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4:53pm

City lost away for the first time in four games with a disappointing defeat at Swindon.
The seventh-placed Robins kept their outside play-off hopes going thanks to a fine second-half strike from Lee Cox – who was about to be substituted when he scored.
City had started the game fairly well but were pushed back as the first half went on. And the second was dominated by the home side.
Jon McLaughlin made a couple of crucial saves including a superb point-blank block from Michael Smith’s header.
Gary Jones had City’s only real threat at goal with an early free-kick but there was no comeback once they had conceded their first away goal since March 22.

4:53pm

And that's all folks. 1-0 Swindon and City can't have any complaints.

4:49pm

Three minutes added on

4:47pm

Thompson leads another late rally but his cross is behind Mclean and Luongo clears

4:47pm

Stead takes a touch too many before trying a volley and gets knocked over in box. Penalty appeals ignored - much to Parkinson's dismay

4:44pm

McEveley gets the "last chance" warning for a foul after slipping

4:43pm

Good cross from Garry Thompson but Archibald-Henville flicks away from six-yard box. A rare hint of action in the Swindon penalty area

4:41pm

Thompson down for treatment with the home fans pointing an accusing finger at Drury

4:41pm

Crowd is 8,377 with 299 from City.

4:39pm

Don't think the subbed player would have got quite such a generous reception if he had been taken off initially...

4:39pm

That sub that was about to happen before the goal is now going ahead. Gladwin on for Cox

4:37pm

4:35pm

The usual sub... Thompson for Bennett

4:35pm

Pritchard hits wicked low free-kick which McLaughlin pushes on to the post and behind...

4:33pm

McArdle gives away foul 25 yards out. Pritchard territory...

4:33pm

McArdle heads away Swindon corner but the home side still have the ball

4:32pm

Luongo the provider again for Pritchard to slide shot wrong side of the post. It's all Swindon

4:31pm

4:30pm

City have done nothing going forward in this half

4:26pm

And here comes Mclean. De Vita going off to a standing ovation from the Swindon fans....

4:26pm

McLaughlin makes another good save to deny Storey after Luongo sets him up from an angle

4:24pm

Mclean ready to come on

4:24pm

That's the first away goal conceded for four games - and Cox was just about to be subbed. Gladwin had his tracksuit top off on the touchline when he scored...

4:23pm

Swindon's pressure rewarded with a goal.... Pritchard's shot is blocked and rebounds to Cox who shows quick feet to find some space and curl shot into the bottom corner

4:20pm

Meredith looks rusty - understandable really

4:16pm

Shades of the rearguard action on City's last visit here early into Parkinson's reign. Could be a long second half at this rate

4:14pm

City hanging on as McLaughlin makes superb save from Smith's downward header. McEveley puts dangerous cross back in but Davies flicks it away from a scrum...

4:10pm

Davies is equal to it and heads clear

4:10pm

Luongo sweeps dangerous pass into the box and Darby makes big block on McEveley for Swindon corner

4:09pm

Swindon looking to push City back again. Pritchard shoots over from 20 yards

4:07pm

Meredith slotting into Doyle's holding midfield role. Drury stays at left back

4:03pm

James Meredith coming on for Doyle, who must have picked up a problem with his groin again. Welcome back Mez!

4:00pm

It could be worse. You could be David Moyes...

3:48pm

And that's the break, 0-0 and not particularly memorable

3:46pm

One added minute to go

3:45pm

Thompson leans back and shoots into the empty seats behind City's goal. Then Smith squeezes off an effort that McLaughlin saves low... Swindon starting to get a grip

3:43pm

Smith's neat touch and Luongo looks to go clear in box. Doyle reads it in the nick of time to intercept...

3:42pm

Darby likes a tackle. Understatement of the season ...

3:39pm

Shot on the half-volley from Smith. Makes a decent connection but it's straight into the "bread basket" for McLaughlin ... haven't used that cliche in years!

3:39pm

The City fans make themselves heard for the first time with a chorus of Stephen Darby Baby. The right back has been a busy performer

3:36pm

Jones free-kick is too flat. Ball comes out to De Vita who blazes wide into the crowd

3:36pm

McEveley booked for dissent. He's already been sent off twice this season...

3:35pm

Another Swindon corner, 34th minute. McLaughlin leaps to claim...

3:34pm

Archibald-Henville heads lands to Smith whose shot on the turn is blocked by Jones. Important intervention from el capitano...

3:33pm

Better move from Swindon but Darby is alert to nod behind Storey's cross as Smith heads towards back post. Corner for Swindon and signs of life in the crowd

3:30pm

Davies slides hard into Pritchard - and gets a booking. He saw red on City's last visit here...

3:25pm

Poor touch from McArdle almost gifts Swindon a break. The centre half loses the ball fro Darby's pass in the box and Pritchard shoots into the side-netting

3:24pm

Stead, still looking for a first City goal, tries his luck with a curler. Keeper saves easily and this game drifts along

3:21pm

Swindon don't look like a side with a play-off ticket to chase.... They are playing at walking pace

3:15pm

Jones tries to catch out Foderingham by hammering free-kick to near post. Keeper smuggles it behind ...

3:12pm

Sloppy clearance from McEveley straight to Drury whose cross is headed behind by Archibald-Henville. Stead flicks corner back across goal but danger is cleared by home defence

3:09pm

Stead almost gets on the end of Drury's cross but Foderingham there just ahead of him

3:08pm

Swindon like to pass, pass and pass..... City going to have to concentrate here

3:03pm

Good defending from Darby to snuff out McEveley cross

3:02pm

Reach starting on the right and Bennett on left...

3:02pm

Swindon get us going. City defending the empty open end....

3:00pm

Teams are out and the PA system is on the blink. Not a bad thing...

2:49pm

2:48pm

2:39pm

And Carl McHugh once had a loan spell with Swindon Supermarine... their former manager is sat next to me in the press box

2:38pm

Stephen Darby scored the winning penalty for Swindon in their play-off semi-final against Phil Parkinson's Charlton in 2010!

2:38pm

2:33pm

Swindon are likely to go 3-5-2 this afternoon as they look for their sixth win in seven to keep the play-off dream alive.

SWINDON: Foderingham, Stephens, Branco, Archibald-Henville,Thompson, Luongo, Pritchard, Cox, McEveley, Storey, Smith. Subs: N'Guessan, Waldon, Ward, Barthram, Barker, Gladwin, Belford.

2:29pm

Kyle Bennett comes in for James Hanson as the only change for City.

Hanson isn't risked after just coming back from his back injury - understandable given that the Bantams are safe now.

It will be a 4-3-3 again, like the Rotherham away game, with Reach on the left of Stead and Bennett the right.

James Meredith is back on the bench for his first appearance in the squad since New Year's Day.

CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, Davies, McArdle, Drury, Doyle, De Vita, Jones, Bennett, Stead, Reach. Subs: Meredith, Thompson, Yeates, McHugh, Mclean, Bates, Jameson.

 

 

1:50pm

1:50pm

1:49pm

Raffaele De Vita posing for photos with Swindon disabled fans. Was very popular when he was here

1:48pm

City players having a wander on the pitch. Adam Reach is here - it's the final day of his three-month loan spell.

Also good to see James Meredith out there with the group. But can't see Andrew Davies

1:38pm

1:37pm

1:37pm

Good afternoon and welcome from balmy Wiltshire as City make their penultimate trip of the season.

The Bantams have secured their place in League One but hosts Swindon are still chasing the final play-off spot.

City did them a favour by beating Peterborough on Friday - a result which allowed the Robins to trim the gap to sixth to four points.

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6:25pm Mon 21 Apr 14

silverbantam says...

City can still go down if we lose our last 2 games 6-0 & Carlisle win their last 3 games 6-0
#NotMathematicallySa
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City can still go down if we lose our last 2 games 6-0 & Carlisle win their last 3 games 6-0 #NotMathematicallySa fe silverbantam
  • Score: -4

7:47pm Mon 21 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

Don't think we are far off being a decent side, a cutting edge is vital to keep improving, we of course could already have that if we can sign a quality attacking midfield player to add to those kept come June. The second season in this league will be harder, so good recruitment in the summer is key!!!!
Don't think we are far off being a decent side, a cutting edge is vital to keep improving, we of course could already have that if we can sign a quality attacking midfield player to add to those kept come June. The second season in this league will be harder, so good recruitment in the summer is key!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 5

8:46pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Pablo says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Don't think we are far off being a decent side, a cutting edge is vital to keep improving, we of course could already have that if we can sign a quality attacking midfield player to add to those kept come June. The second season in this league will be harder, so good recruitment in the summer is key!!!!
Where's the goals going to come from?

Our high earning Nahki replacement now seems to have a role warming the bench.

Half the side is made up of loanees. Taylor, Yeates, Kennedy and McLean are already contracted for next season and who's going to be daft enough to take them off our hands?

Yes, next season's going to be harder alright!
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Don't think we are far off being a decent side, a cutting edge is vital to keep improving, we of course could already have that if we can sign a quality attacking midfield player to add to those kept come June. The second season in this league will be harder, so good recruitment in the summer is key!!!![/p][/quote]Where's the goals going to come from? Our high earning Nahki replacement now seems to have a role warming the bench. Half the side is made up of loanees. Taylor, Yeates, Kennedy and McLean are already contracted for next season and who's going to be daft enough to take them off our hands? Yes, next season's going to be harder alright! Pablo
  • Score: 2

8:59pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Spenvalleyspartan says...

We're pretty unimpressive going forward over the last few months and this needs to be addressed in the summer! MCLean for me has been a major disappointment. Stead is not the answer! Maybe Gregory from Halifax. Anyway more questions than answers for Parky this summer!
We're pretty unimpressive going forward over the last few months and this needs to be addressed in the summer! MCLean for me has been a major disappointment. Stead is not the answer! Maybe Gregory from Halifax. Anyway more questions than answers for Parky this summer! Spenvalleyspartan
  • Score: 1

9:14pm Mon 21 Apr 14

bcfcincheshire says...

At least we are safe with 2 matches to spare. Need to finish off with 2 strong performances now and then take a long hard look at what we expect from next season. Mid table this season will be 12th/13th and we're not guaranteed that yet...could be as low as 17th....next season we start without Wells...we have to be realistic and assume survival again is probably the main aim. .
for a play off challenge it will require a set of home results and performances akin to the first two months of this season and those of Port Vale, MK Dons and Peterborough...McLea
n and Hanson? Unlikely. ..but we need pre season purchases and loans to give us an alternative
At least we are safe with 2 matches to spare. Need to finish off with 2 strong performances now and then take a long hard look at what we expect from next season. Mid table this season will be 12th/13th and we're not guaranteed that yet...could be as low as 17th....next season we start without Wells...we have to be realistic and assume survival again is probably the main aim. . for a play off challenge it will require a set of home results and performances akin to the first two months of this season and those of Port Vale, MK Dons and Peterborough...McLea n and Hanson? Unlikely. ..but we need pre season purchases and loans to give us an alternative bcfcincheshire
  • Score: 0

9:14pm Mon 21 Apr 14

albioff says...

My concern is that the usual summer pattern will be repeated yet again. i.e little recruitment activity until the last couple of weeks then we are left sifting through the leftovers while other clubs have been getting on with it. We always get told little will be happening for ages what with folk on holidays etc and yet we can read that so and so have been signed by such and such a club most weeks in the press.
My concern is that the usual summer pattern will be repeated yet again. i.e little recruitment activity until the last couple of weeks then we are left sifting through the leftovers while other clubs have been getting on with it. We always get told little will be happening for ages what with folk on holidays etc and yet we can read that so and so have been signed by such and such a club most weeks in the press. albioff
  • Score: 0

9:17pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Victor Clayton says...

Spenvalleyspartan wrote:
We're pretty unimpressive going forward over the last few months and this needs to be addressed in the summer! MCLean for me has been a major disappointment. Stead is not the answer! Maybe Gregory from Halifax. Anyway more questions than answers for Parky this summer!
I agree that stead is not the answer. But imo we are over reliant on Hanson and need another striker, giving us some options up front (one option being not to play him). Same goes for midfield, we need one that is prepared to run beyond the strikes.
[quote][p][bold]Spenvalleyspartan[/bold] wrote: We're pretty unimpressive going forward over the last few months and this needs to be addressed in the summer! MCLean for me has been a major disappointment. Stead is not the answer! Maybe Gregory from Halifax. Anyway more questions than answers for Parky this summer![/p][/quote]I agree that stead is not the answer. But imo we are over reliant on Hanson and need another striker, giving us some options up front (one option being not to play him). Same goes for midfield, we need one that is prepared to run beyond the strikes. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 4

6:52am Tue 22 Apr 14

allannicho says...

So al we need is another Stuart and Bobby Ha ha !
So al we need is another Stuart and Bobby Ha ha ! allannicho
  • Score: 2

9:43am Tue 22 Apr 14

Farsley Bantam says...

silverbantam wrote:
City can still go down if we lose our last 2 games 6-0 & Carlisle win their last 3 games 6-0 #NotMathematicallySa fe
#HighlyUnlikely
#ThisIsntTwitter
[quote][p][bold]silverbantam[/bold] wrote: City can still go down if we lose our last 2 games 6-0 & Carlisle win their last 3 games 6-0 #NotMathematicallySa fe[/p][/quote]#HighlyUnlikely #ThisIsntTwitter Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 1

10:02am Tue 22 Apr 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Spenvalleyspartan wrote:
We're pretty unimpressive going forward over the last few months and this needs to be addressed in the summer! MCLean for me has been a major disappointment. Stead is not the answer! Maybe Gregory from Halifax. Anyway more questions than answers for Parky this summer!
Problem is, we're not playing McLean in a role that suites his game. We're firing balls up to his throat and expecting him to do something with it.. This is not how he plays. Plus we don't have the quality of player he had around him at his time in Peterborough. If we had 2 players of the quality of George Boyd & McKail-Smith playing with him then I imagine he would be a lot more effective. In order to get the best out of him we need to change the way we play. We saw a little bit of what the future may hold on Friday. Hopefully we get the right players in during the summer & the players we signed last summer step up to the plate rather than just take a wage. Which should enable us to progress
[quote][p][bold]Spenvalleyspartan[/bold] wrote: We're pretty unimpressive going forward over the last few months and this needs to be addressed in the summer! MCLean for me has been a major disappointment. Stead is not the answer! Maybe Gregory from Halifax. Anyway more questions than answers for Parky this summer![/p][/quote]Problem is, we're not playing McLean in a role that suites his game. We're firing balls up to his throat and expecting him to do something with it.. This is not how he plays. Plus we don't have the quality of player he had around him at his time in Peterborough. If we had 2 players of the quality of George Boyd & McKail-Smith playing with him then I imagine he would be a lot more effective. In order to get the best out of him we need to change the way we play. We saw a little bit of what the future may hold on Friday. Hopefully we get the right players in during the summer & the players we signed last summer step up to the plate rather than just take a wage. Which should enable us to progress Plastic Bantam
  • Score: -1

10:36am Tue 22 Apr 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Plastic Bantam wrote:
Spenvalleyspartan wrote: We're pretty unimpressive going forward over the last few months and this needs to be addressed in the summer! MCLean for me has been a major disappointment. Stead is not the answer! Maybe Gregory from Halifax. Anyway more questions than answers for Parky this summer!
Problem is, we're not playing McLean in a role that suites his game. We're firing balls up to his throat and expecting him to do something with it.. This is not how he plays. Plus we don't have the quality of player he had around him at his time in Peterborough. If we had 2 players of the quality of George Boyd & McKail-Smith playing with him then I imagine he would be a lot more effective. In order to get the best out of him we need to change the way we play. We saw a little bit of what the future may hold on Friday. Hopefully we get the right players in during the summer & the players we signed last summer step up to the plate rather than just take a wage. Which should enable us to progress
My thoughts exactly. There has been a lot of criticism levelled at McLean, unfairly in my opinion. He will come good IF we play it on the deck.
[quote][p][bold]Plastic Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Spenvalleyspartan[/bold] wrote: We're pretty unimpressive going forward over the last few months and this needs to be addressed in the summer! MCLean for me has been a major disappointment. Stead is not the answer! Maybe Gregory from Halifax. Anyway more questions than answers for Parky this summer![/p][/quote]Problem is, we're not playing McLean in a role that suites his game. We're firing balls up to his throat and expecting him to do something with it.. This is not how he plays. Plus we don't have the quality of player he had around him at his time in Peterborough. If we had 2 players of the quality of George Boyd & McKail-Smith playing with him then I imagine he would be a lot more effective. In order to get the best out of him we need to change the way we play. We saw a little bit of what the future may hold on Friday. Hopefully we get the right players in during the summer & the players we signed last summer step up to the plate rather than just take a wage. Which should enable us to progress[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. There has been a lot of criticism levelled at McLean, unfairly in my opinion. He will come good IF we play it on the deck. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: -1

1:03pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Michael Clayton says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
silverbantam wrote: City can still go down if we lose our last 2 games 6-0 & Carlisle win their last 3 games 6-0 #NotMathematicallySa fe
#HighlyUnlikely #ThisIsntTwitter
Without checking, I do not think relegation is possible. This is because two of the terams below have got to play each other. Thus, one or both will drop points and that forms a safety net.
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]silverbantam[/bold] wrote: City can still go down if we lose our last 2 games 6-0 & Carlisle win their last 3 games 6-0 #NotMathematicallySa fe[/p][/quote]#HighlyUnlikely #ThisIsntTwitter[/p][/quote]Without checking, I do not think relegation is possible. This is because two of the terams below have got to play each other. Thus, one or both will drop points and that forms a safety net. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -1

1:30pm Tue 22 Apr 14

TheCoach says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
Farsley Bantam wrote:
silverbantam wrote: City can still go down if we lose our last 2 games 6-0 & Carlisle win their last 3 games 6-0 #NotMathematicallySa fe
#HighlyUnlikely #ThisIsntTwitter
Without checking, I do not think relegation is possible. This is because two of the terams below have got to play each other. Thus, one or both will drop points and that forms a safety net.
Good point, I was getting worried for a second!!
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]silverbantam[/bold] wrote: City can still go down if we lose our last 2 games 6-0 & Carlisle win their last 3 games 6-0 #NotMathematicallySa fe[/p][/quote]#HighlyUnlikely #ThisIsntTwitter[/p][/quote]Without checking, I do not think relegation is possible. This is because two of the terams below have got to play each other. Thus, one or both will drop points and that forms a safety net.[/p][/quote]Good point, I was getting worried for a second!! TheCoach
  • Score: 0

4:45pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Michael Clayton says...

TheCoach wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
Farsley Bantam wrote:
silverbantam wrote: City can still go down if we lose our last 2 games 6-0 & Carlisle win their last 3 games 6-0 #NotMathematicallySa fe
#HighlyUnlikely #ThisIsntTwitter
Without checking, I do not think relegation is possible. This is because two of the terams below have got to play each other. Thus, one or both will drop points and that forms a safety net.
Good point, I was getting worried for a second!!
Having checked, it is mathematically possible.

21 Notts County, 23 Shrewsbury and 24 Stevenage cannot catch City.

22 Carlisle can catch City but need to win their last three games and swing a goal difference of 31 in five matches (3 Carlisle games and 2 City games).

Even then, Crewe, Tranmere and Colchester would have to win both their remaining games (respectively) whilst Coventry would need one win, Oldham two points and Gillingham one point; without considering the respective goal differences.

Wolves and Brentford are involved twice (each) in the survival scrap whilst the play-off contenders also feature.

Fair to say, relegation would be freakish and it would be the absolute footballing disaster!!
[quote][p][bold]TheCoach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]silverbantam[/bold] wrote: City can still go down if we lose our last 2 games 6-0 & Carlisle win their last 3 games 6-0 #NotMathematicallySa fe[/p][/quote]#HighlyUnlikely #ThisIsntTwitter[/p][/quote]Without checking, I do not think relegation is possible. This is because two of the terams below have got to play each other. Thus, one or both will drop points and that forms a safety net.[/p][/quote]Good point, I was getting worried for a second!![/p][/quote]Having checked, it is mathematically possible. 21 Notts County, 23 Shrewsbury and 24 Stevenage cannot catch City. 22 Carlisle can catch City but need to win their last three games and swing a goal difference of 31 in five matches (3 Carlisle games and 2 City games). Even then, Crewe, Tranmere and Colchester would have to win both their remaining games (respectively) whilst Coventry would need one win, Oldham two points and Gillingham one point; without considering the respective goal differences. Wolves and Brentford are involved twice (each) in the survival scrap whilst the play-off contenders also feature. Fair to say, relegation would be freakish and it would be the absolute footballing disaster!! Michael Clayton
  • Score: 0

6:51pm Thu 24 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

Pablo wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Don't think we are far off being a decent side, a cutting edge is vital to keep improving, we of course could already have that if we can sign a quality attacking midfield player to add to those kept come June. The second season in this league will be harder, so good recruitment in the summer is key!!!!
Where's the goals going to come from?

Our high earning Nahki replacement now seems to have a role warming the bench.

Half the side is made up of loanees. Taylor, Yeates, Kennedy and McLean are already contracted for next season and who's going to be daft enough to take them off our hands?

Yes, next season's going to be harder alright!
Couple of quality signings like Oscar Jansson and Dean Furman would help give the squad the strength needed next season. I fancy a keeper of Jansson's calibre would make our defence even harder to break down and Furman would be a superb acquisition driving our midfield and producing more goal scoring chances for both Mclean and Hanson. Yes the second season usually is harder but bring the right players in and it could be very succesful for BCFC.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Don't think we are far off being a decent side, a cutting edge is vital to keep improving, we of course could already have that if we can sign a quality attacking midfield player to add to those kept come June. The second season in this league will be harder, so good recruitment in the summer is key!!!![/p][/quote]Where's the goals going to come from? Our high earning Nahki replacement now seems to have a role warming the bench. Half the side is made up of loanees. Taylor, Yeates, Kennedy and McLean are already contracted for next season and who's going to be daft enough to take them off our hands? Yes, next season's going to be harder alright![/p][/quote]Couple of quality signings like Oscar Jansson and Dean Furman would help give the squad the strength needed next season. I fancy a keeper of Jansson's calibre would make our defence even harder to break down and Furman would be a superb acquisition driving our midfield and producing more goal scoring chances for both Mclean and Hanson. Yes the second season usually is harder but bring the right players in and it could be very succesful for BCFC. bcfc1903
  • Score: 1

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