Bantams boss Phil Parkinson says there is no bad blood between himself and Coventry counterpart Steven Pressley

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Steven Pressley tried and failed to sign City loan striker Jon Stead in the January transfer window Steven Pressley tried and failed to sign City loan striker Jon Stead in the January transfer window

Phil Parkinson insists there will be no afters with Steven Pressley when they share the Northampton touchline tonight.

The two managers were involved in a post-match spat after City’s televised thriller with Coventry in November when the Sky Blues chief branded the home side’s football as “dark age”.

But Parkinson, who was sent to the stand at Leyton Orient on Saturday, revealed they have shaken hands since to settle their differences.

He said: “I’ve seen Stephen at a couple of games on our travels and everything’s fine. We’ve been watching and trying to get the same players at Premier League reserve games.

“I’ve seen quite a few of Coven-try’s games, going down there on Sundays, and it’s strange.

“It’s hard to explain. They have got this fantastic stadium but they play down at Northampton.

“In fairness, they have just got on with it.

“They’ve had a tough spell when they sold Leon Clarke and Callum Wilson got injured but they haven’t really moaned and kept churning out results.

“Sometimes in adversity it can galvanise a squad. I think that’s what they did, certainly at the start of the season, with an ‘us against the world’ scenario, although it helped that they had two of the best strikers in the division.”

Jon Stead was one that Pressley was close to signing in the January transfer window. Instead, he will line up for his second game in City colours.

The on-loan Huddersfield striker said: “They were trying to take me on loan and it would have appealed to me.

“But I’ve got a new baby and my second coming in three or four weeks so it wasn’t a time for me to be spending most of the week away from home. That was the only reason I didn’t take it.

“But coming to Bradford ticks all the boxes at this stage of my career. It's somewhere I feel I can flourish.”

With morale high after sinking the high-flying O’s, Parkinson wants to see the same conviction from City at a three-quarters empty Sixfields.

Like the Bantams, Coventry are eight points clear of the drop zone now after winning two on the trot.

Parkinson added: “I saw them beat Stevenage and then they followed that up at Crewe. But we go down there full of confidence after Saturday so both teams will be in good spirits.

“We’ve had a good result and have to follow that up with another big performance. There’s a lot of pride in this group of players and staff.

“We’ve taken a massive leap forward and I don’t want to take one back now. The performance level has got to be the same.”

Adam Drury’s injury is not thought to be too serious but he definitely sits out tonight’s game.

Matthew Bates could get the nod over Carl McHugh for the left-back vacancy with his extra pace.

Parkinson praised the way wingers Adam Reach and Kyle Bennett supplemented their attacking duties by helping out the defence against Orient.

With Coventry’s wing-back set-up, they are likely to be called upon to do the same again.

The City boss said: “When you’re a northern team going to London and come away from the club in third with three points, then it’s obviously a great lift for everybody.

“It was a win we needed and I thought we deserved it. As a team, and not just the back four, we defended really well.

“I have to say that Reachy and Benno gave great protection to the full backs. Wide players are judged on their discipline away from home and that was a good test.

“We had a bad couple of games but we bounced back from that really well at the weekend. It’s so important now that we go out there against Coventry and play like that again.”

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8:57am Tue 1 Apr 14

Freddy says...

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I feared the worst at Orient. Was totally shocked at the win. Delighted it was McClean who scored too. Further delight that the defence held strong, and achieved a clean sheet.
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Would like to see the same again.
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* I feared the worst at Orient. Was totally shocked at the win. Delighted it was McClean who scored too. Further delight that the defence held strong, and achieved a clean sheet. * Would like to see the same again. * Freddy
  • Score: 8

9:06am Tue 1 Apr 14

wakefieldbantam says...

After the great win at Orient, and great defensive display I really hope Bates does not get in at left back. McHugh did an excellent job so why change it ?
After the great win at Orient, and great defensive display I really hope Bates does not get in at left back. McHugh did an excellent job so why change it ? wakefieldbantam
  • Score: 16

9:40am Tue 1 Apr 14

TBS says...

Completely agree wakefieldbantam! Keep McHugh in at LB. I don't recall us winning a game that bates has started. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Come on lads. Another solid away display please tonight.
Completely agree wakefieldbantam! Keep McHugh in at LB. I don't recall us winning a game that bates has started. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Come on lads. Another solid away display please tonight. TBS
  • Score: 9

10:07am Tue 1 Apr 14

Peter300 says...

Freddy wrote:
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I feared the worst at Orient. Was totally shocked at the win. Delighted it was McClean who scored too. Further delight that the defence held strong, and achieved a clean sheet.
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Would like to see the same again.
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I think the guy you are on about plays for Wigan. Hopefully you will have recovered sufficiently to take in this evenings game Freddy.
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * I feared the worst at Orient. Was totally shocked at the win. Delighted it was McClean who scored too. Further delight that the defence held strong, and achieved a clean sheet. * Would like to see the same again. *[/p][/quote]I think the guy you are on about plays for Wigan. Hopefully you will have recovered sufficiently to take in this evenings game Freddy. Peter300
  • Score: -17

10:11am Tue 1 Apr 14

Peter300 says...

wakefieldbantam wrote:
After the great win at Orient, and great defensive display I really hope Bates does not get in at left back. McHugh did an excellent job so why change it ?
Presumably Phil will put in the player who he thinks is best suited to left-back.Mind you he shocked Tyker 446745623 by signing a 35 year-old left back on loan.
[quote][p][bold]wakefieldbantam[/bold] wrote: After the great win at Orient, and great defensive display I really hope Bates does not get in at left back. McHugh did an excellent job so why change it ?[/p][/quote]Presumably Phil will put in the player who he thinks is best suited to left-back.Mind you he shocked Tyker 446745623 by signing a 35 year-old left back on loan. Peter300
  • Score: -13

11:04am Tue 1 Apr 14

shoesmaker26 says...

good look to the lads to night, lets get behind them from the start till the end to get that win come on city
good look to the lads to night, lets get behind them from the start till the end to get that win come on city shoesmaker26
  • Score: 8

12:08pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Nickloza says...

TBS wrote:
Completely agree wakefieldbantam! Keep McHugh in at LB. I don't recall us winning a game that bates has started. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Come on lads. Another solid away display please tonight.
Milton Keynes away
[quote][p][bold]TBS[/bold] wrote: Completely agree wakefieldbantam! Keep McHugh in at LB. I don't recall us winning a game that bates has started. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Come on lads. Another solid away display please tonight.[/p][/quote]Milton Keynes away Nickloza
  • Score: 5

1:00pm Tue 1 Apr 14

northyorksbantam says...

wakefieldbantam wrote:
After the great win at Orient, and great defensive display I really hope Bates does not get in at left back. McHugh did an excellent job so why change it ?
As much as I like McHugh his serious lack of pace at left back could expose us against a quick front line, he looks like he struggles to sprint sometimes. Yes it was a good performance at Orient but I think teams will target that side if they do their homework right.
[quote][p][bold]wakefieldbantam[/bold] wrote: After the great win at Orient, and great defensive display I really hope Bates does not get in at left back. McHugh did an excellent job so why change it ?[/p][/quote]As much as I like McHugh his serious lack of pace at left back could expose us against a quick front line, he looks like he struggles to sprint sometimes. Yes it was a good performance at Orient but I think teams will target that side if they do their homework right. northyorksbantam
  • Score: 6

1:17pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Old Peculiar says...

Pressleys comments after the 3-3 home draw are still fresh in my mind. Dark age football ?? What a muppet - three quarters of the season done, and we're level pegging, so much for Coventry's football brilliance eh.
Would love to see Parky and the boys getting one over on this rat headed plonker, and to see what excuse he comes up with this time.
Pressleys comments after the 3-3 home draw are still fresh in my mind. Dark age football ?? What a muppet - three quarters of the season done, and we're level pegging, so much for Coventry's football brilliance eh. Would love to see Parky and the boys getting one over on this rat headed plonker, and to see what excuse he comes up with this time. Old Peculiar
  • Score: 7

1:49pm Tue 1 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

Should be a good game tonight, 1-1 with 430 BCFC fans making the trip, McHugh to score!!!!!
Should be a good game tonight, 1-1 with 430 BCFC fans making the trip, McHugh to score!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 1

2:00pm Tue 1 Apr 14

irish bantam says...

Quote in paper....:Matthew Bates could get the nod over Carl McHugh at left back with his extra pace...don't make me laugh this guy is a liability, mr Lethargic as everyone is calling him.Dont change a winning team parky.
He is definitely not a left back let alone anything else !!!!!!
Quote in paper....:Matthew Bates could get the nod over Carl McHugh at left back with his extra pace...don't make me laugh this guy is a liability, mr Lethargic as everyone is calling him.Dont change a winning team parky. He is definitely not a left back let alone anything else !!!!!! irish bantam
  • Score: 1

2:52pm Tue 1 Apr 14

citygent7 says...

To old peculiar don't forget Coventry had ten points deducted.
To old peculiar don't forget Coventry had ten points deducted. citygent7
  • Score: 1

3:31pm Tue 1 Apr 14

jamiejoe says...

Old Peculiar wrote:
Pressleys comments after the 3-3 home draw are still fresh in my mind. Dark age football ?? What a muppet - three quarters of the season done, and we're level pegging, so much for Coventry's football brilliance eh.
Would love to see Parky and the boys getting one over on this rat headed plonker, and to see what excuse he comes up with this time.
To be fair to them they started with minus 10 points and are thousands down on a 'home crowd' 30 odd miles away in Northampton.

Also, i think he has recognised himself that you have to mix it up and play ugly sometimes to get some points on the board.

Saying that, i am with you - a City win to stick it up 'em and at 'em again would be brilliant.
[quote][p][bold]Old Peculiar[/bold] wrote: Pressleys comments after the 3-3 home draw are still fresh in my mind. Dark age football ?? What a muppet - three quarters of the season done, and we're level pegging, so much for Coventry's football brilliance eh. Would love to see Parky and the boys getting one over on this rat headed plonker, and to see what excuse he comes up with this time.[/p][/quote]To be fair to them they started with minus 10 points and are thousands down on a 'home crowd' 30 odd miles away in Northampton. Also, i think he has recognised himself that you have to mix it up and play ugly sometimes to get some points on the board. Saying that, i am with you - a City win to stick it up 'em and at 'em again would be brilliant. jamiejoe
  • Score: 4

4:11pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Cyprus Bantam says...

Peter300 wrote:
wakefieldbantam wrote:
After the great win at Orient, and great defensive display I really hope Bates does not get in at left back. McHugh did an excellent job so why change it ?
Presumably Phil will put in the player who he thinks is best suited to left-back.Mind you he shocked Tyker 446745623 by signing a 35 year-old left back on loan.
Peter300 you are such a tozzer! The posts are quite correct to question Bates inclusion at the expense of McHugh! As well as his defensive role he is more than capable of scoring the odd goal!
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wakefieldbantam[/bold] wrote: After the great win at Orient, and great defensive display I really hope Bates does not get in at left back. McHugh did an excellent job so why change it ?[/p][/quote]Presumably Phil will put in the player who he thinks is best suited to left-back.Mind you he shocked Tyker 446745623 by signing a 35 year-old left back on loan.[/p][/quote]Peter300 you are such a tozzer! The posts are quite correct to question Bates inclusion at the expense of McHugh! As well as his defensive role he is more than capable of scoring the odd goal! Cyprus Bantam
  • Score: 1

5:42pm Tue 1 Apr 14

wormcage says...

One win in twenty something games that Bates has played in, and very few clean sheets, No physical presence, poor in the air, and weak in the tackle ( that's on the rare occasion he makes one instead of backing off), .have been supporting city since 1964 so not a fly by night, but when I saw Bates in midfield for the wallsall game, I did,nt bother going.
If consistently pumping the ball up to Hanson is not football from the dark ages, then I don't know what is, playing with an extra defender in midfield against the mighty Walsall is pathetic as far as I am concerned. I can live with my team losing, god knows I have seen my fair share of it over the last 50 years, but I can't pretend I am happy with the negative and oh so predictable stuff we are getting served up every week. Just for the record I have never ever booed the team or a player in all the years I have been a supporter, however I think forums like this are exactly the place to express ones honest opinions. Before I get she'd loads of abuse, I am not saying that I am right, only that it is my opinion. You may have a different one to mine and maybe if you articulate it in reply I may even be persuaded to think otherwise.So I look forward to hearing what others may think.
One win in twenty something games that Bates has played in, and very few clean sheets, No physical presence, poor in the air, and weak in the tackle ( that's on the rare occasion he makes one instead of backing off), .have been supporting city since 1964 so not a fly by night, but when I saw Bates in midfield for the wallsall game, I did,nt bother going. If consistently pumping the ball up to Hanson is not football from the dark ages, then I don't know what is, playing with an extra defender in midfield against the mighty Walsall is pathetic as far as I am concerned. I can live with my team losing, god knows I have seen my fair share of it over the last 50 years, but I can't pretend I am happy with the negative and oh so predictable stuff we are getting served up every week. Just for the record I have never ever booed the team or a player in all the years I have been a supporter, however I think forums like this are exactly the place to express ones honest opinions. Before I get she'd loads of abuse, I am not saying that I am right, only that it is my opinion. You may have a different one to mine and maybe if you articulate it in reply I may even be persuaded to think otherwise.So I look forward to hearing what others may think. wormcage
  • Score: -1

5:53pm Tue 1 Apr 14

torreyman says...

One point tonight and three on Saturday that will do and of course Three points against dear old Rotherham and I will be a happy man !!!
One point tonight and three on Saturday that will do and of course Three points against dear old Rotherham and I will be a happy man !!! torreyman
  • Score: 2

6:49pm Tue 1 Apr 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

McHugh starts so the 'fans' will have to find someone else to pick on tonight. I'm sure if we don't get all three points SHAUN and chums won't take long to find someone to moan about. Maybe they'll demand Parky gets sacked! Again ....
McHugh starts so the 'fans' will have to find someone else to pick on tonight. I'm sure if we don't get all three points SHAUN and chums won't take long to find someone to moan about. Maybe they'll demand Parky gets sacked! Again .... moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: 0

7:01pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Victor Clayton says...

wormcage wrote:
One win in twenty something games that Bates has played in, and very few clean sheets, No physical presence, poor in the air, and weak in the tackle ( that's on the rare occasion he makes one instead of backing off), .have been supporting city since 1964 so not a fly by night, but when I saw Bates in midfield for the wallsall game, I did,nt bother going.
If consistently pumping the ball up to Hanson is not football from the dark ages, then I don't know what is, playing with an extra defender in midfield against the mighty Walsall is pathetic as far as I am concerned. I can live with my team losing, god knows I have seen my fair share of it over the last 50 years, but I can't pretend I am happy with the negative and oh so predictable stuff we are getting served up every week. Just for the record I have never ever booed the team or a player in all the years I have been a supporter, however I think forums like this are exactly the place to express ones honest opinions. Before I get she'd loads of abuse, I am not saying that I am right, only that it is my opinion. You may have a different one to mine and maybe if you articulate it in reply I may even be persuaded to think otherwise.So I look forward to hearing what others may think.
Basically, I agree with you. I think PP is a poor manager.
[quote][p][bold]wormcage[/bold] wrote: One win in twenty something games that Bates has played in, and very few clean sheets, No physical presence, poor in the air, and weak in the tackle ( that's on the rare occasion he makes one instead of backing off), .have been supporting city since 1964 so not a fly by night, but when I saw Bates in midfield for the wallsall game, I did,nt bother going. If consistently pumping the ball up to Hanson is not football from the dark ages, then I don't know what is, playing with an extra defender in midfield against the mighty Walsall is pathetic as far as I am concerned. I can live with my team losing, god knows I have seen my fair share of it over the last 50 years, but I can't pretend I am happy with the negative and oh so predictable stuff we are getting served up every week. Just for the record I have never ever booed the team or a player in all the years I have been a supporter, however I think forums like this are exactly the place to express ones honest opinions. Before I get she'd loads of abuse, I am not saying that I am right, only that it is my opinion. You may have a different one to mine and maybe if you articulate it in reply I may even be persuaded to think otherwise.So I look forward to hearing what others may think.[/p][/quote]Basically, I agree with you. I think PP is a poor manager. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 0

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