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4:54pm

Aaron Mclean opened his City account at the 11th attempt – but they had to settle for a frustrating draw against Peter Taylor’s Gillingham.
Mclean got them off to a flying start when he swept home Adam Drury’s cross in front of the Kop.
For an hour, the Bantams carried on where they left off at Colchester and played some really good stuff.
But for all their control of the game, a second goal eluded them.
Adam Reach was a real handful and hit the top of the bar with one cross – as did Kyle Bennett. James Hanson also had a header well saved.
Gillingham brought on Adebayo Akinfenwa for the second half and the hefty striker made a difference.
He was involved in the build-up to the equaliser, sliding a pass through for Cody McDonald to beat the advancing Jon McLaughlin.
It ensured Taylor got some reward on his first return to Valley Parade since leaving City three years ago.
But for the home side, it was definitely a case of two points dropped.

4:53pm

And that's the final touch as the game finishes all square

4:53pm

Everyone in the Gills half bar McLaughlin... but Jones slips as he shoots and free-kick flies into top tier of the Bradford end

4:52pm

Darby caught in the head by McDonald. Free-kick 30 yards out ...

4:51pm

Time for one last hurrah....??

4:49pm

Fourth official's board says three...

4:48pm

Bennett shoots through the mass of players but Legge blocks

4:48pm

Corner for City and the volume kicks up. Two minutes of normal time left

4:43pm

On he comes as Mclean makes way. Standing ovation for the striker

4:42pm

Thompson about to become City's second sub.

4:40pm

4:40pm

Mclean down after taking a bang on the head. The teams take the chance for a drinks break

4:39pm

Ten minutes to go and City need to pick it up again. They should have put this game to bed earlier

4:37pm

Bennett switches to left wing and latches on Hanson's header but his radar is off

4:36pm

Fagan getting booed now but he wins a corner

4:35pm

Fagan getting some stick from the Midland Road stand as he complains about a challenge from Drury. Now the Kop join in

4:32pm

Hanson heads it down and Reach volley flashes across goal

4:32pm

Bennett seeing plenty of the ball and he's just won a corner

4:30pm

El Capitan comes on for Dolan, who has had a good game

4:29pm

Jones stripped and ready for action

4:27pm

4:27pm

Bennett looks to play Hanson clear with defence-splitting pass but he puts too much on it

4:23pm

Akinfenwa finds room to have a pop from 25 yards out just wide. Ref bizarrely gives Gillingham their first corner

4:23pm

Mclean lets fly once again after Hanson flicks on Darby's long pass. Decent hit but it's always going wide

4:22pm

Suddenly become a little edgy round the place as Gills come more into the game

4:19pm

Chance for Gillingham to pinch the lead but Lee cannot keep his shot down after nipping in between the centre halves. Bit of a let-off there

4:18pm

Another surging run from Reach and his drilled cross is turned over the bar by a stretching Mclean

4:17pm

Gillingham level it up as City pay the price for not converting pressure into a second goal.

Akinfenwa pokes the ball past Darby and McDONALD slides it beyond the advancing McLaughlin.

4:12pm

Crowd today is 13,089 with 226 away fans

4:08pm

Reach cross bounces on top of the bar.

4:07pm

Akinfenwa heads away

4:07pm

And another one the other side...

4:07pm

Early corner for City, Reach again the instigator

4:04pm

Akinfenwa and Lee coming on for Gills. Hessenthaler and Pigott replaced.

3:50pm

3:48pm

Half-time and City good value for their lead...

3:47pm

Just time for Reach to launch a half-volley over the bar...

3:46pm

One additional minute to play

3:46pm

Ironic cheers as the ref gives successive fouls against Legge on Hanson. Stuck to him tighter than a cheap suit

3:40pm

City playing some great football and the fans respond

3:38pm

Crowd furious as Hanson goes down in challenge with Barrett. But ref unmoved by their noisy protests

3:37pm

City press again as Bennett retrieves Reach cross and puts it back into the box. Hanson sets up Doyle for a first-time drive wide

3:34pm

Crowd applaud Mclean for his chasing down as City pin Gillingham in their own half

3:31pm

Hanson gets a lecture from the ref for his challenge on Barrett.

3:28pm

Reach cross just has too much on it for Hanson at the far post

3:27pm

Jones goes for a warm-up run with the City subs and is instantly serenaded by the crowd. He's magic, you know

3:26pm

Corner comes out to Doyle who drills fierce shot into the crowd of bodies in the box.

3:25pm

Reach wins the first corner of the afternoon. City need to turn their pressure into a second - learn the lessons of Stevenage.

3:23pm

Dolan tries a rather ambitious half volley from 30 yards that bounces comfortably wide

3:23pm

Nelson does well to punch a deflected cross from Reach away from danger as Hanson comes powering in

3:21pm

Weston has a try from 30 yards which McLaughlin gathers at second attempt. But City respond straight away and Hanson's header from Bennett's cross is saved by a diving Nelson.

3:20pm

Doyle winning everything in midfield. Hustles possesion back and then supplies Reach for another chance to test Gillingham's defence

3:19pm

Reach shot blocked by Hewitt as City continue to turn the screw

3:17pm

"Taylor give us a wave" they ask now. And get a thumbs up straight back...

3:17pm

"Parky give us a wave" chant the Kop. The manager is quick to oblige

3:17pm

3:16pm

Mclean has the ball in the net again but the flag is already up. Chorus of Midland Road booms from behind the Gillingham goal...

3:15pm

Taylor's got his "not happy with that" face on ....

3:14pm

Could/should have been 2-0 as Reach carves way through but screws shot across goal

3:13pm

The goal came from an excellent move. Hanson's flick from McArdle's long ball was picked up by Reach, who laid it wide for Drury. The left back delivered a first-time cross which Mclean swept in from six yards.

3:11pm

City are in front and MCLEAN has got his first goal for the club!

3:05pm

Great run and cross from Bennett and the ball bounces off the top of the bar...

3:02pm

Early excitement as Reach gets into threatening position but his right-foot cross is swept clear

3:01pm

Kop warm up their voices as City prepare to kick off towards them

2:58pm

Taylor getting a good reception from the main stand

2:57pm

And here come the teams

2:52pm

A smattering of Gills fans have made the trip but at least they're having a pre-match sing...

2:37pm

2:17pm

Peter Taylor has named another former Bantam in his Gillingham line-up. 

Craig Fagan is recalled as the Gills chase a third win on the bounce.

GILLINGHAM: Nelson, Martin, Barrett, Legge, Hewitt, Linganzi, Hessenthaler, Pigott, Weston, McDonald, Fagan, McDonald. Subs: C Davies, Akinfenwa, Dack, Lee, Smith, Harriman, Baxter.

2:08pm

2:08pm

2:07pm

It's confirmed - City have named the same side that beat Colchester.

Gary Jones is back in the squad after his virus but he's on the bench in place of Mark Yeates.

Stephen Darby keeps the captain's armband.

CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Drury, Bennett, Dolan, Doyle, Reach, Mclean, Hanson. Subs: Gray, Thompson, McHugh, Jones, Atkinson, McBurnie, Bentley.

1:37pm

Would expect the same team as Tuesday. Gary Jones trained yesterday but is still getting over the effects of his virus.

With Matty Dolan deputising well against Colchester, there is no need to rush the skipper back if he's not 100 per cent.

There's also no midweek game coming up so he'd have plenty of time to be right as rain for the trip to Shrewsbury next Saturday.

1:35pm

1:34pm

Good afternoon and welcome from an overcast Valley Parade as Peter Taylor returns with Gillingham.

Only goal difference separates the two teams in mid-table so expect it to be a tight affair - particularly with Taylor at the helm.

 

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1:58pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Bantam76 says...

Come on City - let's pick up where we left off on Tuesday and get ourselves on a run!! CTID
Come on City - let's pick up where we left off on Tuesday and get ourselves on a run!! CTID Bantam76
  • Score: 1

5:25pm Sat 15 Mar 14

shoesmaker26 says...

lots of good play from city but not anough other players chip in on the goals front to be honest we need more goals from else where in the team to be honest come on city
lots of good play from city but not anough other players chip in on the goals front to be honest we need more goals from else where in the team to be honest come on city shoesmaker26
  • Score: 0

6:48pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Cityman23 says...

"GOOD FIRST 45 MINS-SHAME ABOUT THGE SECOND HALF!" would be a good description of this match.

City made a quick, early start (with McLean's 1st goal) as they did v Stevenage and looked as if they'd go on to be comfortable winners. At half time, City could have been two or three goals up after terrific wing play from Adam Reach which put the Gills 'under the cosh' for long period and Hanson on form.

However, after the break, the game looked more balanced and Peter Taylor made a substitution which proved effective. Yes, some City fans chortled at the sight of the massive frame of Akinfenwa arriving on the pitch, but they weren't laughing within 15 mins or so as he made his presence felt. Gillingham drew level from a 'preventable' goal that allowed the Gills strikers to roll unchallenged right through the centre of the City defence. And after this, instead of a fightback, both teams cancelled each other out. Reach was much less effective, and Hanson better marshalled than he had been by Gillingham defenders in the 1st 45 mins. To be honest, in the end a point was preferable to a disaster wjhich would have seen the Kent side nick all threepoints-not a remote possibility I have to say.

City's first halfe was wonderful to watch, good passing, switching between wings, Reach and Hanson a handful and even Aaron McLean smiling at breaking his duck. But City need to keep this 'pot' boiling for the whole match if they're to be a more consistently successful side. I am sure 'PP' knows this...as does Peter Taylor!!
"GOOD FIRST 45 MINS-SHAME ABOUT THGE SECOND HALF!" would be a good description of this match. City made a quick, early start (with McLean's 1st goal) as they did v Stevenage and looked as if they'd go on to be comfortable winners. At half time, City could have been two or three goals up after terrific wing play from Adam Reach which put the Gills 'under the cosh' for long period and Hanson on form. However, after the break, the game looked more balanced and Peter Taylor made a substitution which proved effective. Yes, some City fans chortled at the sight of the massive frame of Akinfenwa arriving on the pitch, but they weren't laughing within 15 mins or so as he made his presence felt. Gillingham drew level from a 'preventable' goal that allowed the Gills strikers to roll unchallenged right through the centre of the City defence. And after this, instead of a fightback, both teams cancelled each other out. Reach was much less effective, and Hanson better marshalled than he had been by Gillingham defenders in the 1st 45 mins. To be honest, in the end a point was preferable to a disaster wjhich would have seen the Kent side nick all threepoints-not a remote possibility I have to say. City's first halfe was wonderful to watch, good passing, switching between wings, Reach and Hanson a handful and even Aaron McLean smiling at breaking his duck. But City need to keep this 'pot' boiling for the whole match if they're to be a more consistently successful side. I am sure 'PP' knows this...as does Peter Taylor!! Cityman23
  • Score: 4

6:56pm Sat 15 Mar 14

i miss stallard & murray says...

Great first thirty mins some very good football. Dolan n Doyle really had control of centre of the park and had a lot of the ball. Reach n Bennett played well but there has to be more quality with the crosses. If we could have maintained the passing n movement of the first 30 we wud have three points today. Big improvement from last home game just a shame we did not seal the victory
Great first thirty mins some very good football. Dolan n Doyle really had control of centre of the park and had a lot of the ball. Reach n Bennett played well but there has to be more quality with the crosses. If we could have maintained the passing n movement of the first 30 we wud have three points today. Big improvement from last home game just a shame we did not seal the victory i miss stallard & murray
  • Score: 2

7:57pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Olivermac says...

i miss stallard & murray wrote:
Great first thirty mins some very good football. Dolan n Doyle really had control of centre of the park and had a lot of the ball. Reach n Bennett played well but there has to be more quality with the crosses. If we could have maintained the passing n movement of the first 30 we wud have three points today. Big improvement from last home game just a shame we did not seal the victory
Yes I agree it is great to see that we can play on the floor just a shame we could not put the game to bed in the first half because I thought. the Gills were one of the poorer sides in this div.
[quote][p][bold]i miss stallard & murray[/bold] wrote: Great first thirty mins some very good football. Dolan n Doyle really had control of centre of the park and had a lot of the ball. Reach n Bennett played well but there has to be more quality with the crosses. If we could have maintained the passing n movement of the first 30 we wud have three points today. Big improvement from last home game just a shame we did not seal the victory[/p][/quote]Yes I agree it is great to see that we can play on the floor just a shame we could not put the game to bed in the first half because I thought. the Gills were one of the poorer sides in this div. Olivermac
  • Score: 1

8:22pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Aussie Bantam says...

fabulous to see City fans reporting good football being played, music to my ear's. The team will win more fan's and game's if the form is maintained. I make a note that Naki Wells scored his first goal In 9 game's today , so maybe our Mac has not done too badly eh. I bet he is relieved to get his first goal for City, let's hope he get's lot's more. Maybe the midfield without Jones is the answer to City's good football?
fabulous to see City fans reporting good football being played, music to my ear's. The team will win more fan's and game's if the form is maintained. I make a note that Naki Wells scored his first goal In 9 game's today , so maybe our Mac has not done too badly eh. I bet he is relieved to get his first goal for City, let's hope he get's lot's more. Maybe the midfield without Jones is the answer to City's good football? Aussie Bantam
  • Score: 4

10:23am Sun 16 Mar 14

bcfc mad85 says...

Check out the football thought I was watching a different team bags better and we should have had more from the game but hats off to pp and the team
Check out the football thought I was watching a different team bags better and we should have had more from the game but hats off to pp and the team bcfc mad85
  • Score: 1

1:11pm Sun 16 Mar 14

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  • Score: -3

7:48pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Bradford1903 says...

Basically we have let Gillingham off the hook; we should've been 2 or 3 up at half time. up at half time. If you don't get that 2nd goal though, you leave yourselves vulnerable to lapses in concentration; Akinfenwa's arrival appeared to unsettle McArdle, and we have conceded a soft equaliser.

It was an excellent instinctive finish from Mclean, Bennett I though had a good game, Drury gives us a better balance, and I like the look of Dolan, who has a cultured left foot.

If we had won that game 4-1 it wouldn't have flattered us, but we have got to learn to finish teams off when we are on top.
Basically we have let Gillingham off the hook; we should've been 2 or 3 up at half time. up at half time. If you don't get that 2nd goal though, you leave yourselves vulnerable to lapses in concentration; Akinfenwa's arrival appeared to unsettle McArdle, and we have conceded a soft equaliser. It was an excellent instinctive finish from Mclean, Bennett I though had a good game, Drury gives us a better balance, and I like the look of Dolan, who has a cultured left foot. If we had won that game 4-1 it wouldn't have flattered us, but we have got to learn to finish teams off when we are on top. Bradford1903
  • Score: 2

7:52pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Victor Clayton says...

I thought that the first half was the best football we have played in a long time and no surprise we couldn't keep that tempo for 90. it was a real shame our shootings was poor, otherwise would have walked it. The extended applause for McLean was great.
I thought that the first half was the best football we have played in a long time and no surprise we couldn't keep that tempo for 90. it was a real shame our shootings was poor, otherwise would have walked it. The extended applause for McLean was great. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 4

3:24am Mon 17 Mar 14

diffident says...

'The extended applause for McLean was great.'

Wasn't it just? To all the posters on the T&A website that doubted McLean I have but two words, and the second one is 'OFF'!

Similarly the same can be said to all the numpties that were climbing into Bennett despite the fact he'd spent very little time on the pitch and is still finding his way. He's got great feet, the odd trick up his sleeve and was probably MotM in the first half. Long may it continue.
'The extended applause for McLean was great.' Wasn't it just? To all the posters on the T&A website that doubted McLean I have but two words, and the second one is 'OFF'! Similarly the same can be said to all the numpties that were climbing into Bennett despite the fact he'd spent very little time on the pitch and is still finding his way. He's got great feet, the odd trick up his sleeve and was probably MotM in the first half. Long may it continue. diffident
  • Score: -1

7:25am Mon 17 Mar 14

Victor Clayton says...

diffident wrote:
'The extended applause for McLean was great.'

Wasn't it just? To all the posters on the T&A website that doubted McLean I have but two words, and the second one is 'OFF'!

Similarly the same can be said to all the numpties that were climbing into Bennett despite the fact he'd spent very little time on the pitch and is still finding his way. He's got great feet, the odd trick up his sleeve and was probably MotM in the first half. Long may it continue.
I thought McLean played well. The one doubt I have is his lack of ball control. Hopefully, now he has the monkey off his back he will just get better.
[quote][p][bold]diffident[/bold] wrote: 'The extended applause for McLean was great.' Wasn't it just? To all the posters on the T&A website that doubted McLean I have but two words, and the second one is 'OFF'! Similarly the same can be said to all the numpties that were climbing into Bennett despite the fact he'd spent very little time on the pitch and is still finding his way. He's got great feet, the odd trick up his sleeve and was probably MotM in the first half. Long may it continue.[/p][/quote]I thought McLean played well. The one doubt I have is his lack of ball control. Hopefully, now he has the monkey off his back he will just get better. Victor Clayton
  • Score: -1

2:10pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Bradford1903 wrote:
Basically we have let Gillingham off the hook; we should've been 2 or 3 up at half time. up at half time. If you don't get that 2nd goal though, you leave yourselves vulnerable to lapses in concentration; Akinfenwa's arrival appeared to unsettle McArdle, and we have conceded a soft equaliser.

It was an excellent instinctive finish from Mclean, Bennett I though had a good game, Drury gives us a better balance, and I like the look of Dolan, who has a cultured left foot.

If we had won that game 4-1 it wouldn't have flattered us, but we have got to learn to finish teams off when we are on top.
Unsettled McArdle??? Davies boasted about his tussles with him then stood as far away as possible for the whole of the second half. Davies also let the ball bounce in an innocuous position, this led to him being outpaced and the ball nudged onto McDonald.

There appears to be some blindness amongst City fans who are unable to see the re-occuring mistakes made by Davies. Yes, we seem to keep more clean sheets when he is playing but he is not infallible and it is disingenious to place his issues onto other players. There have been a few instances since his return from injury where he has been culpable but due to either wins or draws these have been glossed over.

People are keen to pull at JM or AMc but less so when it comes to Davies.
[quote][p][bold]Bradford1903[/bold] wrote: Basically we have let Gillingham off the hook; we should've been 2 or 3 up at half time. up at half time. If you don't get that 2nd goal though, you leave yourselves vulnerable to lapses in concentration; Akinfenwa's arrival appeared to unsettle McArdle, and we have conceded a soft equaliser. It was an excellent instinctive finish from Mclean, Bennett I though had a good game, Drury gives us a better balance, and I like the look of Dolan, who has a cultured left foot. If we had won that game 4-1 it wouldn't have flattered us, but we have got to learn to finish teams off when we are on top.[/p][/quote]Unsettled McArdle??? Davies boasted about his tussles with him then stood as far away as possible for the whole of the second half. Davies also let the ball bounce in an innocuous position, this led to him being outpaced and the ball nudged onto McDonald. There appears to be some blindness amongst City fans who are unable to see the re-occuring mistakes made by Davies. Yes, we seem to keep more clean sheets when he is playing but he is not infallible and it is disingenious to place his issues onto other players. There have been a few instances since his return from injury where he has been culpable but due to either wins or draws these have been glossed over. People are keen to pull at JM or AMc but less so when it comes to Davies. Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 0

5:17pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Bradford1903 says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Bradford1903 wrote: Basically we have let Gillingham off the hook; we should've been 2 or 3 up at half time. up at half time. If you don't get that 2nd goal though, you leave yourselves vulnerable to lapses in concentration; Akinfenwa's arrival appeared to unsettle McArdle, and we have conceded a soft equaliser. It was an excellent instinctive finish from Mclean, Bennett I though had a good game, Drury gives us a better balance, and I like the look of Dolan, who has a cultured left foot. If we had won that game 4-1 it wouldn't have flattered us, but we have got to learn to finish teams off when we are on top.
Unsettled McArdle??? Davies boasted about his tussles with him then stood as far away as possible for the whole of the second half. Davies also let the ball bounce in an innocuous position, this led to him being outpaced and the ball nudged onto McDonald. There appears to be some blindness amongst City fans who are unable to see the re-occuring mistakes made by Davies. Yes, we seem to keep more clean sheets when he is playing but he is not infallible and it is disingenious to place his issues onto other players. There have been a few instances since his return from injury where he has been culpable but due to either wins or draws these have been glossed over. People are keen to pull at JM or AMc but less so when it comes to Davies.
Without out seeing it again, I thought that both centre backs were culpable for the goal.

McArdle though, I thought appeared unsettled by Akinfenwa’s arrival, and there was an instance just after the goal where he backed out of a challenge, which Davies berated him for.

I really don’t understand how you can make the point about Davies standing away from him as far as possible, when he was simply not his man. Akinfenwa came on left side of their forward line, so was therefore marked by McArdle, as our right sided centre back. On the few occasions Davies did come up against him, he won the ball in the air everytime from what I can recall.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bradford1903[/bold] wrote: Basically we have let Gillingham off the hook; we should've been 2 or 3 up at half time. up at half time. If you don't get that 2nd goal though, you leave yourselves vulnerable to lapses in concentration; Akinfenwa's arrival appeared to unsettle McArdle, and we have conceded a soft equaliser. It was an excellent instinctive finish from Mclean, Bennett I though had a good game, Drury gives us a better balance, and I like the look of Dolan, who has a cultured left foot. If we had won that game 4-1 it wouldn't have flattered us, but we have got to learn to finish teams off when we are on top.[/p][/quote]Unsettled McArdle??? Davies boasted about his tussles with him then stood as far away as possible for the whole of the second half. Davies also let the ball bounce in an innocuous position, this led to him being outpaced and the ball nudged onto McDonald. There appears to be some blindness amongst City fans who are unable to see the re-occuring mistakes made by Davies. Yes, we seem to keep more clean sheets when he is playing but he is not infallible and it is disingenious to place his issues onto other players. There have been a few instances since his return from injury where he has been culpable but due to either wins or draws these have been glossed over. People are keen to pull at JM or AMc but less so when it comes to Davies.[/p][/quote]Without out seeing it again, I thought that both centre backs were culpable for the goal. McArdle though, I thought appeared unsettled by Akinfenwa’s arrival, and there was an instance just after the goal where he backed out of a challenge, which Davies berated him for. I really don’t understand how you can make the point about Davies standing away from him as far as possible, when he was simply not his man. Akinfenwa came on left side of their forward line, so was therefore marked by McArdle, as our right sided centre back. On the few occasions Davies did come up against him, he won the ball in the air everytime from what I can recall. Bradford1903
  • Score: 0

12:32pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Bradford1903 wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Bradford1903 wrote: Basically we have let Gillingham off the hook; we should've been 2 or 3 up at half time. up at half time. If you don't get that 2nd goal though, you leave yourselves vulnerable to lapses in concentration; Akinfenwa's arrival appeared to unsettle McArdle, and we have conceded a soft equaliser. It was an excellent instinctive finish from Mclean, Bennett I though had a good game, Drury gives us a better balance, and I like the look of Dolan, who has a cultured left foot. If we had won that game 4-1 it wouldn't have flattered us, but we have got to learn to finish teams off when we are on top.
Unsettled McArdle??? Davies boasted about his tussles with him then stood as far away as possible for the whole of the second half. Davies also let the ball bounce in an innocuous position, this led to him being outpaced and the ball nudged onto McDonald. There appears to be some blindness amongst City fans who are unable to see the re-occuring mistakes made by Davies. Yes, we seem to keep more clean sheets when he is playing but he is not infallible and it is disingenious to place his issues onto other players. There have been a few instances since his return from injury where he has been culpable but due to either wins or draws these have been glossed over. People are keen to pull at JM or AMc but less so when it comes to Davies.
Without out seeing it again, I thought that both centre backs were culpable for the goal.

McArdle though, I thought appeared unsettled by Akinfenwa’s arrival, and there was an instance just after the goal where he backed out of a challenge, which Davies berated him for.

I really don’t understand how you can make the point about Davies standing away from him as far as possible, when he was simply not his man. Akinfenwa came on left side of their forward line, so was therefore marked by McArdle, as our right sided centre back. On the few occasions Davies did come up against him, he won the ball in the air everytime from what I can recall.
Davies challenged Akinfenwa twice throughout the whole of the second half, this may have been a ploy by Gills as we know in the past he hasn't had much change out of Davies and therefore was told to play his aerial game away from him. However, as he was their only threat of that manner and Davies is apparently the stronger of the two in the air, we should have switched.

I disagree about McArdle being unsettled at all though, he has had his best run of form in the last 6 matches and if anything has helped Davo through the last few games.
[quote][p][bold]Bradford1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bradford1903[/bold] wrote: Basically we have let Gillingham off the hook; we should've been 2 or 3 up at half time. up at half time. If you don't get that 2nd goal though, you leave yourselves vulnerable to lapses in concentration; Akinfenwa's arrival appeared to unsettle McArdle, and we have conceded a soft equaliser. It was an excellent instinctive finish from Mclean, Bennett I though had a good game, Drury gives us a better balance, and I like the look of Dolan, who has a cultured left foot. If we had won that game 4-1 it wouldn't have flattered us, but we have got to learn to finish teams off when we are on top.[/p][/quote]Unsettled McArdle??? Davies boasted about his tussles with him then stood as far away as possible for the whole of the second half. Davies also let the ball bounce in an innocuous position, this led to him being outpaced and the ball nudged onto McDonald. There appears to be some blindness amongst City fans who are unable to see the re-occuring mistakes made by Davies. Yes, we seem to keep more clean sheets when he is playing but he is not infallible and it is disingenious to place his issues onto other players. There have been a few instances since his return from injury where he has been culpable but due to either wins or draws these have been glossed over. People are keen to pull at JM or AMc but less so when it comes to Davies.[/p][/quote]Without out seeing it again, I thought that both centre backs were culpable for the goal. McArdle though, I thought appeared unsettled by Akinfenwa’s arrival, and there was an instance just after the goal where he backed out of a challenge, which Davies berated him for. I really don’t understand how you can make the point about Davies standing away from him as far as possible, when he was simply not his man. Akinfenwa came on left side of their forward line, so was therefore marked by McArdle, as our right sided centre back. On the few occasions Davies did come up against him, he won the ball in the air everytime from what I can recall.[/p][/quote]Davies challenged Akinfenwa twice throughout the whole of the second half, this may have been a ploy by Gills as we know in the past he hasn't had much change out of Davies and therefore was told to play his aerial game away from him. However, as he was their only threat of that manner and Davies is apparently the stronger of the two in the air, we should have switched. I disagree about McArdle being unsettled at all though, he has had his best run of form in the last 6 matches and if anything has helped Davo through the last few games. Prisoner Cell Block A
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Bradford1903 says...

I think it would've been a bit of a gamble to switch Davies and McArdle with them both not used to playing on the other side. It was only the other week that I think it was Parky that said Davies didn't look as comfortable playing on the right hand side, when he had partnered McHugh in a game.

I didn't think that McArdle had a bad game, only that he just appeared to be unsettled by Akinfenwa's arrival.

I think Rory is a good defender at this level and I would certainly be offering him a new contract.
I think it would've been a bit of a gamble to switch Davies and McArdle with them both not used to playing on the other side. It was only the other week that I think it was Parky that said Davies didn't look as comfortable playing on the right hand side, when he had partnered McHugh in a game. I didn't think that McArdle had a bad game, only that he just appeared to be unsettled by Akinfenwa's arrival. I think Rory is a good defender at this level and I would certainly be offering him a new contract. Bradford1903
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