Video nasties help Bradford City make a point

Nathan Doyle reacts to a strong tackle by Michael O’Connor of Rotherham

Nathan Doyle reacts to a strong tackle by Michael O’Connor of Rotherham

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

Phil Parkinson admitted his first City point against Rotherham has eased the pain of their previous New York “no-shows”.

Parkinson had lost all six of his clashes with the Millers before last night, including two hefty defeats at their new home.

But his side finally stopped the rot with a battling goalless draw – a result which takes them up to 50 points.

Parkinson had used the video evidence from those previous beatings at the New York Stadium to formulate a game plan to frustrate Steve Evans’ promotion-chasers.

The Bantams boss said: “We’ve had a couple of tough days at Rotherham before. That’s why it was so important, not just in the context of the season but for our record there, that we put in a strong, disciplined performance.

“We had a plan and stuck to it from the first minute to the last. It was an excellent display.

“We hadn’t played well there before. It’s not as if we’d been unlucky, we’d gone there twice and produced two no-shows in all aspects of the game.

“Unfortunately I had to watch them back this week to remind myself and it was painful.

“The shape of the team really helped. Rotherham have got a lot of attacking threat and score plenty of goals. If you’re too open against them, you can get punished.”

Rotherham hit the post and Evans was furious that referee David Webb ignored their penalty appeal in stoppage time after the ball struck Gary Jones on the arm.

But Parkinson felt City had a strong shout of their own when Jon Stead was clattered in the head by keeper Adam Collin.

He said: “Steve Evans, as he normally does, jumped up and down saying they should have had a penalty. But I thought the keeper went into Jon in the box and I thought that was a pen.

“Steve was bemoaning his luck but I think that would have been very harsh. We could very well have had one at the other end.”

Aaron Mclean joined James Hanson on the sidelines to leave Stead in the lone striker role.

Parkinson said: “If you take two strikers out of any team, that’s going to affect you. From Liverpool at the top of the Premier League to the bottom of League Two, it’s difficult.”

Nathan Doyle came back after his groin injury and was used as the holding player of a three-man central midfield.

The system worked well to stifle League One’s top scorers – it was the first time Rotherham had failed to score for 12 home games.

Parkinson said: “We’ve looked vulnerable at times at home on the counter-attack ourselves and I thought the extra man in the middle of the park really helped us.

“Doyley was tremendous in that role. It suits him. He’s only trained a couple of days in the last three weeks but he was never one to shirk playing. I thought he was excellent.

“There was a solid feel about us. We toyed with what to do before Mclean got injured in training because we’d done well with 4-4-2 at Orient and Coventry.

“But we’d already worked on this system because I felt we had to have it in our locker at some point in the game.

“At times when teams are driving forward at you, having that player sat in front of the back four really helps.”

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8:38am Sat 12 Apr 14

Freddy says...

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I did not see the match on Sky. But it sounds like the defence held well. At last !!!.
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I am pleased City have achieved 50 Points--That should ,and usually means, saftey. at last!.
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Time to sort out the Squad---and release those that are not good enough for league 1, and/or promotion ability.
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I hope that the Board have made money available for next season's squad.
Looking at the number of matches City lost against teams at the bottom of the league. Warrants a serious assessment of the current squad..
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* I did not see the match on Sky. But it sounds like the defence held well. At last !!!. * I am pleased City have achieved 50 Points--That should ,and usually means, saftey. at last!. * Time to sort out the Squad---and release those that are not good enough for league 1, and/or promotion ability. * I hope that the Board have made money available for next season's squad. Looking at the number of matches City lost against teams at the bottom of the league. Warrants a serious assessment of the current squad.. * Freddy
  • Score: 3

11:20am Sat 12 Apr 14

gordon ramsay says...

Can this season please just end. 0-0 was the best we could hope for as we still wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now. The quality on display was shocking. A point is a good one though as we limp over the line to survival.

As soon as our game finished I switched the Super League on to see more entertainment in 3 minutes than I did in 90 of what was served up last night.

We need to rebuild in the summer and go again with much improved recruitment
Can this season please just end. 0-0 was the best we could hope for as we still wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now. The quality on display was shocking. A point is a good one though as we limp over the line to survival. As soon as our game finished I switched the Super League on to see more entertainment in 3 minutes than I did in 90 of what was served up last night. We need to rebuild in the summer and go again with much improved recruitment gordon ramsay
  • Score: -7

11:33am Sat 12 Apr 14

torreyman says...

Agree with the top two a point was the best we could hope for and what a good point it was
Agree with the top two a point was the best we could hope for and what a good point it was torreyman
  • Score: 0

11:45am Sat 12 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

Bennett looks a class act, if possible BCFC need to sign him and Dean Furman from Doncaster Rovers FC for next season.

Great support shown by the BCFC fans last night, without you there would have been no atmosphere at all.

Great effort by all those loyal BCFC fans who made the trip last night, great effort!!!!!!
Bennett looks a class act, if possible BCFC need to sign him and Dean Furman from Doncaster Rovers FC for next season. Great support shown by the BCFC fans last night, without you there would have been no atmosphere at all. Great effort by all those loyal BCFC fans who made the trip last night, great effort!!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 14

12:37pm Sat 12 Apr 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

gordon ramsay wrote:
Can this season please just end. 0-0 was the best we could hope for as we still wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now. The quality on display was shocking. A point is a good one though as we limp over the line to survival.

As soon as our game finished I switched the Super League on to see more entertainment in 3 minutes than I did in 90 of what was served up last night.

We need to rebuild in the summer and go again with much improved recruitment
Can you not see the positive in anything? Rotherham are joint top-scorers in the ENTIRE football league and still had an outside chance of promotion. Prior to yesterday they had failed to score only twice this calendar year and had scored in their previous 11 home games. Setting up to keep a clean-sheet and try and hit them on the break was a sensible way to approach such an important game (sadly, it always seems to work on us at VP), if we had gone there pouring forward and got hammered there (again) you would have been on here moaning about that. Not to mention our lack of forwards due to injury! This is a good point against a good team and, happily, it caused that childish, oafish, blob of manager to storm off without shaking hands again, thereby demonstrating to the watching world what at utterly vile, classless waste of space he is . It is obvious that we need to recruit in the summer, no-one would dispute that. PP has had a season to look at how the players can (or can't cope) at this level and can now re-structure accordingly. At the start of the year most sensible fans (i.e. not SHAUN) would have taken a mid-table consolidation followed by a promotion push next year, and that is what we should aim for, if we are struggling at Christmas time then questions should be asked. But no doubt SHAUN the DEADBEAT and co will be on here immediately demanding PP be sacked again if we don't win the first game 8-0 or if he dares sign anyone a day over 30.
[quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Can this season please just end. 0-0 was the best we could hope for as we still wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now. The quality on display was shocking. A point is a good one though as we limp over the line to survival. As soon as our game finished I switched the Super League on to see more entertainment in 3 minutes than I did in 90 of what was served up last night. We need to rebuild in the summer and go again with much improved recruitment[/p][/quote]Can you not see the positive in anything? Rotherham are joint top-scorers in the ENTIRE football league and still had an outside chance of promotion. Prior to yesterday they had failed to score only twice this calendar year and had scored in their previous 11 home games. Setting up to keep a clean-sheet and try and hit them on the break was a sensible way to approach such an important game (sadly, it always seems to work on us at VP), if we had gone there pouring forward and got hammered there (again) you would have been on here moaning about that. Not to mention our lack of forwards due to injury! This is a good point against a good team and, happily, it caused that childish, oafish, blob of manager to storm off without shaking hands again, thereby demonstrating to the watching world what at utterly vile, classless waste of space he is . It is obvious that we need to recruit in the summer, no-one would dispute that. PP has had a season to look at how the players can (or can't cope) at this level and can now re-structure accordingly. At the start of the year most sensible fans (i.e. not SHAUN) would have taken a mid-table consolidation followed by a promotion push next year, and that is what we should aim for, if we are struggling at Christmas time then questions should be asked. But no doubt SHAUN the DEADBEAT and co will be on here immediately demanding PP be sacked again if we don't win the first game 8-0 or if he dares sign anyone a day over 30. moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: 19

1:25pm Sat 12 Apr 14

eldwick person says...

A good point last night against Rotherham who have spent more huge sums in the last few seasons.

Evans tries to pretend that Rotherham are underdogs but in financial terms Rotherham have a bigger budget than most league one and two teams.

I was laughing at Evans last night when he had his child like tantrum at the end of the match and sulked down the tunnel having not shaken hands with Parky. This showed Evans lack of class and was a contrast to Parky who did shake hands with the Rotherham bench.

Parky out thought Evans last night despite not having Hanson and this was a decent draw for city.
A good point last night against Rotherham who have spent more huge sums in the last few seasons. Evans tries to pretend that Rotherham are underdogs but in financial terms Rotherham have a bigger budget than most league one and two teams. I was laughing at Evans last night when he had his child like tantrum at the end of the match and sulked down the tunnel having not shaken hands with Parky. This showed Evans lack of class and was a contrast to Parky who did shake hands with the Rotherham bench. Parky out thought Evans last night despite not having Hanson and this was a decent draw for city. eldwick person
  • Score: 25

2:01pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Peter300 says...

Freddy wrote:
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I did not see the match on Sky. But it sounds like the defence held well. At last !!!.
*
I am pleased City have achieved 50 Points--That should ,and usually means, saftey. at last!.
*
Time to sort out the Squad---and release those that are not good enough for league 1, and/or promotion ability.
*
I hope that the Board have made money available for next season's squad.
Looking at the number of matches City lost against teams at the bottom of the league. Warrants a serious assessment of the current squad..
*
The defence were solid against Orient and Coventry which was only just over a week ago. Most of the players have shown they are more than capable of playing at this level, so no need for drastic change.
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * I did not see the match on Sky. But it sounds like the defence held well. At last !!!. * I am pleased City have achieved 50 Points--That should ,and usually means, saftey. at last!. * Time to sort out the Squad---and release those that are not good enough for league 1, and/or promotion ability. * I hope that the Board have made money available for next season's squad. Looking at the number of matches City lost against teams at the bottom of the league. Warrants a serious assessment of the current squad.. *[/p][/quote]The defence were solid against Orient and Coventry which was only just over a week ago. Most of the players have shown they are more than capable of playing at this level, so no need for drastic change. Peter300
  • Score: -4

2:08pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Peter300 says...

gordon ramsay wrote:
Can this season please just end. 0-0 was the best we could hope for as we still wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now. The quality on display was shocking. A point is a good one though as we limp over the line to survival.

As soon as our game finished I switched the Super League on to see more entertainment in 3 minutes than I did in 90 of what was served up last night.

We need to rebuild in the summer and go again with much improved recruitment
Here we go from the usual straw-clutching, glass half full faction. Some people just enjoy being negative. It suits their mindset completely. And they love to be shocked. City will never receive any credit from these people. A good point from a team higher in the table who cause most sides problems. Overall, a decent first season so far for City. Not that the manager and his team will receive any recognition.
[quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Can this season please just end. 0-0 was the best we could hope for as we still wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now. The quality on display was shocking. A point is a good one though as we limp over the line to survival. As soon as our game finished I switched the Super League on to see more entertainment in 3 minutes than I did in 90 of what was served up last night. We need to rebuild in the summer and go again with much improved recruitment[/p][/quote]Here we go from the usual straw-clutching, glass half full faction. Some people just enjoy being negative. It suits their mindset completely. And they love to be shocked. City will never receive any credit from these people. A good point from a team higher in the table who cause most sides problems. Overall, a decent first season so far for City. Not that the manager and his team will receive any recognition. Peter300
  • Score: 8

2:13pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Peter300 says...

moanmoanwhingewhinge wrote:
gordon ramsay wrote:
Can this season please just end. 0-0 was the best we could hope for as we still wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now. The quality on display was shocking. A point is a good one though as we limp over the line to survival.

As soon as our game finished I switched the Super League on to see more entertainment in 3 minutes than I did in 90 of what was served up last night.

We need to rebuild in the summer and go again with much improved recruitment
Can you not see the positive in anything? Rotherham are joint top-scorers in the ENTIRE football league and still had an outside chance of promotion. Prior to yesterday they had failed to score only twice this calendar year and had scored in their previous 11 home games. Setting up to keep a clean-sheet and try and hit them on the break was a sensible way to approach such an important game (sadly, it always seems to work on us at VP), if we had gone there pouring forward and got hammered there (again) you would have been on here moaning about that. Not to mention our lack of forwards due to injury! This is a good point against a good team and, happily, it caused that childish, oafish, blob of manager to storm off without shaking hands again, thereby demonstrating to the watching world what at utterly vile, classless waste of space he is . It is obvious that we need to recruit in the summer, no-one would dispute that. PP has had a season to look at how the players can (or can't cope) at this level and can now re-structure accordingly. At the start of the year most sensible fans (i.e. not SHAUN) would have taken a mid-table consolidation followed by a promotion push next year, and that is what we should aim for, if we are struggling at Christmas time then questions should be asked. But no doubt SHAUN the DEADBEAT and co will be on here immediately demanding PP be sacked again if we don't win the first game 8-0 or if he dares sign anyone a day over 30.
Those with a negative mindset never see any positives. However, credit where credit is due, Ramsay and his crew are always totally consistent in their downbeat, miserable assessment of the team and manager. On the other hand, you would never let them run a football club. That would be a big mistake.
[quote][p][bold]moanmoanwhingewhinge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Can this season please just end. 0-0 was the best we could hope for as we still wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now. The quality on display was shocking. A point is a good one though as we limp over the line to survival. As soon as our game finished I switched the Super League on to see more entertainment in 3 minutes than I did in 90 of what was served up last night. We need to rebuild in the summer and go again with much improved recruitment[/p][/quote]Can you not see the positive in anything? Rotherham are joint top-scorers in the ENTIRE football league and still had an outside chance of promotion. Prior to yesterday they had failed to score only twice this calendar year and had scored in their previous 11 home games. Setting up to keep a clean-sheet and try and hit them on the break was a sensible way to approach such an important game (sadly, it always seems to work on us at VP), if we had gone there pouring forward and got hammered there (again) you would have been on here moaning about that. Not to mention our lack of forwards due to injury! This is a good point against a good team and, happily, it caused that childish, oafish, blob of manager to storm off without shaking hands again, thereby demonstrating to the watching world what at utterly vile, classless waste of space he is . It is obvious that we need to recruit in the summer, no-one would dispute that. PP has had a season to look at how the players can (or can't cope) at this level and can now re-structure accordingly. At the start of the year most sensible fans (i.e. not SHAUN) would have taken a mid-table consolidation followed by a promotion push next year, and that is what we should aim for, if we are struggling at Christmas time then questions should be asked. But no doubt SHAUN the DEADBEAT and co will be on here immediately demanding PP be sacked again if we don't win the first game 8-0 or if he dares sign anyone a day over 30.[/p][/quote]Those with a negative mindset never see any positives. However, credit where credit is due, Ramsay and his crew are always totally consistent in their downbeat, miserable assessment of the team and manager. On the other hand, you would never let them run a football club. That would be a big mistake. Peter300
  • Score: 7

2:21pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Peter300 says...

gordon ramsay wrote:
Can this season please just end. 0-0 was the best we could hope for as we still wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now. The quality on display was shocking. A point is a good one though as we limp over the line to survival.

As soon as our game finished I switched the Super League on to see more entertainment in 3 minutes than I did in 90 of what was served up last night.

We need to rebuild in the summer and go again with much improved recruitment
Maybe stick with Super League. And of course there is Cheshire Bantam calling Parky a clown and wanting to bring back Stuart to call him a clown too presumably. These individuals don't seem to realise that its not a good idea to sack and re-appoint a manager every week. You cannot unsack the manager.
[quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Can this season please just end. 0-0 was the best we could hope for as we still wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now. The quality on display was shocking. A point is a good one though as we limp over the line to survival. As soon as our game finished I switched the Super League on to see more entertainment in 3 minutes than I did in 90 of what was served up last night. We need to rebuild in the summer and go again with much improved recruitment[/p][/quote]Maybe stick with Super League. And of course there is Cheshire Bantam calling Parky a clown and wanting to bring back Stuart to call him a clown too presumably. These individuals don't seem to realise that its not a good idea to sack and re-appoint a manager every week. You cannot unsack the manager. Peter300
  • Score: -1

5:14pm Sat 12 Apr 14

gordon ramsay says...

Peter300 wrote:
gordon ramsay wrote:
Can this season please just end. 0-0 was the best we could hope for as we still wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now. The quality on display was shocking. A point is a good one though as we limp over the line to survival.

As soon as our game finished I switched the Super League on to see more entertainment in 3 minutes than I did in 90 of what was served up last night.

We need to rebuild in the summer and go again with much improved recruitment
Here we go from the usual straw-clutching, glass half full faction. Some people just enjoy being negative. It suits their mindset completely. And they love to be shocked. City will never receive any credit from these people. A good point from a team higher in the table who cause most sides problems. Overall, a decent first season so far for City. Not that the manager and his team will receive any recognition.
Peter. It's called reality

The ONLY reason we will survive this year is because of the goals from Wells.

His replacement is poor. The current team is a relegation side without Wells goals. Kid yourself all you want.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Can this season please just end. 0-0 was the best we could hope for as we still wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now. The quality on display was shocking. A point is a good one though as we limp over the line to survival. As soon as our game finished I switched the Super League on to see more entertainment in 3 minutes than I did in 90 of what was served up last night. We need to rebuild in the summer and go again with much improved recruitment[/p][/quote]Here we go from the usual straw-clutching, glass half full faction. Some people just enjoy being negative. It suits their mindset completely. And they love to be shocked. City will never receive any credit from these people. A good point from a team higher in the table who cause most sides problems. Overall, a decent first season so far for City. Not that the manager and his team will receive any recognition.[/p][/quote]Peter. It's called reality The ONLY reason we will survive this year is because of the goals from Wells. His replacement is poor. The current team is a relegation side without Wells goals. Kid yourself all you want. gordon ramsay
  • Score: 10

6:58pm Sat 12 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.
There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt. bcfc1903
  • Score: 9

7:24pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Pablo says...

gordon ramsay wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
gordon ramsay wrote:
Can this season please just end. 0-0 was the best we could hope for as we still wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now. The quality on display was shocking. A point is a good one though as we limp over the line to survival.

As soon as our game finished I switched the Super League on to see more entertainment in 3 minutes than I did in 90 of what was served up last night.

We need to rebuild in the summer and go again with much improved recruitment
Here we go from the usual straw-clutching, glass half full faction. Some people just enjoy being negative. It suits their mindset completely. And they love to be shocked. City will never receive any credit from these people. A good point from a team higher in the table who cause most sides problems. Overall, a decent first season so far for City. Not that the manager and his team will receive any recognition.
Peter. It's called reality

The ONLY reason we will survive this year is because of the goals from Wells.

His replacement is poor. The current team is a relegation side without Wells goals. Kid yourself all you want.
I've been saying the same as you Gordon, for weeks. Nahki's goals got us promoted last year and Nahki's goals at the start of the season have ensured survival this season.

Wells was always going to be difficult to replace and let nobody underestimate how his presence papered over the cracks.

For the majority of games I've watched after his departure, we've looked mediocre and, as you say, relegation material.
[quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Can this season please just end. 0-0 was the best we could hope for as we still wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now. The quality on display was shocking. A point is a good one though as we limp over the line to survival. As soon as our game finished I switched the Super League on to see more entertainment in 3 minutes than I did in 90 of what was served up last night. We need to rebuild in the summer and go again with much improved recruitment[/p][/quote]Here we go from the usual straw-clutching, glass half full faction. Some people just enjoy being negative. It suits their mindset completely. And they love to be shocked. City will never receive any credit from these people. A good point from a team higher in the table who cause most sides problems. Overall, a decent first season so far for City. Not that the manager and his team will receive any recognition.[/p][/quote]Peter. It's called reality The ONLY reason we will survive this year is because of the goals from Wells. His replacement is poor. The current team is a relegation side without Wells goals. Kid yourself all you want.[/p][/quote]I've been saying the same as you Gordon, for weeks. Nahki's goals got us promoted last year and Nahki's goals at the start of the season have ensured survival this season. Wells was always going to be difficult to replace and let nobody underestimate how his presence papered over the cracks. For the majority of games I've watched after his departure, we've looked mediocre and, as you say, relegation material. Pablo
  • Score: -3

7:33pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Pablo says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.
Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season?

Not the current side, I'm afraid.

Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last?

Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.[/p][/quote]Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season? Not the current side, I'm afraid. Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last? Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits. Pablo
  • Score: -2

8:34pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Boing-Boing says...

Pablo wrote:
gordon ramsay wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
gordon ramsay wrote:
Can this season please just end. 0-0 was the best we could hope for as we still wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now. The quality on display was shocking. A point is a good one though as we limp over the line to survival.

As soon as our game finished I switched the Super League on to see more entertainment in 3 minutes than I did in 90 of what was served up last night.

We need to rebuild in the summer and go again with much improved recruitment
Here we go from the usual straw-clutching, glass half full faction. Some people just enjoy being negative. It suits their mindset completely. And they love to be shocked. City will never receive any credit from these people. A good point from a team higher in the table who cause most sides problems. Overall, a decent first season so far for City. Not that the manager and his team will receive any recognition.
Peter. It's called reality

The ONLY reason we will survive this year is because of the goals from Wells.

His replacement is poor. The current team is a relegation side without Wells goals. Kid yourself all you want.
I've been saying the same as you Gordon, for weeks. Nahki's goals got us promoted last year and Nahki's goals at the start of the season have ensured survival this season.

Wells was always going to be difficult to replace and let nobody underestimate how his presence papered over the cracks.

For the majority of games I've watched after his departure, we've looked mediocre and, as you say, relegation material.
No doubt we miss wells hugely, since he went we have become mediocre at best, it was always gonna be hard to replace him but an ageing failed premier league and championship player was a bad choice, mclean was only prolific for a short few years in his career playing with Mccail Smith and Boyd! We would have been better punting on a couple of wells style 20 yeur olds who are hungry to succeed.
McLean was a big signing to lift the team and fans at a time things were very low at VP, I understand totally the reasoning behind the signing but it was just the wrong choice. No doubt he can score given the correct system and players around him, but can we afford to build a team around 1 player who is not getting younger and hasn't been prolific for a few years now?

On a lighter note I hope Wells rise up to higher level brings him to VP next season, hudds have a bad run in and although he would no doubt score against us I would get more satisfaction from him playing in the same league as us after he went to hudds to try himself at a better level! Oh please please let them go down!
CTID
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Can this season please just end. 0-0 was the best we could hope for as we still wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now. The quality on display was shocking. A point is a good one though as we limp over the line to survival. As soon as our game finished I switched the Super League on to see more entertainment in 3 minutes than I did in 90 of what was served up last night. We need to rebuild in the summer and go again with much improved recruitment[/p][/quote]Here we go from the usual straw-clutching, glass half full faction. Some people just enjoy being negative. It suits their mindset completely. And they love to be shocked. City will never receive any credit from these people. A good point from a team higher in the table who cause most sides problems. Overall, a decent first season so far for City. Not that the manager and his team will receive any recognition.[/p][/quote]Peter. It's called reality The ONLY reason we will survive this year is because of the goals from Wells. His replacement is poor. The current team is a relegation side without Wells goals. Kid yourself all you want.[/p][/quote]I've been saying the same as you Gordon, for weeks. Nahki's goals got us promoted last year and Nahki's goals at the start of the season have ensured survival this season. Wells was always going to be difficult to replace and let nobody underestimate how his presence papered over the cracks. For the majority of games I've watched after his departure, we've looked mediocre and, as you say, relegation material.[/p][/quote]No doubt we miss wells hugely, since he went we have become mediocre at best, it was always gonna be hard to replace him but an ageing failed premier league and championship player was a bad choice, mclean was only prolific for a short few years in his career playing with Mccail Smith and Boyd! We would have been better punting on a couple of wells style 20 yeur olds who are hungry to succeed. McLean was a big signing to lift the team and fans at a time things were very low at VP, I understand totally the reasoning behind the signing but it was just the wrong choice. No doubt he can score given the correct system and players around him, but can we afford to build a team around 1 player who is not getting younger and hasn't been prolific for a few years now? On a lighter note I hope Wells rise up to higher level brings him to VP next season, hudds have a bad run in and although he would no doubt score against us I would get more satisfaction from him playing in the same league as us after he went to hudds to try himself at a better level! Oh please please let them go down! CTID Boing-Boing
  • Score: 6

9:43pm Sat 12 Apr 14

KnightMcCall says...

Pablo wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.
Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season?

Not the current side, I'm afraid.

Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last?

Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.
12th Pablo. Half the sides in the league have struggled more than us. We have consolidated. Job done. Well done PP and staff. Well done players. PP already trying out potential recruits for next season. 3 away clean sheets in a row. Stop living in fear of the future. Progress has been made; why can you not be happy about it.

When we grind out results the negatrons whinge that we dont play like Brazil. Peter is right...some of you will never be happy. These are the ones that said we wouldnt pick up another point a few weeks ago well guess what; you were wrong.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.[/p][/quote]Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season? Not the current side, I'm afraid. Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last? Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.[/p][/quote]12th Pablo. Half the sides in the league have struggled more than us. We have consolidated. Job done. Well done PP and staff. Well done players. PP already trying out potential recruits for next season. 3 away clean sheets in a row. Stop living in fear of the future. Progress has been made; why can you not be happy about it. When we grind out results the negatrons whinge that we dont play like Brazil. Peter is right...some of you will never be happy. These are the ones that said we wouldnt pick up another point a few weeks ago well guess what; you were wrong. KnightMcCall
  • Score: 5

12:27am Sun 13 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

Pablo wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.
Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season?

Not the current side, I'm afraid.

Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last?

Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.
I guess I believe in Phil Parkinson. We've actually got shut of far more players than Nahki Wells so I don't believe for one minute that all the money has gone. Yes the recruitment in the summer will need to be well thought out and I hope we go for quality rather than quantity with long term injuries covered by loans if the squad doesn't cover every specific position. One area I would strengthen is the goalkeeping, JM needs competition, a keeper of the calibre of Oscar Jansson would be a great option for the club.

I'm a great believer in BCFC fans behind both goals, I fancy that Valley Parade ground configuration could glean another four or five points for BCFC at home next season if acted upon and would cost exactly nothing. And let's have the lucky hoops back!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.[/p][/quote]Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season? Not the current side, I'm afraid. Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last? Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.[/p][/quote]I guess I believe in Phil Parkinson. We've actually got shut of far more players than Nahki Wells so I don't believe for one minute that all the money has gone. Yes the recruitment in the summer will need to be well thought out and I hope we go for quality rather than quantity with long term injuries covered by loans if the squad doesn't cover every specific position. One area I would strengthen is the goalkeeping, JM needs competition, a keeper of the calibre of Oscar Jansson would be a great option for the club. I'm a great believer in BCFC fans behind both goals, I fancy that Valley Parade ground configuration could glean another four or five points for BCFC at home next season if acted upon and would cost exactly nothing. And let's have the lucky hoops back!!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 5

6:54am Sun 13 Apr 14

Victor Clayton says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Pablo wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.
Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season?

Not the current side, I'm afraid.

Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last?

Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.
I guess I believe in Phil Parkinson. We've actually got shut of far more players than Nahki Wells so I don't believe for one minute that all the money has gone. Yes the recruitment in the summer will need to be well thought out and I hope we go for quality rather than quantity with long term injuries covered by loans if the squad doesn't cover every specific position. One area I would strengthen is the goalkeeping, JM needs competition, a keeper of the calibre of Oscar Jansson would be a great option for the club.

I'm a great believer in BCFC fans behind both goals, I fancy that Valley Parade ground configuration could glean another four or five points for BCFC at home next season if acted upon and would cost exactly nothing. And let's have the lucky hoops back!!!!!!
Maybe it comes down to whether you like PP s style of football. I think it's very cautious and not greatly entertaining.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.[/p][/quote]Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season? Not the current side, I'm afraid. Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last? Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.[/p][/quote]I guess I believe in Phil Parkinson. We've actually got shut of far more players than Nahki Wells so I don't believe for one minute that all the money has gone. Yes the recruitment in the summer will need to be well thought out and I hope we go for quality rather than quantity with long term injuries covered by loans if the squad doesn't cover every specific position. One area I would strengthen is the goalkeeping, JM needs competition, a keeper of the calibre of Oscar Jansson would be a great option for the club. I'm a great believer in BCFC fans behind both goals, I fancy that Valley Parade ground configuration could glean another four or five points for BCFC at home next season if acted upon and would cost exactly nothing. And let's have the lucky hoops back!!!!!![/p][/quote]Maybe it comes down to whether you like PP s style of football. I think it's very cautious and not greatly entertaining. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 3

7:23am Sun 13 Apr 14

Spenvalleyspartan says...

So next season we're going to have Hanson and McClean but who else is the crux of the matter? Jury is still out on McClean. Goal rate has been disappointing with just 2! I wouldn't give Stead anything as far as a contract is concerned. I hope we go for Lee Gregory at Halifax. Hungry and a good finisher. I certainly can't see McClean being the man along side Hanson next year. Going to be an interesting summer.
So next season we're going to have Hanson and McClean but who else is the crux of the matter? Jury is still out on McClean. Goal rate has been disappointing with just 2! I wouldn't give Stead anything as far as a contract is concerned. I hope we go for Lee Gregory at Halifax. Hungry and a good finisher. I certainly can't see McClean being the man along side Hanson next year. Going to be an interesting summer. Spenvalleyspartan
  • Score: 4

9:13am Sun 13 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Pablo wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.
Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season?

Not the current side, I'm afraid.

Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last?

Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.
I guess I believe in Phil Parkinson. We've actually got shut of far more players than Nahki Wells so I don't believe for one minute that all the money has gone. Yes the recruitment in the summer will need to be well thought out and I hope we go for quality rather than quantity with long term injuries covered by loans if the squad doesn't cover every specific position. One area I would strengthen is the goalkeeping, JM needs competition, a keeper of the calibre of Oscar Jansson would be a great option for the club.

I'm a great believer in BCFC fans behind both goals, I fancy that Valley Parade ground configuration could glean another four or five points for BCFC at home next season if acted upon and would cost exactly nothing. And let's have the lucky hoops back!!!!!!
Maybe it comes down to whether you like PP s style of football. I think it's very cautious and not greatly entertaining.
For me the result is key, sure a great style of successful football would be great, if we make the playoffs or better next season our style of play that did the business in league two would be fine by me, I actually thought we played some good stuff then as we did at the start of this season. We of course need to sign better players because we are playing better teams.
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.[/p][/quote]Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season? Not the current side, I'm afraid. Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last? Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.[/p][/quote]I guess I believe in Phil Parkinson. We've actually got shut of far more players than Nahki Wells so I don't believe for one minute that all the money has gone. Yes the recruitment in the summer will need to be well thought out and I hope we go for quality rather than quantity with long term injuries covered by loans if the squad doesn't cover every specific position. One area I would strengthen is the goalkeeping, JM needs competition, a keeper of the calibre of Oscar Jansson would be a great option for the club. I'm a great believer in BCFC fans behind both goals, I fancy that Valley Parade ground configuration could glean another four or five points for BCFC at home next season if acted upon and would cost exactly nothing. And let's have the lucky hoops back!!!!!![/p][/quote]Maybe it comes down to whether you like PP s style of football. I think it's very cautious and not greatly entertaining.[/p][/quote]For me the result is key, sure a great style of successful football would be great, if we make the playoffs or better next season our style of play that did the business in league two would be fine by me, I actually thought we played some good stuff then as we did at the start of this season. We of course need to sign better players because we are playing better teams. bcfc1903
  • Score: 1

9:48am Sun 13 Apr 14

Victor Clayton says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Pablo wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.
Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season?

Not the current side, I'm afraid.

Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last?

Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.
I guess I believe in Phil Parkinson. We've actually got shut of far more players than Nahki Wells so I don't believe for one minute that all the money has gone. Yes the recruitment in the summer will need to be well thought out and I hope we go for quality rather than quantity with long term injuries covered by loans if the squad doesn't cover every specific position. One area I would strengthen is the goalkeeping, JM needs competition, a keeper of the calibre of Oscar Jansson would be a great option for the club.

I'm a great believer in BCFC fans behind both goals, I fancy that Valley Parade ground configuration could glean another four or five points for BCFC at home next season if acted upon and would cost exactly nothing. And let's have the lucky hoops back!!!!!!
Maybe it comes down to whether you like PP s style of football. I think it's very cautious and not greatly entertaining.
For me the result is key, sure a great style of successful football would be great, if we make the playoffs or better next season our style of play that did the business in league two would be fine by me, I actually thought we played some good stuff then as we did at the start of this season. We of course need to sign better players because we are playing better teams.
Fair enough, but I can not see us getting in to the play offs playing this system. Relies too much on hit and hope.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.[/p][/quote]Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season? Not the current side, I'm afraid. Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last? Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.[/p][/quote]I guess I believe in Phil Parkinson. We've actually got shut of far more players than Nahki Wells so I don't believe for one minute that all the money has gone. Yes the recruitment in the summer will need to be well thought out and I hope we go for quality rather than quantity with long term injuries covered by loans if the squad doesn't cover every specific position. One area I would strengthen is the goalkeeping, JM needs competition, a keeper of the calibre of Oscar Jansson would be a great option for the club. I'm a great believer in BCFC fans behind both goals, I fancy that Valley Parade ground configuration could glean another four or five points for BCFC at home next season if acted upon and would cost exactly nothing. And let's have the lucky hoops back!!!!!![/p][/quote]Maybe it comes down to whether you like PP s style of football. I think it's very cautious and not greatly entertaining.[/p][/quote]For me the result is key, sure a great style of successful football would be great, if we make the playoffs or better next season our style of play that did the business in league two would be fine by me, I actually thought we played some good stuff then as we did at the start of this season. We of course need to sign better players because we are playing better teams.[/p][/quote]Fair enough, but I can not see us getting in to the play offs playing this system. Relies too much on hit and hope. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 2

1:20pm Sun 13 Apr 14

cookie_brighton says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.
Nahki Wells was a fantastic player for us, he was one of a team that took us on a journey of which will stay with us for the rest of our lives.........there ARE many more Nahki Wells out there.....it is up to our scouts to find him for next season.
CTID
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.[/p][/quote]Nahki Wells was a fantastic player for us, he was one of a team that took us on a journey of which will stay with us for the rest of our lives.........there ARE many more Nahki Wells out there.....it is up to our scouts to find him for next season. CTID cookie_brighton
  • Score: 2

2:57pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Bantambhoy says...

Spenvalleyspartan wrote:
So next season we're going to have Hanson and McClean but who else is the crux of the matter? Jury is still out on McClean. Goal rate has been disappointing with just 2! I wouldn't give Stead anything as far as a contract is concerned. I hope we go for Lee Gregory at Halifax. Hungry and a good finisher. I certainly can't see McClean being the man along side Hanson next year. Going to be an interesting summer.
Who says Hanson will be with us next season? Do you really believe his absence is down to a 'back injury' Jon Stead arrived very quickly from Hudds for the 'rest of the season'. Recent history is worrying!
[quote][p][bold]Spenvalleyspartan[/bold] wrote: So next season we're going to have Hanson and McClean but who else is the crux of the matter? Jury is still out on McClean. Goal rate has been disappointing with just 2! I wouldn't give Stead anything as far as a contract is concerned. I hope we go for Lee Gregory at Halifax. Hungry and a good finisher. I certainly can't see McClean being the man along side Hanson next year. Going to be an interesting summer.[/p][/quote]Who says Hanson will be with us next season? Do you really believe his absence is down to a 'back injury' Jon Stead arrived very quickly from Hudds for the 'rest of the season'. Recent history is worrying! Bantambhoy
  • Score: -1

3:42pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Bradford Lad BD9 says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.
And how the hell would you know that, MYSTIC MEG
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.[/p][/quote]And how the hell would you know that, MYSTIC MEG Bradford Lad BD9
  • Score: 0

5:51pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Pablo says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
Pablo wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.
Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season?

Not the current side, I'm afraid.

Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last?

Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.
12th Pablo. Half the sides in the league have struggled more than us. We have consolidated. Job done. Well done PP and staff. Well done players. PP already trying out potential recruits for next season. 3 away clean sheets in a row. Stop living in fear of the future. Progress has been made; why can you not be happy about it.

When we grind out results the negatrons whinge that we dont play like Brazil. Peter is right...some of you will never be happy. These are the ones that said we wouldnt pick up another point a few weeks ago well guess what; you were wrong.
I'm glad you're happy, Knight.

Nothing gives me more satisfaction in life than knowing you're happy, but then again, you always are!

By the way, on the subject of PP trying out potential recruits, do you know what's happened to Chris Atkinson? He's never had a real chance to show PP what he can do. Also, do you remember Lewis Clarkson, the forward we signed from Scarborough? He was a permanent signing and, even when we were struggling for strikers on the bench, he couldn't get in the squad.
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.[/p][/quote]Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season? Not the current side, I'm afraid. Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last? Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.[/p][/quote]12th Pablo. Half the sides in the league have struggled more than us. We have consolidated. Job done. Well done PP and staff. Well done players. PP already trying out potential recruits for next season. 3 away clean sheets in a row. Stop living in fear of the future. Progress has been made; why can you not be happy about it. When we grind out results the negatrons whinge that we dont play like Brazil. Peter is right...some of you will never be happy. These are the ones that said we wouldnt pick up another point a few weeks ago well guess what; you were wrong.[/p][/quote]I'm glad you're happy, Knight. Nothing gives me more satisfaction in life than knowing you're happy, but then again, you always are! By the way, on the subject of PP trying out potential recruits, do you know what's happened to Chris Atkinson? He's never had a real chance to show PP what he can do. Also, do you remember Lewis Clarkson, the forward we signed from Scarborough? He was a permanent signing and, even when we were struggling for strikers on the bench, he couldn't get in the squad. Pablo
  • Score: 0

7:18am Mon 14 Apr 14

KnightMcCall says...

Pablo wrote:
KnightMcCall wrote:
Pablo wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.
Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season?

Not the current side, I'm afraid.

Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last?

Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.
12th Pablo. Half the sides in the league have struggled more than us. We have consolidated. Job done. Well done PP and staff. Well done players. PP already trying out potential recruits for next season. 3 away clean sheets in a row. Stop living in fear of the future. Progress has been made; why can you not be happy about it.

When we grind out results the negatrons whinge that we dont play like Brazil. Peter is right...some of you will never be happy. These are the ones that said we wouldnt pick up another point a few weeks ago well guess what; you were wrong.
I'm glad you're happy, Knight.

Nothing gives me more satisfaction in life than knowing you're happy, but then again, you always are!

By the way, on the subject of PP trying out potential recruits, do you know what's happened to Chris Atkinson? He's never had a real chance to show PP what he can do. Also, do you remember Lewis Clarkson, the forward we signed from Scarborough? He was a permanent signing and, even when we were struggling for strikers on the bench, he couldn't get in the squad.
Clarkson has been injured for weeks. Atkinson been a victim of the loan rules. Saw his at Cov though. I expect we will see him in next few games.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.[/p][/quote]Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season? Not the current side, I'm afraid. Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last? Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.[/p][/quote]12th Pablo. Half the sides in the league have struggled more than us. We have consolidated. Job done. Well done PP and staff. Well done players. PP already trying out potential recruits for next season. 3 away clean sheets in a row. Stop living in fear of the future. Progress has been made; why can you not be happy about it. When we grind out results the negatrons whinge that we dont play like Brazil. Peter is right...some of you will never be happy. These are the ones that said we wouldnt pick up another point a few weeks ago well guess what; you were wrong.[/p][/quote]I'm glad you're happy, Knight. Nothing gives me more satisfaction in life than knowing you're happy, but then again, you always are! By the way, on the subject of PP trying out potential recruits, do you know what's happened to Chris Atkinson? He's never had a real chance to show PP what he can do. Also, do you remember Lewis Clarkson, the forward we signed from Scarborough? He was a permanent signing and, even when we were struggling for strikers on the bench, he couldn't get in the squad.[/p][/quote]Clarkson has been injured for weeks. Atkinson been a victim of the loan rules. Saw his at Cov though. I expect we will see him in next few games. KnightMcCall
  • Score: 0

9:47am Mon 14 Apr 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Pablo wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote: There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.
Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season? Not the current side, I'm afraid. Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last? Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.
The fee did not go on Mark Stewarts compo.. This had been put aside for a bout a year now.
Also Parky kept faith witht he squad that got him promoted and just added squad players this season.
Yes I agree they haven't really worked and I'm sure he's seen that the squd that go us promoted needs strengthing and sure he will.. don't forget the first squag rebuilding job he did got us to a cup final and promoted.. I see this summers recruiment to be similar to that one..
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.[/p][/quote]Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season? Not the current side, I'm afraid. Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last? Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.[/p][/quote]The fee did not go on Mark Stewarts compo.. This had been put aside for a bout a year now. Also Parky kept faith witht he squad that got him promoted and just added squad players this season. Yes I agree they haven't really worked and I'm sure he's seen that the squd that go us promoted needs strengthing and sure he will.. don't forget the first squag rebuilding job he did got us to a cup final and promoted.. I see this summers recruiment to be similar to that one.. Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 1

1:21pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Michael Clayton says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
Pablo wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote: There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.
Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season? Not the current side, I'm afraid. Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last? Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.
The fee did not go on Mark Stewarts compo.. This had been put aside for a bout a year now. Also Parky kept faith witht he squad that got him promoted and just added squad players this season. Yes I agree they haven't really worked and I'm sure he's seen that the squd that go us promoted needs strengthing and sure he will.. don't forget the first squag rebuilding job he did got us to a cup final and promoted.. I see this summers recruiment to be similar to that one..
If City finish the season in mid-table then I would say that it has been a very good effort.

The management team will also have chance to refelct for first time since August 2011. Two years ago, league status was in jeopardy. One year ago, the club was between Wembley appearances. There has not been a period for which either relegation or promotion has not been a consideration. A period of reflection is needed.

I do not think that next season will be any easier than the current campaign. Second season syndrome did for Chesterfield and others besides.

Above all else, it is time to moderate the level of expectation and realise that we have a good manager who is slowly succeeding.
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.[/p][/quote]Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season? Not the current side, I'm afraid. Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last? Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.[/p][/quote]The fee did not go on Mark Stewarts compo.. This had been put aside for a bout a year now. Also Parky kept faith witht he squad that got him promoted and just added squad players this season. Yes I agree they haven't really worked and I'm sure he's seen that the squd that go us promoted needs strengthing and sure he will.. don't forget the first squag rebuilding job he did got us to a cup final and promoted.. I see this summers recruiment to be similar to that one..[/p][/quote]If City finish the season in mid-table then I would say that it has been a very good effort. The management team will also have chance to refelct for first time since August 2011. Two years ago, league status was in jeopardy. One year ago, the club was between Wembley appearances. There has not been a period for which either relegation or promotion has not been a consideration. A period of reflection is needed. I do not think that next season will be any easier than the current campaign. Second season syndrome did for Chesterfield and others besides. Above all else, it is time to moderate the level of expectation and realise that we have a good manager who is slowly succeeding. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 0

5:29pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Pablo says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
Pablo wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote: There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.
Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season? Not the current side, I'm afraid. Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last? Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.
The fee did not go on Mark Stewarts compo.. This had been put aside for a bout a year now.
Also Parky kept faith witht he squad that got him promoted and just added squad players this season.
Yes I agree they haven't really worked and I'm sure he's seen that the squd that go us promoted needs strengthing and sure he will.. don't forget the first squag rebuilding job he did got us to a cup final and promoted.. I see this summers recruiment to be similar to that one..
The potential fee will have been provided for in last year's Revenue Account. The payment will have come out of this year's Bank Account.

There is a subtle difference. You can provide for a liability in one year, when you may not have the cash to actually pay it. Fortunately, we had Nahki's cash when the "potential" debt became an "actual" debt.
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.[/p][/quote]Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season? Not the current side, I'm afraid. Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last? Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.[/p][/quote]The fee did not go on Mark Stewarts compo.. This had been put aside for a bout a year now. Also Parky kept faith witht he squad that got him promoted and just added squad players this season. Yes I agree they haven't really worked and I'm sure he's seen that the squd that go us promoted needs strengthing and sure he will.. don't forget the first squag rebuilding job he did got us to a cup final and promoted.. I see this summers recruiment to be similar to that one..[/p][/quote]The potential fee will have been provided for in last year's Revenue Account. The payment will have come out of this year's Bank Account. There is a subtle difference. You can provide for a liability in one year, when you may not have the cash to actually pay it. Fortunately, we had Nahki's cash when the "potential" debt became an "actual" debt. Pablo
  • Score: 0

8:36am Tue 15 Apr 14

Michael Clayton says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Victor Clayton wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Pablo wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote: There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.
Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season? Not the current side, I'm afraid. Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last? Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.
I guess I believe in Phil Parkinson. We've actually got shut of far more players than Nahki Wells so I don't believe for one minute that all the money has gone. Yes the recruitment in the summer will need to be well thought out and I hope we go for quality rather than quantity with long term injuries covered by loans if the squad doesn't cover every specific position. One area I would strengthen is the goalkeeping, JM needs competition, a keeper of the calibre of Oscar Jansson would be a great option for the club. I'm a great believer in BCFC fans behind both goals, I fancy that Valley Parade ground configuration could glean another four or five points for BCFC at home next season if acted upon and would cost exactly nothing. And let's have the lucky hoops back!!!!!!
Maybe it comes down to whether you like PP s style of football. I think it's very cautious and not greatly entertaining.
For me the result is key, sure a great style of successful football would be great, if we make the playoffs or better next season our style of play that did the business in league two would be fine by me, I actually thought we played some good stuff then as we did at the start of this season. We of course need to sign better players because we are playing better teams.
Fair enough, but I can not see us getting in to the play offs playing this system. Relies too much on hit and hope.
I don't think they have ever set out to hoof it but that has become the default / safety mode in what has been a challenging season.

Some might not like the number of drawn games but that is the reality of a team that has had to battle hard.

The number of defeats (only 14) is testimony to a manager whose primary interest is to keep the club in the division.

i honestly think that too many comparisons are made with Match Of The Day. Perfection is demanded but, with the best will in the world, it is not always attainable.
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: There is far more to Bradford City than Nahki Wells's goals, yes he was great but we've moved on hence the excellent results at Colchester, Coventry, Leyton Orient and Rotherham. We'll be a power in League One next season, of that I've no doubt.[/p][/quote]Hi bcfc1903, on what basis do you believe we'll be a force in League One next season? Not the current side, I'm afraid. Have you any confidence that PP's signings this close season will be any better than last? Nahki's fee has gone on McLean's wages and Mark Stewart's compensation. That will restrict the ability to attract quality recruits.[/p][/quote]I guess I believe in Phil Parkinson. We've actually got shut of far more players than Nahki Wells so I don't believe for one minute that all the money has gone. Yes the recruitment in the summer will need to be well thought out and I hope we go for quality rather than quantity with long term injuries covered by loans if the squad doesn't cover every specific position. One area I would strengthen is the goalkeeping, JM needs competition, a keeper of the calibre of Oscar Jansson would be a great option for the club. I'm a great believer in BCFC fans behind both goals, I fancy that Valley Parade ground configuration could glean another four or five points for BCFC at home next season if acted upon and would cost exactly nothing. And let's have the lucky hoops back!!!!!![/p][/quote]Maybe it comes down to whether you like PP s style of football. I think it's very cautious and not greatly entertaining.[/p][/quote]For me the result is key, sure a great style of successful football would be great, if we make the playoffs or better next season our style of play that did the business in league two would be fine by me, I actually thought we played some good stuff then as we did at the start of this season. We of course need to sign better players because we are playing better teams.[/p][/quote]Fair enough, but I can not see us getting in to the play offs playing this system. Relies too much on hit and hope.[/p][/quote]I don't think they have ever set out to hoof it but that has become the default / safety mode in what has been a challenging season. Some might not like the number of drawn games but that is the reality of a team that has had to battle hard. The number of defeats (only 14) is testimony to a manager whose primary interest is to keep the club in the division. i honestly think that too many comparisons are made with Match Of The Day. Perfection is demanded but, with the best will in the world, it is not always attainable. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -3

7:14pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Michael Clayton says...

gordon ramsay wrote:
Can this season please just end. 0-0 was the best we could hope for as we still wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now. The quality on display was shocking. A point is a good one though as we limp over the line to survival. As soon as our game finished I switched the Super League on to see more entertainment in 3 minutes than I did in 90 of what was served up last night. We need to rebuild in the summer and go again with much improved recruitment
I am sure that Parky will be devastated to read that he has not met with your aspirations. Take your mind back to 15-April-2012:

League Two:
18 Bradford City 43 -4 46
19 Dagenham and Redb'ge 43 -25 46
20 Northampton Town 42 -21 45
21 Plymouth Argyle 43 -16 44
22 Barnet 43 -29 40
23 Macclesfield Town 43 -20 37
24 Hereford United 43 -24 37

This was the first point at which survival was all but assured. Two years ago today.

Typical of an armchair pundit, you want instant gratiification and I am so pleased that three minutes of Super League action fixed it for you.
[quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Can this season please just end. 0-0 was the best we could hope for as we still wouldn't have scored if we were still playing now. The quality on display was shocking. A point is a good one though as we limp over the line to survival. As soon as our game finished I switched the Super League on to see more entertainment in 3 minutes than I did in 90 of what was served up last night. We need to rebuild in the summer and go again with much improved recruitment[/p][/quote]I am sure that Parky will be devastated to read that he has not met with your aspirations. Take your mind back to 15-April-2012: League Two: 18 Bradford City 43 -4 46 19 Dagenham and Redb'ge 43 -25 46 20 Northampton Town 42 -21 45 21 Plymouth Argyle 43 -16 44 22 Barnet 43 -29 40 23 Macclesfield Town 43 -20 37 24 Hereford United 43 -24 37 This was the first point at which survival was all but assured. Two years ago today. Typical of an armchair pundit, you want instant gratiification and I am so pleased that three minutes of Super League action fixed it for you. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -1

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