Bantams boss Phil Parkinson can sleep easy after victory over Peterborough

Bantams boss Parkinson can sleep easy after win

Adam Reach takes the plaudits after his match-winning strike that ensured his Valley Parade swansong ended in cheers

Reach directs his free-kick over the wall and into the top corner of the net

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

Delighted Phil Parkinson believes City have earned a stress-free finish to the season after rubberstamping their League One status.

Last night’s 1-0 win over Peterborough guaranteed they will be spared any sleepless nights over the remaining three games.

Adam Reach scored a superb free-kick in his final home appearance and Parkinson beamed: “I think with the effort the lads have put in, not just this year but also last, we deserved it not to go to a nail-biting last few games. The way we’ve played recently deserved that bit of a cushion.

“It’s been a tough season at times but the way we’ve played recently, especially away from home, has been great. It was important we played in the manner we’ve done on our travels for our own supporters.

“I feel certainly in the first half they got a tremendous performance. It was hard in the second because Peterborough are such a good side and have got so many attacking players.

“Even when they were down to ten men, we felt a bit threatened. We could have kept the ball better but games at this stage of the season can be a bit frenetic.

They were desperate to win and we were desperate to hold on for the three points and keep us safe in League One, which is so important for the club.”

Reach played behind the front two as City matched Peterborough’s midfield diamond. It got the winger far more involved after a quiet spell recently.

Parkinson said: “We just felt Reachy needed that new lease of life and he certainly got it in that role. It probably caught them by surprise and won us the game.

“He’s been great. What he gives us, which we’ve lacked at times, is great athleticism as well as ability.

“He’s an incredible athlete who keeps getting up and down the pitch. He helps the team defensively and I’m really pleased with his performance.

“He’s gone off with the man-of-the-match champagne in his final home game.”

James Hanson started for the first time in a month after his persistent groin problem and came through the whole game unscathed.

Parkinson admitted it was a late call on the striker.

“We were never sure until really late on Thursday when he had got through training with no reaction.

“He’s such a good athlete, people don’t realise the ground he covers on a football pitch. We knew that physically he’d be able to cope.”

City’s victory also wiped out memories of the awful displays in the previous two games at Valley Parade. Parkinson felt they owed the home fans a proper display.

He said: “I spoke to a lot of the players this week and some said that the fans were getting edgy and a bit disgruntled.

“Unfortunately I don’t blame them after the last couple of performances.

“I could have come out in the press and said ‘get behind the lads’ but the only way we can get the 100 per cent support like we got last night is by putting in a performance.

“It was down to us. We’ve had a great relationship with our supporters since I’ve been here and it’s because of spirited performances.

“That’s what our fans demand. They want effort and goal mouth action and haven’t really had that in the last couple of home games.

“It hasn’t really reflected what we try to create here. Last night was more back to that.”

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9:42am Sat 19 Apr 14

bahamianbantam says...

Well done to the lads and PP - its been hard work getting over the line and thoughts must turn to next season.

Let's not kid ourselves the current side/squad is relegation fodder (32points from 33 games since our great start) so it needs a fundamental overhaul. Defence is generally ok but hardly consistent - maybe a pacy Central Defender alongside Davies. A dominant keeper might just improve things and a pair of cover full backs - Darby is superbly consistent and Meredith young enough to improve.
Midfield is the headache - by all accounts Doyle played well and probably should be retained but quite honestly rest needs a total overhaul. I am a big advocate of 4-5-1 but this leaves Big Jim alone upfront and relegates Toothpaste out of the picture. I fear PPs recruitment has been so poor since summer 2012 but he has got to get recruits in early rather than later. Can we offload the likes of Yeates, Taylor, Kennedy and even McLean because if not the options don't look good.
Up front we are desperately short of goal power - our home goals for is terrible given that we scored 12 in our first four home games. Away is not much better. I love Hanson but unless he gets service and has someone on his shoulder then we struggle. We need goal scoring midfielders - David Symes-like please.
Well done to the lads and PP - its been hard work getting over the line and thoughts must turn to next season. Let's not kid ourselves the current side/squad is relegation fodder (32points from 33 games since our great start) so it needs a fundamental overhaul. Defence is generally ok but hardly consistent - maybe a pacy Central Defender alongside Davies. A dominant keeper might just improve things and a pair of cover full backs - Darby is superbly consistent and Meredith young enough to improve. Midfield is the headache - by all accounts Doyle played well and probably should be retained but quite honestly rest needs a total overhaul. I am a big advocate of 4-5-1 but this leaves Big Jim alone upfront and relegates Toothpaste out of the picture. I fear PPs recruitment has been so poor since summer 2012 but he has got to get recruits in early rather than later. Can we offload the likes of Yeates, Taylor, Kennedy and even McLean because if not the options don't look good. Up front we are desperately short of goal power - our home goals for is terrible given that we scored 12 in our first four home games. Away is not much better. I love Hanson but unless he gets service and has someone on his shoulder then we struggle. We need goal scoring midfielders - David Symes-like please. bahamianbantam
  • Score: -11

10:08am Sat 19 Apr 14

lawsonio123 says...

bahamianbantam wrote:
Well done to the lads and PP - its been hard work getting over the line and thoughts must turn to next season.

Let's not kid ourselves the current side/squad is relegation fodder (32points from 33 games since our great start) so it needs a fundamental overhaul. Defence is generally ok but hardly consistent - maybe a pacy Central Defender alongside Davies. A dominant keeper might just improve things and a pair of cover full backs - Darby is superbly consistent and Meredith young enough to improve.
Midfield is the headache - by all accounts Doyle played well and probably should be retained but quite honestly rest needs a total overhaul. I am a big advocate of 4-5-1 but this leaves Big Jim alone upfront and relegates Toothpaste out of the picture. I fear PPs recruitment has been so poor since summer 2012 but he has got to get recruits in early rather than later. Can we offload the likes of Yeates, Taylor, Kennedy and even McLean because if not the options don't look good.
Up front we are desperately short of goal power - our home goals for is terrible given that we scored 12 in our first four home games. Away is not much better. I love Hanson but unless he gets service and has someone on his shoulder then we struggle. We need goal scoring midfielders - David Symes-like please.
What are you saying Our Goalkeeper just look the number of clean sheets he has this season. Symes is a none starter. Mclean I agree is Bad signing 'and midfield needs a overall But Parky is well aware of this so can we not leave him to get on with his job he has made mistakes but name me ONE Manager who has not Enjoy the rest of the season
[quote][p][bold]bahamianbantam[/bold] wrote: Well done to the lads and PP - its been hard work getting over the line and thoughts must turn to next season. Let's not kid ourselves the current side/squad is relegation fodder (32points from 33 games since our great start) so it needs a fundamental overhaul. Defence is generally ok but hardly consistent - maybe a pacy Central Defender alongside Davies. A dominant keeper might just improve things and a pair of cover full backs - Darby is superbly consistent and Meredith young enough to improve. Midfield is the headache - by all accounts Doyle played well and probably should be retained but quite honestly rest needs a total overhaul. I am a big advocate of 4-5-1 but this leaves Big Jim alone upfront and relegates Toothpaste out of the picture. I fear PPs recruitment has been so poor since summer 2012 but he has got to get recruits in early rather than later. Can we offload the likes of Yeates, Taylor, Kennedy and even McLean because if not the options don't look good. Up front we are desperately short of goal power - our home goals for is terrible given that we scored 12 in our first four home games. Away is not much better. I love Hanson but unless he gets service and has someone on his shoulder then we struggle. We need goal scoring midfielders - David Symes-like please.[/p][/quote]What are you saying Our Goalkeeper just look the number of clean sheets he has this season. Symes is a none starter. Mclean I agree is Bad signing 'and midfield needs a overall But Parky is well aware of this so can we not leave him to get on with his job he has made mistakes but name me ONE Manager who has not Enjoy the rest of the season lawsonio123
  • Score: 13

1:43pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Peter300 says...

bahamianbantam wrote:
Well done to the lads and PP - its been hard work getting over the line and thoughts must turn to next season.

Let's not kid ourselves the current side/squad is relegation fodder (32points from 33 games since our great start) so it needs a fundamental overhaul. Defence is generally ok but hardly consistent - maybe a pacy Central Defender alongside Davies. A dominant keeper might just improve things and a pair of cover full backs - Darby is superbly consistent and Meredith young enough to improve.
Midfield is the headache - by all accounts Doyle played well and probably should be retained but quite honestly rest needs a total overhaul. I am a big advocate of 4-5-1 but this leaves Big Jim alone upfront and relegates Toothpaste out of the picture. I fear PPs recruitment has been so poor since summer 2012 but he has got to get recruits in early rather than later. Can we offload the likes of Yeates, Taylor, Kennedy and even McLean because if not the options don't look good.
Up front we are desperately short of goal power - our home goals for is terrible given that we scored 12 in our first four home games. Away is not much better. I love Hanson but unless he gets service and has someone on his shoulder then we struggle. We need goal scoring midfielders - David Symes-like please.
Who's to say that if City had a poor start, they would have improved as the season progressed? You don't know. Like every other team in the very competitive Football League City seek some consistency. After 43 games there are comparatively few points separating the teams on the edge of the play-offs and those in danger of relegation. Small adjustments decide whether a team moves up or down the table. Overall the players who achieved promotion last season have served the club well and proved the managers faith was not misplaced. It's true to say that the players signed last summer have not forced their way into the side. I don't think it's true to say they are poor players. And before you start recruiting attacking players, which is a popular pastime, consider the defensive side. Jones and Doyle have helped considerably and that should not be forgotten. Who is this David Symes chap?
[quote][p][bold]bahamianbantam[/bold] wrote: Well done to the lads and PP - its been hard work getting over the line and thoughts must turn to next season. Let's not kid ourselves the current side/squad is relegation fodder (32points from 33 games since our great start) so it needs a fundamental overhaul. Defence is generally ok but hardly consistent - maybe a pacy Central Defender alongside Davies. A dominant keeper might just improve things and a pair of cover full backs - Darby is superbly consistent and Meredith young enough to improve. Midfield is the headache - by all accounts Doyle played well and probably should be retained but quite honestly rest needs a total overhaul. I am a big advocate of 4-5-1 but this leaves Big Jim alone upfront and relegates Toothpaste out of the picture. I fear PPs recruitment has been so poor since summer 2012 but he has got to get recruits in early rather than later. Can we offload the likes of Yeates, Taylor, Kennedy and even McLean because if not the options don't look good. Up front we are desperately short of goal power - our home goals for is terrible given that we scored 12 in our first four home games. Away is not much better. I love Hanson but unless he gets service and has someone on his shoulder then we struggle. We need goal scoring midfielders - David Symes-like please.[/p][/quote]Who's to say that if City had a poor start, they would have improved as the season progressed? You don't know. Like every other team in the very competitive Football League City seek some consistency. After 43 games there are comparatively few points separating the teams on the edge of the play-offs and those in danger of relegation. Small adjustments decide whether a team moves up or down the table. Overall the players who achieved promotion last season have served the club well and proved the managers faith was not misplaced. It's true to say that the players signed last summer have not forced their way into the side. I don't think it's true to say they are poor players. And before you start recruiting attacking players, which is a popular pastime, consider the defensive side. Jones and Doyle have helped considerably and that should not be forgotten. Who is this David Symes chap? Peter300
  • Score: 2

1:50pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Peter300 says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
bahamianbantam wrote:
Well done to the lads and PP - its been hard work getting over the line and thoughts must turn to next season.

Let's not kid ourselves the current side/squad is relegation fodder (32points from 33 games since our great start) so it needs a fundamental overhaul. Defence is generally ok but hardly consistent - maybe a pacy Central Defender alongside Davies. A dominant keeper might just improve things and a pair of cover full backs - Darby is superbly consistent and Meredith young enough to improve.
Midfield is the headache - by all accounts Doyle played well and probably should be retained but quite honestly rest needs a total overhaul. I am a big advocate of 4-5-1 but this leaves Big Jim alone upfront and relegates Toothpaste out of the picture. I fear PPs recruitment has been so poor since summer 2012 but he has got to get recruits in early rather than later. Can we offload the likes of Yeates, Taylor, Kennedy and even McLean because if not the options don't look good.
Up front we are desperately short of goal power - our home goals for is terrible given that we scored 12 in our first four home games. Away is not much better. I love Hanson but unless he gets service and has someone on his shoulder then we struggle. We need goal scoring midfielders - David Symes-like please.
What are you saying Our Goalkeeper just look the number of clean sheets he has this season. Symes is a none starter. Mclean I agree is Bad signing 'and midfield needs a overall But Parky is well aware of this so can we not leave him to get on with his job he has made mistakes but name me ONE Manager who has not Enjoy the rest of the season
There is not one manager in the league which does not make signings which don't work out for various reasons. If the player is injured it's not the managers fault. It's far to early to condemn McLean as a bad signing. Who are people comparing him to? Nahki Wells? Nahki was a huge loss to City and so is James when he's out. It is difficult to replace these players.
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bahamianbantam[/bold] wrote: Well done to the lads and PP - its been hard work getting over the line and thoughts must turn to next season. Let's not kid ourselves the current side/squad is relegation fodder (32points from 33 games since our great start) so it needs a fundamental overhaul. Defence is generally ok but hardly consistent - maybe a pacy Central Defender alongside Davies. A dominant keeper might just improve things and a pair of cover full backs - Darby is superbly consistent and Meredith young enough to improve. Midfield is the headache - by all accounts Doyle played well and probably should be retained but quite honestly rest needs a total overhaul. I am a big advocate of 4-5-1 but this leaves Big Jim alone upfront and relegates Toothpaste out of the picture. I fear PPs recruitment has been so poor since summer 2012 but he has got to get recruits in early rather than later. Can we offload the likes of Yeates, Taylor, Kennedy and even McLean because if not the options don't look good. Up front we are desperately short of goal power - our home goals for is terrible given that we scored 12 in our first four home games. Away is not much better. I love Hanson but unless he gets service and has someone on his shoulder then we struggle. We need goal scoring midfielders - David Symes-like please.[/p][/quote]What are you saying Our Goalkeeper just look the number of clean sheets he has this season. Symes is a none starter. Mclean I agree is Bad signing 'and midfield needs a overall But Parky is well aware of this so can we not leave him to get on with his job he has made mistakes but name me ONE Manager who has not Enjoy the rest of the season[/p][/quote]There is not one manager in the league which does not make signings which don't work out for various reasons. If the player is injured it's not the managers fault. It's far to early to condemn McLean as a bad signing. Who are people comparing him to? Nahki Wells? Nahki was a huge loss to City and so is James when he's out. It is difficult to replace these players. Peter300
  • Score: 4

3:13pm Sat 19 Apr 14

albioff says...

re comments about disappointing recruits or poor signings, whilst sometimes it may be true i often wonder if some of them might be a different proposition with a better style of play. So often we have had the hoof ball tactics this season but on the few occasions we keep it down and play the ball about we often seem a better team, its happened a few times i can recall.
re comments about disappointing recruits or poor signings, whilst sometimes it may be true i often wonder if some of them might be a different proposition with a better style of play. So often we have had the hoof ball tactics this season but on the few occasions we keep it down and play the ball about we often seem a better team, its happened a few times i can recall. albioff
  • Score: 5

5:31pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Michael Clayton says...

I wonder how things would have altered had The Posh retained 11 men?

It was trying to work out if the change from 433 to 442 was due to the sending of and / or the need to protect the lead.

Noticeable was the decision of McLaughlin not to punt one down-field when their keeper had deserted his goal. Ultra cautious. End result meant three points.
I wonder how things would have altered had The Posh retained 11 men? It was trying to work out if the change from 433 to 442 was due to the sending of and / or the need to protect the lead. Noticeable was the decision of McLaughlin not to punt one down-field when their keeper had deserted his goal. Ultra cautious. End result meant three points. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 1

7:22pm Sat 19 Apr 14

spleen ventor says...

Where's Freddy..."I don't expect another point this season"....today?
Where's Freddy..."I don't expect another point this season"....today? spleen ventor
  • Score: 2

10:23pm Sat 19 Apr 14

torreyman says...

Yes we can all sleep easy BUT if we had not had Wells at the start of the season we would have been going down I am sure of this lets hope PP can learn by his mistakes
Yes we can all sleep easy BUT if we had not had Wells at the start of the season we would have been going down I am sure of this lets hope PP can learn by his mistakes torreyman
  • Score: -3

10:47am Sun 20 Apr 14

Michael Clayton says...

torreyman wrote:
Yes we can all sleep easy BUT if we had not had Wells at the start of the season we would have been going down I am sure of this lets hope PP can learn by his mistakes
And what mistakes are those? If City had not had Wells they may have someone else. Who knows?
[quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: Yes we can all sleep easy BUT if we had not had Wells at the start of the season we would have been going down I am sure of this lets hope PP can learn by his mistakes[/p][/quote]And what mistakes are those? If City had not had Wells they may have someone else. Who knows? Michael Clayton
  • Score: 0

12:08pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Nickloza says...

torreyman wrote:
Yes we can all sleep easy BUT if we had not had Wells at the start of the season we would have been going down I am sure of this lets hope PP can learn by his mistakes
But we did have, so a silly comment really
[quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: Yes we can all sleep easy BUT if we had not had Wells at the start of the season we would have been going down I am sure of this lets hope PP can learn by his mistakes[/p][/quote]But we did have, so a silly comment really Nickloza
  • Score: 4

12:40pm Sun 20 Apr 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

torreyman wrote:
Yes we can all sleep easy BUT if we had not had Wells at the start of the season we would have been going down I am sure of this lets hope PP can learn by his mistakes
OR you could argue that if Judas hadn't had his head turned by the visit to our HUGE neighbours earlier in the season and then disrupted the team by sulking, not trying and feigning injury in order to force a move we would have finished much higher. Also, if we hadn't lost the left side of the team due to severe injuries, further disrupting the team and our momentum, and not had other injuries to key players we may have finished much higher. But we DID have those injuries so we'll never know. Still, don't let it stop you moaning about everything at every given opportunity
[quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: Yes we can all sleep easy BUT if we had not had Wells at the start of the season we would have been going down I am sure of this lets hope PP can learn by his mistakes[/p][/quote]OR you could argue that if Judas hadn't had his head turned by the visit to our HUGE neighbours earlier in the season and then disrupted the team by sulking, not trying and feigning injury in order to force a move we would have finished much higher. Also, if we hadn't lost the left side of the team due to severe injuries, further disrupting the team and our momentum, and not had other injuries to key players we may have finished much higher. But we DID have those injuries so we'll never know. Still, don't let it stop you moaning about everything at every given opportunity moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: 4

9:46am Mon 21 Apr 14

Michael Clayton says...

moanmoanwhingewhinge wrote:
torreyman wrote:
Yes we can all sleep easy BUT if we had not had Wells at the start of the season we would have been going down I am sure of this lets hope PP can learn by his mistakes
OR you could argue that if Judas hadn't had his head turned by the visit to our HUGE neighbours earlier in the season and then disrupted the team by sulking, not trying and feigning injury in order to force a move we would have finished much higher. Also, if we hadn't lost the left side of the team due to severe injuries, further disrupting the team and our momentum, and not had other injuries to key players we may have finished much higher. But we DID have those injuries so we'll never know. Still, don't let it stop you moaning about everything at every given opportunity
I don't think some people understanding the reality of lower league football. Ironically, it is the efforts of last season that have contributed towards this.
[quote][p][bold]moanmoanwhingewhinge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: Yes we can all sleep easy BUT if we had not had Wells at the start of the season we would have been going down I am sure of this lets hope PP can learn by his mistakes[/p][/quote]OR you could argue that if Judas hadn't had his head turned by the visit to our HUGE neighbours earlier in the season and then disrupted the team by sulking, not trying and feigning injury in order to force a move we would have finished much higher. Also, if we hadn't lost the left side of the team due to severe injuries, further disrupting the team and our momentum, and not had other injuries to key players we may have finished much higher. But we DID have those injuries so we'll never know. Still, don't let it stop you moaning about everything at every given opportunity[/p][/quote]I don't think some people understanding the reality of lower league football. Ironically, it is the efforts of last season that have contributed towards this. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 0

11:40am Mon 21 Apr 14

Victor Clayton says...

moanmoanwhingewhinge wrote:
torreyman wrote:
Yes we can all sleep easy BUT if we had not had Wells at the start of the season we would have been going down I am sure of this lets hope PP can learn by his mistakes
OR you could argue that if Judas hadn't had his head turned by the visit to our HUGE neighbours earlier in the season and then disrupted the team by sulking, not trying and feigning injury in order to force a move we would have finished much higher. Also, if we hadn't lost the left side of the team due to severe injuries, further disrupting the team and our momentum, and not had other injuries to key players we may have finished much higher. But we DID have those injuries so we'll never know. Still, don't let it stop you moaning about everything at every given opportunity
Judas! He has had a more positive influence than most of the squad even though he left half way through the season.
[quote][p][bold]moanmoanwhingewhinge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]torreyman[/bold] wrote: Yes we can all sleep easy BUT if we had not had Wells at the start of the season we would have been going down I am sure of this lets hope PP can learn by his mistakes[/p][/quote]OR you could argue that if Judas hadn't had his head turned by the visit to our HUGE neighbours earlier in the season and then disrupted the team by sulking, not trying and feigning injury in order to force a move we would have finished much higher. Also, if we hadn't lost the left side of the team due to severe injuries, further disrupting the team and our momentum, and not had other injuries to key players we may have finished much higher. But we DID have those injuries so we'll never know. Still, don't let it stop you moaning about everything at every given opportunity[/p][/quote]Judas! He has had a more positive influence than most of the squad even though he left half way through the season. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 2

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