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FT: City 2 Oldham 3

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Simon Parker, Bradford City Reporter

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tyker2 4:13pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Parky said we will give the crowd something to smile about? Come on then!

Score: 8
torreyman 4:58pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Toothpaste and the dummys return to Valley Parade nothing more

Score: 1
bcfcincheshire 4:59pm Sat 5 Apr 14

By any standards a shocking result and woeful overall performance
....not even a point! Plunges the club right back into a relegation battle. The players and team cannot cope at home and are the Birmingham City of League One. Really disappointed as very worried again now.

Score: 4
shoesmaker26 5:02pm Sat 5 Apr 14

o dear dear dear not good , we have given areselves a mountain to climbe now two very hard games next nver expected this result

Score: 2
Cyprus Bantam 5:07pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Why oh why did PP drop McHugh? Disrupt a winning team - why?

Why do City play so badly at home? PP has no idea. Sick of watching City at home.

Score: 5
The Hoffster 5:09pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Just... pathetic.

Score: 7
Nevelhound 5:18pm Sat 5 Apr 14

More rubbish being served up at home again, Oldham picked off 2 easy goals at will. Big improvement needed second half #boringtactics

Score: 1
bahamianbantam 5:27pm Sat 5 Apr 14

No surprise - City always lose against 4-5-1 - who would give PP a penny to rebuild? McLean/Stead jokes - as strikers - fluke result against Orient and points versus v poor Colchester and Coventry should see us safe but must be relegation faves for next season.
Playing five loanees shows how desperate we are.

Score: 0
cudelse 5:52pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Just one way to put a smile on my face Parkinson - s"d off!

Score: -5
Halifax Bantam 6:10pm Sat 5 Apr 14

I purposely didnt post after the great result against orient as i felt it was only papering over the cracks and i guess i was right! Dreadful performance only eclipsed by diabollical tactics! Are we really gonna let parky sign another umpteen players in the summer only to have to sign a boat load of loanees when he realises his signings are crap???

Score: 12
i miss stallard & murray 6:18pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Very poor performance terrible tactics. Oldham wanted to keep ball and had options wen in possession ie going direct or retaining possession. Why oh why did we continue to surrender possession so cheaply and lazily with the hoof ball. Wen we r underdogs ie away from home 70% of time this suits our style of play but this does not work as a home team or against lesser opposition. We av become stagnated and it shows how much we rely on Davies n mcardle they were both below par and it hurt us. Two home games 4 shots? We need a change of approach to improve and progress

Score: 3
Cheshire Bantam 6:26pm Sat 5 Apr 14

What a load of crap. Not one player fit to put the shirt on and a manager without a clue. Time for a rebuild starting with a new manager

Score: 4
Pablo 6:36pm Sat 5 Apr 14

I left with twenty minutes to go. There are teams in this league who would give their eye teeth to play at home in front of our crowds. For some reason, our lot have difficulty motivating themselves. Perhaps they'd like to change places with Coventry?

These last few home games have been dire.

The season can't end soon enough.

Score: 0
bantam10 6:39pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Gutless. No winning spirit like Oldham. Players should be ashamed.
Clearout at end of season needed.
Sorry but midfield rubbish. Jones struggles and won't even start to talk about our lack of firepower and Mr McClean.
If all is true and this player is on 250 grand a season ( Quarter of a million!!!) then what a bloody joke.
No wonder other players on less cash look like they cannot be arsed!
Season cannot end quick enough and let's hope we stay up.
No disrespect but why bring a kid on up front who is not proven in league football when tommo could of gone upfront!
Yeates could of played wide.
Anybody see Tommy Wright? God he has aged!

Score: 3
KnightMcCall 6:48pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Cheshire Bantam wrote…


What a load of crap. Not one player fit to put the shirt on and a manager without a clue. Time for a rebuild starting with a new manager

Mmm, is this the same manager who didn't have a clue against Wigan, Arsenal and Villa. You liked him enough this time last week and he wasn't clueless on Tuesday. Strange that or are you just a bit pathetic when things don't go your way.

Score: -1
Cityman23 6:49pm Sat 5 Apr 14

In truth, the 2-3 scoreline flatters City, making the game look much closer than it really turned out. Oldham were very worthy winners here and their condidence and superiority was in direction proportion to the Bantams' mistake-prone defending/lack of cutting edge and 'flakiness.'

A nice spring day, two good previous results and cheers for the 'claret/ambers' from the fans offered good 'conditions' for Citys third last home game at 'VP.' Yet Valley-Parade 'syndrome' seems to be a condition that is afflicting the home side at present and they found themselves undone early with a preventable goal. Levelling the game, City had their best spell of the match, but they didn't keep this up and were 1-2 down by the break.

A 3rd goal for the blues in the second 45 mins. had the 'nervy fans' anxiously making their voices heard and things basically continued in that vein till the final minute in added time, when the Bantams bagged a goal that only makes the goals for/against in this match look more respectable.

Someone once said "the more things change, the more they stay the same." Certainly the matches v Orient and Coventry and particularly the performances in those two matches made those (like me) hoping and wishing for the best look forward to today's game. We hoped things had changed. But today was very poor indeed and we can't escape that conclusion.

I still believe we can scrape together the few points needed to guarantee safety in Lge One this season, but we have to acknowledge some facts:

a) Without Nahki Wells' goals and ability to turn a loss into a draw/a draw into a win (early in the campaign) we might have indeed been down in the basement in this league.

b) This team/this squad needs overhaul and the team running out for the first match in August is going to have to look substantially different to today's side (plus the bench).

c) There is something wrong with this team that causes such wild fluctuations in consistency and form from one game to the next. 'PP' must find out what!

d) 'PP' may or may not be the man to take City forward over the course of the next two/three seasons. He will likely get the chance in 2014/15 but there is NO room for error with his next summer signings. (there were many mistakes with his 2013 intake and we can't see that happening again)

There is so much goodwill afforded to the City team by the fans, but performances like today's are hard to take. (and SHOULD not be tolerated at home!) So, of course, to prove that change hasn't really happened, the boos rang out loud and clear, just like at the end of the last debacle (versus Walsall).

Score: 8
Baby Bantam 6:58pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Well. That was an utter shambles. Can't even think of any positives from it. Don't blame people at all from leaving early at all after that joke. I stayed till the end and saw jones's goal but anyone praising him obviously didn't watch the match and see him look well out of his depth throughout. Couldn't say a good word about any of them to be honest.
Totally fuming after watching that disgrace. Seriously panicking because we're not safe and where else are we going to get the points? Rotherham? Peterborough? Swindon? I'm really worried

Score: 8
shaun from richmond 7:03pm Sat 5 Apr 14

BOY OH BOY!.....We are a "POOR SIDE"!!...On todays performance Oldham are "head and shoulders" better than us!....MIND YOU, just about every team who have come to Valley Parade since November has seemed "head and shoulders" better than us!.
PLEASE LET THIS SEASON END!

Score: 5
Cityman23 7:11pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Baby Bantam wrote…


Well. That was an utter shambles. Can't even think of any positives from it. Don't blame people at all from leaving early at all after that joke. I stayed till the end and saw jones's goal but anyone praising him obviously didn't watch the match and see him look well out of his depth throughout. Couldn't say a good word about any of them to be honest.
Totally fuming after watching that disgrace. Seriously panicking because we're not safe and where else are we going to get the points? Rotherham? Peterborough? Swindon? I'm really worried

If City DON'T beat Crawley at home, I think many fans would begin to wonder if 'PP' was the right man to take the club into 2014/15, but (despite everything!!) I still think they will!! And three points SHOULD be enough!!

City v Crawley is the 'big' one (assuming the worst in the three games you mention!!)

Score: 2
Baby Bantam 7:18pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Cityman23 wrote…


Baby Bantam wrote…


Well. That was an utter shambles. Can't even think of any positives from it. Don't blame people at all from leaving early at all after that joke. I stayed till the end and saw jones's goal but anyone praising him obviously didn't watch the match and see him look well out of his depth throughout. Couldn't say a good word about any of them to be honest.
Totally fuming after watching that disgrace. Seriously panicking because we're not safe and where else are we going to get the points? Rotherham? Peterborough? Swindon? I'm really worried
If City DON'T beat Crawley at home, I think many fans would begin to wonder if 'PP' was the right man to take the club into 2014/15, but (despite everything!!) I still think they will!! And three points SHOULD be enough!!

City v Crawley is the 'big' one (assuming the worst in the three games you mention!!)

Just hope it doesn't go to the last game, really can't see us beating Tranmere
3 out of the 4 bottom sides won today so we're only 6 points off even though we're 12th and I know we're guna drop the next 6. Just a very very worried bantam right now

Score: 0
OLD BANTAM 7:37pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Don't blame the defence over worked . No midfield. No forwards why play with two wingers and hardly use them.just pump long balls into no mans land.from the goalkeeper .when we do go forward lucky if we ever have more than two players in the penalty box. Where are all the big singing that we're going to be the team this season. Kennedy .yeates. Gray .taylor.Devita. All still at the club.but not playing. Instead five loan players in the team. What a waste of money.

Score: 7
lawsonio123 7:44pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Shocking is all one can say I have said McClean works hard but not today and after a fair time to reflect he is not the answer to any of our problems.Jones has be great for us but now can only be a squad player he is whole for city and worth another year but only as backup. Bates is not a player to improve us I could go on but it would not help for we all know the team as it is needs a overall before it can go forward or next season we wii return ti division 2 We have some good youth players but they need a year or two to develop Mr Parkinson must get his act together and should be given a chance to do this he must be as fed up as some supporters are but we will stay up this season and see if next one brings the success we all want

Score: 0
bcfc1903 7:46pm Sat 5 Apr 14

BCFC are 6 points clear with a vastly superior goal difference, yes it's still mathematically possible to get relegated but the odds are stacked very much in BCFC's favour that they will survive. Luckily BCFC are just as likely to pick up points away from Valley Parade and that is a fact.

Score: 6
Halifax Bantam 8:09pm Sat 5 Apr 14

KnightMcCall wrote…


Cheshire Bantam wrote…


What a load of crap. Not one player fit to put the shirt on and a manager without a clue. Time for a rebuild starting with a new manager
Mmm, is this the same manager who didn't have a clue against Wigan, Arsenal and Villa. You liked him enough this time last week and he wasn't clueless on Tuesday. Strange that or are you just a bit pathetic when things don't go your way.

Get a grip mate, the cup run was a fantastic fluke and thats all it was a fluke that ended with an **** whooping!! Parkys tactics are non existant, the only way he knows how to play is hoofit football, there was a time neil warnock would get linked with managing our club and fans would be up in arms in protest against the very same tactics being served up week after week. If parkys way is the future you can keep it!!!!

Score: 8
KnightMcCall 9:11pm Sat 5 Apr 14

shaun from richmond wrote…


BOY OH BOY!.....We are a "POOR SIDE"!!...On todays performance Oldham are "head and shoulders" better than us!....MIND YOU, just about every team who have come to Valley Parade since November has seemed "head and shoulders" better than us!.
PLEASE LET THIS SEASON END!

So we are head and shoulders above Orient then...you really are a muppet.

Score: -4
KnightMcCall 9:21pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Halifax Bantam wrote…


KnightMcCall wrote…


Cheshire Bantam wrote…


What a load of crap. Not one player fit to put the shirt on and a manager without a clue. Time for a rebuild starting with a new manager
Mmm, is this the same manager who didn't have a clue against Wigan, Arsenal and Villa. You liked him enough this time last week and he wasn't clueless on Tuesday. Strange that or are you just a bit pathetic when things don't go your way.
Get a grip mate, the cup run was a fantastic fluke and thats all it was a fluke that ended with an **** whooping!! Parkys tactics are non existant, the only way he knows how to play is hoofit football, there was a time neil warnock would get linked with managing our club and fans would be up in arms in protest against the very same tactics being served up week after week. If parkys way is the future you can keep it!!!!

Hoof it...you didn't go to Orient or Coventry did you. Perhaps promotion was a fluke was it? When we lose everyone is rubbish and when we win it is luck. You have a really balanced outlook dont you....not. We are 12th in League ONE. When PP came we were 23rd in League TWO. It is you, therefore, who needs to get a grip.

Score: 8
realcitygent 9:33pm Sat 5 Apr 14

KnightMcCall wrote…


shaun from richmond wrote…


BOY OH BOY!.....We are a "POOR SIDE"!!...On todays performance Oldham are "head and shoulders" better than us!....MIND YOU, just about every team who have come to Valley Parade since November has seemed "head and shoulders" better than us!.
PLEASE LET THIS SEASON END!
So we are head and shoulders above Orient then...you really are a muppet.

cant people see just how poor of a side city are ,knightmccall do you honestly believe we are a better side than orient because we beat them look at the table they have a chance of going up ,we have a big chance of going down ,what does that tell you ,can you honestly say you are happy watching the rubbish hoofit football we see every week with a manager who is clueless the man has no plan b at all,even if we were playing 2 dwarfes up from he would still has team playing long ball ,parky signings have been hurendous this season ,please tell me how teams such as stevenage /notts/oldham play us off pitch ,wene they wage budget must be a lot less than ours ,i think they know they cant splash the money around so they teach there players to play football ,oldhams players looked so comtable on the ball and had confidence to play out from back,but we boot it as hard high as poss,bad coaching,think people need to forget about getting cup final open there eyes to whats happening now, can anyone tell me when was the last time we outplayed any team at home ,time for parky and his hoofit tactics to go

Score: 7
Olivermac 10:20pm Sat 5 Apr 14

bcfc1903 wrote…


BCFC are 6 points clear with a vastly superior goal difference, yes it's still mathematically possible to get relegated but the odds are stacked very much in BCFC's favour that they will survive. Luckily BCFC are just as likely to pick up points away from Valley Parade and that is a fact.

Hope you are right let's just see if Parky can put one over on Rotherham, I think you will find that they will be a totally differant proposition to Leyton O they know how City play and Evans also knows that Parky does not have a plan B so this will be one game that will be 0 points for City.

Score: 0
KnightMcCall 10:26pm Sat 5 Apr 14

realcitygent wrote…


KnightMcCall wrote…


shaun from richmond wrote…


BOY OH BOY!.....We are a "POOR SIDE"!!...On todays performance Oldham are "head and shoulders" better than us!....MIND YOU, just about every team who have come to Valley Parade since November has seemed "head and shoulders" better than us!.
PLEASE LET THIS SEASON END!
So we are head and shoulders above Orient then...you really are a muppet.
cant people see just how poor of a side city are ,knightmccall do you honestly believe we are a better side than orient because we beat them look at the table they have a chance of going up ,we have a big chance of going down ,what does that tell you ,can you honestly say you are happy watching the rubbish hoofit football we see every week with a manager who is clueless the man has no plan b at all,even if we were playing 2 dwarfes up from he would still has team playing long ball ,parky signings have been hurendous this season ,please tell me how teams such as stevenage /notts/oldham play us off pitch ,wene they wage budget must be a lot less than ours ,i think they know they cant splash the money around so they teach there players to play football ,oldhams players looked so comtable on the ball and had confidence to play out from back,but we boot it as hard high as poss,bad coaching,think people need to forget about getting cup final open there eyes to whats happening now, can anyone tell me when was the last time we outplayed any team at home ,time for parky and his hoofit tactics to go

Are you simple? Do you understand irony? All of the reaction after poor games is NEVER put into context by simpletons like you. There isn't a team in history that doesnt have a few bad games in a season. Grow up and get over it because PP has given us so much to cheer since he came to the club. I am not going to let our current inconsistency make me forget that.

Score: 0
Aussie Bantam 10:32pm Sat 5 Apr 14

I say ban the hoof and maybe get a smarter coach than Mr Parkin, isn't he the one who trains the team? Would be better if there was more equality with players wages seeing as how there is no real outstanding players, is there. It shows from teams at any level that the coaches understanding of football and " man management " makes all the difference in the world.

Score: 2
Halifax Bantam 10:37pm Sat 5 Apr 14

KnightMcCall wrote…


Halifax Bantam wrote…


KnightMcCall wrote…


Cheshire Bantam wrote…


What a load of crap. Not one player fit to put the shirt on and a manager without a clue. Time for a rebuild starting with a new manager
Mmm, is this the same manager who didn't have a clue against Wigan, Arsenal and Villa. You liked him enough this time last week and he wasn't clueless on Tuesday. Strange that or are you just a bit pathetic when things don't go your way.
Get a grip mate, the cup run was a fantastic fluke and thats all it was a fluke that ended with an **** whooping!! Parkys tactics are non existant, the only way he knows how to play is hoofit football, there was a time neil warnock would get linked with managing our club and fans would be up in arms in protest against the very same tactics being served up week after week. If parkys way is the future you can keep it!!!!
Hoof it...you didn't go to Orient or Coventry did you. Perhaps promotion was a fluke was it? When we lose everyone is rubbish and when we win it is luck. You have a really balanced outlook dont you....not. We are 12th in League ONE. When PP came we were 23rd in League TWO. It is you, therefore, who needs to get a grip.

So you are happy to watch the dross served up from parky, a manager who has had to sign numerous loan players to replace the players he scouted and signed in the summer? If so you really must wear rose tinted glasses! No i didnt go to orient or coventry, i can barely bring myself to travel to vp given the dire performances/tactics on view. Im not on a personal crusade against parky, i think he used come across as very competent and confident but now appears to be a beaten/lost man and just dont think he can be trusted to make the right signings in the summer, hes brought us a far as he can and he should leave with the fans thanks not boos ringing in his ears.

Score: 4
Cyprus Bantam 10:49pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Whiskey and peter 300 where are you can we have your assessment of city's performance against Oldham. PP put it down to tiredness of the older members of the squad. Odd when you think about that statement on Pulse - he picked the team!
Dropping McHugh was a bad tactic! Did PP not state how well he played against Orient and Coventry. His reward for playing so well was to be dropped to the bench!
Listening to his post match interview he has no idea how to arrest this dire home form. In PP we trust (in managing an OAP home!)

Score: 3
Bradford1903 11:52pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Surprised we didn't come out in flip flops as we appeared to be thinking about being on a beach somewhere.

Footballers have never been renowned as the smartest bunch, but surely they must realise by now, that if we are not up the usual standards in intensity and commitment we have set ourselves over the last couple of seasons, then we are going to get beat.

All 3 of the goals were incredibly simple, and you would be disappointed to concede the like in the Blue Square North.

I think fans are generally a pretty tolerant bunch, and will support their club through thick and thin, as we have done particularly over the last 14 years, but one thing they won't accept is a lack of commitment, that we have seen in the last two home games.

I would have them in first thing tomorrow, as that performance was totally unacceptable, just like Walsall.

Score: 3
Victor Clayton 12:22am Sun 6 Apr 14

I thought we looked tired. Just not enough movement. To be fair to PP at least he tried change things earlier rather than later.

Score: 2
Victor Clayton 12:27am Sun 6 Apr 14

OLD BANTAM wrote…


Don't blame the defence over worked . No midfield. No forwards why play with two wingers and hardly use them.just pump long balls into no mans land.from the goalkeeper .when we do go forward lucky if we ever have more than two players in the penalty box. Where are all the big singing that we're going to be the team this season. Kennedy .yeates. Gray .taylor.Devita. All still at the club.but not playing. Instead five loan players in the team. What a waste of money.

I think you have hit the nail on the head.

Score: 4
bcfc1903 1:37am Sun 6 Apr 14

Halifax Bantam wrote…


KnightMcCall wrote…


Halifax Bantam wrote…


KnightMcCall wrote…


Cheshire Bantam wrote…


What a load of crap. Not one player fit to put the shirt on and a manager without a clue. Time for a rebuild starting with a new manager
Mmm, is this the same manager who didn't have a clue against Wigan, Arsenal and Villa. You liked him enough this time last week and he wasn't clueless on Tuesday. Strange that or are you just a bit pathetic when things don't go your way.
Get a grip mate, the cup run was a fantastic fluke and thats all it was a fluke that ended with an **** whooping!! Parkys tactics are non existant, the only way he knows how to play is hoofit football, there was a time neil warnock would get linked with managing our club and fans would be up in arms in protest against the very same tactics being served up week after week. If parkys way is the future you can keep it!!!!
Hoof it...you didn't go to Orient or Coventry did you. Perhaps promotion was a fluke was it? When we lose everyone is rubbish and when we win it is luck. You have a really balanced outlook dont you....not. We are 12th in League ONE. When PP came we were 23rd in League TWO. It is you, therefore, who needs to get a grip.
So you are happy to watch the dross served up from parky, a manager who has had to sign numerous loan players to replace the players he scouted and signed in the summer? If so you really must wear rose tinted glasses! No i didnt go to orient or coventry, i can barely bring myself to travel to vp given the dire performances/tactics on view. Im not on a personal crusade against parky, i think he used come across as very competent and confident but now appears to be a beaten/lost man and just dont think he can be trusted to make the right signings in the summer, hes brought us a far as he can and he should leave with the fans thanks not boos ringing in his ears.

The boos are from a short sighted minority, you don't need rose tinted specs to see that BCFC are inconsistent. So we are just as likely to gain points away from Valley Parade than get them playing at home. Why does pointing that out make anyone either the wearer of rose tinted specs or non wearers ...obviously it's just stating the plain facts.

Score: 0
bcfc1903 1:38am Sun 6 Apr 14

Halifax Bantam wrote…


KnightMcCall wrote…


Halifax Bantam wrote…


KnightMcCall wrote…


Cheshire Bantam wrote…


What a load of crap. Not one player fit to put the shirt on and a manager without a clue. Time for a rebuild starting with a new manager
Mmm, is this the same manager who didn't have a clue against Wigan, Arsenal and Villa. You liked him enough this time last week and he wasn't clueless on Tuesday. Strange that or are you just a bit pathetic when things don't go your way.
Get a grip mate, the cup run was a fantastic fluke and thats all it was a fluke that ended with an **** whooping!! Parkys tactics are non existant, the only way he knows how to play is hoofit football, there was a time neil warnock would get linked with managing our club and fans would be up in arms in protest against the very same tactics being served up week after week. If parkys way is the future you can keep it!!!!
Hoof it...you didn't go to Orient or Coventry did you. Perhaps promotion was a fluke was it? When we lose everyone is rubbish and when we win it is luck. You have a really balanced outlook dont you....not. We are 12th in League ONE. When PP came we were 23rd in League TWO. It is you, therefore, who needs to get a grip.
So you are happy to watch the dross served up from parky, a manager who has had to sign numerous loan players to replace the players he scouted and signed in the summer? If so you really must wear rose tinted glasses! No i didnt go to orient or coventry, i can barely bring myself to travel to vp given the dire performances/tactics on view. Im not on a personal crusade against parky, i think he used come across as very competent and confident but now appears to be a beaten/lost man and just dont think he can be trusted to make the right signings in the summer, hes brought us a far as he can and he should leave with the fans thanks not boos ringing in his ears.

The boos are from a short sighted minority, you don't need rose tinted specs to see that BCFC are inconsistent. So we are just as likely to gain points away from Valley Parade than get them playing at home. Why does pointing that out make anyone either the wearer of rose tinted specs or non wearers ...obviously it's just stating the plain facts.

Score: -2
dannbradfc 8:54am Sun 6 Apr 14

Knight mccall. .....so you were happy with the performance then? And enjoyed the game? Ok

Score: 6
KnightMcCall 10:24am Sun 6 Apr 14

dannbradfc wrote…


Knight mccall. .....so you were happy with the performance then? And enjoyed the game? Ok

Did I say I was happy with the performance? Having seen three games in a week I am content with outcome. Having watched City for over 30 years I am happy with what PP has delivered.Its one game and that is the point. Are you only happy with great performances? Do you think any team plays well and wins every week? Is that the basis on which you are willing to provide your support to the club. I believe "sing when you're winning" is the appropriate chant for you Dann. We are staying up and that is job done. Try and see the bigger picture and stop thinking you can predict what PP will do in future when he has delivered on all counts so far.

Score: -6
tyker2 10:42am Sun 6 Apr 14

kick hard and wish harder,hoof it, long ball tactics win nowt

shocking performance after too good ones and dropping McHugh irresponsible.

Score: 3
al&co 11:03am Sun 6 Apr 14

Understandable frustration from fans n here who simply had high expectations after the team played so well at Orient and Coventry but our defeat yesterday was in keeping with what has gone before.
We have had many opportunities to make ourselves absolutely safe and failed to take them and that is why so many are justifiably frustrated.
But, whilst I am worried about our failings, and I don't think we should underestimate how hard our run-in might be, I am encouraged by the games where we have done well against the odds and I honestly believe we will achieve 3 to 4 points from the remaining games, which hopefully will see us live to fight another day at this level.
In spite of our frustrations, I think our support will be key (home and away) so come on everybody - stick with the team and let's get through this!

Score: 4
BD16 11:05am Sun 6 Apr 14

tyker2 wrote…


kick hard and wish harder,hoof it, long ball tactics win nowt

shocking performance after too good ones and dropping McHugh irresponsible.

It's only five minuted since people were moaning that we hadn't signed a specialist left back, now we're moaning that the one we have gets played when fit.

Score: 5
Victor Clayton 11:10am Sun 6 Apr 14

tyker2 wrote…


kick hard and wish harder,hoof it, long ball tactics win nowt

shocking performance after too good ones and dropping McHugh irresponsible.

I don't agree with you about McHugh. It would not make sense to play a makeshift left back when there is a proper one available. Putting square pegs in round holes is one of the things PP has been criticised for. I suppose a reason would be to free up an on loan space to be able to include Atkinson, but a bit of a gamble. Can PP bring bring Kennedy back? Would it be a good idea?

Score: 0
Cheshire Bantam 11:30am Sun 6 Apr 14

KnightMcCall wrote…


Cheshire Bantam wrote…


What a load of crap. Not one player fit to put the shirt on and a manager without a clue. Time for a rebuild starting with a new manager
Mmm, is this the same manager who didn't have a clue against Wigan, Arsenal and Villa. You liked him enough this time last week and he wasn't clueless on Tuesday. Strange that or are you just a bit pathetic when things don't go your way.

He was good last season but in this league he is out of his depth. The only people that are pathetic are those that live in the past and not the now. Open your eyes to the poor football we are playing THIS season

Score: 3
schroeder 11:52am Sun 6 Apr 14

with a 6 point cushion, far superior goal difference, the amount of teams below us, and the remaining fixtures, It is pretty much impossible for us to go down.

Score: 1
lawsonio123 11:55am Sun 6 Apr 14

Victor Clayton wrote…


I thought we looked tired. Just not enough movement. To be fair to PP at least he tried change things earlier rather than later.

TIRED Victor they are professional footballers FULL TIME They should not be TIRED They are payed good money NO They did not put the effort In NOT GOOD ENOUGH NEEDS SORTING NOW

Score: 4
schroeder 12:16pm Sun 6 Apr 14

lawsonio123 wrote…


Victor Clayton wrote…


I thought we looked tired. Just not enough movement. To be fair to PP at least he tried change things earlier rather than later.
TIRED Victor they are professional footballers FULL TIME They should not be TIRED They are payed good money NO They did not put the effort In NOT GOOD ENOUGH NEEDS SORTING NOW

yes, tired. all footballers get tired after a long season, especially if they've played 3 tough games in a week. and I don't think Oldham played midweek so they should have been more fresh.
even premier league players who are in much better shape and paid much much more get tired towards the end of the season. It's nothing to do with money is it.

Score: -1
CheltCityFan 1:42pm Sun 6 Apr 14

First of all I would like to say what fantastic fans City have got who deserve enormous credit for their support again this season. Most supporters are realistic in their expectations and views - some are more extreme, but they are entitled to their opinions - but all hurt when performances are not good enough.

At this stage I could say "I told you so" but I won't because it doesn't make things any better. Many months ago when we were near the top of the table I did say that the first eleven players were probably good enough for this division but the squad players were not. This meant that as soon as we got injuries, which is inevitable, we may struggle. I also said that bringing in a number of loan players from January onwards would unsettle the team because too many changes would make it difficult for them to fit in. We have had the customary long injury spell from Davies - I know he is a strong player but he will only play about half a season, which is not good for someone paid so highly - and other long-term injuries, such as Reid and Meredith. Two out of your back four is a big disruption and there have also been injuries to Hanson and the departure of Wells. This is a lot of disruption for any club, especially when the players coming in are not of the right calibre.

Unlike other cubs, our experience of loan players has not always been a positive one. Some clubs get players in who win matches with their first touch, whilst we normally get ones that don't score or don't contribute much, with a few exceptions. Rotherham have loan players scoring regularly. I don't know if this is just luck or good management.

I just hope that we can crawl over the finishing line this season as that at least will be maintaining progress over the last couple of years. Then I believe we need a major overhaul of staff. The management have had an opportunity to see who can play at this level this season and need to get shot of those that obviously cannot. Our recruitment needs to be much better because whoever has been the manager in the last several seasons, we have brought in far more players that have failed than those that have stood out. We seem to be paying good wages so we need to recruit players that have a winning mentality, plenty of desire and some fight, as well as skill.

We need to look at the balance and make sure we have enough players that can score goals. We have relied very heavily on Hanson and Wells over the last couple of years with very little in the way of reserves when they were injured. Look at Rotherham - they must have had about eight goal scoring forwards on their books this season and have been able to loan out about four of these whilst still having very good options to cover injuries and suspensions. I am not advocating, however, that we go over the top and spend more money than we have. Any recruitment needs to be sensible, affordable but provide a good return. We have had too many players in the recent past being well paid who either did not play through injuries or simply never delivered because they were not good enough.

Personally, I believe the manager deserves to be given the opportunity to create a new team next season to have a go at improvement for two reasons: firstly, because he got us to this division and should have the chance to consolidate and secondly because, with two years left on the contract, it would cost a lot of money to replace him and, as we have seen in the past, the grass is not always greener.

Well done this season, City fans. To me you are the best. The attendance yesterday for a lowly League One match was almost the same as at Huddersfield for their derby game with Bolton. Keep on with the faith and keep providing your fantastic support. We don't have a rich benefactor and are unlikely to get one, so we can only progress by getting people through the gates.

Score: 3
Michael Clayton 1:59pm Sun 6 Apr 14

schroeder wrote…


lawsonio123 wrote…


Victor Clayton wrote…


I thought we looked tired. Just not enough movement. To be fair to PP at least he tried change things earlier rather than later.
TIRED Victor they are professional footballers FULL TIME They should not be TIRED They are payed good money NO They did not put the effort In NOT GOOD ENOUGH NEEDS SORTING NOW
yes, tired. all footballers get tired after a long season, especially if they've played 3 tough games in a week. and I don't think Oldham played midweek so they should have been more fresh.
even premier league players who are in much better shape and paid much much more get tired towards the end of the season. It's nothing to do with money is it.

Victor / Schroeder. I think your assessment is correct. There is not much difference in standard between teams and even a 1% / 2% fatigue factor can make a difference.

As one of the 327 that went to Northampton, I was delighted to a fully committed performance that came at a cost i.e. tiredness. I am not saying my attendance makes me any more worthy than anyone unable to travel but what it does do is to put me in to a position to consider over the course rather than judging on home games alone,

Score: -3
shaun from richmond 2:32pm Sun 6 Apr 14

KnightMcCall wrote…


shaun from richmond wrote…


BOY OH BOY!.....We are a "POOR SIDE"!!...On todays performance Oldham are "head and shoulders" better than us!....MIND YOU, just about every team who have come to Valley Parade since November has seemed "head and shoulders" better than us!.
PLEASE LET THIS SEASON END!
So we are head and shoulders above Orient then...you really are a muppet.

ERM.....At Valley Parade (as I can only comment on what I see!)...PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE COMMENTING!!.....IT MAKES YOU LOOK STUPID!!

Score: 4
citygent7 2:46pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Cheshire Bantam wrote…


KnightMcCall wrote…


Cheshire Bantam wrote…


What a load of crap. Not one player fit to put the shirt on and a manager without a clue. Time for a rebuild starting with a new manager
Mmm, is this the same manager who didn't have a clue against Wigan, Arsenal and Villa. You liked him enough this time last week and he wasn't clueless on Tuesday. Strange that or are you just a bit pathetic when things don't go your way.
He was good last season but in this league he is out of his depth. The only people that are pathetic are those that live in the past and not the now. Open your eyes to the poor football we are playing THIS season

Just look at tactics in cup final just sat in defence and never tried to attack pp not very good

Score: 2
wormcage 2:54pm Sun 6 Apr 14

realcitygent wrote…


KnightMcCall wrote…


shaun from richmond wrote…


BOY OH BOY!.....We are a "POOR SIDE"!!...On todays performance Oldham are "head and shoulders" better than us!....MIND YOU, just about every team who have come to Valley Parade since November has seemed "head and shoulders" better than us!.
PLEASE LET THIS SEASON END!
So we are head and shoulders above Orient then...you really are a muppet.
cant people see just how poor of a side city are ,knightmccall do you honestly believe we are a better side than orient because we beat them look at the table they have a chance of going up ,we have a big chance of going down ,what does that tell you ,can you honestly say you are happy watching the rubbish hoofit football we see every week with a manager who is clueless the man has no plan b at all,even if we were playing 2 dwarfes up from he would still has team playing long ball ,parky signings have been hurendous this season ,please tell me how teams such as stevenage /notts/oldham play us off pitch ,wene they wage budget must be a lot less than ours ,i think they know they cant splash the money around so they teach there players to play football ,oldhams players looked so comtable on the ball and had confidence to play out from back,but we boot it as hard high as poss,bad coaching,think people need to forget about getting cup final open there eyes to whats happening now, can anyone tell me when was the last time we outplayed any team at home ,time for parky and his hoofit tactics to go

Absolutely spot on.

Score: 4
Bradford Lad BD9 3:06pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Shocking performance, players who could not be bothered, manager stood on the touchline shouting his head off with out any success, Mclean would even struggle in league 2, our play was side to side and then backwards and then a BIG HOOF, GOD HELP US ON FRIDAY. parky is punching above his weight, He has no plan b no style rubbish tactics, So he needs to go at the end of the season also PARKY PLS KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT FOR PRE MATCH COMMENTS IN THE FUTURE saying we owe it to the fans at home. SIMPLE.

Score: 2
bcfcincheshire 3:50pm Sun 6 Apr 14

CheltCityFan wrote…


First of all I would like to say what fantastic fans City have got who deserve enormous credit for their support again this season. Most supporters are realistic in their expectations and views - some are more extreme, but they are entitled to their opinions - but all hurt when performances are not good enough.

At this stage I could say "I told you so" but I won't because it doesn't make things any better. Many months ago when we were near the top of the table I did say that the first eleven players were probably good enough for this division but the squad players were not. This meant that as soon as we got injuries, which is inevitable, we may struggle. I also said that bringing in a number of loan players from January onwards would unsettle the team because too many changes would make it difficult for them to fit in. We have had the customary long injury spell from Davies - I know he is a strong player but he will only play about half a season, which is not good for someone paid so highly - and other long-term injuries, such as Reid and Meredith. Two out of your back four is a big disruption and there have also been injuries to Hanson and the departure of Wells. This is a lot of disruption for any club, especially when the players coming in are not of the right calibre.

Unlike other cubs, our experience of loan players has not always been a positive one. Some clubs get players in who win matches with their first touch, whilst we normally get ones that don't score or don't contribute much, with a few exceptions. Rotherham have loan players scoring regularly. I don't know if this is just luck or good management.

I just hope that we can crawl over the finishing line this season as that at least will be maintaining progress over the last couple of years. Then I believe we need a major overhaul of staff. The management have had an opportunity to see who can play at this level this season and need to get shot of those that obviously cannot. Our recruitment needs to be much better because whoever has been the manager in the last several seasons, we have brought in far more players that have failed than those that have stood out. We seem to be paying good wages so we need to recruit players that have a winning mentality, plenty of desire and some fight, as well as skill.

We need to look at the balance and make sure we have enough players that can score goals. We have relied very heavily on Hanson and Wells over the last couple of years with very little in the way of reserves when they were injured. Look at Rotherham - they must have had about eight goal scoring forwards on their books this season and have been able to loan out about four of these whilst still having very good options to cover injuries and suspensions. I am not advocating, however, that we go over the top and spend more money than we have. Any recruitment needs to be sensible, affordable but provide a good return. We have had too many players in the recent past being well paid who either did not play through injuries or simply never delivered because they were not good enough.

Personally, I believe the manager deserves to be given the opportunity to create a new team next season to have a go at improvement for two reasons: firstly, because he got us to this division and should have the chance to consolidate and secondly because, with two years left on the contract, it would cost a lot of money to replace him and, as we have seen in the past, the grass is not always greener.

Well done this season, City fans. To me you are the best. The attendance yesterday for a lowly League One match was almost the same as at Huddersfield for their derby game with Bolton. Keep on with the faith and keep providing your fantastic support. We don't have a rich benefactor and are unlikely to get one, so we can only progress by getting people through the gates.

An excellent assessment. Couldn't agree more with every sentiment expressed. The club needs stability and Parkinson amd Parkin need another season so long as we survive which could well be confirmed by three points on good Friday. ...even if it takes Hanson to return, Mchugh to replace McArdle and Jones to drop out for Doyle or Atkinson. Another Port Vale and MK Dons performance and result and the last three games can be comparatively stress free. Use Rotherham as practice for the Peterborough Cup Final for three points!

Score: 2
bcfcincheshire 3:50pm Sun 6 Apr 14

CheltCityFan wrote…


First of all I would like to say what fantastic fans City have got who deserve enormous credit for their support again this season. Most supporters are realistic in their expectations and views - some are more extreme, but they are entitled to their opinions - but all hurt when performances are not good enough.

At this stage I could say "I told you so" but I won't because it doesn't make things any better. Many months ago when we were near the top of the table I did say that the first eleven players were probably good enough for this division but the squad players were not. This meant that as soon as we got injuries, which is inevitable, we may struggle. I also said that bringing in a number of loan players from January onwards would unsettle the team because too many changes would make it difficult for them to fit in. We have had the customary long injury spell from Davies - I know he is a strong player but he will only play about half a season, which is not good for someone paid so highly - and other long-term injuries, such as Reid and Meredith. Two out of your back four is a big disruption and there have also been injuries to Hanson and the departure of Wells. This is a lot of disruption for any club, especially when the players coming in are not of the right calibre.

Unlike other cubs, our experience of loan players has not always been a positive one. Some clubs get players in who win matches with their first touch, whilst we normally get ones that don't score or don't contribute much, with a few exceptions. Rotherham have loan players scoring regularly. I don't know if this is just luck or good management.

I just hope that we can crawl over the finishing line this season as that at least will be maintaining progress over the last couple of years. Then I believe we need a major overhaul of staff. The management have had an opportunity to see who can play at this level this season and need to get shot of those that obviously cannot. Our recruitment needs to be much better because whoever has been the manager in the last several seasons, we have brought in far more players that have failed than those that have stood out. We seem to be paying good wages so we need to recruit players that have a winning mentality, plenty of desire and some fight, as well as skill.

We need to look at the balance and make sure we have enough players that can score goals. We have relied very heavily on Hanson and Wells over the last couple of years with very little in the way of reserves when they were injured. Look at Rotherham - they must have had about eight goal scoring forwards on their books this season and have been able to loan out about four of these whilst still having very good options to cover injuries and suspensions. I am not advocating, however, that we go over the top and spend more money than we have. Any recruitment needs to be sensible, affordable but provide a good return. We have had too many players in the recent past being well paid who either did not play through injuries or simply never delivered because they were not good enough.

Personally, I believe the manager deserves to be given the opportunity to create a new team next season to have a go at improvement for two reasons: firstly, because he got us to this division and should have the chance to consolidate and secondly because, with two years left on the contract, it would cost a lot of money to replace him and, as we have seen in the past, the grass is not always greener.

Well done this season, City fans. To me you are the best. The attendance yesterday for a lowly League One match was almost the same as at Huddersfield for their derby game with Bolton. Keep on with the faith and keep providing your fantastic support. We don't have a rich benefactor and are unlikely to get one, so we can only progress by getting people through the gates.

An excellent assessment. Couldn't agree more with every sentiment expressed. The club needs stability and Parkinson amd Parkin need another season so long as we survive which could well be confirmed by three points on good Friday. ...even if it takes Hanson to return, Mchugh to replace McArdle and Jones to drop out for Doyle or Atkinson. Another Port Vale and MK Dons performance and result and the last three games can be comparatively stress free. Use Rotherham as practice for the Peterborough Cup Final for three points!

Score: -2
lawsonio123 4:24pm Sun 6 Apr 14

schroeder wrote…


lawsonio123 wrote…


Victor Clayton wrote…


I thought we looked tired. Just not enough movement. To be fair to PP at least he tried change things earlier rather than later.
TIRED Victor they are professional footballers FULL TIME They should not be TIRED They are payed good money NO They did not put the effort In NOT GOOD ENOUGH NEEDS SORTING NOW
yes, tired. all footballers get tired after a long season, especially if they've played 3 tough games in a week. and I don't think Oldham played midweek so they should have been more fresh.
even premier league players who are in much better shape and paid much much more get tired towards the end of the season. It's nothing to do with money is it.

I Repeat They are highly trained FIT PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS send them working on a building site ALL WEEK then they will be tired

Score: 4
propasupporter 4:55pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Just watched yesterdays game back and it only emphasised the dreadful defensive display we endured yesterday, the first two of their goals were down to Macardle and Darby not closing down their man Calamity Jane Mclaughlan was in no mans land for all three goals and Macardle and Davies combined, allowed the third goal. It was very disappointing that the never say die attitude we have come to expect was not on show yesterday, this is no time for excuses or sackings, we are talking about well paid professional footballers not doing their job properly, end of. Oldham were not the best side we have seen this year and we should at least matched them in every area of the pitch sadly we did not, I sincerely hope PP makes them all watch the video and ask them if they gave their best, sadly not many would be able to answer that question honestly.

Score: 1
Pablo 6:30pm Sun 6 Apr 14

lawsonio123 wrote…


schroeder wrote…


lawsonio123 wrote…


Victor Clayton wrote…


I thought we looked tired. Just not enough movement. To be fair to PP at least he tried change things earlier rather than later.
TIRED Victor they are professional footballers FULL TIME They should not be TIRED They are payed good money NO They did not put the effort In NOT GOOD ENOUGH NEEDS SORTING NOW
yes, tired. all footballers get tired after a long season, especially if they've played 3 tough games in a week. and I don't think Oldham played midweek so they should have been more fresh.
even premier league players who are in much better shape and paid much much more get tired towards the end of the season. It's nothing to do with money is it.
I Repeat They are highly trained FIT PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS send them working on a building site ALL WEEK then they will be tired

Agreed lawsonio..

They'd had plenty of recovery time after Coventry.

Lack of interest, lack of motivation, lack of ideas.

Is that one point from the last four home matches?

Absolutely hopeless.

Score: -3
Statler4 9:14pm Sun 6 Apr 14

citygent7 wrote…


Cheshire Bantam wrote…


KnightMcCall wrote…


Cheshire Bantam wrote…


What a load of crap. Not one player fit to put the shirt on and a manager without a clue. Time for a rebuild starting with a new manager
Mmm, is this the same manager who didn't have a clue against Wigan, Arsenal and Villa. You liked him enough this time last week and he wasn't clueless on Tuesday. Strange that or are you just a bit pathetic when things don't go your way.
He was good last season but in this league he is out of his depth. The only people that are pathetic are those that live in the past and not the now. Open your eyes to the poor football we are playing THIS season
Just look at tactics in cup final just sat in defence and never tried to attack pp not very good

No team can attack if they haven't got and cannot get the ball.

Score: 0
bcfc1903 9:17pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Olivermac wrote…


bcfc1903 wrote…


BCFC are 6 points clear with a vastly superior goal difference, yes it's still mathematically possible to get relegated but the odds are stacked very much in BCFC's favour that they will survive. Luckily BCFC are just as likely to pick up points away from Valley Parade and that is a fact.
Hope you are right let's just see if Parky can put one over on Rotherham, I think you will find that they will be a totally differant proposition to Leyton O they know how City play and Evans also knows that Parky does not have a plan B so this will be one game that will be 0 points for City.

Wow, 0 points for City, well I hope you are wrong, and it's either three points for BCFC or one point for BCFC. Let's be brutally honest , we are due a result at RUFC and I believe it may well come on April the 11th!!!!!

Score: 3
Victor Clayton 9:47pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Pablo wrote…


lawsonio123 wrote…


schroeder wrote…


lawsonio123 wrote…


Victor Clayton wrote…


I thought we looked tired. Just not enough movement. To be fair to PP at least he tried change things earlier rather than later.
TIRED Victor they are professional footballers FULL TIME They should not be TIRED They are payed good money NO They did not put the effort In NOT GOOD ENOUGH NEEDS SORTING NOW
yes, tired. all footballers get tired after a long season, especially if they've played 3 tough games in a week. and I don't think Oldham played midweek so they should have been more fresh.
even premier league players who are in much better shape and paid much much more get tired towards the end of the season. It's nothing to do with money is it.
I Repeat They are highly trained FIT PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS send them working on a building site ALL WEEK then they will be tired
Agreed lawsonio..

They'd had plenty of recovery time after Coventry.

Lack of interest, lack of motivation, lack of ideas.

Is that one point from the last four home matches?

Absolutely hopeless.

I think that they were tired, but I am not saying it's a valid excuse. I don't think that the team has a bad attitude either. It's is probably too old!

Score: 0
KnightMcCall 11:45pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Cheshire Bantam wrote…


KnightMcCall wrote…


Cheshire Bantam wrote…


What a load of crap. Not one player fit to put the shirt on and a manager without a clue. Time for a rebuild starting with a new manager
Mmm, is this the same manager who didn't have a clue against Wigan, Arsenal and Villa. You liked him enough this time last week and he wasn't clueless on Tuesday. Strange that or are you just a bit pathetic when things don't go your way.
He was good last season but in this league he is out of his depth. The only people that are pathetic are those that live in the past and not the now. Open your eyes to the poor football we are playing THIS season

If we are so poor in this league then why are 50 percent of the teams in it below us?

Score: 1
KnightMcCall 11:57pm Sun 6 Apr 14

shaun from richmond wrote…


KnightMcCall wrote…


shaun from richmond wrote…


BOY OH BOY!.....We are a "POOR SIDE"!!...On todays performance Oldham are "head and shoulders" better than us!....MIND YOU, just about every team who have come to Valley Parade since November has seemed "head and shoulders" better than us!.
PLEASE LET THIS SEASON END!
So we are head and shoulders above Orient then...you really are a muppet.
ERM.....At Valley Parade (as I can only comment on what I see!)...PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE COMMENTING!!.....IT MAKES YOU LOOK STUPID!!

There is nothing I could say to make you look any more stupid than we know you are. I dont judge based on one performance or any petty hatred of those who run BCAFC. You are only interested in commenting when we lose.

You should have clarified that you dont bother supporting City away from home. You should be clearer or it makes you look stupid.

Score: 1
bcfc1903 9:05am Mon 7 Apr 14

KnightMcCall wrote…


shaun from richmond wrote…


KnightMcCall wrote…


shaun from richmond wrote…


BOY OH BOY!.....We are a "POOR SIDE"!!...On todays performance Oldham are "head and shoulders" better than us!....MIND YOU, just about every team who have come to Valley Parade since November has seemed "head and shoulders" better than us!.
PLEASE LET THIS SEASON END!
So we are head and shoulders above Orient then...you really are a muppet.
ERM.....At Valley Parade (as I can only comment on what I see!)...PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE COMMENTING!!.....IT MAKES YOU LOOK STUPID!!
There is nothing I could say to make you look any more stupid than we know you are. I dont judge based on one performance or any petty hatred of those who run BCAFC. You are only interested in commenting when we lose.

You should have clarified that you dont bother supporting City away from home. You should be clearer or it makes you look stupid.

Another excellent post KM, discounting the usual negative suspects, there are a few excellent posters on here, you always put a great point across!!!!!

We are a little inconsistent like the vast majority of teams in Division One, Dust ourselves down and go again at Rotherham, no panic for me as we are in a far far better position in this division than 10 teams at least, many would snatch our collective hands off to be in BCFC'S position!!!!!!

Score: 4
Michael Clayton 2:07pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Victor Clayton wrote…


Pablo wrote…

lawsonio123 wrote…

schroeder wrote…

lawsonio123 wrote…

Victor Clayton wrote…

I thought we looked tired. Just not enough movement. To be fair to PP at least he tried change things earlier rather than later.
TIRED Victor they are professional footballers FULL TIME They should not be TIRED They are payed good money NO They did not put the effort In NOT GOOD ENOUGH NEEDS SORTING NOW
yes, tired. all footballers get tired after a long season, especially if they've played 3 tough games in a week. and I don't think Oldham played midweek so they should have been more fresh. even premier league players who are in much better shape and paid much much more get tired towards the end of the season. It's nothing to do with money is it.
I Repeat They are highly trained FIT PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS send them working on a building site ALL WEEK then they will be tired
Agreed lawsonio.. They'd had plenty of recovery time after Coventry. Lack of interest, lack of motivation, lack of ideas. Is that one point from the last four home matches? Absolutely hopeless.
I think that they were tired, but I am not saying it's a valid excuse. I don't think that the team has a bad attitude either. It's is probably too old!

The players are not robots. If that was the case, there would be no investment in fitness and conditioning.

They busted a gut at Coventry (accepting that is what they should be doing) and no matter how fit the players are, a recovery time of less than four days is bound to make a difference when compared to a team that had not played for a week.

That is not to excuse or deny the fact that Oldham deserved their win but it is an example of how tiny margins can make a huge difference.

It would, perhaps, be better to look at why form on the road is better than it is at home? City look assured and composed away from Valley Parade; the opposite of how they appear in front of their own fans.

The most unlikely outcome would be a result at Rotherham. I do not make predictions but it would just be typical if City were to get a result there.

Score: -1
diffident 5:12pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Statler4 wrote…


citygent7 wrote…


Cheshire Bantam wrote…


KnightMcCall wrote…


Cheshire Bantam wrote…


What a load of crap. Not one player fit to put the shirt on and a manager without a clue. Time for a rebuild starting with a new manager
Mmm, is this the same manager who didn't have a clue against Wigan, Arsenal and Villa. You liked him enough this time last week and he wasn't clueless on Tuesday. Strange that or are you just a bit pathetic when things don't go your way.
He was good last season but in this league he is out of his depth. The only people that are pathetic are those that live in the past and not the now. Open your eyes to the poor football we are playing THIS season
Just look at tactics in cup final just sat in defence and never tried to attack pp not very good
No team can attack if they haven't got and cannot get the ball.

KnightMcCalls misguided loyalty and supreme optimism astounds me. As nodding dogs go that guy will take some beating.

With regards to the tactics employed during our cup run. While it was primarily built on a solid defence and hard work we always played with a wide man capable of carrying the ball up the pitch and relieving the pressure. Whether it be a throw in, corner or a free-kick the team could take a breather and regroup, and more importantly, actually threaten the oppositions goal with a set piece. The fact Parkinson elected to ignore what had previously worked so well in the final was, imho, unforgivable and will anger me to the day I die.

Score: 1
shaun from richmond 10:05pm Tue 8 Apr 14

KnightMcCall wrote…


shaun from richmond wrote…


KnightMcCall wrote…


shaun from richmond wrote…


BOY OH BOY!.....We are a "POOR SIDE"!!...On todays performance Oldham are "head and shoulders" better than us!....MIND YOU, just about every team who have come to Valley Parade since November has seemed "head and shoulders" better than us!.
PLEASE LET THIS SEASON END!
So we are head and shoulders above Orient then...you really are a muppet.
ERM.....At Valley Parade (as I can only comment on what I see!)...PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE COMMENTING!!.....IT MAKES YOU LOOK STUPID!!
There is nothing I could say to make you look any more stupid than we know you are. I dont judge based on one performance or any petty hatred of those who run BCAFC. You are only interested in commenting when we lose.

You should have clarified that you dont bother supporting City away from home. You should be clearer or it makes you look stupid.

OH DEAR!!.....YOU ARE STUPID!!

Score: 0

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