Posh repeat wanted as Phil Parkinson tells Bantams to enjoy the ride

FITNESS FIGHT: Nathan Doyle, right, is hoping to shrug off a groin injury to face Crawley Town

FITNESS FIGHT: Nathan Doyle, right, is hoping to shrug off a groin injury to face Crawley Town

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

Enjoy yourself – that’s the message from Phil Parkinson as City face their Valley Parade swansong tomorrow.

Crawley’s visit brings the curtain down on a fluctuating home campaign that has seen his men win only one more than they have lost.

But City raised their game to down high-flying Peterborough last week – and Parkinson wants that performance as the template for a contest between two teams safe in mid-table.

He said: “The last home game was great and we need to reproduce that kind of display. That was the intensity we play at when we are at our best.

“Crawley are obviously not quite as open as Peterborough in terms of how they play, so it may not be quite as end to end. But we’ve got to set the team up to make sure we’ve got enough attacking threat in the side.

“We can go and enjoy the day. We’ve said all along that we wanted it done and dusted before these last two games and it has been.

“It’s important now that we go out and play with freedom and make the most of the occasion.

“We’ve worked really hard to make sure we secured our League One status. It was imperative we did that.

“There are a lot of teams going into these last couple of weeks of the season feeling plenty of pressure. Hopefully not having that can reflect in the way we play.”

Adam Reach’s return to Middlesbrough opens up a spot in midfield. Mark Yeates, who has not started a game since December, comes into contention but Kyle Bennett and Raffael De Vita can also play on the left side.

Parkinson will run late tests on Nathan Doyle, James Hanson and Matty Dolan, whose groin tightened up in training the day before the Swindon trip.

Doyle’s departure at half-time hit City hard but he plans to train today and is hopeful of featuring.

Hanson did not play on Monday despite travelling down with the squad. He is optimistic of being involved again.

Parkinson added: “Nathan’s keen to play with this being the last home game. He’s done well, especially in the last couple of months.

“But I don’t want to put him out there as a token gesture. He’s got to have a real determination to see the game through.

“With James, last Friday’s game against Peterborough was one all mighty effort from everyone and from him in particular. We’ll have a look at him as well.”

James Meredith is likely to be on the bench after reporting no ill effects from his 45 minutes at the County Ground – his first action since breaking a bone in his right foot in the first week of January.

Parkinson said: “There’s been no reaction at all. Mez is absolutely fine.

“I just wanted to get him on the pitch and give him a chance. He’ll come on greatly for that and I’d hope he can be involved again at some point before the end of the season.”

With a dozen of the senior squad out of contract in the summer, tomorrow could be a home farewell for several players.

Parkinson is keen to get the ball rolling over his squad plans for next season but stressed that nobody has been informed of their fate so far.

“No decisions have been made yet on budgets and contracts,” he said. “About a month ago, I had a chat with Julian (Rhodes) on certain things but we put that on hold until we retained our status.

“When the time is right, we will sit down with the players concerned.

“We’ve learned a hell of a lot this season and will take those lessons with us into the summer. We’ll be better and stronger for that.

“The start we had maybe lulled us into a false sense of security. Then the disruption we’ve had has been challenging throughout the year.

“But it’s been a very competitive league and we want to finish the season well.”

Crawley will be playing their 19th game in 63 days after suffering a series of postponements during the floods in January and February.

*There will be the traditional minute’s silence before kick-off of the final home game to remember the victims of the fire disaster.

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8:42am Fri 25 Apr 14

whisky1 says...

Well done PP good effort overall
Well done PP good effort overall whisky1
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1:30pm Fri 25 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

Satisfied with the first seasons effort in this league by BCFC, for me next season will be harder but with the right summer recruitment it could be far more successful for BCFC. As with Whisky above, a big well done to Phil and his team, the wheels could so easily have come off and he strove manfully to keep the club from being dragged into a late season relegation battle. Good job fellas, proud of you all!!!!!
Satisfied with the first seasons effort in this league by BCFC, for me next season will be harder but with the right summer recruitment it could be far more successful for BCFC. As with Whisky above, a big well done to Phil and his team, the wheels could so easily have come off and he strove manfully to keep the club from being dragged into a late season relegation battle. Good job fellas, proud of you all!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 10

5:26pm Fri 25 Apr 14

shoesmaker26 says...

as above good job fellas well done one and all COME ON CITY
as above good job fellas well done one and all COME ON CITY shoesmaker26
  • Score: 0

6:02pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Pablo says...

Many thanks to Nahki Wells!

Without his early season goals, we'd probably have been relegated.

I'd have thought Chris Atkinson might have been involved tomorrow. The guy came on loan expecting to get some games and rarely even made the squad. He must be thinking "what was the point?"
Many thanks to Nahki Wells! Without his early season goals, we'd probably have been relegated. I'd have thought Chris Atkinson might have been involved tomorrow. The guy came on loan expecting to get some games and rarely even made the squad. He must be thinking "what was the point?" Pablo
  • Score: 2

9:15pm Fri 25 Apr 14

torreyman says...

Just what I said last week without Wells we would have probably been relegated and I was shot down in flames but I stand by what I said and agree with Pablo
Just what I said last week without Wells we would have probably been relegated and I was shot down in flames but I stand by what I said and agree with Pablo torreyman
  • Score: 2

11:01pm Fri 25 Apr 14

KnightMcCall says...

Pablo wrote:
Many thanks to Nahki Wells!

Without his early season goals, we'd probably have been relegated.

I'd have thought Chris Atkinson might have been involved tomorrow. The guy came on loan expecting to get some games and rarely even made the squad. He must be thinking "what was the point?"
You really are a clown Pablo. Do you have anything positive to say about a season that delivered safety with plenty to spare?
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: Many thanks to Nahki Wells! Without his early season goals, we'd probably have been relegated. I'd have thought Chris Atkinson might have been involved tomorrow. The guy came on loan expecting to get some games and rarely even made the squad. He must be thinking "what was the point?"[/p][/quote]You really are a clown Pablo. Do you have anything positive to say about a season that delivered safety with plenty to spare? KnightMcCall
  • Score: 0

11:17pm Fri 25 Apr 14

bcfc1903 says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
Pablo wrote:
Many thanks to Nahki Wells!

Without his early season goals, we'd probably have been relegated.

I'd have thought Chris Atkinson might have been involved tomorrow. The guy came on loan expecting to get some games and rarely even made the squad. He must be thinking "what was the point?"
You really are a clown Pablo. Do you have anything positive to say about a season that delivered safety with plenty to spare?
Yes, to say we had a fair bit of turmoil during the season with serious injury disruption and the loss of Wells BCFC have done ever so well. We also had the media tag of 'freefalling' to contend with when we hadn't moved more than a couple of league positions for months, absolute tosh coming from folk with what seemed like a 'lets get BCFC relegated' agenda. Some very odd goings on this season which made the mid table outcome all the more gratifying.
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: Many thanks to Nahki Wells! Without his early season goals, we'd probably have been relegated. I'd have thought Chris Atkinson might have been involved tomorrow. The guy came on loan expecting to get some games and rarely even made the squad. He must be thinking "what was the point?"[/p][/quote]You really are a clown Pablo. Do you have anything positive to say about a season that delivered safety with plenty to spare?[/p][/quote]Yes, to say we had a fair bit of turmoil during the season with serious injury disruption and the loss of Wells BCFC have done ever so well. We also had the media tag of 'freefalling' to contend with when we hadn't moved more than a couple of league positions for months, absolute tosh coming from folk with what seemed like a 'lets get BCFC relegated' agenda. Some very odd goings on this season which made the mid table outcome all the more gratifying. bcfc1903
  • Score: -1

1:53am Sat 26 Apr 14

nigel007 says...

Excellent job Phil! You steered the ship through some rough sea this season and brought us safely into home port. The unfortunate mutiny of. the rascal wells was nothing short of shameful! If he had stayed tthe course instead of jumping ship I have no doubt we would be in the playoffs....but the irony is next season may see us rise to the championship, and uddersfield sink into our division. Thanks for nothing Mr Wells.
Excellent job Phil! You steered the ship through some rough sea this season and brought us safely into home port. The unfortunate mutiny of. the rascal wells was nothing short of shameful! If he had stayed tthe course instead of jumping ship I have no doubt we would be in the playoffs....but the irony is next season may see us rise to the championship, and uddersfield sink into our division. Thanks for nothing Mr Wells. nigel007
  • Score: -1

1:55am Sat 26 Apr 14

diffident says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
Pablo wrote:
Many thanks to Nahki Wells!

Without his early season goals, we'd probably have been relegated.

I'd have thought Chris Atkinson might have been involved tomorrow. The guy came on loan expecting to get some games and rarely even made the squad. He must be thinking "what was the point?"
You really are a clown Pablo. Do you have anything positive to say about a season that delivered safety with plenty to spare?
There is nothing positive to say because apart from achieving 'safety', there is nothing to be positive about. The results, the way we play, the entertainment on offer, was simply dire. But hey, we avoided relegation in our first season in Division 3, happy days.
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: Many thanks to Nahki Wells! Without his early season goals, we'd probably have been relegated. I'd have thought Chris Atkinson might have been involved tomorrow. The guy came on loan expecting to get some games and rarely even made the squad. He must be thinking "what was the point?"[/p][/quote]You really are a clown Pablo. Do you have anything positive to say about a season that delivered safety with plenty to spare?[/p][/quote]There is nothing positive to say because apart from achieving 'safety', there is nothing to be positive about. The results, the way we play, the entertainment on offer, was simply dire. But hey, we avoided relegation in our first season in Division 3, happy days. diffident
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3:26am Sat 26 Apr 14

Bradford1903 says...

I think the question was posed on here to those who only apostle after a defeat, what position would they have been happy with at the start of the season.

Can't remember anybody giving a straight answer to the question, as most would've been happy with a mid table finish, but to admit that would've undermined their argument.

They will point to how the goals of Wells has kept us up, but that is somewhat of a contradiction, because if you are saying how crucial he was to the team, then surely we have done well to still finish mid table in his absence; remember a position most would've been happy with at the start?

They will also point to our record since early October as to being relegation form. Well if we are going to be so selective, then let's look out our last 14 games, which were obviously without Wells, where we have taken 18 points; strictly mid table form.

The criticism in our 1st few seasons in league 2 was that teams on a fraction of our budget were outperforming us, as they wanted it more. Why do people think it has been such a great atmosphere at VP in the last couple of seasons; it's because we have got a team prepared to fight for every last ball.

There is always room for improvement at any football club, but let's just appreciate where we are now, to where we were a couple of seasons ago, when we were in danger of going out of the league.

Some people just love a good moan, it's a great British pastime, and helps them release the frustration about their empty lives.

It's the same every season; criticising the style of play and wanting the manager out, then a few months later if they got their wish, they would be saying the same about the next incumbent; they are really like a stuck record.
I think the question was posed on here to those who only apostle after a defeat, what position would they have been happy with at the start of the season. Can't remember anybody giving a straight answer to the question, as most would've been happy with a mid table finish, but to admit that would've undermined their argument. They will point to how the goals of Wells has kept us up, but that is somewhat of a contradiction, because if you are saying how crucial he was to the team, then surely we have done well to still finish mid table in his absence; remember a position most would've been happy with at the start? They will also point to our record since early October as to being relegation form. Well if we are going to be so selective, then let's look out our last 14 games, which were obviously without Wells, where we have taken 18 points; strictly mid table form. The criticism in our 1st few seasons in league 2 was that teams on a fraction of our budget were outperforming us, as they wanted it more. Why do people think it has been such a great atmosphere at VP in the last couple of seasons; it's because we have got a team prepared to fight for every last ball. There is always room for improvement at any football club, but let's just appreciate where we are now, to where we were a couple of seasons ago, when we were in danger of going out of the league. Some people just love a good moan, it's a great British pastime, and helps them release the frustration about their empty lives. It's the same every season; criticising the style of play and wanting the manager out, then a few months later if they got their wish, they would be saying the same about the next incumbent; they are really like a stuck record. Bradford1903
  • Score: 1

7:57am Sat 26 Apr 14

KnightMcCall says...

Bradford1903 wrote:
I think the question was posed on here to those who only apostle after a defeat, what position would they have been happy with at the start of the season.

Can't remember anybody giving a straight answer to the question, as most would've been happy with a mid table finish, but to admit that would've undermined their argument.

They will point to how the goals of Wells has kept us up, but that is somewhat of a contradiction, because if you are saying how crucial he was to the team, then surely we have done well to still finish mid table in his absence; remember a position most would've been happy with at the start?

They will also point to our record since early October as to being relegation form. Well if we are going to be so selective, then let's look out our last 14 games, which were obviously without Wells, where we have taken 18 points; strictly mid table form.

The criticism in our 1st few seasons in league 2 was that teams on a fraction of our budget were outperforming us, as they wanted it more. Why do people think it has been such a great atmosphere at VP in the last couple of seasons; it's because we have got a team prepared to fight for every last ball.

There is always room for improvement at any football club, but let's just appreciate where we are now, to where we were a couple of seasons ago, when we were in danger of going out of the league.

Some people just love a good moan, it's a great British pastime, and helps them release the frustration about their empty lives.

It's the same every season; criticising the style of play and wanting the manager out, then a few months later if they got their wish, they would be saying the same about the next incumbent; they are really like a stuck record.
Beautifully put.
[quote][p][bold]Bradford1903[/bold] wrote: I think the question was posed on here to those who only apostle after a defeat, what position would they have been happy with at the start of the season. Can't remember anybody giving a straight answer to the question, as most would've been happy with a mid table finish, but to admit that would've undermined their argument. They will point to how the goals of Wells has kept us up, but that is somewhat of a contradiction, because if you are saying how crucial he was to the team, then surely we have done well to still finish mid table in his absence; remember a position most would've been happy with at the start? They will also point to our record since early October as to being relegation form. Well if we are going to be so selective, then let's look out our last 14 games, which were obviously without Wells, where we have taken 18 points; strictly mid table form. The criticism in our 1st few seasons in league 2 was that teams on a fraction of our budget were outperforming us, as they wanted it more. Why do people think it has been such a great atmosphere at VP in the last couple of seasons; it's because we have got a team prepared to fight for every last ball. There is always room for improvement at any football club, but let's just appreciate where we are now, to where we were a couple of seasons ago, when we were in danger of going out of the league. Some people just love a good moan, it's a great British pastime, and helps them release the frustration about their empty lives. It's the same every season; criticising the style of play and wanting the manager out, then a few months later if they got their wish, they would be saying the same about the next incumbent; they are really like a stuck record.[/p][/quote]Beautifully put. KnightMcCall
  • Score: -2

10:32am Sat 26 Apr 14

Victor Clayton says...

nigel007 wrote:
Excellent job Phil! You steered the ship through some rough sea this season and brought us safely into home port. The unfortunate mutiny of. the rascal wells was nothing short of shameful! If he had stayed tthe course instead of jumping ship I have no doubt we would be in the playoffs....but the irony is next season may see us rise to the championship, and uddersfield sink into our division. Thanks for nothing Mr Wells.
Didn't wells want to leave long before he actually did? Before Wembley, before promotion. Yet he signed another contract that helped us get promoted and get to Wembley. He even scored enough goals before he left to stave off relegation and put over a million in the bank for a replacement. PP knew that he was going sooner rather than later and had plenty of time to get a replacement, yet he signed a player that (for what ever reason) hasn't really worked out. Yet unbelievably wells is the villain and PP the hero. Huddersfield are a team with aspirations and money to back it up. You need to get a reality check mate.
[quote][p][bold]nigel007[/bold] wrote: Excellent job Phil! You steered the ship through some rough sea this season and brought us safely into home port. The unfortunate mutiny of. the rascal wells was nothing short of shameful! If he had stayed tthe course instead of jumping ship I have no doubt we would be in the playoffs....but the irony is next season may see us rise to the championship, and uddersfield sink into our division. Thanks for nothing Mr Wells.[/p][/quote]Didn't wells want to leave long before he actually did? Before Wembley, before promotion. Yet he signed another contract that helped us get promoted and get to Wembley. He even scored enough goals before he left to stave off relegation and put over a million in the bank for a replacement. PP knew that he was going sooner rather than later and had plenty of time to get a replacement, yet he signed a player that (for what ever reason) hasn't really worked out. Yet unbelievably wells is the villain and PP the hero. Huddersfield are a team with aspirations and money to back it up. You need to get a reality check mate. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 0

10:43am Sat 26 Apr 14

bcfcincheshire says...

The last time City left the fourth league tier in 1982 they went onto finish 12th in their first season back in the third division. ..much like this year...the next season saw seventh...which would now be just outside of the play offs. ..before becoming Champions in 1985 and in the third season back. Can this be repeated? Different times...but here's hoping. ..shows that this season has been historically comparable though...and still led to significant on field progress.
The last time City left the fourth league tier in 1982 they went onto finish 12th in their first season back in the third division. ..much like this year...the next season saw seventh...which would now be just outside of the play offs. ..before becoming Champions in 1985 and in the third season back. Can this be repeated? Different times...but here's hoping. ..shows that this season has been historically comparable though...and still led to significant on field progress. bcfcincheshire
  • Score: 0

12:24pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Victor Clayton says...

If you take our average number of points since wells left and apply it to the 44 games played so far it would give us 46 points . Relegation form. So the fans saying it was the goals from wells that kept us up do in fact have a valid point.
If you take our average number of points since wells left and apply it to the 44 games played so far it would give us 46 points . Relegation form. So the fans saying it was the goals from wells that kept us up do in fact have a valid point. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 1

11:04pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Bradford1903 says...

Don't you think Victor, that the saga of whether Wells was going, had a detrimental affect on the team for a period before and after his departure; 21 points from our last 15 games would suggest that.

I also think we were unlucky during our long winless run, and could've quite easily had a few wins during that period.

It's about what you do though over the course of the whole season. I am pretty sure our form last season from Xmas onwards wasn't among the top 7 in league 2, but did the football league at at the end of the season say, "sorry lads we are not gonna allow you to be promoted because of this"; of course not.
Don't you think Victor, that the saga of whether Wells was going, had a detrimental affect on the team for a period before and after his departure; 21 points from our last 15 games would suggest that. I also think we were unlucky during our long winless run, and could've quite easily had a few wins during that period. It's about what you do though over the course of the whole season. I am pretty sure our form last season from Xmas onwards wasn't among the top 7 in league 2, but did the football league at at the end of the season say, "sorry lads we are not gonna allow you to be promoted because of this"; of course not. Bradford1903
  • Score: 0

11:30pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Victor Clayton says...

Bradford1903 wrote:
Don't you think Victor, that the saga of whether Wells was going, had a detrimental affect on the team for a period before and after his departure; 21 points from our last 15 games would suggest that.

I also think we were unlucky during our long winless run, and could've quite easily had a few wins during that period.

It's about what you do though over the course of the whole season. I am pretty sure our form last season from Xmas onwards wasn't among the top 7 in league 2, but did the football league at at the end of the season say, "sorry lads we are not gonna allow you to be promoted because of this"; of course not.
I think without Wells in the team we have really struggled to score. I bet its around one per game. Imo the job Wells did was exceptional and won't be accomplished by McLean. He will need more support and more build up. The long ball simply will not work anymore.
[quote][p][bold]Bradford1903[/bold] wrote: Don't you think Victor, that the saga of whether Wells was going, had a detrimental affect on the team for a period before and after his departure; 21 points from our last 15 games would suggest that. I also think we were unlucky during our long winless run, and could've quite easily had a few wins during that period. It's about what you do though over the course of the whole season. I am pretty sure our form last season from Xmas onwards wasn't among the top 7 in league 2, but did the football league at at the end of the season say, "sorry lads we are not gonna allow you to be promoted because of this"; of course not.[/p][/quote]I think without Wells in the team we have really struggled to score. I bet its around one per game. Imo the job Wells did was exceptional and won't be accomplished by McLean. He will need more support and more build up. The long ball simply will not work anymore. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 0

11:49pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Bradford1903 says...

I don't think anybody is denying the impact that Wells had, or that you are obviously going to miss that type of quality of player.

I thought Mclean took his goal well today, but the jury is still out on him; although I think he will be better with a pre season under his belt.

The point I was making is that we have shown we can cope without Wells, as 21 points in the last 15 games will testify.
I don't think anybody is denying the impact that Wells had, or that you are obviously going to miss that type of quality of player. I thought Mclean took his goal well today, but the jury is still out on him; although I think he will be better with a pre season under his belt. The point I was making is that we have shown we can cope without Wells, as 21 points in the last 15 games will testify. Bradford1903
  • Score: 0

12:12am Sun 27 Apr 14

Victor Clayton says...

Bradford1903 wrote:
I don't think anybody is denying the impact that Wells had, or that you are obviously going to miss that type of quality of player.

I thought Mclean took his goal well today, but the jury is still out on him; although I think he will be better with a pre season under his belt.

The point I was making is that we have shown we can cope without Wells, as 21 points in the last 15 games will testify.
We stayed up, which is the main thing, and to PP credit he realised he had to get some load players in pdq. There are so many ifs and buts that No one knows for certain what we would have done had wells left before the start of the season. next season we shall find out.
[quote][p][bold]Bradford1903[/bold] wrote: I don't think anybody is denying the impact that Wells had, or that you are obviously going to miss that type of quality of player. I thought Mclean took his goal well today, but the jury is still out on him; although I think he will be better with a pre season under his belt. The point I was making is that we have shown we can cope without Wells, as 21 points in the last 15 games will testify.[/p][/quote]We stayed up, which is the main thing, and to PP credit he realised he had to get some load players in pdq. There are so many ifs and buts that No one knows for certain what we would have done had wells left before the start of the season. next season we shall find out. Victor Clayton
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12:47am Sun 27 Apr 14

Bradford1903 says...

I think the question of how we will do without Wells is irrelevant as he wanted to go, and if we wanted to get any money for him then we didn't have a choice.

The question that was the basis of this thread was would people have taken a mid table finish at the start of the season; I think most would.
I think the question of how we will do without Wells is irrelevant as he wanted to go, and if we wanted to get any money for him then we didn't have a choice. The question that was the basis of this thread was would people have taken a mid table finish at the start of the season; I think most would. Bradford1903
  • Score: -1

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