Parkinson: Mclean's hour has come for Bradford City

Aaron Mclean is closing in on his first start following his pre-season calf injury

Aaron Mclean is closing in on his first start following his pre-season calf injury

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

AARON Mclean is getting primed for his first City start of the season this week.

After three substitute appearances and a goal, Phil Parkinson feels the striker is knocking on the door for more action.

But the City boss must decide whether he throws him in at Crawley tonight or hangs fire until the weekend visit from Mclean's former club Peterborough.

Parkinson said: "The next stage with Aaron is to give him 60 minutes. But we'll have to wait and decided whether it's tonight or on Saturday that he starts.

"He does look hungry. He has worked really hard in training in the last couple of weeks.

"Aaron knows he's got more to do but he is certainly getting closer."

Parkinson may be tempted to hold back the hitman once more at the Broadfield Stadium and give Mason Bennett a second run-out alongside James Hanson.

When the 18-year-old loan striker arrived from Derby last week, Parkinson felt it would take time to get him up to speed.

But with no Billy Clarke at Walsall, Bennett came straight in and showed some immediate promise.

"I thought there were some really good signs about what he is all about," said Parkinson.

"Mason's a very strong lad for his age and has got good technical ability as well. I was pleased with his debut.

"Even though he was tiring in the second half, which was to be expected, I thought that was probably his best spell.

"We always had it in our minds that 60 minutes would be enough for him because he hadn't played a lot of football. But I thought he did well and he looks like he's going to be a big player for us."

City's ranks have been boosted by the return of Alan Sheehan, who was unavailable for the Walsall trip following a family bereavement.

The defender, who was outstanding against Morecambe last week, flew back in from Dublin on Sunday night.

But Parkinson has a call to make after James Meredith slotted in effectively for the goalless draw at the Bescot.

"We've got to take the qualities we've shown in the last two games down to Crawley," said the Bantams boss.

"We know it's going to be tough because both teams have got a good start under their belts.

"It was good to get back on the bus at Walsall with a well-earned point in the bag.

"I thought we looked strong as a team and difficult to break down. Jordan (Pickford) really had only one save to make in the whole game and that was in the last minute.

"Now we have to be ready to go again and show that same discipline against Crawley."

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7:42am Tue 19 Aug 14

OLDLAD says...

We must start getting over 70% accuracy of goal attempts if we want to be in the mix. Three games so far and only problem I can see is getting the shots on target.
We must start getting over 70% accuracy of goal attempts if we want to be in the mix. Three games so far and only problem I can see is getting the shots on target. OLDLAD
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7:55am Tue 19 Aug 14

Freddy says...

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Perhaps Bennett and McClean could be used for a half each. ( 45 minutes each.) This would bring both players gradually up to match fitness.
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This would be a good match for City to win. But a fair way for The Bradford Army to travel.
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* Perhaps Bennett and McClean could be used for a half each. ( 45 minutes each.) This would bring both players gradually up to match fitness. * This would be a good match for City to win. But a fair way for The Bradford Army to travel. * Freddy
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8:04am Tue 19 Aug 14

Freddy says...

OLDLAD wrote:
We must start getting over 70% accuracy of goal attempts if we want to be in the mix. Three games so far and only problem I can see is getting the shots on target.
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This has been a major problem for most Teams in the football league.
Defences are getting much better, and tighter today. This is really prevalent and on display in Premier Matches. Many end up 0-0 or 1-0.
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However, having identified this trait, there has to be methods, to break them down .
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City's defence to date is showing very tight and solid.
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[quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: We must start getting over 70% accuracy of goal attempts if we want to be in the mix. Three games so far and only problem I can see is getting the shots on target.[/p][/quote]* This has been a major problem for most Teams in the football league. Defences are getting much better, and tighter today. This is really prevalent and on display in Premier Matches. Many end up 0-0 or 1-0. * However, having identified this trait, there has to be methods, to break them down . * City's defence to date is showing very tight and solid. * Freddy
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8:47am Tue 19 Aug 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Regarding the fitness, with these players needing game time just shows how much we still need to also be in a reserve league too.
Regarding the fitness, with these players needing game time just shows how much we still need to also be in a reserve league too. Papa Smurfs Wig
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10:15am Tue 19 Aug 14

Peter300 says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
Regarding the fitness, with these players needing game time just shows how much we still need to also be in a reserve league too.
But you know they only play one game per month in the reserve league which City were former members.
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: Regarding the fitness, with these players needing game time just shows how much we still need to also be in a reserve league too.[/p][/quote]But you know they only play one game per month in the reserve league which City were former members. Peter300
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3:17pm Tue 19 Aug 14

lawsonio123 says...

Good to hear The Goal Machine is now ready i only hope Mr Parkinson,s faith is justified with goals.However the yield so far has not been up to the expectation. Personally i would not like to gamble on the goals flowing BUT he a least deserves a chance to come up with the goals. I Wish him well in his efforts to do so and hope he is able to produce what supporters expected when he signed GIVE THE MAN A CHANCE HE HAS A LIVING TO MAKE
Good to hear The Goal Machine is now ready i only hope Mr Parkinson,s faith is justified with goals.However the yield so far has not been up to the expectation. Personally i would not like to gamble on the goals flowing BUT he a least deserves a chance to come up with the goals. I Wish him well in his efforts to do so and hope he is able to produce what supporters expected when he signed GIVE THE MAN A CHANCE HE HAS A LIVING TO MAKE lawsonio123
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4:41pm Tue 19 Aug 14

jamiejoe says...

Freddy wrote:
OLDLAD wrote:
We must start getting over 70% accuracy of goal attempts if we want to be in the mix. Three games so far and only problem I can see is getting the shots on target.
*
This has been a major problem for most Teams in the football league.
Defences are getting much better, and tighter today. This is really prevalent and on display in Premier Matches. Many end up 0-0 or 1-0.
*
However, having identified this trait, there has to be methods, to break them down .
*
City's defence to date is showing very tight and solid.
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Freddy

You make 1 or 2 good points every now and then - then go and blow it.

There are more goals that you realise.

Out of the 10 Prem. games this weekend. 3 finished 0.1 - all to the away team and the other 7 all had 2 goals or more.

23 goals out of 7 games = ave of 3.3 goals per game.

Even with the good away wins (where presumably the defense did tighten) you had 26 goals in 10 games and an ave. of 2.6 per match.

I may have made a bit of an error but the main point remains. You can work out if you want.

Goals win games, I do agree the shots need to be on target to score (most of the time at least!) ;-)

I was at the Bescot and whilst we won in the stands I would say to be fair they edged possession, ball play, passing if not the stats. McLean should have scored and Hanson could have with a header that just bounced to earth and bobbled harmlessly.

I think Walsall will be top 10 and over the course of the season we will do well to finish above a small club like them!!
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: We must start getting over 70% accuracy of goal attempts if we want to be in the mix. Three games so far and only problem I can see is getting the shots on target.[/p][/quote]* This has been a major problem for most Teams in the football league. Defences are getting much better, and tighter today. This is really prevalent and on display in Premier Matches. Many end up 0-0 or 1-0. * However, having identified this trait, there has to be methods, to break them down . * City's defence to date is showing very tight and solid. *[/p][/quote]..... Freddy You make 1 or 2 good points every now and then - then go and blow it. There are more goals that you realise. Out of the 10 Prem. games this weekend. 3 finished 0.1 - all to the away team and the other 7 all had 2 goals or more. 23 goals out of 7 games = ave of 3.3 goals per game. Even with the good away wins (where presumably the defense did tighten) you had 26 goals in 10 games and an ave. of 2.6 per match. I may have made a bit of an error but the main point remains. You can work out if you want. Goals win games, I do agree the shots need to be on target to score (most of the time at least!) ;-) I was at the Bescot and whilst we won in the stands I would say to be fair they edged possession, ball play, passing if not the stats. McLean should have scored and Hanson could have with a header that just bounced to earth and bobbled harmlessly. I think Walsall will be top 10 and over the course of the season we will do well to finish above a small club like them!! jamiejoe
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