The fitter Aaron Mclean gets, the more he'll score, says former Bradford City striker Craig Fagan

The fitter Mclean gets, the more he'll score, says former Bradford City striker Fagan

WORTH THE WAIT: Aaron Mclean shows just what it means to him to score his first City goal

WORTH THE WAIT: Aaron Mclean shows just what it means to him to score his first City goal

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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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9:44am Mon 17 Mar 14

pokertee says...

They knicked two points off us not one. A game of two halfs it was. We were fantastic first half but looked half as good in the second as The Gills got at us. We were unlucky with their goal but thats football. Roll on next week.
They knicked two points off us not one. A game of two halfs it was. We were fantastic first half but looked half as good in the second as The Gills got at us. We were unlucky with their goal but thats football. Roll on next week. pokertee
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10:50am Mon 17 Mar 14

Stevie-C says...

NO fagan you douchebag, you are wrong. Parkinson has not had oodles of money to spend. I think you will find the difference is that we now have a really good team spirit around the place, same as last season. That breeds confidence, and confidence delivers success. Our problem during the days Fagan was at city was there were too many mercenaries on the books - like fagan....
NO fagan you douchebag, you are wrong. Parkinson has not had oodles of money to spend. I think you will find the difference is that we now have a really good team spirit around the place, same as last season. That breeds confidence, and confidence delivers success. Our problem during the days Fagan was at city was there were too many mercenaries on the books - like fagan.... Stevie-C
  • Score: 6

11:03am Mon 17 Mar 14

lawsonio123 says...

Well our goal scorer has now scored and I wish him success in his further efforts to do so I have commented on his missed chances but also on the effort he has put in now he blended both together he can go on and become a asset to City
Well our goal scorer has now scored and I wish him success in his further efforts to do so I have commented on his missed chances but also on the effort he has put in now he blended both together he can go on and become a asset to City lawsonio123
  • Score: 6

12:25pm Mon 17 Mar 14

shoesmaker26 says...

well done to all the lads and good look to mc leane hope he now goes and gets loads more for us keep it up lads thats the way come on city
well done to all the lads and good look to mc leane hope he now goes and gets loads more for us keep it up lads thats the way come on city shoesmaker26
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9:20pm Mon 17 Mar 14

torreyman says...

Mcleane scores at last lets hope now he can start and score more for us but the truth is I still have my doubts sorry folks
Mcleane scores at last lets hope now he can start and score more for us but the truth is I still have my doubts sorry folks torreyman
  • Score: -2

9:47am Tue 18 Mar 14

bcfc mad85 says...

It's always been coming I think he will get alot more goals now but if we need a goal scorer Sam Jordan of Bradford town as scored 67 goals this season
It's always been coming I think he will get alot more goals now but if we need a goal scorer Sam Jordan of Bradford town as scored 67 goals this season bcfc mad85
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