match-day prices up to £24 (isn't that what most other decent clubs in this league charge)? I would also put the adult season ticket price up by £50. At £250, this still represents good value for money and if fans don't agree, they can still buy a Flexi Card at £60-£65. That would give us a competitive budget to challenge the play-offs next season. Instead, I think PP is going to have his work cut out transforming this current squad into contenders with the money available. There are lots of players out of contract soon and many of them should be released. I hope we resign Jon Mc (but bring in another decent keeper to seriously challenge for the no1 shirt), both full-backs and McArdle/McHugh (but warn them both that they are not guaranteed to start). I would offer Jones a player/coach role and explain his game time would be significantly reduced if he accepted the role. The rest, for me, can go, as we try to build a new energetic midfield with power and pace in our attacking play. Waynus1971
  • Score: 2

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