The fitter Mclean gets, the more he'll score, says former Bradford City striker Fagan (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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The fitter Aaron Mclean gets, the more he'll score, says former Bradford City striker Craig Fagan
Craig Fagan has tipped Aaron Mclean to launch a scoring spree after finally breaking his City duck.
Mclean’s first goal in his 11th appearance was not enough to earn victory against Peter Taylor’s Gillingham on Saturday.
But it got the striker up and running and former Bantam Fagan expects more will follow.
The Gillingham winger briefly played alongside Mclean for Hull and thinks he is capable of filling the goal-laden boots of Nahki Wells.
Fagan said: “Nahki’s a massive loss for the club. He scored a lot of goals and created a lot of problems for defences.
“But I think Mclean will do a similar job. I’ve been with him at Hull and know that he’s a good player.
“Sometimes it’s hard to come into somewhere and straight away make an impact. I’m not sure he’s played too much football before Bradford.
“It will take time to get his match fitness back but once he does I’m sure he will be all right.
“He’s got the weight off his shoulders now by getting off the mark and I expect him to kick on and score some more.”
Fagan, who played 35 games in Phil Parkinson’s first season with City, was barracked by home fans for the way he celebrated Gillingham’s equaliser in front of the Kop.
He added: “I’m used to the stick. It doesn’t bother me one bit and I’ll take it on the chin – I quite enjoyed it, to be fair.
“You always know coming here that if you can frustrate the crowd second half it makes our job a lot easier.
“The club have moved on and the manager has probably had a lot more money to go and buy players. When I was here, he was fighting tooth and nail to get bodies in.
“You can see from how they’ve done last season that he’s been able to do that. It helps and they want to be pushing up the table.
“You can never say you’re safe but both clubs will want to be up there next season. I’m sure the Bradford manager and his team won’t be settling for just consolidation in this league.”
Taylor had expected some criticism on his first game back at Valley Parade since leaving the City job three years ago. Instead, he was given a warm reception by the crowd.
He said: “I was chuffed to bits with that because you never know. But I’ve got to say it was outstanding.
“People knew I tried my hardest but I wasn’t successful here but I was delighted what happened for them last season.
“I said to Phil afterwards that if they’d got a second goal early on that would have been a long afternoon. We hung in there and fought like mad. That’s what we do.”
Mclean’s early goal was the highlight of an outstanding first-half display from City as they picked up from the good win at Colchester. Parkinson felt they let Gillingham off the hook but was generally pleased with what he saw.
The City boss said: “We dominated the game and didn’t really feel under pressure. They nicked a point off us.
“We needed that second goal but there was so much good stuff in the way we played. To take ten points from the last six games is still a tremendous return for us.”
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