LiveFT: City 3 Coventry City 2

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4:56pm

James Hanson’s headed double ensured City made a winning start to the league campaign for the first time in six years.

But it was sealed in dramatic fashion with the centre forward nodding home his late second barely seconds after Coventry had equalised for a second time.

Coventry had two big chances early on as City began nervously. Jordan Clarke lobbed over in the second minute as Alan Sheehan ball-watched, then Jim O’Brien burst through but could not direct his shot.

City responded with Hanson denied on the line by a frantic lunge from keeper Ryan Allsop before Billy Clarke set up Jason Kennedy on a counter-attack but the midfielder’s attempted back heel did not have enough power.

The home side continued to press and were rewarded after 27 minutes as Clarke’s cross was headed home by Hanson – his first goal since March 11.

Mark Yeates forced a fine save but the bubble was burst just before the break when Jordan Pickford was too easily beaten to a Coventry corner by Reda Johnson.

But the former Sheffield Wednesday centre half turned from hero to zero for the visitors within three minutes of the restart.

He wrestled Hanson from a corner and Premier League ref Mike Dean pointed to the spot – Sheehan sending Allsop the wrong way with a cool penalty.

Gary Liddle spared Pickford’s blushes when he cleared off the line after the young keeper missed another corner.

Coventry looked to have rescued their point though when Johnson forced home his second goal with two minutes to go.

But back came City straight from the kick-off as that man Hanson converted Kennedy’s cross in front of a wild Kop.

4:54pm

And that's the final whistle! City win opening league game for first time since 2008

4:54pm

And that's the final whistle! City win opening league game for first time since 2008

4:53pm

Shout for a Coventry penalty. Dean blows.... and books Fleck for the dive!

4:52pm

Frantic defending now boys...

4:49pm

.... not for long! Kennedy cross, HANSON heads home once again!

4:49pm

It's all square again. That man JOHNSON does it once more, following up after Pickford parries well from Tudgay's close-range header

4:46pm

Important tackle from Dolan to stop O'Brien's overlap but then gives ball away to Fleck. His shot is spectacularly pushed away by Pickford.... one for the cameras!

4:44pm

Sorry bout the Wifi break but back in time to see Aaron Mclean make his first appearance as he comes on for Clarke - rightly given a standing ovation. Man of the match

4:36pm

Coventry make their next change. It's Miller on for Clarke

4:36pm

Still feel City need the security of a third

4:35pm

Clarke tees up Dolan for a fizzing drive just past the post

4:34pm

Pickford owes Gary Liddle a drink for sparing his blushes by clearing off the line...

4:33pm

.... and I did as he misses punch from corner but City get away with it!!

4:32pm

Much better second half from Pickford in City's goal... hope I'm not tempting fate

4:32pm

Could you imagine if City went up and Hudderscame down....#whatwouldNakhido #bcafc

— Craig Andrew (@CraigAndrew3) August 9, 2014

4:31pm

Good old-fashioned up and under from Darby and Hanson beats Allsop to it. Ball flies over Coventry bar

4:30pm

City make a sub, Knott makes way for Dolan and goes off to a standing ovation

4:29pm

Booking for Tudgay for foul on Gary Liddle

4:28pm

Another quick release from Pickford sets up City on the counter-attack. Clarke muscled out of it by the penalty area after tricking his way past namesake Jordan

4:27pm

.... but no card from the lenient Mr Dean. That will go down well on the Coventry bench

4:27pm

But Davies isn't going to get away with that block on Tudgay 30 yards out ...

4:26pm

Perfectly-timed tackle from Davies on McQuoid in the penalty area...

4:24pm

Coventry make the first change as Thomas is replaced by John Fleck (nephew of Robert)

4:23pm

Sheehan hasn't put a foot wrong since that spot of day dreaming right at the start

4:22pm

4:21pm

Sounds like Huddersfield fans aren't so happy.... 3-0 down at home and singing "you don't know what you're doing" to Mark Robins

4:19pm

Take Me Home is sounding good as City look for some breathing space with a third

4:18pm

Crowd is 14,621 with 1,406 Coventry fans

4:17pm

Mad scramble in the City box before Davies smothers close-range shot from Tudgay and Sheehan hacks it away

4:16pm

Billy Clarke has looked absolutely class today #bcafc

— Tom & Dom (@bantamsbanter) August 9, 2014

4:15pm

Sheehan, Clarke and Knott play a lovely triangle before the left back's cross is blocked by Johnson

4:13pm

City have the bit between their teeth again as Knott drags a first-time volley wide from just outside the box

4:09pm

And City are back in front as SHEEHAN sends Allsop the wrong way from the spot. City's first penalty since last November against the same opponents...

4:06pm

Foul by Johnson on Hanson..... City have a PENALTY!!

4:06pm

Circus defending from the visitors gifts City a corner to the amusement of the Kop

4:05pm

We're back underway as Yeates has an early shot charged down by Willis ...

3:54pm

Pickford needs to shake off any ill effects of that goal. Bad one to concede just when City looked to be taking control of  the game

3:49pm

That's the half-time whistle and it's all square

3:47pm

Pickford beaten to that by an experienced, no nonsense central defender. The youngster's confidence looks knocked

3:46pm

@ParkerTandA very poor keeping from a corner that wasn't

— Chris Firth (@cris_firth) August 9, 2014

3:43pm

1-1... Breda Johnson, one of seven Coventry debutants, heads home from the corner. Poor marking, indecision from the Bantams

3:42pm

Hanson and Pickford get in each other's way from free-kick and Coventry win a corner

3:41pm

Kennedy follows Knott into Mike Dean's book for a strong challenge on Pugh

3:40pm

Rare mistake from Darby gifts possession to McQuoid but his angled run towards corner of the box halted by well-timed tackle by Davies

3:39pm

McQuoid gets in front of Davies to meet Pugh cross but skies his header into the Kop

3:38pm

That was James Hanson's first goal since March 11 when he scored at Colchester. Didn't get a goal - or barely a chance - in the friendlies

3:36pm

First booking of the season goes to Billy Knott for late challenge on Webster

3:35pm

After another wifi break, can report another good chance for City. Yeates cuts inside on his left foot but his curler is beaten away by Allsop...

3:29pm

Knott takes the ball off Swanson and feeds Clarke on the right. His cross is on the button and the big man makes no mistake to nod City in front

3:29pm

We have a goal.... James HANSON!

3:27pm

Pickford's kick is one of the best I've ever seen by a goalkeeper, in a City shirt at least! #unbelievable #bcafc

— Sam Shepherd (@SamShepherd95) August 9, 2014

3:25pm

Clarke takes the ball into the box and supplies Kennedy who tries a cheeky backheel but it lacks the proper connection to trouble Allsop

3:25pm

Corner, first of the game, to Coventry .... and Pickford claims before quickly dispatching upfield.

3:24pm

Massive chance for City as Clarke's knockback finds Hanson in front of goal. His initial effort is blocked by Webster, the rebound then bounces off the striker past keeper Allsop who recovers to hold on the line ...

3:22pm

Remember, City's ONLY penalty last season was here against Coventry ...

3:22pm

City shout for a push on Davies in Coventry penalty area but referee Dean waves play on. Parky not impressed

3:20pm

New season but unfortunately same old Valley Parade wifi issues.... apologies for the delays!

3:19pm

Chance for Coventry again. Well-weighted long ball from Pugh is well anticipated by O'Brien but his control takes him wide of Pickford and he drags shot across goal...

3:16pm

Proper tackle from Kennedy on Willis, held nothing back and the crowd enjoyed it

3:15pm

Nothing to threaten  either goal since that very early - and very good - chance for Coventry wing back Jordan Clarke

3:13pm

Few early teething troubles for City's midfield. The ball's a bit of a hot potato at the moment

3:12pm

Coventry fans singing "We wanna go home, back to the Ricoh" ....

3:11pm

Leeds and Huddersfield both losing already ...

3:10pm

Stoppage in play allows a few players to sneak a drink. It's gonna be hot work out there today

3:08pm

Early cross from Kennedy but nobody in there to challenge keeper Ryan Allsop

3:05pm

Cracking atmosphere at both ends of the ground...

3:03pm

Would have been a terrible start for City. Real close thing...

3:03pm

Sheehan caught ball-watching from cross from left and Jordan Clarke nips in to lob over Pickford but just over the bar....

3:02pm

City kick off towards the TL Dallas Stand.... The season is underway

3:00pm

Teams Are Out! #bcafc #ccfc https://t.co/YxdyDOUdrf

— Daniel Crann(@DCRANN) August 9, 2014

2:58pm

Here come the teams to a massive roar...

2:58pm

And a booming chorus of Take Me Home, Midland Road swirls around the stadium

2:57pm

A flag is waved in the JCT600 Stand - even the main stand is getting giddy for the big kick-off!

2:53pm

"That" song from Rudamental on the PA system.... the season is getting very close!

2:51pm

Ten minutes to kick off as the players head off for some final words of wisdom from Phil Parkinson in the dressing room. The anticipation is building ...

2:32pm

View from the #bcafc press box, courtesy of @Bradford_TandA snapper Mike Simmonds ... pic.twitter.com/k5vk1WteGS

— Simon Parker (@ParkerTandA) August 9, 2014

2:21pm

2:21pm

Big cheer as Stephen Darby leads out the City team for their pre-match warm-up ....

2:20pm

#TEAMNEWS Seven #SkyBlues debuts for today's @SkyBetLeague1 opener against @officialbantams pic.twitter.com/cXNC7HU0nu

— Coventry City (@Coventry_City) August 9, 2014

2:15pm

@ParkerTandA Hope Kennedy scores a hat-trick. Glad he has been given a chance

— Wendy Michallat(@wmichallat) August 9, 2014

2:12pm

Coventry expected to play 5-3-2 with Jordan Clarke (right) and Danny Pugh (left) as the wing-backs.

Think that's the reason Kennedy has got the nod over Dolan. He's right-footed and possibly has more positional discipline to go man for man in the middle.

2:09pm

Coventry team: Allsop, Willis, Pugh, Webster, Johnson, Thomas, McQuoid, Swanson, O'Brien, Tudgay, Clarke. Subs: Fleck, Miller, Daniels, Phillips, Haynes, Maddison, Burge.

2:08pm

First City game for Jason Kennedy since Sheffield United away on January 18. Has earned his second chance after impressing Phil Parkinson in pre-season.

2:00pm

Five league debuts in the City side today - plus a start for Jason Kennedy.

Summer captures Jordan Pickford, Gary Liddle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott and Billy Clarke are all included in the line-up to face Coventry.

Jason Kennedy replaces Matty Dolan from the team that played the final pre-season friendly last week against Hartlepool.

Filipe Morais, who signed on a short-term deal yesterday, is on the bench, which also includes Aaron Mclean.

The striker has not featured in any of the friendlies but returned to full training on Monday after recovering from a calf injury.

CITY: Pickford, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Sheehan, Liddle, Kennedy, Knott, Yeates, Clarke, Hanson. Subs: Meredith, Dolan, McLean, Shariff, Morais, Heaton, Urwin.

 

 

1:49pm

1:46pm

And here's the last time City won their opening league game six years ago .....

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/sport/3584048.Old_dog_still_full_of_new_tricks/

1:44pm

#bcafc Billy Bantam sporting his new 2014-15 home shirt pic.twitter.com/uHbKf05npR

— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) August 9, 2014

1:39pm

1:30pm

Welcome to the Coral Windows Stadium for the start of another season. It's the first time City have opened the campaign at home since 2011 - and they have not won on the league's opening day since 2008.

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3:20pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Boing-Boing says...

Reach has a starting place in the first 11. So ppl can stop the wishing to have him back for now!

Come on city
Reach has a starting place in the first 11. So ppl can stop the wishing to have him back for now! Come on city Boing-Boing
  • Score: -5

5:20pm Sat 9 Aug 14

portugalbull says...

Great start and crowd for City. Hope their at the top at the end.
Great start and crowd for City. Hope their at the top at the end. portugalbull
  • Score: 4

5:52pm Sat 9 Aug 14

MillieB says...

What was the gate numbers. Please
What was the gate numbers. Please MillieB
  • Score: 0

5:53pm Sat 9 Aug 14

MillieB says...

What was the gate final numbers.
What was the gate final numbers. MillieB
  • Score: 1

5:55pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Adam1903 says...

MillieB wrote:
What was the gate final numbers.
14,600 1,400 cov fans
[quote][p][bold]MillieB[/bold] wrote: What was the gate final numbers.[/p][/quote]14,600 1,400 cov fans Adam1903
  • Score: 2

5:59pm Sat 9 Aug 14

billy bob bantam says...

Great start today and pleased with the display well done lads. Reach had a stormer and defo won't be returning.
Great start today and pleased with the display well done lads. Reach had a stormer and defo won't be returning. billy bob bantam
  • Score: 0

6:07pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Cityman23 says...

Adam1903 wrote:
MillieB wrote:
What was the gate final numbers.
14,600 1,400 cov fans
13,600!
[quote][p][bold]Adam1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MillieB[/bold] wrote: What was the gate final numbers.[/p][/quote]14,600 1,400 cov fans[/p][/quote]13,600! Cityman23
  • Score: -2

6:35pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Cityman23 says...

For those in attendance, this goes down as one of the memorable matches of 2014/15- yes, even this early. It was a game with what most fans want-competitive, full tilt action, plenty of goals, goal mouth incidents and misses, and some real skillful play too, from both sides. the fact that all of City's new signings turned in good to very good performances was also a big plus!

The teams emerged to great cheers from the home fans and a full Midland Rd. end of sky blues supporters. there was some very good lively action from the start, but for a while both teams were cancelling each other out. Coventry had a couple of chances early on but failed to make them count. Then City took the lead to wild cheering from, who else but James Hanson. The half looked like ending 1-0, which would have been a fair reflection off the contest, but unfortunately new goalie Pickford came out for a cross, didn't connect and the ball was in the claret& amber net. City looked briefly shocked, but the half time whistle was probably a help.

Second half, it was City- not Coentry out of the traps quickly and the bantams won a penalty when big jim Hanson was pushed away from making contact in the box. These sometimes don't get given but JH was certainly man- handled away from reaching the ball. Alan Sheehan stepped up and it was 2-1 with a cool, determined finish.

This seemed to dampen Coventry's spirits and for most of the rest of the half they offered less of a threat. However, with 10 mins or so left they began to put more pressure on the City goal. City were playing deeper and deeper and attempting to hold what they had, but on one attack, Coventry put the ball across goal and it was put in at close range.

Very disappointing for City and the fans, but great credit to the bantams they didn't give up.
Jason Kennedy- a player who gave a terrific display today in midfield, won the ball and ran with it down the right. the Coventry players who had just previously been overdoing the celebrations down at the Midland Rd, looked on the back foot. Kennedy kept coming and then delivered an absolute peach of a cross that was met with pin point accuracy and bulleted into the net by big Jim Hanson. 3-2!!!

The game was over all bar the whistle, and City players celebrated a truly amazing win, while the sky blues trooped off hardly, believing they'd lost it at the end.

Lost of terrific performances-Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott, Jason Kennedy, Billy Clarke, Mark Yates, Jim Hanson. the official MOTM was Clarke, but I'd have given it to Kennedy. His work rate and tiger tackling was tremendous and that cross was top notch. He's come from being a write off on the basis of last season's performances to maybe, just maybe being a first choice, first team player.
Well done City and 'PP'!!
For those in attendance, this goes down as one of the memorable matches of 2014/15- yes, even this early. It was a game with what most fans want-competitive, full tilt action, plenty of goals, goal mouth incidents and misses, and some real skillful play too, from both sides. the fact that all of City's new signings turned in good to very good performances was also a big plus! The teams emerged to great cheers from the home fans and a full Midland Rd. end of sky blues supporters. there was some very good lively action from the start, but for a while both teams were cancelling each other out. Coventry had a couple of chances early on but failed to make them count. Then City took the lead to wild cheering from, who else but James Hanson. The half looked like ending 1-0, which would have been a fair reflection off the contest, but unfortunately new goalie Pickford came out for a cross, didn't connect and the ball was in the claret& amber net. City looked briefly shocked, but the half time whistle was probably a help. Second half, it was City- not Coentry out of the traps quickly and the bantams won a penalty when big jim Hanson was pushed away from making contact in the box. These sometimes don't get given but JH was certainly man- handled away from reaching the ball. Alan Sheehan stepped up and it was 2-1 with a cool, determined finish. This seemed to dampen Coventry's spirits and for most of the rest of the half they offered less of a threat. However, with 10 mins or so left they began to put more pressure on the City goal. City were playing deeper and deeper and attempting to hold what they had, but on one attack, Coventry put the ball across goal and it was put in at close range. Very disappointing for City and the fans, but great credit to the bantams they didn't give up. Jason Kennedy- a player who gave a terrific display today in midfield, won the ball and ran with it down the right. the Coventry players who had just previously been overdoing the celebrations down at the Midland Rd, looked on the back foot. Kennedy kept coming and then delivered an absolute peach of a cross that was met with pin point accuracy and bulleted into the net by big Jim Hanson. 3-2!!! The game was over all bar the whistle, and City players celebrated a truly amazing win, while the sky blues trooped off hardly, believing they'd lost it at the end. Lost of terrific performances-Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott, Jason Kennedy, Billy Clarke, Mark Yates, Jim Hanson. the official MOTM was Clarke, but I'd have given it to Kennedy. His work rate and tiger tackling was tremendous and that cross was top notch. He's come from being a write off on the basis of last season's performances to maybe, just maybe being a first choice, first team player. Well done City and 'PP'!! Cityman23
  • Score: 13

6:36pm Sat 9 Aug 14

britdeal says...

How many inches of rain did we have in Bradford yesterday? - so why was it neccessary to have the sprinklers on at half-time?
How many inches of rain did we have in Bradford yesterday? - so why was it neccessary to have the sprinklers on at half-time? britdeal
  • Score: -25

6:39pm Sat 9 Aug 14

bantam1911 says...

Crowd was 14621, report above says ref was Mike Dean but BBC says Andy D'urso, which one was it?
Crowd was 14621, report above says ref was Mike Dean but BBC says Andy D'urso, which one was it? bantam1911
  • Score: -7

7:16pm Sat 9 Aug 14

cudelse says...

Ref was (mike dean) was atrocious, typical premiership garbage. Great pace to the game, well done City.
Ref was (mike dean) was atrocious, typical premiership garbage. Great pace to the game, well done City. cudelse
  • Score: -23

7:17pm Sat 9 Aug 14

lawsonio123 says...

I have often said James Hanson can score 20 goals a season and there is the key to a successful City this year. Give him leave to play has a centre forward without having to defend a lot of the time and who knows how many he will score if the chances are made for him he may well reach 30 goals and this team looks has if they can supply those chances. The effort today and not without skill has well was a delight for supporters to watch Coventry also played there part in a entertaining game which was a joy to watch Well done ALL you City Players
I have often said James Hanson can score 20 goals a season and there is the key to a successful City this year. Give him leave to play has a centre forward without having to defend a lot of the time and who knows how many he will score if the chances are made for him he may well reach 30 goals and this team looks has if they can supply those chances. The effort today and not without skill has well was a delight for supporters to watch Coventry also played there part in a entertaining game which was a joy to watch Well done ALL you City Players lawsonio123
  • Score: 9

7:28pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Bradford Lad BD9 says...

Good entertaining game, full marks to the players fans and parky, thanks for the 3 pts
Good entertaining game, full marks to the players fans and parky, thanks for the 3 pts Bradford Lad BD9
  • Score: 8

7:31pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Baby Bantam says...

Some great football there, some good and bad refereeing too (corner of their goal first shouldn't have been) but very poor defending from corners too which gave them too cheap goals. Very very impressed with Clarke and Liddle but can't see McLean getting a look in with the way Hanson and Clarke played together. Sheehan had a good second half after falling asleep in the first but definitely redeemed himself with a well taken penny. Hope we take that game and set it as the base their expected to play at. Just work on defending corners
Some great football there, some good and bad refereeing too (corner of their goal first shouldn't have been) but very poor defending from corners too which gave them too cheap goals. Very very impressed with Clarke and Liddle but can't see McLean getting a look in with the way Hanson and Clarke played together. Sheehan had a good second half after falling asleep in the first but definitely redeemed himself with a well taken penny. Hope we take that game and set it as the base their expected to play at. Just work on defending corners Baby Bantam
  • Score: 5

7:37pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Pablo says...

An excellent performance. We kept the ball well and some of the football and movement was as good as I've seen in years.

I was pleased for Kennedy after last season's nightmare. Clarke was probably the pick of the bunch.

PP will be breathing a sigh of relief tonight that his new formation came good straight away and his newcomers made an instant impact. Every one of his new recruits look so comfortable on the ball.

There was a real feel good factor leaving the ground . Long may it last.
An excellent performance. We kept the ball well and some of the football and movement was as good as I've seen in years. I was pleased for Kennedy after last season's nightmare. Clarke was probably the pick of the bunch. PP will be breathing a sigh of relief tonight that his new formation came good straight away and his newcomers made an instant impact. Every one of his new recruits look so comfortable on the ball. There was a real feel good factor leaving the ground . Long may it last. Pablo
  • Score: 15

7:44pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Pablo says...

Baby Bantam wrote:
Some great football there, some good and bad refereeing too (corner of their goal first shouldn't have been) but very poor defending from corners too which gave them too cheap goals. Very very impressed with Clarke and Liddle but can't see McLean getting a look in with the way Hanson and Clarke played together. Sheehan had a good second half after falling asleep in the first but definitely redeemed himself with a well taken penny. Hope we take that game and set it as the base their expected to play at. Just work on defending corners
It shows how we all see a game differently.

I thought Sheehan was class - first half and second half!

I do agree with your comments about McLean. From what I saw of Clarke today, we've got ourselves a very expensive bench warmer. McLean couldn't even bother to respond to the applause he received as he warmed up.
[quote][p][bold]Baby Bantam[/bold] wrote: Some great football there, some good and bad refereeing too (corner of their goal first shouldn't have been) but very poor defending from corners too which gave them too cheap goals. Very very impressed with Clarke and Liddle but can't see McLean getting a look in with the way Hanson and Clarke played together. Sheehan had a good second half after falling asleep in the first but definitely redeemed himself with a well taken penny. Hope we take that game and set it as the base their expected to play at. Just work on defending corners[/p][/quote]It shows how we all see a game differently. I thought Sheehan was class - first half and second half! I do agree with your comments about McLean. From what I saw of Clarke today, we've got ourselves a very expensive bench warmer. McLean couldn't even bother to respond to the applause he received as he warmed up. Pablo
  • Score: 7

8:29pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Farsley Bantam says...

britdeal wrote:
How many inches of rain did we have in Bradford yesterday? - so why was it neccessary to have the sprinklers on at half-time?
That's the question on everyone's lips after watching a great game of football and a city win. Come on mark lawn, we need answers!
[quote][p][bold]britdeal[/bold] wrote: How many inches of rain did we have in Bradford yesterday? - so why was it neccessary to have the sprinklers on at half-time?[/p][/quote]That's the question on everyone's lips after watching a great game of football and a city win. Come on mark lawn, we need answers! Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 10

8:34pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Pablo wrote:
An excellent performance. We kept the ball well and some of the football and movement was as good as I've seen in years.

I was pleased for Kennedy after last season's nightmare. Clarke was probably the pick of the bunch.

PP will be breathing a sigh of relief tonight that his new formation came good straight away and his newcomers made an instant impact. Every one of his new recruits look so comfortable on the ball.

There was a real feel good factor leaving the ground . Long may it last.
Agreed Pablo. I'd add billy knott as my stand out player though. He's a midfield player with flair and wants to get forward all the time. Just what we've been lacking recently.
Not getting carried away but we played some great football in the second half. Plenty to be positive about.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: An excellent performance. We kept the ball well and some of the football and movement was as good as I've seen in years. I was pleased for Kennedy after last season's nightmare. Clarke was probably the pick of the bunch. PP will be breathing a sigh of relief tonight that his new formation came good straight away and his newcomers made an instant impact. Every one of his new recruits look so comfortable on the ball. There was a real feel good factor leaving the ground . Long may it last.[/p][/quote]Agreed Pablo. I'd add billy knott as my stand out player though. He's a midfield player with flair and wants to get forward all the time. Just what we've been lacking recently. Not getting carried away but we played some great football in the second half. Plenty to be positive about. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 6

8:43pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Bantambhoy says...

Cityman23 wrote:
For those in attendance, this goes down as one of the memorable matches of 2014/15- yes, even this early. It was a game with what most fans want-competitive, full tilt action, plenty of goals, goal mouth incidents and misses, and some real skillful play too, from both sides. the fact that all of City's new signings turned in good to very good performances was also a big plus!

The teams emerged to great cheers from the home fans and a full Midland Rd. end of sky blues supporters. there was some very good lively action from the start, but for a while both teams were cancelling each other out. Coventry had a couple of chances early on but failed to make them count. Then City took the lead to wild cheering from, who else but James Hanson. The half looked like ending 1-0, which would have been a fair reflection off the contest, but unfortunately new goalie Pickford came out for a cross, didn't connect and the ball was in the claret& amber net. City looked briefly shocked, but the half time whistle was probably a help.

Second half, it was City- not Coentry out of the traps quickly and the bantams won a penalty when big jim Hanson was pushed away from making contact in the box. These sometimes don't get given but JH was certainly man- handled away from reaching the ball. Alan Sheehan stepped up and it was 2-1 with a cool, determined finish.

This seemed to dampen Coventry's spirits and for most of the rest of the half they offered less of a threat. However, with 10 mins or so left they began to put more pressure on the City goal. City were playing deeper and deeper and attempting to hold what they had, but on one attack, Coventry put the ball across goal and it was put in at close range.

Very disappointing for City and the fans, but great credit to the bantams they didn't give up.
Jason Kennedy- a player who gave a terrific display today in midfield, won the ball and ran with it down the right. the Coventry players who had just previously been overdoing the celebrations down at the Midland Rd, looked on the back foot. Kennedy kept coming and then delivered an absolute peach of a cross that was met with pin point accuracy and bulleted into the net by big Jim Hanson. 3-2!!!

The game was over all bar the whistle, and City players celebrated a truly amazing win, while the sky blues trooped off hardly, believing they'd lost it at the end.

Lost of terrific performances-Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott, Jason Kennedy, Billy Clarke, Mark Yates, Jim Hanson. the official MOTM was Clarke, but I'd have given it to Kennedy. His work rate and tiger tackling was tremendous and that cross was top notch. He's come from being a write off on the basis of last season's performances to maybe, just maybe being a first choice, first team player.
Well done City and 'PP'!!
You're just supposed to comment not give a match report, also there were only a couple of dozen Coventry fans in the Midland Road side of the ground, the Bradford End was full. Were you really there? The attendance was 14,600.
Fantastic performance from the team, some great skill and passing, I could watch that every week. Come on!!
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: For those in attendance, this goes down as one of the memorable matches of 2014/15- yes, even this early. It was a game with what most fans want-competitive, full tilt action, plenty of goals, goal mouth incidents and misses, and some real skillful play too, from both sides. the fact that all of City's new signings turned in good to very good performances was also a big plus! The teams emerged to great cheers from the home fans and a full Midland Rd. end of sky blues supporters. there was some very good lively action from the start, but for a while both teams were cancelling each other out. Coventry had a couple of chances early on but failed to make them count. Then City took the lead to wild cheering from, who else but James Hanson. The half looked like ending 1-0, which would have been a fair reflection off the contest, but unfortunately new goalie Pickford came out for a cross, didn't connect and the ball was in the claret& amber net. City looked briefly shocked, but the half time whistle was probably a help. Second half, it was City- not Coentry out of the traps quickly and the bantams won a penalty when big jim Hanson was pushed away from making contact in the box. These sometimes don't get given but JH was certainly man- handled away from reaching the ball. Alan Sheehan stepped up and it was 2-1 with a cool, determined finish. This seemed to dampen Coventry's spirits and for most of the rest of the half they offered less of a threat. However, with 10 mins or so left they began to put more pressure on the City goal. City were playing deeper and deeper and attempting to hold what they had, but on one attack, Coventry put the ball across goal and it was put in at close range. Very disappointing for City and the fans, but great credit to the bantams they didn't give up. Jason Kennedy- a player who gave a terrific display today in midfield, won the ball and ran with it down the right. the Coventry players who had just previously been overdoing the celebrations down at the Midland Rd, looked on the back foot. Kennedy kept coming and then delivered an absolute peach of a cross that was met with pin point accuracy and bulleted into the net by big Jim Hanson. 3-2!!! The game was over all bar the whistle, and City players celebrated a truly amazing win, while the sky blues trooped off hardly, believing they'd lost it at the end. Lost of terrific performances-Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott, Jason Kennedy, Billy Clarke, Mark Yates, Jim Hanson. the official MOTM was Clarke, but I'd have given it to Kennedy. His work rate and tiger tackling was tremendous and that cross was top notch. He's come from being a write off on the basis of last season's performances to maybe, just maybe being a first choice, first team player. Well done City and 'PP'!![/p][/quote]You're just supposed to comment not give a match report, also there were only a couple of dozen Coventry fans in the Midland Road side of the ground, the Bradford End was full. Were you really there? The attendance was 14,600. Fantastic performance from the team, some great skill and passing, I could watch that every week. Come on!! Bantambhoy
  • Score: 2

9:14pm Sat 9 Aug 14

we'recitynotbradford says...

Didn't we beat Carlisle last season on the opening game????

Excellent performance overall and great climax to the game.
Didn't we beat Carlisle last season on the opening game???? Excellent performance overall and great climax to the game. we'recitynotbradford
  • Score: 2

9:23pm Sat 9 Aug 14

hornseabantam says...

Hope all of you glass half empty jeremiads are having a much happier night. Coventry are a good side - and we beat them. Great start. The core of our side is very good indeed and better than most in D1. Just need some additions to take us through injury and suspension. Hurray for first points on the board! Enjoy the day you doom mongers!!!!
Hope all of you glass half empty jeremiads are having a much happier night. Coventry are a good side - and we beat them. Great start. The core of our side is very good indeed and better than most in D1. Just need some additions to take us through injury and suspension. Hurray for first points on the board! Enjoy the day you doom mongers!!!! hornseabantam
  • Score: 6

9:29pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Farsley Bantam says...

we'recitynotbradford wrote:
Didn't we beat Carlisle last season on the opening game????

Excellent performance overall and great climax to the game.
Drew 2-2 at Bristol city. We beat Carlisle 4-0 at home in the second game I think
[quote][p][bold]we'recitynotbradford[/bold] wrote: Didn't we beat Carlisle last season on the opening game???? Excellent performance overall and great climax to the game.[/p][/quote]Drew 2-2 at Bristol city. We beat Carlisle 4-0 at home in the second game I think Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 6

9:32pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Cityman23 says...

Bantambhoy wrote:
Cityman23 wrote:
For those in attendance, this goes down as one of the memorable matches of 2014/15- yes, even this early. It was a game with what most fans want-competitive, full tilt action, plenty of goals, goal mouth incidents and misses, and some real skillful play too, from both sides. the fact that all of City's new signings turned in good to very good performances was also a big plus!

The teams emerged to great cheers from the home fans and a full Midland Rd. end of sky blues supporters. there was some very good lively action from the start, but for a while both teams were cancelling each other out. Coventry had a couple of chances early on but failed to make them count. Then City took the lead to wild cheering from, who else but James Hanson. The half looked like ending 1-0, which would have been a fair reflection off the contest, but unfortunately new goalie Pickford came out for a cross, didn't connect and the ball was in the claret& amber net. City looked briefly shocked, but the half time whistle was probably a help.

Second half, it was City- not Coentry out of the traps quickly and the bantams won a penalty when big jim Hanson was pushed away from making contact in the box. These sometimes don't get given but JH was certainly man- handled away from reaching the ball. Alan Sheehan stepped up and it was 2-1 with a cool, determined finish.

This seemed to dampen Coventry's spirits and for most of the rest of the half they offered less of a threat. However, with 10 mins or so left they began to put more pressure on the City goal. City were playing deeper and deeper and attempting to hold what they had, but on one attack, Coventry put the ball across goal and it was put in at close range.

Very disappointing for City and the fans, but great credit to the bantams they didn't give up.
Jason Kennedy- a player who gave a terrific display today in midfield, won the ball and ran with it down the right. the Coventry players who had just previously been overdoing the celebrations down at the Midland Rd, looked on the back foot. Kennedy kept coming and then delivered an absolute peach of a cross that was met with pin point accuracy and bulleted into the net by big Jim Hanson. 3-2!!!

The game was over all bar the whistle, and City players celebrated a truly amazing win, while the sky blues trooped off hardly, believing they'd lost it at the end.

Lost of terrific performances-Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott, Jason Kennedy, Billy Clarke, Mark Yates, Jim Hanson. the official MOTM was Clarke, but I'd have given it to Kennedy. His work rate and tiger tackling was tremendous and that cross was top notch. He's come from being a write off on the basis of last season's performances to maybe, just maybe being a first choice, first team player.
Well done City and 'PP'!!
You're just supposed to comment not give a match report, also there were only a couple of dozen Coventry fans in the Midland Road side of the ground, the Bradford End was full. Were you really there? The attendance was 14,600.
Fantastic performance from the team, some great skill and passing, I could watch that every week. Come on!!
Yes, I got the two stand names mixed up, probably because I was so exhilarated about what was a brilliant first match with so many new players. In truth, City were so much better than I ( and perhaps others ??) dared hope.

The only slight downer was Jordan Pickford who seems less happy with crosses but is a terrific shot stopper.

He dived full length to tip a shot round the goal in the second half, but the whistle had blown so it wouldn't have counted anyway, but what a save!!

Hopefully, Pickford will improve/ gain confidence with crosses as the games unfold.

I am surprised no-one else has mentioned Jason Kennedy because he had a terrific game! despite his booking? He looked very fit, put himself about, tackled well, and his cross was so good, Iam not surprised James Hanson was thanking him after the final whistle as the players went round clapping the fans.
[quote][p][bold]Bantambhoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: For those in attendance, this goes down as one of the memorable matches of 2014/15- yes, even this early. It was a game with what most fans want-competitive, full tilt action, plenty of goals, goal mouth incidents and misses, and some real skillful play too, from both sides. the fact that all of City's new signings turned in good to very good performances was also a big plus! The teams emerged to great cheers from the home fans and a full Midland Rd. end of sky blues supporters. there was some very good lively action from the start, but for a while both teams were cancelling each other out. Coventry had a couple of chances early on but failed to make them count. Then City took the lead to wild cheering from, who else but James Hanson. The half looked like ending 1-0, which would have been a fair reflection off the contest, but unfortunately new goalie Pickford came out for a cross, didn't connect and the ball was in the claret& amber net. City looked briefly shocked, but the half time whistle was probably a help. Second half, it was City- not Coentry out of the traps quickly and the bantams won a penalty when big jim Hanson was pushed away from making contact in the box. These sometimes don't get given but JH was certainly man- handled away from reaching the ball. Alan Sheehan stepped up and it was 2-1 with a cool, determined finish. This seemed to dampen Coventry's spirits and for most of the rest of the half they offered less of a threat. However, with 10 mins or so left they began to put more pressure on the City goal. City were playing deeper and deeper and attempting to hold what they had, but on one attack, Coventry put the ball across goal and it was put in at close range. Very disappointing for City and the fans, but great credit to the bantams they didn't give up. Jason Kennedy- a player who gave a terrific display today in midfield, won the ball and ran with it down the right. the Coventry players who had just previously been overdoing the celebrations down at the Midland Rd, looked on the back foot. Kennedy kept coming and then delivered an absolute peach of a cross that was met with pin point accuracy and bulleted into the net by big Jim Hanson. 3-2!!! The game was over all bar the whistle, and City players celebrated a truly amazing win, while the sky blues trooped off hardly, believing they'd lost it at the end. Lost of terrific performances-Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott, Jason Kennedy, Billy Clarke, Mark Yates, Jim Hanson. the official MOTM was Clarke, but I'd have given it to Kennedy. His work rate and tiger tackling was tremendous and that cross was top notch. He's come from being a write off on the basis of last season's performances to maybe, just maybe being a first choice, first team player. Well done City and 'PP'!![/p][/quote]You're just supposed to comment not give a match report, also there were only a couple of dozen Coventry fans in the Midland Road side of the ground, the Bradford End was full. Were you really there? The attendance was 14,600. Fantastic performance from the team, some great skill and passing, I could watch that every week. Come on!![/p][/quote]Yes, I got the two stand names mixed up, probably because I was so exhilarated about what was a brilliant first match with so many new players. In truth, City were so much better than I ( and perhaps others ??) dared hope. The only slight downer was Jordan Pickford who seems less happy with crosses but is a terrific shot stopper. He dived full length to tip a shot round the goal in the second half, but the whistle had blown so it wouldn't have counted anyway, but what a save!! Hopefully, Pickford will improve/ gain confidence with crosses as the games unfold. I am surprised no-one else has mentioned Jason Kennedy because he had a terrific game! despite his booking? He looked very fit, put himself about, tackled well, and his cross was so good, Iam not surprised James Hanson was thanking him after the final whistle as the players went round clapping the fans. Cityman23
  • Score: 6

10:04pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Boing-Boing says...

we'recitynotbradford wrote:
Didn't we beat Carlisle last season on the opening game????

Excellent performance overall and great climax to the game.
2-2 im sure was away to bristol city, might have been our first home game we won? Could be wrong about home/away put Defo 2-2 first game.

Great game to start season, hope we keep it up! CTID
[quote][p][bold]we'recitynotbradford[/bold] wrote: Didn't we beat Carlisle last season on the opening game???? Excellent performance overall and great climax to the game.[/p][/quote]2-2 im sure was away to bristol city, might have been our first home game we won? Could be wrong about home/away put Defo 2-2 first game. Great game to start season, hope we keep it up! CTID Boing-Boing
  • Score: 3

10:19pm Sat 9 Aug 14

dannbradfc says...

Well there goes my prediction that there will be a lot of low scoring games this season ;')........first game and that but great to see some of the players wanting and keeping the ball. Some things worked really well some not so. Not like us to concede how we did and thought keeper did some good things but suspect at crosses. Kennedy and yeates deserve special mention considering how they struggled last season. .....Hanson doubters proved wrong yet again. Always said with crosses from the right area he'll score. What a header for the second.
Well done oarky and the lads for the attempt at changing our play.
One negative was sitting too deep late in the game which invited the equaliser. Nearly cost us dearly and the one major tactical error for me. Great game to watch. Don't know how we'll fare against attacking sides and wingers but showed that the first team are competitive. ......
Well there goes my prediction that there will be a lot of low scoring games this season ;')........first game and that but great to see some of the players wanting and keeping the ball. Some things worked really well some not so. Not like us to concede how we did and thought keeper did some good things but suspect at crosses. Kennedy and yeates deserve special mention considering how they struggled last season. .....Hanson doubters proved wrong yet again. Always said with crosses from the right area he'll score. What a header for the second. Well done oarky and the lads for the attempt at changing our play. One negative was sitting too deep late in the game which invited the equaliser. Nearly cost us dearly and the one major tactical error for me. Great game to watch. Don't know how we'll fare against attacking sides and wingers but showed that the first team are competitive. ...... dannbradfc
  • Score: 5

10:37pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Olivermac says...

Cityman23 wrote:
Bantambhoy wrote:
Cityman23 wrote:
For those in attendance, this goes down as one of the memorable matches of 2014/15- yes, even this early. It was a game with what most fans want-competitive, full tilt action, plenty of goals, goal mouth incidents and misses, and some real skillful play too, from both sides. the fact that all of City's new signings turned in good to very good performances was also a big plus!

The teams emerged to great cheers from the home fans and a full Midland Rd. end of sky blues supporters. there was some very good lively action from the start, but for a while both teams were cancelling each other out. Coventry had a couple of chances early on but failed to make them count. Then City took the lead to wild cheering from, who else but James Hanson. The half looked like ending 1-0, which would have been a fair reflection off the contest, but unfortunately new goalie Pickford came out for a cross, didn't connect and the ball was in the claret& amber net. City looked briefly shocked, but the half time whistle was probably a help.

Second half, it was City- not Coentry out of the traps quickly and the bantams won a penalty when big jim Hanson was pushed away from making contact in the box. These sometimes don't get given but JH was certainly man- handled away from reaching the ball. Alan Sheehan stepped up and it was 2-1 with a cool, determined finish.

This seemed to dampen Coventry's spirits and for most of the rest of the half they offered less of a threat. However, with 10 mins or so left they began to put more pressure on the City goal. City were playing deeper and deeper and attempting to hold what they had, but on one attack, Coventry put the ball across goal and it was put in at close range.

Very disappointing for City and the fans, but great credit to the bantams they didn't give up.
Jason Kennedy- a player who gave a terrific display today in midfield, won the ball and ran with it down the right. the Coventry players who had just previously been overdoing the celebrations down at the Midland Rd, looked on the back foot. Kennedy kept coming and then delivered an absolute peach of a cross that was met with pin point accuracy and bulleted into the net by big Jim Hanson. 3-2!!!

The game was over all bar the whistle, and City players celebrated a truly amazing win, while the sky blues trooped off hardly, believing they'd lost it at the end.

Lost of terrific performances-Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott, Jason Kennedy, Billy Clarke, Mark Yates, Jim Hanson. the official MOTM was Clarke, but I'd have given it to Kennedy. His work rate and tiger tackling was tremendous and that cross was top notch. He's come from being a write off on the basis of last season's performances to maybe, just maybe being a first choice, first team player.
Well done City and 'PP'!!
You're just supposed to comment not give a match report, also there were only a couple of dozen Coventry fans in the Midland Road side of the ground, the Bradford End was full. Were you really there? The attendance was 14,600.
Fantastic performance from the team, some great skill and passing, I could watch that every week. Come on!!
Yes, I got the two stand names mixed up, probably because I was so exhilarated about what was a brilliant first match with so many new players. In truth, City were so much better than I ( and perhaps others ??) dared hope.

The only slight downer was Jordan Pickford who seems less happy with crosses but is a terrific shot stopper.

He dived full length to tip a shot round the goal in the second half, but the whistle had blown so it wouldn't have counted anyway, but what a save!!

Hopefully, Pickford will improve/ gain confidence with crosses as the games unfold.

I am surprised no-one else has mentioned Jason Kennedy because he had a terrific game! despite his booking? He looked very fit, put himself about, tackled well, and his cross was so good, Iam not surprised James Hanson was thanking him after the final whistle as the players went round clapping the fans.
Jason Kennedy stood out by a mile , not a fan of his but I would have given him the MOTM today , I hope that Pickford gets some training in as his ability not to gather crosses from corners maybe a big problem for City He had this problem when we played Blackburn and Hartlepool dropping crosses from corners/ free kicks .
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bantambhoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: For those in attendance, this goes down as one of the memorable matches of 2014/15- yes, even this early. It was a game with what most fans want-competitive, full tilt action, plenty of goals, goal mouth incidents and misses, and some real skillful play too, from both sides. the fact that all of City's new signings turned in good to very good performances was also a big plus! The teams emerged to great cheers from the home fans and a full Midland Rd. end of sky blues supporters. there was some very good lively action from the start, but for a while both teams were cancelling each other out. Coventry had a couple of chances early on but failed to make them count. Then City took the lead to wild cheering from, who else but James Hanson. The half looked like ending 1-0, which would have been a fair reflection off the contest, but unfortunately new goalie Pickford came out for a cross, didn't connect and the ball was in the claret& amber net. City looked briefly shocked, but the half time whistle was probably a help. Second half, it was City- not Coentry out of the traps quickly and the bantams won a penalty when big jim Hanson was pushed away from making contact in the box. These sometimes don't get given but JH was certainly man- handled away from reaching the ball. Alan Sheehan stepped up and it was 2-1 with a cool, determined finish. This seemed to dampen Coventry's spirits and for most of the rest of the half they offered less of a threat. However, with 10 mins or so left they began to put more pressure on the City goal. City were playing deeper and deeper and attempting to hold what they had, but on one attack, Coventry put the ball across goal and it was put in at close range. Very disappointing for City and the fans, but great credit to the bantams they didn't give up. Jason Kennedy- a player who gave a terrific display today in midfield, won the ball and ran with it down the right. the Coventry players who had just previously been overdoing the celebrations down at the Midland Rd, looked on the back foot. Kennedy kept coming and then delivered an absolute peach of a cross that was met with pin point accuracy and bulleted into the net by big Jim Hanson. 3-2!!! The game was over all bar the whistle, and City players celebrated a truly amazing win, while the sky blues trooped off hardly, believing they'd lost it at the end. Lost of terrific performances-Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott, Jason Kennedy, Billy Clarke, Mark Yates, Jim Hanson. the official MOTM was Clarke, but I'd have given it to Kennedy. His work rate and tiger tackling was tremendous and that cross was top notch. He's come from being a write off on the basis of last season's performances to maybe, just maybe being a first choice, first team player. Well done City and 'PP'!![/p][/quote]You're just supposed to comment not give a match report, also there were only a couple of dozen Coventry fans in the Midland Road side of the ground, the Bradford End was full. Were you really there? The attendance was 14,600. Fantastic performance from the team, some great skill and passing, I could watch that every week. Come on!![/p][/quote]Yes, I got the two stand names mixed up, probably because I was so exhilarated about what was a brilliant first match with so many new players. In truth, City were so much better than I ( and perhaps others ??) dared hope. The only slight downer was Jordan Pickford who seems less happy with crosses but is a terrific shot stopper. He dived full length to tip a shot round the goal in the second half, but the whistle had blown so it wouldn't have counted anyway, but what a save!! Hopefully, Pickford will improve/ gain confidence with crosses as the games unfold. I am surprised no-one else has mentioned Jason Kennedy because he had a terrific game! despite his booking? He looked very fit, put himself about, tackled well, and his cross was so good, Iam not surprised James Hanson was thanking him after the final whistle as the players went round clapping the fans.[/p][/quote]Jason Kennedy stood out by a mile , not a fan of his but I would have given him the MOTM today , I hope that Pickford gets some training in as his ability not to gather crosses from corners maybe a big problem for City He had this problem when we played Blackburn and Hartlepool dropping crosses from corners/ free kicks . Olivermac
  • Score: 4

10:53pm Sat 9 Aug 14

dannbradfc says...

Olivermac wrote:
Cityman23 wrote:
Bantambhoy wrote:
Cityman23 wrote:
For those in attendance, this goes down as one of the memorable matches of 2014/15- yes, even this early. It was a game with what most fans want-competitive, full tilt action, plenty of goals, goal mouth incidents and misses, and some real skillful play too, from both sides. the fact that all of City's new signings turned in good to very good performances was also a big plus!

The teams emerged to great cheers from the home fans and a full Midland Rd. end of sky blues supporters. there was some very good lively action from the start, but for a while both teams were cancelling each other out. Coventry had a couple of chances early on but failed to make them count. Then City took the lead to wild cheering from, who else but James Hanson. The half looked like ending 1-0, which would have been a fair reflection off the contest, but unfortunately new goalie Pickford came out for a cross, didn't connect and the ball was in the claret& amber net. City looked briefly shocked, but the half time whistle was probably a help.

Second half, it was City- not Coentry out of the traps quickly and the bantams won a penalty when big jim Hanson was pushed away from making contact in the box. These sometimes don't get given but JH was certainly man- handled away from reaching the ball. Alan Sheehan stepped up and it was 2-1 with a cool, determined finish.

This seemed to dampen Coventry's spirits and for most of the rest of the half they offered less of a threat. However, with 10 mins or so left they began to put more pressure on the City goal. City were playing deeper and deeper and attempting to hold what they had, but on one attack, Coventry put the ball across goal and it was put in at close range.

Very disappointing for City and the fans, but great credit to the bantams they didn't give up.
Jason Kennedy- a player who gave a terrific display today in midfield, won the ball and ran with it down the right. the Coventry players who had just previously been overdoing the celebrations down at the Midland Rd, looked on the back foot. Kennedy kept coming and then delivered an absolute peach of a cross that was met with pin point accuracy and bulleted into the net by big Jim Hanson. 3-2!!!

The game was over all bar the whistle, and City players celebrated a truly amazing win, while the sky blues trooped off hardly, believing they'd lost it at the end.

Lost of terrific performances-Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott, Jason Kennedy, Billy Clarke, Mark Yates, Jim Hanson. the official MOTM was Clarke, but I'd have given it to Kennedy. His work rate and tiger tackling was tremendous and that cross was top notch. He's come from being a write off on the basis of last season's performances to maybe, just maybe being a first choice, first team player.
Well done City and 'PP'!!
You're just supposed to comment not give a match report, also there were only a couple of dozen Coventry fans in the Midland Road side of the ground, the Bradford End was full. Were you really there? The attendance was 14,600.
Fantastic performance from the team, some great skill and passing, I could watch that every week. Come on!!
Yes, I got the two stand names mixed up, probably because I was so exhilarated about what was a brilliant first match with so many new players. In truth, City were so much better than I ( and perhaps others ??) dared hope.

The only slight downer was Jordan Pickford who seems less happy with crosses but is a terrific shot stopper.

He dived full length to tip a shot round the goal in the second half, but the whistle had blown so it wouldn't have counted anyway, but what a save!!

Hopefully, Pickford will improve/ gain confidence with crosses as the games unfold.

I am surprised no-one else has mentioned Jason Kennedy because he had a terrific game! despite his booking? He looked very fit, put himself about, tackled well, and his cross was so good, Iam not surprised James Hanson was thanking him after the final whistle as the players went round clapping the fans.
Jason Kennedy stood out by a mile , not a fan of his but I would have given him the MOTM today , I hope that Pickford gets some training in as his ability not to gather crosses from corners maybe a big problem for City He had this problem when we played Blackburn and Hartlepool dropping crosses from corners/ free kicks .
Yep pickfords distribution was great but he looked very suspect from crosses (incidentally one area jonny mac was very assured with). Sheehan was a little asleep at times early on and nearly cost us a goal. Davies and mcardle both good. Darby too had a few mistakes at times but improved as the game went on. So apart from crosses we coped well. ...
[quote][p][bold]Olivermac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bantambhoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: For those in attendance, this goes down as one of the memorable matches of 2014/15- yes, even this early. It was a game with what most fans want-competitive, full tilt action, plenty of goals, goal mouth incidents and misses, and some real skillful play too, from both sides. the fact that all of City's new signings turned in good to very good performances was also a big plus! The teams emerged to great cheers from the home fans and a full Midland Rd. end of sky blues supporters. there was some very good lively action from the start, but for a while both teams were cancelling each other out. Coventry had a couple of chances early on but failed to make them count. Then City took the lead to wild cheering from, who else but James Hanson. The half looked like ending 1-0, which would have been a fair reflection off the contest, but unfortunately new goalie Pickford came out for a cross, didn't connect and the ball was in the claret& amber net. City looked briefly shocked, but the half time whistle was probably a help. Second half, it was City- not Coentry out of the traps quickly and the bantams won a penalty when big jim Hanson was pushed away from making contact in the box. These sometimes don't get given but JH was certainly man- handled away from reaching the ball. Alan Sheehan stepped up and it was 2-1 with a cool, determined finish. This seemed to dampen Coventry's spirits and for most of the rest of the half they offered less of a threat. However, with 10 mins or so left they began to put more pressure on the City goal. City were playing deeper and deeper and attempting to hold what they had, but on one attack, Coventry put the ball across goal and it was put in at close range. Very disappointing for City and the fans, but great credit to the bantams they didn't give up. Jason Kennedy- a player who gave a terrific display today in midfield, won the ball and ran with it down the right. the Coventry players who had just previously been overdoing the celebrations down at the Midland Rd, looked on the back foot. Kennedy kept coming and then delivered an absolute peach of a cross that was met with pin point accuracy and bulleted into the net by big Jim Hanson. 3-2!!! The game was over all bar the whistle, and City players celebrated a truly amazing win, while the sky blues trooped off hardly, believing they'd lost it at the end. Lost of terrific performances-Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott, Jason Kennedy, Billy Clarke, Mark Yates, Jim Hanson. the official MOTM was Clarke, but I'd have given it to Kennedy. His work rate and tiger tackling was tremendous and that cross was top notch. He's come from being a write off on the basis of last season's performances to maybe, just maybe being a first choice, first team player. Well done City and 'PP'!![/p][/quote]You're just supposed to comment not give a match report, also there were only a couple of dozen Coventry fans in the Midland Road side of the ground, the Bradford End was full. Were you really there? The attendance was 14,600. Fantastic performance from the team, some great skill and passing, I could watch that every week. Come on!![/p][/quote]Yes, I got the two stand names mixed up, probably because I was so exhilarated about what was a brilliant first match with so many new players. In truth, City were so much better than I ( and perhaps others ??) dared hope. The only slight downer was Jordan Pickford who seems less happy with crosses but is a terrific shot stopper. He dived full length to tip a shot round the goal in the second half, but the whistle had blown so it wouldn't have counted anyway, but what a save!! Hopefully, Pickford will improve/ gain confidence with crosses as the games unfold. I am surprised no-one else has mentioned Jason Kennedy because he had a terrific game! despite his booking? He looked very fit, put himself about, tackled well, and his cross was so good, Iam not surprised James Hanson was thanking him after the final whistle as the players went round clapping the fans.[/p][/quote]Jason Kennedy stood out by a mile , not a fan of his but I would have given him the MOTM today , I hope that Pickford gets some training in as his ability not to gather crosses from corners maybe a big problem for City He had this problem when we played Blackburn and Hartlepool dropping crosses from corners/ free kicks .[/p][/quote]Yep pickfords distribution was great but he looked very suspect from crosses (incidentally one area jonny mac was very assured with). Sheehan was a little asleep at times early on and nearly cost us a goal. Davies and mcardle both good. Darby too had a few mistakes at times but improved as the game went on. So apart from crosses we coped well. ... dannbradfc
  • Score: 1

10:54pm Sat 9 Aug 14

dannbradfc says...

Olivermac wrote:
Cityman23 wrote:
Bantambhoy wrote:
Cityman23 wrote:
For those in attendance, this goes down as one of the memorable matches of 2014/15- yes, even this early. It was a game with what most fans want-competitive, full tilt action, plenty of goals, goal mouth incidents and misses, and some real skillful play too, from both sides. the fact that all of City's new signings turned in good to very good performances was also a big plus!

The teams emerged to great cheers from the home fans and a full Midland Rd. end of sky blues supporters. there was some very good lively action from the start, but for a while both teams were cancelling each other out. Coventry had a couple of chances early on but failed to make them count. Then City took the lead to wild cheering from, who else but James Hanson. The half looked like ending 1-0, which would have been a fair reflection off the contest, but unfortunately new goalie Pickford came out for a cross, didn't connect and the ball was in the claret& amber net. City looked briefly shocked, but the half time whistle was probably a help.

Second half, it was City- not Coentry out of the traps quickly and the bantams won a penalty when big jim Hanson was pushed away from making contact in the box. These sometimes don't get given but JH was certainly man- handled away from reaching the ball. Alan Sheehan stepped up and it was 2-1 with a cool, determined finish.

This seemed to dampen Coventry's spirits and for most of the rest of the half they offered less of a threat. However, with 10 mins or so left they began to put more pressure on the City goal. City were playing deeper and deeper and attempting to hold what they had, but on one attack, Coventry put the ball across goal and it was put in at close range.

Very disappointing for City and the fans, but great credit to the bantams they didn't give up.
Jason Kennedy- a player who gave a terrific display today in midfield, won the ball and ran with it down the right. the Coventry players who had just previously been overdoing the celebrations down at the Midland Rd, looked on the back foot. Kennedy kept coming and then delivered an absolute peach of a cross that was met with pin point accuracy and bulleted into the net by big Jim Hanson. 3-2!!!

The game was over all bar the whistle, and City players celebrated a truly amazing win, while the sky blues trooped off hardly, believing they'd lost it at the end.

Lost of terrific performances-Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott, Jason Kennedy, Billy Clarke, Mark Yates, Jim Hanson. the official MOTM was Clarke, but I'd have given it to Kennedy. His work rate and tiger tackling was tremendous and that cross was top notch. He's come from being a write off on the basis of last season's performances to maybe, just maybe being a first choice, first team player.
Well done City and 'PP'!!
You're just supposed to comment not give a match report, also there were only a couple of dozen Coventry fans in the Midland Road side of the ground, the Bradford End was full. Were you really there? The attendance was 14,600.
Fantastic performance from the team, some great skill and passing, I could watch that every week. Come on!!
Yes, I got the two stand names mixed up, probably because I was so exhilarated about what was a brilliant first match with so many new players. In truth, City were so much better than I ( and perhaps others ??) dared hope.

The only slight downer was Jordan Pickford who seems less happy with crosses but is a terrific shot stopper.

He dived full length to tip a shot round the goal in the second half, but the whistle had blown so it wouldn't have counted anyway, but what a save!!

Hopefully, Pickford will improve/ gain confidence with crosses as the games unfold.

I am surprised no-one else has mentioned Jason Kennedy because he had a terrific game! despite his booking? He looked very fit, put himself about, tackled well, and his cross was so good, Iam not surprised James Hanson was thanking him after the final whistle as the players went round clapping the fans.
Jason Kennedy stood out by a mile , not a fan of his but I would have given him the MOTM today , I hope that Pickford gets some training in as his ability not to gather crosses from corners maybe a big problem for City He had this problem when we played Blackburn and Hartlepool dropping crosses from corners/ free kicks .
Yep pickfords distribution was great but he looked very suspect from crosses (incidentally one area jonny mac was very assured with). Sheehan was a little asleep at times early on and nearly cost us a goal. Davies and mcardle both good. Darby too had a few mistakes at times but improved as the game went on. So apart from crosses we coped well. ...
[quote][p][bold]Olivermac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bantambhoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: For those in attendance, this goes down as one of the memorable matches of 2014/15- yes, even this early. It was a game with what most fans want-competitive, full tilt action, plenty of goals, goal mouth incidents and misses, and some real skillful play too, from both sides. the fact that all of City's new signings turned in good to very good performances was also a big plus! The teams emerged to great cheers from the home fans and a full Midland Rd. end of sky blues supporters. there was some very good lively action from the start, but for a while both teams were cancelling each other out. Coventry had a couple of chances early on but failed to make them count. Then City took the lead to wild cheering from, who else but James Hanson. The half looked like ending 1-0, which would have been a fair reflection off the contest, but unfortunately new goalie Pickford came out for a cross, didn't connect and the ball was in the claret& amber net. City looked briefly shocked, but the half time whistle was probably a help. Second half, it was City- not Coentry out of the traps quickly and the bantams won a penalty when big jim Hanson was pushed away from making contact in the box. These sometimes don't get given but JH was certainly man- handled away from reaching the ball. Alan Sheehan stepped up and it was 2-1 with a cool, determined finish. This seemed to dampen Coventry's spirits and for most of the rest of the half they offered less of a threat. However, with 10 mins or so left they began to put more pressure on the City goal. City were playing deeper and deeper and attempting to hold what they had, but on one attack, Coventry put the ball across goal and it was put in at close range. Very disappointing for City and the fans, but great credit to the bantams they didn't give up. Jason Kennedy- a player who gave a terrific display today in midfield, won the ball and ran with it down the right. the Coventry players who had just previously been overdoing the celebrations down at the Midland Rd, looked on the back foot. Kennedy kept coming and then delivered an absolute peach of a cross that was met with pin point accuracy and bulleted into the net by big Jim Hanson. 3-2!!! The game was over all bar the whistle, and City players celebrated a truly amazing win, while the sky blues trooped off hardly, believing they'd lost it at the end. Lost of terrific performances-Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott, Jason Kennedy, Billy Clarke, Mark Yates, Jim Hanson. the official MOTM was Clarke, but I'd have given it to Kennedy. His work rate and tiger tackling was tremendous and that cross was top notch. He's come from being a write off on the basis of last season's performances to maybe, just maybe being a first choice, first team player. Well done City and 'PP'!![/p][/quote]You're just supposed to comment not give a match report, also there were only a couple of dozen Coventry fans in the Midland Road side of the ground, the Bradford End was full. Were you really there? The attendance was 14,600. Fantastic performance from the team, some great skill and passing, I could watch that every week. Come on!![/p][/quote]Yes, I got the two stand names mixed up, probably because I was so exhilarated about what was a brilliant first match with so many new players. In truth, City were so much better than I ( and perhaps others ??) dared hope. The only slight downer was Jordan Pickford who seems less happy with crosses but is a terrific shot stopper. He dived full length to tip a shot round the goal in the second half, but the whistle had blown so it wouldn't have counted anyway, but what a save!! Hopefully, Pickford will improve/ gain confidence with crosses as the games unfold. I am surprised no-one else has mentioned Jason Kennedy because he had a terrific game! despite his booking? He looked very fit, put himself about, tackled well, and his cross was so good, Iam not surprised James Hanson was thanking him after the final whistle as the players went round clapping the fans.[/p][/quote]Jason Kennedy stood out by a mile , not a fan of his but I would have given him the MOTM today , I hope that Pickford gets some training in as his ability not to gather crosses from corners maybe a big problem for City He had this problem when we played Blackburn and Hartlepool dropping crosses from corners/ free kicks .[/p][/quote]Yep pickfords distribution was great but he looked very suspect from crosses (incidentally one area jonny mac was very assured with). Sheehan was a little asleep at times early on and nearly cost us a goal. Davies and mcardle both good. Darby too had a few mistakes at times but improved as the game went on. So apart from crosses we coped well. ... dannbradfc
  • Score: -2

10:54pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Baby Bantam says...

Pablo wrote:
Baby Bantam wrote:
Some great football there, some good and bad refereeing too (corner of their goal first shouldn't have been) but very poor defending from corners too which gave them too cheap goals. Very very impressed with Clarke and Liddle but can't see McLean getting a look in with the way Hanson and Clarke played together. Sheehan had a good second half after falling asleep in the first but definitely redeemed himself with a well taken penny. Hope we take that game and set it as the base their expected to play at. Just work on defending corners
It shows how we all see a game differently.

I thought Sheehan was class - first half and second half!

I do agree with your comments about McLean. From what I saw of Clarke today, we've got ourselves a very expensive bench warmer. McLean couldn't even bother to respond to the applause he received as he warmed up.
He played well first half but did fall asleep on 2 occasions letting them in on goal and didn't look like he wanted to go forward much but was brilliant 2nd half, really perked up and looked like the player against Hartlepool, hope they all work on corners coming up to the Morecambe game as that's where we looked very week and when we started sitting back to defend too.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baby Bantam[/bold] wrote: Some great football there, some good and bad refereeing too (corner of their goal first shouldn't have been) but very poor defending from corners too which gave them too cheap goals. Very very impressed with Clarke and Liddle but can't see McLean getting a look in with the way Hanson and Clarke played together. Sheehan had a good second half after falling asleep in the first but definitely redeemed himself with a well taken penny. Hope we take that game and set it as the base their expected to play at. Just work on defending corners[/p][/quote]It shows how we all see a game differently. I thought Sheehan was class - first half and second half! I do agree with your comments about McLean. From what I saw of Clarke today, we've got ourselves a very expensive bench warmer. McLean couldn't even bother to respond to the applause he received as he warmed up.[/p][/quote]He played well first half but did fall asleep on 2 occasions letting them in on goal and didn't look like he wanted to go forward much but was brilliant 2nd half, really perked up and looked like the player against Hartlepool, hope they all work on corners coming up to the Morecambe game as that's where we looked very week and when we started sitting back to defend too. Baby Bantam
  • Score: 1

12:04am Sun 10 Aug 14

Baby Bantam says...

dannbradfc wrote:
Olivermac wrote:
Cityman23 wrote:
Bantambhoy wrote:
Cityman23 wrote:
For those in attendance, this goes down as one of the memorable matches of 2014/15- yes, even this early. It was a game with what most fans want-competitive, full tilt action, plenty of goals, goal mouth incidents and misses, and some real skillful play too, from both sides. the fact that all of City's new signings turned in good to very good performances was also a big plus!

The teams emerged to great cheers from the home fans and a full Midland Rd. end of sky blues supporters. there was some very good lively action from the start, but for a while both teams were cancelling each other out. Coventry had a couple of chances early on but failed to make them count. Then City took the lead to wild cheering from, who else but James Hanson. The half looked like ending 1-0, which would have been a fair reflection off the contest, but unfortunately new goalie Pickford came out for a cross, didn't connect and the ball was in the claret& amber net. City looked briefly shocked, but the half time whistle was probably a help.

Second half, it was City- not Coentry out of the traps quickly and the bantams won a penalty when big jim Hanson was pushed away from making contact in the box. These sometimes don't get given but JH was certainly man- handled away from reaching the ball. Alan Sheehan stepped up and it was 2-1 with a cool, determined finish.

This seemed to dampen Coventry's spirits and for most of the rest of the half they offered less of a threat. However, with 10 mins or so left they began to put more pressure on the City goal. City were playing deeper and deeper and attempting to hold what they had, but on one attack, Coventry put the ball across goal and it was put in at close range.

Very disappointing for City and the fans, but great credit to the bantams they didn't give up.
Jason Kennedy- a player who gave a terrific display today in midfield, won the ball and ran with it down the right. the Coventry players who had just previously been overdoing the celebrations down at the Midland Rd, looked on the back foot. Kennedy kept coming and then delivered an absolute peach of a cross that was met with pin point accuracy and bulleted into the net by big Jim Hanson. 3-2!!!

The game was over all bar the whistle, and City players celebrated a truly amazing win, while the sky blues trooped off hardly, believing they'd lost it at the end.

Lost of terrific performances-Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott, Jason Kennedy, Billy Clarke, Mark Yates, Jim Hanson. the official MOTM was Clarke, but I'd have given it to Kennedy. His work rate and tiger tackling was tremendous and that cross was top notch. He's come from being a write off on the basis of last season's performances to maybe, just maybe being a first choice, first team player.
Well done City and 'PP'!!
You're just supposed to comment not give a match report, also there were only a couple of dozen Coventry fans in the Midland Road side of the ground, the Bradford End was full. Were you really there? The attendance was 14,600.
Fantastic performance from the team, some great skill and passing, I could watch that every week. Come on!!
Yes, I got the two stand names mixed up, probably because I was so exhilarated about what was a brilliant first match with so many new players. In truth, City were so much better than I ( and perhaps others ??) dared hope.

The only slight downer was Jordan Pickford who seems less happy with crosses but is a terrific shot stopper.

He dived full length to tip a shot round the goal in the second half, but the whistle had blown so it wouldn't have counted anyway, but what a save!!

Hopefully, Pickford will improve/ gain confidence with crosses as the games unfold.

I am surprised no-one else has mentioned Jason Kennedy because he had a terrific game! despite his booking? He looked very fit, put himself about, tackled well, and his cross was so good, Iam not surprised James Hanson was thanking him after the final whistle as the players went round clapping the fans.
Jason Kennedy stood out by a mile , not a fan of his but I would have given him the MOTM today , I hope that Pickford gets some training in as his ability not to gather crosses from corners maybe a big problem for City He had this problem when we played Blackburn and Hartlepool dropping crosses from corners/ free kicks .
Yep pickfords distribution was great but he looked very suspect from crosses (incidentally one area jonny mac was very assured with). Sheehan was a little asleep at times early on and nearly cost us a goal. Davies and mcardle both good. Darby too had a few mistakes at times but improved as the game went on. So apart from crosses we coped well. ...
Totally agree about Pickford. Hopefully he'll improve as he gets settled but I a ant Williams to start against Morcombe. Want to see what he can do and maybe he'll out sine Pickford
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Olivermac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bantambhoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: For those in attendance, this goes down as one of the memorable matches of 2014/15- yes, even this early. It was a game with what most fans want-competitive, full tilt action, plenty of goals, goal mouth incidents and misses, and some real skillful play too, from both sides. the fact that all of City's new signings turned in good to very good performances was also a big plus! The teams emerged to great cheers from the home fans and a full Midland Rd. end of sky blues supporters. there was some very good lively action from the start, but for a while both teams were cancelling each other out. Coventry had a couple of chances early on but failed to make them count. Then City took the lead to wild cheering from, who else but James Hanson. The half looked like ending 1-0, which would have been a fair reflection off the contest, but unfortunately new goalie Pickford came out for a cross, didn't connect and the ball was in the claret& amber net. City looked briefly shocked, but the half time whistle was probably a help. Second half, it was City- not Coentry out of the traps quickly and the bantams won a penalty when big jim Hanson was pushed away from making contact in the box. These sometimes don't get given but JH was certainly man- handled away from reaching the ball. Alan Sheehan stepped up and it was 2-1 with a cool, determined finish. This seemed to dampen Coventry's spirits and for most of the rest of the half they offered less of a threat. However, with 10 mins or so left they began to put more pressure on the City goal. City were playing deeper and deeper and attempting to hold what they had, but on one attack, Coventry put the ball across goal and it was put in at close range. Very disappointing for City and the fans, but great credit to the bantams they didn't give up. Jason Kennedy- a player who gave a terrific display today in midfield, won the ball and ran with it down the right. the Coventry players who had just previously been overdoing the celebrations down at the Midland Rd, looked on the back foot. Kennedy kept coming and then delivered an absolute peach of a cross that was met with pin point accuracy and bulleted into the net by big Jim Hanson. 3-2!!! The game was over all bar the whistle, and City players celebrated a truly amazing win, while the sky blues trooped off hardly, believing they'd lost it at the end. Lost of terrific performances-Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott, Jason Kennedy, Billy Clarke, Mark Yates, Jim Hanson. the official MOTM was Clarke, but I'd have given it to Kennedy. His work rate and tiger tackling was tremendous and that cross was top notch. He's come from being a write off on the basis of last season's performances to maybe, just maybe being a first choice, first team player. Well done City and 'PP'!![/p][/quote]You're just supposed to comment not give a match report, also there were only a couple of dozen Coventry fans in the Midland Road side of the ground, the Bradford End was full. Were you really there? The attendance was 14,600. Fantastic performance from the team, some great skill and passing, I could watch that every week. Come on!![/p][/quote]Yes, I got the two stand names mixed up, probably because I was so exhilarated about what was a brilliant first match with so many new players. In truth, City were so much better than I ( and perhaps others ??) dared hope. The only slight downer was Jordan Pickford who seems less happy with crosses but is a terrific shot stopper. He dived full length to tip a shot round the goal in the second half, but the whistle had blown so it wouldn't have counted anyway, but what a save!! Hopefully, Pickford will improve/ gain confidence with crosses as the games unfold. I am surprised no-one else has mentioned Jason Kennedy because he had a terrific game! despite his booking? He looked very fit, put himself about, tackled well, and his cross was so good, Iam not surprised James Hanson was thanking him after the final whistle as the players went round clapping the fans.[/p][/quote]Jason Kennedy stood out by a mile , not a fan of his but I would have given him the MOTM today , I hope that Pickford gets some training in as his ability not to gather crosses from corners maybe a big problem for City He had this problem when we played Blackburn and Hartlepool dropping crosses from corners/ free kicks .[/p][/quote]Yep pickfords distribution was great but he looked very suspect from crosses (incidentally one area jonny mac was very assured with). Sheehan was a little asleep at times early on and nearly cost us a goal. Davies and mcardle both good. Darby too had a few mistakes at times but improved as the game went on. So apart from crosses we coped well. ...[/p][/quote]Totally agree about Pickford. Hopefully he'll improve as he gets settled but I a ant Williams to start against Morcombe. Want to see what he can do and maybe he'll out sine Pickford Baby Bantam
  • Score: 0

2:08am Sun 10 Aug 14

tyker7745 says...

What have the club been feeding Kennedy Let's hope he can keep this up

Towering goals from Hanson. He will always score goals when crosses are coming in like those today.
What have the club been feeding Kennedy Let's hope he can keep this up Towering goals from Hanson. He will always score goals when crosses are coming in like those today. tyker7745
  • Score: 5

7:16am Sun 10 Aug 14

bcfcincheshire says...

Marvellous win, very good performance, a wonderful style of play, many stand out performances- especially Jason Kennedy - just a llittle concerned about Jordan Pickford. .but we do have 2 other keepers at the club now so if his form struggles then at least we have cover. Just depends on him really...but great start for the club. Well done Parkinson and Parkin!!
Marvellous win, very good performance, a wonderful style of play, many stand out performances- especially Jason Kennedy - just a llittle concerned about Jordan Pickford. .but we do have 2 other keepers at the club now so if his form struggles then at least we have cover. Just depends on him really...but great start for the club. Well done Parkinson and Parkin!! bcfcincheshire
  • Score: 2

8:33am Sun 10 Aug 14

yorkiewyke says...

Bantambhoy wrote:
Cityman23 wrote:
For those in attendance, this goes down as one of the memorable matches of 2014/15- yes, even this early. It was a game with what most fans want-competitive, full tilt action, plenty of goals, goal mouth incidents and misses, and some real skillful play too, from both sides. the fact that all of City's new signings turned in good to very good performances was also a big plus!

The teams emerged to great cheers from the home fans and a full Midland Rd. end of sky blues supporters. there was some very good lively action from the start, but for a while both teams were cancelling each other out. Coventry had a couple of chances early on but failed to make them count. Then City took the lead to wild cheering from, who else but James Hanson. The half looked like ending 1-0, which would have been a fair reflection off the contest, but unfortunately new goalie Pickford came out for a cross, didn't connect and the ball was in the claret& amber net. City looked briefly shocked, but the half time whistle was probably a help.

Second half, it was City- not Coentry out of the traps quickly and the bantams won a penalty when big jim Hanson was pushed away from making contact in the box. These sometimes don't get given but JH was certainly man- handled away from reaching the ball. Alan Sheehan stepped up and it was 2-1 with a cool, determined finish.

This seemed to dampen Coventry's spirits and for most of the rest of the half they offered less of a threat. However, with 10 mins or so left they began to put more pressure on the City goal. City were playing deeper and deeper and attempting to hold what they had, but on one attack, Coventry put the ball across goal and it was put in at close range.

Very disappointing for City and the fans, but great credit to the bantams they didn't give up.
Jason Kennedy- a player who gave a terrific display today in midfield, won the ball and ran with it down the right. the Coventry players who had just previously been overdoing the celebrations down at the Midland Rd, looked on the back foot. Kennedy kept coming and then delivered an absolute peach of a cross that was met with pin point accuracy and bulleted into the net by big Jim Hanson. 3-2!!!

The game was over all bar the whistle, and City players celebrated a truly amazing win, while the sky blues trooped off hardly, believing they'd lost it at the end.

Lost of terrific performances-Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott, Jason Kennedy, Billy Clarke, Mark Yates, Jim Hanson. the official MOTM was Clarke, but I'd have given it to Kennedy. His work rate and tiger tackling was tremendous and that cross was top notch. He's come from being a write off on the basis of last season's performances to maybe, just maybe being a first choice, first team player.
Well done City and 'PP'!!
You're just supposed to comment not give a match report, also there were only a couple of dozen Coventry fans in the Midland Road side of the ground, the Bradford End was full. Were you really there? The attendance was 14,600.
Fantastic performance from the team, some great skill and passing, I could watch that every week. Come on!!
Beat me to it banthambhoy, I was going to ask city23 which game he was at. Coventry fans in Bradford End
[quote][p][bold]Bantambhoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: For those in attendance, this goes down as one of the memorable matches of 2014/15- yes, even this early. It was a game with what most fans want-competitive, full tilt action, plenty of goals, goal mouth incidents and misses, and some real skillful play too, from both sides. the fact that all of City's new signings turned in good to very good performances was also a big plus! The teams emerged to great cheers from the home fans and a full Midland Rd. end of sky blues supporters. there was some very good lively action from the start, but for a while both teams were cancelling each other out. Coventry had a couple of chances early on but failed to make them count. Then City took the lead to wild cheering from, who else but James Hanson. The half looked like ending 1-0, which would have been a fair reflection off the contest, but unfortunately new goalie Pickford came out for a cross, didn't connect and the ball was in the claret& amber net. City looked briefly shocked, but the half time whistle was probably a help. Second half, it was City- not Coentry out of the traps quickly and the bantams won a penalty when big jim Hanson was pushed away from making contact in the box. These sometimes don't get given but JH was certainly man- handled away from reaching the ball. Alan Sheehan stepped up and it was 2-1 with a cool, determined finish. This seemed to dampen Coventry's spirits and for most of the rest of the half they offered less of a threat. However, with 10 mins or so left they began to put more pressure on the City goal. City were playing deeper and deeper and attempting to hold what they had, but on one attack, Coventry put the ball across goal and it was put in at close range. Very disappointing for City and the fans, but great credit to the bantams they didn't give up. Jason Kennedy- a player who gave a terrific display today in midfield, won the ball and ran with it down the right. the Coventry players who had just previously been overdoing the celebrations down at the Midland Rd, looked on the back foot. Kennedy kept coming and then delivered an absolute peach of a cross that was met with pin point accuracy and bulleted into the net by big Jim Hanson. 3-2!!! The game was over all bar the whistle, and City players celebrated a truly amazing win, while the sky blues trooped off hardly, believing they'd lost it at the end. Lost of terrific performances-Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott, Jason Kennedy, Billy Clarke, Mark Yates, Jim Hanson. the official MOTM was Clarke, but I'd have given it to Kennedy. His work rate and tiger tackling was tremendous and that cross was top notch. He's come from being a write off on the basis of last season's performances to maybe, just maybe being a first choice, first team player. Well done City and 'PP'!![/p][/quote]You're just supposed to comment not give a match report, also there were only a couple of dozen Coventry fans in the Midland Road side of the ground, the Bradford End was full. Were you really there? The attendance was 14,600. Fantastic performance from the team, some great skill and passing, I could watch that every week. Come on!![/p][/quote]Beat me to it banthambhoy, I was going to ask city23 which game he was at. Coventry fans in Bradford End yorkiewyke
  • Score: 0

9:47am Sun 10 Aug 14

Michael Clayton says...

Apropos Kennedy and Yeates.

The difference this season is that they are shaping the mould of the team.

Last season, they were expected to thrive within preset parameters that did neither of them any favours.

It is not a case of either of them suddenly improving. It is merely that their workplace conditions have improved.
Apropos Kennedy and Yeates. The difference this season is that they are shaping the mould of the team. Last season, they were expected to thrive within preset parameters that did neither of them any favours. It is not a case of either of them suddenly improving. It is merely that their workplace conditions have improved. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 4

9:55am Sun 10 Aug 14

Olivermac says...

I can see a different team at Morcambe who also had a good result hope Parky keeps the same defence in place apart from trying another goalkeeper one player that I hope he starts with is Mo Sheriff he has bags of talent hopefully with Hanson up front, one sure thing is the board will want further progress in this competition and not a repeat of last year when Hartlepool gave us a drubbing.
I can see a different team at Morcambe who also had a good result hope Parky keeps the same defence in place apart from trying another goalkeeper one player that I hope he starts with is Mo Sheriff he has bags of talent hopefully with Hanson up front, one sure thing is the board will want further progress in this competition and not a repeat of last year when Hartlepool gave us a drubbing. Olivermac
  • Score: -3

12:08pm Sun 10 Aug 14

dannbradfc says...

hornseabantam wrote:
Hope all of you glass half empty jeremiads are having a much happier night. Coventry are a good side - and we beat them. Great start. The core of our side is very good indeed and better than most in D1. Just need some additions to take us through injury and suspension. Hurray for first points on the board! Enjoy the day you doom mongers!!!!
You've actually reiterated the concerns of those you call doom mongers which incidentally matched those of the manager. The squad first eleven are competitive but it's a very long season. ......you can't say in parky we trust then when he also voices concerns about the squad ignore them surely? ......
[quote][p][bold]hornseabantam[/bold] wrote: Hope all of you glass half empty jeremiads are having a much happier night. Coventry are a good side - and we beat them. Great start. The core of our side is very good indeed and better than most in D1. Just need some additions to take us through injury and suspension. Hurray for first points on the board! Enjoy the day you doom mongers!!!![/p][/quote]You've actually reiterated the concerns of those you call doom mongers which incidentally matched those of the manager. The squad first eleven are competitive but it's a very long season. ......you can't say in parky we trust then when he also voices concerns about the squad ignore them surely? ...... dannbradfc
  • Score: -8

12:09pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Very entertaining, some great and surprising performances BUT are we going to get hammered when the oppos scouts report back about our massive weakness. Shot stopping and distribution premier league aerial ability Sunday league. Considering crosses were where all 5 goals came from, one way or another and the majority of goals in this divison are also from the same aspect we'll get found out quickly. Keeper is no position for a boy
Very entertaining, some great and surprising performances BUT are we going to get hammered when the oppos scouts report back about our massive weakness. Shot stopping and distribution premier league aerial ability Sunday league. Considering crosses were where all 5 goals came from, one way or another and the majority of goals in this divison are also from the same aspect we'll get found out quickly. Keeper is no position for a boy Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: -2

7:55pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Michael Clayton says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Very entertaining, some great and surprising performances BUT are we going to get hammered when the oppos scouts report back about our massive weakness. Shot stopping and distribution premier league aerial ability Sunday league. Considering crosses were where all 5 goals came from, one way or another and the majority of goals in this divison are also from the same aspect we'll get found out quickly. Keeper is no position for a boy
Hard to argue.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Very entertaining, some great and surprising performances BUT are we going to get hammered when the oppos scouts report back about our massive weakness. Shot stopping and distribution premier league aerial ability Sunday league. Considering crosses were where all 5 goals came from, one way or another and the majority of goals in this divison are also from the same aspect we'll get found out quickly. Keeper is no position for a boy[/p][/quote]Hard to argue. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 0

11:43pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Belfast Bantam says...

Cityman23 wrote:
For those in attendance, this goes down as one of the memorable matches of 2014/15- yes, even this early. It was a game with what most fans want-competitive, full tilt action, plenty of goals, goal mouth incidents and misses, and some real skillful play too, from both sides. the fact that all of City's new signings turned in good to very good performances was also a big plus!

The teams emerged to great cheers from the home fans and a full Midland Rd. end of sky blues supporters. there was some very good lively action from the start, but for a while both teams were cancelling each other out. Coventry had a couple of chances early on but failed to make them count. Then City took the lead to wild cheering from, who else but James Hanson. The half looked like ending 1-0, which would have been a fair reflection off the contest, but unfortunately new goalie Pickford came out for a cross, didn't connect and the ball was in the claret& amber net. City looked briefly shocked, but the half time whistle was probably a help.

Second half, it was City- not Coentry out of the traps quickly and the bantams won a penalty when big jim Hanson was pushed away from making contact in the box. These sometimes don't get given but JH was certainly man- handled away from reaching the ball. Alan Sheehan stepped up and it was 2-1 with a cool, determined finish.

This seemed to dampen Coventry's spirits and for most of the rest of the half they offered less of a threat. However, with 10 mins or so left they began to put more pressure on the City goal. City were playing deeper and deeper and attempting to hold what they had, but on one attack, Coventry put the ball across goal and it was put in at close range.

Very disappointing for City and the fans, but great credit to the bantams they didn't give up.
Jason Kennedy- a player who gave a terrific display today in midfield, won the ball and ran with it down the right. the Coventry players who had just previously been overdoing the celebrations down at the Midland Rd, looked on the back foot. Kennedy kept coming and then delivered an absolute peach of a cross that was met with pin point accuracy and bulleted into the net by big Jim Hanson. 3-2!!!

The game was over all bar the whistle, and City players celebrated a truly amazing win, while the sky blues trooped off hardly, believing they'd lost it at the end.

Lost of terrific performances-Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott, Jason Kennedy, Billy Clarke, Mark Yates, Jim Hanson. the official MOTM was Clarke, but I'd have given it to Kennedy. His work rate and tiger tackling was tremendous and that cross was top notch. He's come from being a write off on the basis of last season's performances to maybe, just maybe being a first choice, first team player.
Well done City and 'PP'!!
Excellent report of the game!
I wasn't there today, but wish I had been, (owing to business).
Eat yer heart out, Simon Parker!!
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: For those in attendance, this goes down as one of the memorable matches of 2014/15- yes, even this early. It was a game with what most fans want-competitive, full tilt action, plenty of goals, goal mouth incidents and misses, and some real skillful play too, from both sides. the fact that all of City's new signings turned in good to very good performances was also a big plus! The teams emerged to great cheers from the home fans and a full Midland Rd. end of sky blues supporters. there was some very good lively action from the start, but for a while both teams were cancelling each other out. Coventry had a couple of chances early on but failed to make them count. Then City took the lead to wild cheering from, who else but James Hanson. The half looked like ending 1-0, which would have been a fair reflection off the contest, but unfortunately new goalie Pickford came out for a cross, didn't connect and the ball was in the claret& amber net. City looked briefly shocked, but the half time whistle was probably a help. Second half, it was City- not Coentry out of the traps quickly and the bantams won a penalty when big jim Hanson was pushed away from making contact in the box. These sometimes don't get given but JH was certainly man- handled away from reaching the ball. Alan Sheehan stepped up and it was 2-1 with a cool, determined finish. This seemed to dampen Coventry's spirits and for most of the rest of the half they offered less of a threat. However, with 10 mins or so left they began to put more pressure on the City goal. City were playing deeper and deeper and attempting to hold what they had, but on one attack, Coventry put the ball across goal and it was put in at close range. Very disappointing for City and the fans, but great credit to the bantams they didn't give up. Jason Kennedy- a player who gave a terrific display today in midfield, won the ball and ran with it down the right. the Coventry players who had just previously been overdoing the celebrations down at the Midland Rd, looked on the back foot. Kennedy kept coming and then delivered an absolute peach of a cross that was met with pin point accuracy and bulleted into the net by big Jim Hanson. 3-2!!! The game was over all bar the whistle, and City players celebrated a truly amazing win, while the sky blues trooped off hardly, believing they'd lost it at the end. Lost of terrific performances-Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Knott, Jason Kennedy, Billy Clarke, Mark Yates, Jim Hanson. the official MOTM was Clarke, but I'd have given it to Kennedy. His work rate and tiger tackling was tremendous and that cross was top notch. He's come from being a write off on the basis of last season's performances to maybe, just maybe being a first choice, first team player. Well done City and 'PP'!![/p][/quote]Excellent report of the game! I wasn't there today, but wish I had been, (owing to business). Eat yer heart out, Simon Parker!! Belfast Bantam
  • Score: 1

12:37pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Very entertaining, some great and surprising performances BUT are we going to get hammered when the oppos scouts report back about our massive weakness. Shot stopping and distribution premier league aerial ability Sunday league. Considering crosses were where all 5 goals came from, one way or another and the majority of goals in this divison are also from the same aspect we'll get found out quickly. Keeper is no position for a boy
Hard to argue.
Someone obviously disagrees :)
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Very entertaining, some great and surprising performances BUT are we going to get hammered when the oppos scouts report back about our massive weakness. Shot stopping and distribution premier league aerial ability Sunday league. Considering crosses were where all 5 goals came from, one way or another and the majority of goals in this divison are also from the same aspect we'll get found out quickly. Keeper is no position for a boy[/p][/quote]Hard to argue.[/p][/quote]Someone obviously disagrees :) Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 0

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