Phil Parkinson eager for Bradford City fitness boost after James Hanson and Andrew Davies setback

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: City boss Phil Parkinson shows his disappointment after his side concede a second goal at Brentford City boss Phil Parkinson shows his disappointment after his side concede a second goal at Brentford

Phil Parkinson is banking on James Hanson to lead City’s line at Colchester tomorrow after admitting their game plan was blown apart without him.

The targetman missed Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Brentford after pulling out late complaining of a tweaked groin.

City were also without Andrew Davies, who felt his calf problem was not quite ready for Griffin Park.

But it was Hanson’s absence that hit City the hardest against the third-placed Bees.

Parkinson had worked on Hanson playing the lone front role with Chris Atkinson, making his first start, in support. But the late switch meant Aaron Mclean was thrown into the position.

Parkinson said: “It’s frustrating because we’d worked on a system with Hanson and Atkinson in behind.

“Hanson pulling out changed the dynamics of the team a lot. He’s involved in a lot of our play.

“What we’d set out to do worked to a degree but obviously Hanson and Mclean are different players. Aaron worked really hard but it was a tough job for him.

“We’d set out to work with Hanson and Chris and they’d looked good. Hanson has got that ability to stretch the pitch on the angle as well.”

Parkinson will give Hanson and Davies as long as possible before deciding if they will face Colchester – the first of three games now against teams below City.

The City boss said: “I don’t know if they will be ready, we’ll have to see. But it is disappointing. When you come to a team like Brentford, you need all your big players out there.

“It was similar to the Wolves game. If it had been the last day of the season, then possibly we’d have thrown those two out there, but we just couldn’t take the risk.”

City’s hopes of frustrating Brentford lasted an hour before they were undone by Clayton Donaldson. On-loan Chelsea midfielder George Saville then added a second goal.

But after the two late Stevenage strikes at Valley Parade last week, Parkinson was annoyed that his side were again beaten by a goal from outside the box.

He said: “We’d spoken to the lads about getting out to block shots. It’s annoying that three goals now have all been scored from distance.

“All those players have got good ability and we’d done great up to that point. But time almost stood still in that one moment and everyone on the bench was shouting ‘get out to the ball’.

“We just needed to block it, or at least to get close and make it more difficult for Donaldson. It was just too easy.

“We looked okay up to that point. We were solid and compact and everyone was doing their job. We’d competed well for an hour. But when the first goal went in, we gave a good team a huge lift.”

Loan defender Adam Drury came off the bench in the closing minutes. Parkinson had decided against playing the Leeds left back from the start because of his lack of senior match practice.

The City chief said: “He’s had some under-21 games and to get a left back who’s been playing regular first-team football is almost impossible.

“We possibly could have taken a couple of youngsters who’ve never played league football before.

“But we’ve got a couple of those ourselves and anyone coming in on loan has got to be a lot better than them to justify bringing one in. Adam’s vastly experienced.”

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10:12am Mon 10 Mar 14

Bradford Lad BD9 says...

It now looks like we are a 1 man team, r.e Hanson, Get a grip parky and GET LOST.
It now looks like we are a 1 man team, r.e Hanson, Get a grip parky and GET LOST. Bradford Lad BD9
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10:43am Mon 10 Mar 14

bcfc mad85 says...

He's only bothered about hanson because that's his main route to goal i.e. Long ball pp why did you put this team together if they don't know how to pass The ball yet another poor performance from the team but our fans will always keep bouncing and singing for yh week in week out
He's only bothered about hanson because that's his main route to goal i.e. Long ball pp why did you put this team together if they don't know how to pass The ball yet another poor performance from the team but our fans will always keep bouncing and singing for yh week in week out bcfc mad85
  • Score: -13

11:24am Mon 10 Mar 14

Cityman23 says...

The team I'd play v Colchester: (if all fit)

G: McLaughlin

RB: Darby
CB: McArdle
CB: Davies
LB: Drury

MF: Thompson
MF: Jones
MF: Doyle
LW: Reach

S: McBurnie
S: Hanson
The team I'd play v Colchester: (if all fit) G: McLaughlin RB: Darby CB: McArdle CB: Davies LB: Drury MF: Thompson MF: Jones MF: Doyle LW: Reach S: McBurnie S: Hanson Cityman23
  • Score: -20

11:27am Mon 10 Mar 14

realcitygent says...

SAME OLD EXCUSES FROM PARKY ,IT SHOWS WE ARE A LONG BALL TEAM IF HANSON NOT PLAYING HE IS SAYING WE HAV NO OTHER IDEA ,ITS HIS JOB TO SIGN PLAYERS WHO CAN ACTUALLY PLAY FOOTBALL NOT JUST KICK THE BALL UP IN THE AIR MOST OF HIS SIGNING ARE BEYOND A JOKE ,THE MAN HAS LOST THE PLOT ,WHY DID HE SIGN THE LAD FROM LEEDS AND HAVING HIM WARMING BENCH ,SURELY THE LAD SHOULD BE FIT ENOUGH TO PLAY A GAME ,THESE GUYS ARE PROS AND SHOULD STAY FIT ,I REALLY DO FEAR FOR US SEEMS OTHER TEAMS ARE PICKING UP POINTS AND WE ARE STANDING STILL APART FROM 2WINS,IMO WE SHOULD STICK WITH PARKY TILL END OF SEASON THEN IF HAS ANYTHING ABOUT HIM HE WILL RESIGN WITH A PAYOUT ,CITY FANS NEED TO OPEN THERE EYES LOOK WHATS HAPPENING ,STOP LIVING ON GETTING TO CUP FINAL ,THE MAN IS JUST NOT UPTO MANAGING IN THIS DIV ,ARE STYLE OF FOOTBALL IS A DISCRACE ,TEAMS WITHOUT HALF ARE BUDGET OR FANBASE PLAY US OFF PITCH NEARLY EVERYWEEK ,
SAME OLD EXCUSES FROM PARKY ,IT SHOWS WE ARE A LONG BALL TEAM IF HANSON NOT PLAYING HE IS SAYING WE HAV NO OTHER IDEA ,ITS HIS JOB TO SIGN PLAYERS WHO CAN ACTUALLY PLAY FOOTBALL NOT JUST KICK THE BALL UP IN THE AIR MOST OF HIS SIGNING ARE BEYOND A JOKE ,THE MAN HAS LOST THE PLOT ,WHY DID HE SIGN THE LAD FROM LEEDS AND HAVING HIM WARMING BENCH ,SURELY THE LAD SHOULD BE FIT ENOUGH TO PLAY A GAME ,THESE GUYS ARE PROS AND SHOULD STAY FIT ,I REALLY DO FEAR FOR US SEEMS OTHER TEAMS ARE PICKING UP POINTS AND WE ARE STANDING STILL APART FROM 2WINS,IMO WE SHOULD STICK WITH PARKY TILL END OF SEASON THEN IF HAS ANYTHING ABOUT HIM HE WILL RESIGN WITH A PAYOUT ,CITY FANS NEED TO OPEN THERE EYES LOOK WHATS HAPPENING ,STOP LIVING ON GETTING TO CUP FINAL ,THE MAN IS JUST NOT UPTO MANAGING IN THIS DIV ,ARE STYLE OF FOOTBALL IS A DISCRACE ,TEAMS WITHOUT HALF ARE BUDGET OR FANBASE PLAY US OFF PITCH NEARLY EVERYWEEK , realcitygent
  • Score: -16

11:43am Mon 10 Mar 14

shoesmaker26 says...

must get more players chipping in on the goals front as james hanson carnt do it all the time .also if he was to get sidelined for a while i would fear for are season , to be honest come on city
must get more players chipping in on the goals front as james hanson carnt do it all the time .also if he was to get sidelined for a while i would fear for are season , to be honest come on city shoesmaker26
  • Score: 1

12:31pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Saltaire Bantam says...

Just happened to notice we have only won one game in 21 appearances that Bates has been involved in since he arrived! That was against Milton Keynes.
Just happened to notice we have only won one game in 21 appearances that Bates has been involved in since he arrived! That was against Milton Keynes. Saltaire Bantam
  • Score: 6

1:16pm Mon 10 Mar 14

London bcfc says...

Parky himself has just admitted that we have nothing but hoof ball. No Hanson equals no plan B?? See you later phil
Parky himself has just admitted that we have nothing but hoof ball. No Hanson equals no plan B?? See you later phil London bcfc
  • Score: -2

1:23pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Manningham bantam says...

Saltaire Bantam wrote:
Just happened to notice we have only won one game in 21 appearances that Bates has been involved in since he arrived! That was against Milton Keynes.
Better be careful,rumours might spread of a new nickname like 'Bad luck bates'

;-)
[quote][p][bold]Saltaire Bantam[/bold] wrote: Just happened to notice we have only won one game in 21 appearances that Bates has been involved in since he arrived! That was against Milton Keynes.[/p][/quote]Better be careful,rumours might spread of a new nickname like 'Bad luck bates' ;-) Manningham bantam
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2:34pm Mon 10 Mar 14

lawsonio123 says...

We went to Brentford with one aim SHUT SHOP DEFEND. The whole aim of a football match is to WIN to go with any other intention is a DEFEATIST attitude and not the way I wish to see City play Our Manager should take a leaf out of Wigan,s book and go for the WIN better to try and fail than just DEFEND
We went to Brentford with one aim SHUT SHOP DEFEND. The whole aim of a football match is to WIN to go with any other intention is a DEFEATIST attitude and not the way I wish to see City play Our Manager should take a leaf out of Wigan,s book and go for the WIN better to try and fail than just DEFEND lawsonio123
  • Score: 4

2:40pm Mon 10 Mar 14

minkiebantam says...

Manningham bantam wrote:
Saltaire Bantam wrote: Just happened to notice we have only won one game in 21 appearances that Bates has been involved in since he arrived! That was against Milton Keynes.
Better be careful,rumours might spread of a new nickname like 'Bad luck bates' ;-)
I prefer "Back-off Bates myself" ; )
[quote][p][bold]Manningham bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saltaire Bantam[/bold] wrote: Just happened to notice we have only won one game in 21 appearances that Bates has been involved in since he arrived! That was against Milton Keynes.[/p][/quote]Better be careful,rumours might spread of a new nickname like 'Bad luck bates' ;-)[/p][/quote]I prefer "Back-off Bates myself" ; ) minkiebantam
  • Score: -2

3:50pm Mon 10 Mar 14

albioff says...

Bradford Lad BD9 wrote:
It now looks like we are a 1 man team, r.e Hanson, Get a grip parky and GET LOST.
I suggested recently we are a one man defence and got called a "tit" but you are quite right. If we do have a decent war chest for next season i hope they have a long look first at who should be using it.
[quote][p][bold]Bradford Lad BD9[/bold] wrote: It now looks like we are a 1 man team, r.e Hanson, Get a grip parky and GET LOST.[/p][/quote]I suggested recently we are a one man defence and got called a "tit" but you are quite right. If we do have a decent war chest for next season i hope they have a long look first at who should be using it. albioff
  • Score: -6

4:34pm Mon 10 Mar 14

shaun from richmond says...

Saltaire Bantam wrote:
Just happened to notice we have only won one game in 21 appearances that Bates has been involved in since he arrived! That was against Milton Keynes.
BATES is to defending!....What McLEAN is to scoring goals!.
[quote][p][bold]Saltaire Bantam[/bold] wrote: Just happened to notice we have only won one game in 21 appearances that Bates has been involved in since he arrived! That was against Milton Keynes.[/p][/quote]BATES is to defending!....What McLEAN is to scoring goals!. shaun from richmond
  • Score: 0

5:01pm Mon 10 Mar 14

audal says...

NO HANSON NO RESULT is that parky's verdict ?? WOW!! so will Drury play up front coming on as a 69th sub.. or my bookies slip shows City 2. united 1(Reach & Gray)
NO HANSON NO RESULT is that parky's verdict ?? WOW!! so will Drury play up front coming on as a 69th sub.. or my bookies slip shows City 2. united 1(Reach & Gray) audal
  • Score: -4

5:07pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Remembertheparaders says...

Norman Bates might be a better option.
Norman Bates might be a better option. Remembertheparaders
  • Score: -2

5:21pm Mon 10 Mar 14

wormcage says...

realcitygent wrote:
SAME OLD EXCUSES FROM PARKY ,IT SHOWS WE ARE A LONG BALL TEAM IF HANSON NOT PLAYING HE IS SAYING WE HAV NO OTHER IDEA ,ITS HIS JOB TO SIGN PLAYERS WHO CAN ACTUALLY PLAY FOOTBALL NOT JUST KICK THE BALL UP IN THE AIR MOST OF HIS SIGNING ARE BEYOND A JOKE ,THE MAN HAS LOST THE PLOT ,WHY DID HE SIGN THE LAD FROM LEEDS AND HAVING HIM WARMING BENCH ,SURELY THE LAD SHOULD BE FIT ENOUGH TO PLAY A GAME ,THESE GUYS ARE PROS AND SHOULD STAY FIT ,I REALLY DO FEAR FOR US SEEMS OTHER TEAMS ARE PICKING UP POINTS AND WE ARE STANDING STILL APART FROM 2WINS,IMO WE SHOULD STICK WITH PARKY TILL END OF SEASON THEN IF HAS ANYTHING ABOUT HIM HE WILL RESIGN WITH A PAYOUT ,CITY FANS NEED TO OPEN THERE EYES LOOK WHATS HAPPENING ,STOP LIVING ON GETTING TO CUP FINAL ,THE MAN IS JUST NOT UPTO MANAGING IN THIS DIV ,ARE STYLE OF FOOTBALL IS A DISCRACE ,TEAMS WITHOUT HALF ARE BUDGET OR FANBASE PLAY US OFF PITCH NEARLY EVERYWEEK ,
Could'nt agree more,we are totally predictable.very easy for the opposition to combat.this season has been a mixture of poor tactics and bad signings, and don't give me all this about our first season in a new division, the majority of teams in the division would have loved to have the same player budget that Parkinson has had.Time to go I'm afraid
[quote][p][bold]realcitygent[/bold] wrote: SAME OLD EXCUSES FROM PARKY ,IT SHOWS WE ARE A LONG BALL TEAM IF HANSON NOT PLAYING HE IS SAYING WE HAV NO OTHER IDEA ,ITS HIS JOB TO SIGN PLAYERS WHO CAN ACTUALLY PLAY FOOTBALL NOT JUST KICK THE BALL UP IN THE AIR MOST OF HIS SIGNING ARE BEYOND A JOKE ,THE MAN HAS LOST THE PLOT ,WHY DID HE SIGN THE LAD FROM LEEDS AND HAVING HIM WARMING BENCH ,SURELY THE LAD SHOULD BE FIT ENOUGH TO PLAY A GAME ,THESE GUYS ARE PROS AND SHOULD STAY FIT ,I REALLY DO FEAR FOR US SEEMS OTHER TEAMS ARE PICKING UP POINTS AND WE ARE STANDING STILL APART FROM 2WINS,IMO WE SHOULD STICK WITH PARKY TILL END OF SEASON THEN IF HAS ANYTHING ABOUT HIM HE WILL RESIGN WITH A PAYOUT ,CITY FANS NEED TO OPEN THERE EYES LOOK WHATS HAPPENING ,STOP LIVING ON GETTING TO CUP FINAL ,THE MAN IS JUST NOT UPTO MANAGING IN THIS DIV ,ARE STYLE OF FOOTBALL IS A DISCRACE ,TEAMS WITHOUT HALF ARE BUDGET OR FANBASE PLAY US OFF PITCH NEARLY EVERYWEEK ,[/p][/quote]Could'nt agree more,we are totally predictable.very easy for the opposition to combat.this season has been a mixture of poor tactics and bad signings, and don't give me all this about our first season in a new division, the majority of teams in the division would have loved to have the same player budget that Parkinson has had.Time to go I'm afraid wormcage
  • Score: -2

5:52pm Mon 10 Mar 14

pokertee says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
We went to Brentford with one aim SHUT SHOP DEFEND. The whole aim of a football match is to WIN to go with any other intention is a DEFEATIST attitude and not the way I wish to see City play Our Manager should take a leaf out of Wigan,s book and go for the WIN better to try and fail than just DEFEND
YUP I totally agree NOT. You see it day in day out all the premier clubs low down in the divisions going to the likes of Liverpool Arsenal Chelsea and the likes and just attack. NO THEY dont they go for a draw and if they get lucky they might get a win. Face up to facts we were a second division team and should be looking to just stay up this season. Please feel free to moan at the end of the season if we get relegated. Until then whats the point of moaning? **** if we had been lucky and got promoted i bet we would not win one game in the championship never mind the 9 wins and 14 draws we have in a new division
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: We went to Brentford with one aim SHUT SHOP DEFEND. The whole aim of a football match is to WIN to go with any other intention is a DEFEATIST attitude and not the way I wish to see City play Our Manager should take a leaf out of Wigan,s book and go for the WIN better to try and fail than just DEFEND[/p][/quote]YUP I totally agree NOT. You see it day in day out all the premier clubs low down in the divisions going to the likes of Liverpool Arsenal Chelsea and the likes and just attack. NO THEY dont they go for a draw and if they get lucky they might get a win. Face up to facts we were a second division team and should be looking to just stay up this season. Please feel free to moan at the end of the season if we get relegated. Until then whats the point of moaning? **** if we had been lucky and got promoted i bet we would not win one game in the championship never mind the 9 wins and 14 draws we have in a new division pokertee
  • Score: -1

6:22pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Hove edge bantam says...

Cityman23 wrote:
The team I'd play v Colchester: (if all fit)

G: McLaughlin

RB: Darby
CB: McArdle
CB: Davies
LB: Drury

MF: Thompson
MF: Jones
MF: Doyle
LW: Reach

S: McBurnie
S: Hanson
Can't understand all the negatives to this comment Our current team would struggle to defeat an average conference side so why not TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT or I know let's stick to HOOFBALL
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: The team I'd play v Colchester: (if all fit) G: McLaughlin RB: Darby CB: McArdle CB: Davies LB: Drury MF: Thompson MF: Jones MF: Doyle LW: Reach S: McBurnie S: Hanson[/p][/quote]Can't understand all the negatives to this comment Our current team would struggle to defeat an average conference side so why not TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT or I know let's stick to HOOFBALL Hove edge bantam
  • Score: -2

6:24pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Hove edge bantam says...

Bradford Lad BD9 wrote:
It now looks like we are a 1 man team, r.e Hanson, Get a grip parky and GET LOST.
We are not a one man team we are one tactic team
[quote][p][bold]Bradford Lad BD9[/bold] wrote: It now looks like we are a 1 man team, r.e Hanson, Get a grip parky and GET LOST.[/p][/quote]We are not a one man team we are one tactic team Hove edge bantam
  • Score: 5

7:17pm Mon 10 Mar 14

macca1969 says...

minkiebantam wrote:
Manningham bantam wrote:
Saltaire Bantam wrote: Just happened to notice we have only won one game in 21 appearances that Bates has been involved in since he arrived! That was against Milton Keynes.
Better be careful,rumours might spread of a new nickname like 'Bad luck bates' ;-)
I prefer "Back-off Bates myself" ; )
It was back off jones on Saturday. At least this week he managed to stay on his feet instead of sitting on his back side like he did for 2 if the goals last week. Bates was not at fault for either goal on Saturday
[quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manningham bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saltaire Bantam[/bold] wrote: Just happened to notice we have only won one game in 21 appearances that Bates has been involved in since he arrived! That was against Milton Keynes.[/p][/quote]Better be careful,rumours might spread of a new nickname like 'Bad luck bates' ;-)[/p][/quote]I prefer "Back-off Bates myself" ; )[/p][/quote]It was back off jones on Saturday. At least this week he managed to stay on his feet instead of sitting on his back side like he did for 2 if the goals last week. Bates was not at fault for either goal on Saturday macca1969
  • Score: 0

9:04pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Cityman23 says...

With all the 'doom & gloom' we could do with the return of 'Balbrigan FC' with an excessively positive prediction for tomorrow's match v Colchester. In his absence, (or her-I am unsure if it's he/she) I am going to (probably unwisely-but what the heck!) make a prediction: (well two actually)

a) James Hanson to score!!!

b) a 1-0 win!!!
With all the 'doom & gloom' we could do with the return of 'Balbrigan FC' with an excessively positive prediction for tomorrow's match v Colchester. In his absence, (or her-I am unsure if it's he/she) I am going to (probably unwisely-but what the heck!) make a prediction: (well two actually) a) James Hanson to score!!! b) a 1-0 win!!! Cityman23
  • Score: 0

9:34pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Bradford Lad BD9 says...

Knowing our luck and clueless parky in charge, I can see colchester beating us tmrw and overtaking us.
Knowing our luck and clueless parky in charge, I can see colchester beating us tmrw and overtaking us. Bradford Lad BD9
  • Score: -1

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