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4:59pm

Garry Thompson’s first goal for nearly eight months ensured City signed off at Valley Parade with a win.
Thompson came off the bench to score a late header and make it back-to-back home victories to finish off for Phil Parkinson’s side.
Aaron Mclean had netted the first – with only his third goal for the club.
The first half was very low key after Matt Tubbs had scuffed wide an early chance.
City’s first efforts on note came from the two centre halves but Rory McArdle’s header and a blast from Andrew Davies were both straight at the keeper.
Mark Yeates, making his first start since before Christmas, looked to get on the ball in his role behind the front two. And he went close with a free-kick that just flew past the top corner.
Mclean broke the deadlock five minutes after the break, coolly firing home from Nathan Doyle’s ball over the top.
Crawley levelled midway through the half as Jamie Proctor seized on fellow sub Carl McHugh’s indecision to clip over a stranded Jon McLaughlin.
But City clinched the win four minutes from time when Thompson flicked home a header from Gary Jones’s corner.
It ensured that a day that had  begun in sombre manner with the traditional minute’s silence for the fire victims ended in high spirits.

4:56pm

Thompson shot parried by the keeper as the final whistle sounds

4:55pm

Crawley counter and captain Simpson clears the TL Dallas stand with his shot

4:55pm

Yeates sends Stead away but his shot is blocked in the box

4:54pm

That was Thompson's first goal since September

4:52pm

Four added minutes as Midland Road belts out

4:49pm

City back in front through THOMPSON, flicks header in from Jones corner. 2-1

4:45pm

Yeates cross almost goes in off McFadzean's thigh

4:45pm

Good bit of defending from Darby to prevent Tubbs from reaching Proctor cross

4:43pm

Another Tubbs effort flies wide but it's enough to get the 103 travellers jumping about

4:39pm

Tubbs cracks a 30-yard free-kick but McLaughlin has everything behind it

4:35pm

Torres tries a 25-yard curler. It's as deadly as anything his namesake can try and McLaughlin saves easily

4:34pm

Paul Jones gets a "lucky keeper" decision after dropping a cross under pressure from Stead

4:32pm

Today's crowd is 13,247 with 103, yes 103, from Crawley... presumably their taxi is booked for later

4:31pm

Another City change, Bennett for De Vita with 20 minutes left

4:30pm

Yeates pass intercepted in Crawley half. McFadzean clips long ball forward which McHugh should have dealt with. His indecision means keeper comes rushing out and Proctor calmly lifts ball over him

4:29pm

Crawley level with lovely lob from sub PROCTOR, 1-1

4:26pm

McLaughlin comes out confidently to side of his six-yard box to deny Tubbs

4:26pm

Thompson playing up front with Stead

4:24pm

Nice header in the crowd from fella in the red jacket!

4:24pm

The goalscorer is going off. Mclean hooks shot wide - and that's his final touch as on comes Thompson

4:23pm

Long clearance from McLaughlin catches Crawley napping. Stead chases it down and wins the corner in front of an appreciative Kop

4:22pm

4:21pm

Here comes the change as McHugh replaces McArdle, 59th min

4:20pm

City down to ten for the moment. Doyle drops back to centre half as McHugh prepares to come on

4:20pm

McArdle heads to the touchline clutching a towel against his head

4:19pm

Torres coming on! Sergio, that is, for Michael Jones. One less Jones..

Proctor also replacing Dicker

4:17pm

Crawley win another corner but it's cut short by a foul on McArdle

4:17pm

That's got the crowd buzzing again.

4:13pm

And City have scored! MCLEAN slams his third for the club into the bottom corner after Doyle's pass over the top. 1-0

4:13pm

McLaughlin punches weakly at a Crawley corner but recovers to block follow-up volley from McFadzean 

4:11pm

All these Joneses on the pitch. Can't keep up with them

4:10pm

Jones finds Stead with an angled pass. The striker skins Connolly as he cuts inside from the left wing but his shot is blocked by Walsh

4:09pm

4:07pm

Mclean and Stead get us going once again. Let's hope this half actually provides some entertainment

3:57pm

Next time those players will be out there is Tuesday night when they try to make it a double by beating Colchester in the Youth Alliance Cup final...

3:56pm

David Wetherall on the pitch in his official Football League guise to present the championship trophy to City's youth team

3:51pm

The whistle blows and it's been low key so far. City better team but not a lot to go on

3:50pm

Paul Jones flaps at Gary's free-kick but gets enough on it to take it off Davies' waiting head.

Another weak punch from the resulting corner but the keeper gets away with it.

3:50pm

We're into the one minute of added time

3:48pm

Gary Jones again covers plenty of ground in possession. Never stops running that man...

3:47pm

Oops! McLaughlin fluffs clearance and the ball flies straight up in the air...

 

3:45pm

Michael Jones cuts inside to have a crack at City goal but Davies calmly leans into it and sticks a broad back in the way

3:43pm

... And it's a decent effort from the Irishman who curls it just past the far post

3:42pm

Yeates wants this one...

3:41pm

Gary Jones lifts the crowd by nicking ball off two Crawley players. Stead then fouled to give City a free-kick just outside box again...

3:39pm

Yeates produces another positive burst to draw a foul five yards outside the penalty area. If City are going to do anything, it will involve him

3:38pm

Mclean struggling to find a claret and amber shirt with his lay-offs

3:37pm

Young Gary Jones bombs forward from halfway but then rolls the pass behind Mclean in the Crawley box

3:35pm

Yeates looks interested.... but the game has got end of season stamped all over it

3:33pm

Mclean getting treatment for a knock so play stopped for a moment

3:32pm

Davies rumbles forward to ping in a fierce drive but it's straight at the keeper...

3:31pm

3:31pm

Yeates tries to lift the tempo with an intelligent chip into the box but Mclean cannot control it

3:28pm

Tubbs looking lively with his movement but his attempted shot finds no way past McArdle's backside...

3:25pm

John Gregory getting very animated on the touchline. His hair stays in perfect place tho

3:24pm

Michael Jones has a pop from long distance which flies wide. McLaughlin had it covered

3:22pm

Sadler has room to cross for Crawley but puts it behind intended target Tubbs. It's all a bit tame at the moment but the crowd's having a good sing regardless

3:18pm

Stead low cross is blocked, Mclean lays it back to Jones who blazes over the bar from 20 yards

3:16pm

3:15pm

Jones getting some loud - and screechy - encouragement from his kids behind the press box!

3:13pm

McArdle meets Jones free-kick with a firm header but Paul Jones saves

3:10pm

Tubbs scuffs first shot of the game wide

3:10pm

Corner for Crawley as Dicker cross headed behind by Darby. Taken quickly to Dicker and City struggle to get the ball away

3:08pm

As expected, City have lined up with a diamond midfield. But Drury also looking to push on down the left

3:08pm

Might not be much at stake in terms of league position but I'd say this is a big afternoon for Yeates. Needs to convince a doubting public

3:05pm

Crawley get us going and kick towards the Kop

3:04pm

The silence is naturally observed by everyone

3:00pm

Rousing chorus of Parkinson's Bradford Army from the Kop

2:59pm

A lot of the City players have their kids with them as they do the pre-match hand shake with Crawley

2:58pm

2:57pm

The teams are coming out to a huge roar...

2:56pm

Atmosphere building but shortly we'll be having the silence to remember the victims from 1985.

The giant flag which has been covering the centre circle will be rolled up and taken away before that takes place

2:48pm

Professor Sharpe receiving his presentation on the pitch...

2:31pm

2:21pm

Interesting to see that Adam Reach is starting for Middlesbrough against Barnsley today.

Not sure that's great news for Phil Parkinson's bid to get him back on loan again next season tho...

2:14pm

Crawley are playing their 19th game in 63 days as they play catch-up after being hit hard by the wet weather earlier in the year.

They will line up with five in midfield supporting on-loan Bournemouth striker Matt Tubbs.

CRAWLEY: Jones, Connolly, McFadzean, Walsh, Sadler, Jones, Dicker, Bulman, Simpson, Edwards, Tubbs. Subs: Essam, Torres, Fallon, Proctor, Isaacs, Richefond, Maddison.

2:01pm

Mark Yeates makes his first start since December 21 as City make two changes from the side beaten at Swindon.

With Adam Reach back at Middlesbrough, Yeates takes his place and is expected to play in the role behind the front two.

Aaron Mclean comes in for Kyle Bennett but there is no James Hanson again, who is still obviously not 100 per cent.

But Nathan Doyle has been declared fit despite his groin problem. He is likely to sit behind Gary Jones and Raffaele De Vita.

James Meredith is again on the bench after playing the second half on Monday. Matty Dolan is another sub after missing the last game with a tweak.

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

1:41pm

1:40pm

Good afternoon and welcome from Valley Parade for City's final home game of the season against Crawley.

Before kick-off there will be the traditional minute's silence to remember the victims of the fire.

There will also be a presentation to Professor David Sharpe on the pitch.

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5:25pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Simply the truth. says...

Well done lads
Well done lads Simply the truth.
  • Score: 9

6:55pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Pablo says...

Another underwhelming performance!

Typical end of season game, with nothing to pay for.

The first half was as boring as any I've seen this season.

You wouldn't believe some of these lads were playing for a new contract.

As ever, Stephen Darby was the notable exception. The easiest ever choice for player of the season.
Another underwhelming performance! Typical end of season game, with nothing to pay for. The first half was as boring as any I've seen this season. You wouldn't believe some of these lads were playing for a new contract. As ever, Stephen Darby was the notable exception. The easiest ever choice for player of the season. Pablo
  • Score: -1

7:42pm Sat 26 Apr 14

realcitygent says...

Pablo wrote:
Another underwhelming performance!

Typical end of season game, with nothing to pay for.

The first half was as boring as any I've seen this season.

You wouldn't believe some of these lads were playing for a new contract.

As ever, Stephen Darby was the notable exception. The easiest ever choice for player of the season.
spot on pablo have these people who give a thumbs down ,believe we played well today ,it was another bad performance which i think we all used to watching by now, please god dont let parky try to sign stead at end season his timing when he jumps is a joke ,imo to lightweight spends to much time on his arse ,lets hope we get a few FOOTBALL PLAYERS innext season who can pass a ball we badly need them ,i really think next season we got to try get the ball down on the floor and play to mcleans strenth ,after all can we afford to have him sat on bench or not playing ,lets hope we put a better performance next week should be great day out
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: Another underwhelming performance! Typical end of season game, with nothing to pay for. The first half was as boring as any I've seen this season. You wouldn't believe some of these lads were playing for a new contract. As ever, Stephen Darby was the notable exception. The easiest ever choice for player of the season.[/p][/quote]spot on pablo have these people who give a thumbs down ,believe we played well today ,it was another bad performance which i think we all used to watching by now, please god dont let parky try to sign stead at end season his timing when he jumps is a joke ,imo to lightweight spends to much time on his arse ,lets hope we get a few FOOTBALL PLAYERS innext season who can pass a ball we badly need them ,i really think next season we got to try get the ball down on the floor and play to mcleans strenth ,after all can we afford to have him sat on bench or not playing ,lets hope we put a better performance next week should be great day out realcitygent
  • Score: -7

7:58pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Great to see the crawley player lay a scarf and wreath behind the Kop end goal prior to the game. Means alot.

Very poor first half from 2 teams who had nothing left to play for.

Poor second half to in honest but a few goals and a positive result papered over the cracks but in a meaningless game it's sort of expected.

A good solid season and thought turn to next season and another in league 1 which when you consider we had finished 18th in league 2, 2 years ago you have to be happy with the progress we have made.
Great to see the crawley player lay a scarf and wreath behind the Kop end goal prior to the game. Means alot. Very poor first half from 2 teams who had nothing left to play for. Poor second half to in honest but a few goals and a positive result papered over the cracks but in a meaningless game it's sort of expected. A good solid season and thought turn to next season and another in league 1 which when you consider we had finished 18th in league 2, 2 years ago you have to be happy with the progress we have made. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 27

7:59pm Sat 26 Apr 14

bcfcincheshire says...

Very good win against a decent side...back to back home wins as well...56 points and only 15 defeats all season...now onto the Cup Final for Tranmere Rovers which will really give us a test before the rebuild begins...but overall well done City for attaining 13th with one to play...completely comparable with the last time they had a season in league 3 following promotion from the fourth division. .1982-83..finished 12th! Finished 7th the season after so perhaps much to look forwards to? Today we commemorated the tragic events of
1985...when City became Champions of the division and the fire struck...30 years next May...let's hope we can repeat the championship success, however
unlikely that is...which really would be the most fitting way to aee that anniversary take place.
Very good win against a decent side...back to back home wins as well...56 points and only 15 defeats all season...now onto the Cup Final for Tranmere Rovers which will really give us a test before the rebuild begins...but overall well done City for attaining 13th with one to play...completely comparable with the last time they had a season in league 3 following promotion from the fourth division. .1982-83..finished 12th! Finished 7th the season after so perhaps much to look forwards to? Today we commemorated the tragic events of 1985...when City became Champions of the division and the fire struck...30 years next May...let's hope we can repeat the championship success, however unlikely that is...which really would be the most fitting way to aee that anniversary take place. bcfcincheshire
  • Score: 22

10:29pm Sat 26 Apr 14

torreyman says...

Well done BCFC mid table must be happy with that but I have feeling next season will be a whole lot harder a good start is a must !!
Well done BCFC mid table must be happy with that but I have feeling next season will be a whole lot harder a good start is a must !! torreyman
  • Score: 7

12:24am Sun 27 Apr 14

Bradford1903 says...

Typical end of season game, with 2 sides having nothing to play for, and it's therefore virtually impossible to draw any firm conclusions, but I see some people have still found the excuse to have a good moan, which I put down to potential withdrawal symptoms, as they won't have anything to complain about over the next few months!

If people are going to criticisise though, let's look at the performances of the players who were out of contract.

You can only judge a keeper's performance on what the opposition throw at him, and McLaughlin has had very little to do.

Darby and McArdle I thought were excellent and our two best players.

I will admit that De Vita was largely anonymous, but after being out for a lengthy period, he was always gonna struggle with 3 games in just over a week, and I thought he was excellent against Peterbro'.

Jones showed the level of commitment that has endeared him to City fans.

Doyle played the through ball for Mclean's goal.

Thompson scored the winner.
Typical end of season game, with 2 sides having nothing to play for, and it's therefore virtually impossible to draw any firm conclusions, but I see some people have still found the excuse to have a good moan, which I put down to potential withdrawal symptoms, as they won't have anything to complain about over the next few months! If people are going to criticisise though, let's look at the performances of the players who were out of contract. You can only judge a keeper's performance on what the opposition throw at him, and McLaughlin has had very little to do. Darby and McArdle I thought were excellent and our two best players. I will admit that De Vita was largely anonymous, but after being out for a lengthy period, he was always gonna struggle with 3 games in just over a week, and I thought he was excellent against Peterbro'. Jones showed the level of commitment that has endeared him to City fans. Doyle played the through ball for Mclean's goal. Thompson scored the winner. Bradford1903
  • Score: 6

7:47am Sun 27 Apr 14

KnightMcCall says...

Believe me 1903, the moaning wont stop just because the football does. The timing and quality of every signing will be criticised, the pre season fixtures, the new kit...the moaning from the ill-informed will never stop.

City battled hard to their win. Both teams kept it tight and we SHOULD be pleased to get the three points. The problem is, another win doesnt help some of our fans agenda because we were going to lose all of our remaining games and get relegated....looking a bit silly now some of the whingers so they are focusing on the lack of brazilian flair instead.

well done pp and all the coaching team for achieving our objective and good luck with your planning for next season.
Believe me 1903, the moaning wont stop just because the football does. The timing and quality of every signing will be criticised, the pre season fixtures, the new kit...the moaning from the ill-informed will never stop. City battled hard to their win. Both teams kept it tight and we SHOULD be pleased to get the three points. The problem is, another win doesnt help some of our fans agenda because we were going to lose all of our remaining games and get relegated....looking a bit silly now some of the whingers so they are focusing on the lack of brazilian flair instead. well done pp and all the coaching team for achieving our objective and good luck with your planning for next season. KnightMcCall
  • Score: 7

8:43am Sun 27 Apr 14

Pablo says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
Believe me 1903, the moaning wont stop just because the football does. The timing and quality of every signing will be criticised, the pre season fixtures, the new kit...the moaning from the ill-informed will never stop.

City battled hard to their win. Both teams kept it tight and we SHOULD be pleased to get the three points. The problem is, another win doesnt help some of our fans agenda because we were going to lose all of our remaining games and get relegated....looking a bit silly now some of the whingers so they are focusing on the lack of brazilian flair instead.

well done pp and all the coaching team for achieving our objective and good luck with your planning for next season.
Some people are easily pleased.

Do you actually go to the games?

More care needs to be taken with recruitment., not merely "luck" as you're naively suggesting.
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: Believe me 1903, the moaning wont stop just because the football does. The timing and quality of every signing will be criticised, the pre season fixtures, the new kit...the moaning from the ill-informed will never stop. City battled hard to their win. Both teams kept it tight and we SHOULD be pleased to get the three points. The problem is, another win doesnt help some of our fans agenda because we were going to lose all of our remaining games and get relegated....looking a bit silly now some of the whingers so they are focusing on the lack of brazilian flair instead. well done pp and all the coaching team for achieving our objective and good luck with your planning for next season.[/p][/quote]Some people are easily pleased. Do you actually go to the games? More care needs to be taken with recruitment., not merely "luck" as you're naively suggesting. Pablo
  • Score: -12

11:30am Sun 27 Apr 14

KnightMcCall says...

Pablo wrote:
KnightMcCall wrote:
Believe me 1903, the moaning wont stop just because the football does. The timing and quality of every signing will be criticised, the pre season fixtures, the new kit...the moaning from the ill-informed will never stop.

City battled hard to their win. Both teams kept it tight and we SHOULD be pleased to get the three points. The problem is, another win doesnt help some of our fans agenda because we were going to lose all of our remaining games and get relegated....looking a bit silly now some of the whingers so they are focusing on the lack of brazilian flair instead.

well done pp and all the coaching team for achieving our objective and good luck with your planning for next season.
Some people are easily pleased.

Do you actually go to the games?

More care needs to be taken with recruitment., not merely "luck" as you're naively suggesting.
Thats right Pablo. We must only sign players who never, get injured, never get ill, never lose form, dont get signed by other clubs, are happy with the wages we can afford, score with every shot, have a 100% pass completion etc.

I am easily pleased with a mid table finish and a chance to go again. If you cant be happy when we win, when can you be. Face it Pablo, football is not a game that provides sublime entertainment every week. City have shown massive commitment in most games this season, have had some good moments and have achieved the main objective. If the football has to be dull at times then so be it. You would instantly want change if we were losing regularly even if we played like Barcelona.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: Believe me 1903, the moaning wont stop just because the football does. The timing and quality of every signing will be criticised, the pre season fixtures, the new kit...the moaning from the ill-informed will never stop. City battled hard to their win. Both teams kept it tight and we SHOULD be pleased to get the three points. The problem is, another win doesnt help some of our fans agenda because we were going to lose all of our remaining games and get relegated....looking a bit silly now some of the whingers so they are focusing on the lack of brazilian flair instead. well done pp and all the coaching team for achieving our objective and good luck with your planning for next season.[/p][/quote]Some people are easily pleased. Do you actually go to the games? More care needs to be taken with recruitment., not merely "luck" as you're naively suggesting.[/p][/quote]Thats right Pablo. We must only sign players who never, get injured, never get ill, never lose form, dont get signed by other clubs, are happy with the wages we can afford, score with every shot, have a 100% pass completion etc. I am easily pleased with a mid table finish and a chance to go again. If you cant be happy when we win, when can you be. Face it Pablo, football is not a game that provides sublime entertainment every week. City have shown massive commitment in most games this season, have had some good moments and have achieved the main objective. If the football has to be dull at times then so be it. You would instantly want change if we were losing regularly even if we played like Barcelona. KnightMcCall
  • Score: -1

1:01pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Cityman23 says...

So, 2013/14 will soon be a memory or series of memories. After last year, it was bound to be 'after the lord mayor's show' but overall, staying up without having to be involved in a relegation scrap-a real one-we have to say the team overall passed the Lge One test. Of course Nahki Wells (though he left in January) helped to get that result more than most other players, but ...what about those other players?

Time for an end of term report. No scores for 'effort' as that is harder for the supporter to glean. These grades are for performance (in the opinion of one supporter). Other fans are bound to disagree as it's all subjective. Obviously it's hard to compare a player who'se played many games eg McArdle with one who hasn't like de Vita but....here goes!

Top grade is A+ and bottom is E

McLaughlin: C+
Darby: A
McArdle : C+
Davies: B
Meredith:: C
Reid: C-
Jones: B
Doyle C+
Reach: B-
Bennet: C
Hanson: B+
Wells A+
McLean: C
de Vita: D
Thompson: C-
Carl McHugh: C
Yeates: D
McBurnie: C
Drury: B-
Folan: E
Ravenhill: C-
Connell: D+
Oliver: D+
Bates: C-
Kennedy: D
Taylor: D
Gray: D
Stead: C-
So, 2013/14 will soon be a memory or series of memories. After last year, it was bound to be 'after the lord mayor's show' but overall, staying up without having to be involved in a relegation scrap-a real one-we have to say the team overall passed the Lge One test. Of course Nahki Wells (though he left in January) helped to get that result more than most other players, but ...what about those other players? Time for an end of term report. No scores for 'effort' as that is harder for the supporter to glean. These grades are for performance (in the opinion of one supporter). Other fans are bound to disagree as it's all subjective. Obviously it's hard to compare a player who'se played many games eg McArdle with one who hasn't like de Vita but....here goes! Top grade is A+ and bottom is E McLaughlin: C+ Darby: A McArdle : C+ Davies: B Meredith:: C Reid: C- Jones: B Doyle C+ Reach: B- Bennet: C Hanson: B+ Wells A+ McLean: C de Vita: D Thompson: C- Carl McHugh: C Yeates: D McBurnie: C Drury: B- Folan: E Ravenhill: C- Connell: D+ Oliver: D+ Bates: C- Kennedy: D Taylor: D Gray: D Stead: C- Cityman23
  • Score: -1

6:04pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Pablo says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
Believe me 1903, the moaning wont stop just because the football does. The timing and quality of every signing will be criticised, the pre season fixtures, the new kit...the moaning from the ill-informed will never stop.

City battled hard to their win. Both teams kept it tight and we SHOULD be pleased to get the three points. The problem is, another win doesnt help some of our fans agenda because we were going to lose all of our remaining games and get relegated....looking a bit silly now some of the whingers so they are focusing on the lack of brazilian flair instead.

well done pp and all the coaching team for achieving our objective and good luck with your planning for next season.
Knight, naturally I'm delighted we retained our League 2 status.

Maybe, the good start to the season spoilt me. I could accept the long ball then because, with the Hanson /Wells understanding and Nahki's speed and finishing prowess, it provided exciting and effective football, that was difficult to defend against.

Without Wells the team has looked bland and in many of the games I've attended it's been difficult to see where a goal is going to come from. In PP's defence, losing Reid was also a major loss as he was the only other pacey player in the squad and our attack has looked pedestrian without the two of them.
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: Believe me 1903, the moaning wont stop just because the football does. The timing and quality of every signing will be criticised, the pre season fixtures, the new kit...the moaning from the ill-informed will never stop. City battled hard to their win. Both teams kept it tight and we SHOULD be pleased to get the three points. The problem is, another win doesnt help some of our fans agenda because we were going to lose all of our remaining games and get relegated....looking a bit silly now some of the whingers so they are focusing on the lack of brazilian flair instead. well done pp and all the coaching team for achieving our objective and good luck with your planning for next season.[/p][/quote]Knight, naturally I'm delighted we retained our League 2 status. Maybe, the good start to the season spoilt me. I could accept the long ball then because, with the Hanson /Wells understanding and Nahki's speed and finishing prowess, it provided exciting and effective football, that was difficult to defend against. Without Wells the team has looked bland and in many of the games I've attended it's been difficult to see where a goal is going to come from. In PP's defence, losing Reid was also a major loss as he was the only other pacey player in the squad and our attack has looked pedestrian without the two of them. Pablo
  • Score: 5

6:28am Mon 28 Apr 14

KnightMcCall says...

Pablo wrote:
KnightMcCall wrote:
Believe me 1903, the moaning wont stop just because the football does. The timing and quality of every signing will be criticised, the pre season fixtures, the new kit...the moaning from the ill-informed will never stop.

City battled hard to their win. Both teams kept it tight and we SHOULD be pleased to get the three points. The problem is, another win doesnt help some of our fans agenda because we were going to lose all of our remaining games and get relegated....looking a bit silly now some of the whingers so they are focusing on the lack of brazilian flair instead.

well done pp and all the coaching team for achieving our objective and good luck with your planning for next season.
Knight, naturally I'm delighted we retained our League 2 status.

Maybe, the good start to the season spoilt me. I could accept the long ball then because, with the Hanson /Wells understanding and Nahki's speed and finishing prowess, it provided exciting and effective football, that was difficult to defend against.

Without Wells the team has looked bland and in many of the games I've attended it's been difficult to see where a goal is going to come from. In PP's defence, losing Reid was also a major loss as he was the only other pacey player in the squad and our attack has looked pedestrian without the two of them.
I think you forgot we were in League One...perhaps that is why I am happier.

Pp has done what he needed to. Dealing with a sulky wells and then losing him and also dealing with long term injuries to Meredith, Reid and Davies has made it difficult. Now he can start again.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: Believe me 1903, the moaning wont stop just because the football does. The timing and quality of every signing will be criticised, the pre season fixtures, the new kit...the moaning from the ill-informed will never stop. City battled hard to their win. Both teams kept it tight and we SHOULD be pleased to get the three points. The problem is, another win doesnt help some of our fans agenda because we were going to lose all of our remaining games and get relegated....looking a bit silly now some of the whingers so they are focusing on the lack of brazilian flair instead. well done pp and all the coaching team for achieving our objective and good luck with your planning for next season.[/p][/quote]Knight, naturally I'm delighted we retained our League 2 status. Maybe, the good start to the season spoilt me. I could accept the long ball then because, with the Hanson /Wells understanding and Nahki's speed and finishing prowess, it provided exciting and effective football, that was difficult to defend against. Without Wells the team has looked bland and in many of the games I've attended it's been difficult to see where a goal is going to come from. In PP's defence, losing Reid was also a major loss as he was the only other pacey player in the squad and our attack has looked pedestrian without the two of them.[/p][/quote]I think you forgot we were in League One...perhaps that is why I am happier. Pp has done what he needed to. Dealing with a sulky wells and then losing him and also dealing with long term injuries to Meredith, Reid and Davies has made it difficult. Now he can start again. KnightMcCall
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