Parkinson backs Bradford City to overcome Davies loss

Parkinson backs Bradford City to overcome Davies loss

A distraught Andrew Davies leaves the pitch after treatment for what turned out to be a broken arm

Andrew Davies receives treatment for what turned out to be a broken arm

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PHIL Parkinson is confident that City can cope without defensive talisman Andrew Davies.

The key centre half faces another extensive spell on the sidelines after breaking his arm in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Peterborough.

But Parkinson will not allow City to use his absence as an excuse for allowing their solid start to the new campaign to drop away.

The Bantams boss said: "He's had a great start to the season. He's probably fitter than he's ever been.

"It's a big blow to lose him within a game and whatever games he's going to miss.

"However, we've got enough players to come in and do a job and I don't want to use that as an excuse as the season goes on.

"Players get injured. Two years ago, Davo got injured and we went on to go to a major cup final."

Alan Sheehan is expected to replace Davies in the middle against Leeds on Wednesday, while Frenchman Christopher Routis could soon see his first action since signing a one-year deal on the eve of the season.

Parkinson said: "We've got to make sure that we respond and the players who come in keep hold of the shirt.

"We've got a team of captains. I've said it all along that there are many leaders in that squad.

"Andrew is one of them but if we've lost him for a while, which it looks like we have, we'll regroup and come back strong."

Kyle Vassell scored the only goal for Peterborough just two minutes after Davies had left the action. The defeat was City's first but Parkinson refused to be too downbeat as they build up for the televised Capital One Cup derby.

He said: "Naturally we're disappointed because we've had a fantastic start to the season. But it's a little reality check for us.

"We lost our way for a spell after the goal but got it back when Billy Knott went into the centre of the midfield three.

"He got the ball down and passed it and I thought he was tremendous. He kept going to the end and tried to get us playing."

Parkinson will expect to have Billy Clarke in contention for the cup tie after missing the last three games with a minor hamstring strain.

But Mason Bennett will only be allowed to play if his parent club Derby are knocked out by Charlton tomorrow.

Parkinson said: "We've got an extra day to recover with the Leeds game being on Wednesday. We'll just reassess everybody – they will all be needed.

"We've got a small squad but that's more or less what we've had before. When you're left out the team, you can't show that disappointment.

"When you get your chance, we've got to have everybody make sure they are ready to make their contribution, whether it's Wednesday or Saturday or the (JPT) game against Oldham."

Leeds appear to be in disarray after having two men sent off in a 4-1 defeat at Watford – a result that has reportedly left head coach Dave Hockaday's position in the balance.

Parkinson said: "We've obviously had Leeds watched over the past couple of games. We want to pick a team that will do the club proud and the city of Bradford proud."

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8:08am Mon 25 Aug 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

That lad is so unlucky and he seems to come off badly with injuries but he gets stuck in and is a huge loss to us. Peterborough were a tough and strong side and it showed as soon as he went off. I was fearing the worse when his legs were qaving about
But the rest of the lads will do what they can and look loke a good bunch.
Good luck on the recovery if you read this Andrew.
That lad is so unlucky and he seems to come off badly with injuries but he gets stuck in and is a huge loss to us. Peterborough were a tough and strong side and it showed as soon as he went off. I was fearing the worse when his legs were qaving about But the rest of the lads will do what they can and look loke a good bunch. Good luck on the recovery if you read this Andrew. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 23

10:04am Mon 25 Aug 14

Freddy says...

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Could it be " De Ja Vu "--losing Andrew AGAIN ! ; but then progressing to a Wembley Final ( With Andrew playing --AGAIN!) '?.
*
Financially City have already WON. With very large Gate Receipts. Plus another £100,000 from Sky.
*
I shall have to watch this match. But I will be there in every possible way--Cheering at the TV, and wishing my support, could be relayed to the ground !!!,
*
* Could it be " De Ja Vu "--losing Andrew AGAIN ! ; but then progressing to a Wembley Final ( With Andrew playing --AGAIN!) '?. * Financially City have already WON. With very large Gate Receipts. Plus another £100,000 from Sky. * I shall have to watch this match. But I will be there in every possible way--Cheering at the TV, and wishing my support, could be relayed to the ground !!!, * Freddy
  • Score: -1

10:41am Mon 25 Aug 14

#toerag43479 says...

Forget Man U v Liverpool, Arsenal v Chelsea, Barcelona v Real Madrid, the big kahuna is on Wednesday night- Bradford City v Leeds United.
Don Revie, Billy Bremner, Jack Charlton, Gary Sprake; you're boys will take ONE HELL OF A BEATING
Forget Man U v Liverpool, Arsenal v Chelsea, Barcelona v Real Madrid, the big kahuna is on Wednesday night- Bradford City v Leeds United. Don Revie, Billy Bremner, Jack Charlton, Gary Sprake; you're boys will take ONE HELL OF A BEATING #toerag43479
  • Score: 4

10:57am Mon 25 Aug 14

#toerag43479 says...

#toerag43479 wrote:
Forget Man U v Liverpool, Arsenal v Chelsea, Barcelona v Real Madrid, the big kahuna is on Wednesday night- Bradford City v Leeds United.
Don Revie, Billy Bremner, Jack Charlton, Gary Sprake; you're boys will take ONE HELL OF A BEATING
Grammar fail. lols
[quote][p][bold]#toerag43479[/bold] wrote: Forget Man U v Liverpool, Arsenal v Chelsea, Barcelona v Real Madrid, the big kahuna is on Wednesday night- Bradford City v Leeds United. Don Revie, Billy Bremner, Jack Charlton, Gary Sprake; you're boys will take ONE HELL OF A BEATING[/p][/quote]Grammar fail. lols #toerag43479
  • Score: 2

12:09pm Mon 25 Aug 14

bcfc1903 says...

Hopefully Davies will make a quick recovery. Should be a good one, I fancy BCFC to win 3-0 with the scum lucky to get nil, McLean, Sheehan and Meredith scoring and a crowd of 19,851.
Hopefully Davies will make a quick recovery. Should be a good one, I fancy BCFC to win 3-0 with the scum lucky to get nil, McLean, Sheehan and Meredith scoring and a crowd of 19,851. bcfc1903
  • Score: 8

12:52pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Having seen how our style and drive changed on Saturday I'd be putting Routis in and keeping Sheehan at LB. I know Sheehan played at CH v Morecambe and Mez at LB but this is a different challenge. PP has a couple of days to figure it out so I expect whoever he picks will be well drilled and capable
Having seen how our style and drive changed on Saturday I'd be putting Routis in and keeping Sheehan at LB. I know Sheehan played at CH v Morecambe and Mez at LB but this is a different challenge. PP has a couple of days to figure it out so I expect whoever he picks will be well drilled and capable Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 1

2:34pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Eight weeks out it is and that is about average with a pot.
Bring on the lightweight cast as soon as.
Eight weeks out it is and that is about average with a pot. Bring on the lightweight cast as soon as. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 1

5:52pm Mon 25 Aug 14

my only vision says...

Freddy wrote:
*
Could it be " De Ja Vu "--losing Andrew AGAIN ! ; but then progressing to a Wembley Final ( With Andrew playing --AGAIN!) '?.
*
Financially City have already WON. With very large Gate Receipts. Plus another £100,000 from Sky.
*
I shall have to watch this match. But I will be there in every possible way--Cheering at the TV, and wishing my support, could be relayed to the ground !!!,
*
Impossible, Without Nahki Wells Bradford will lose 4 - 0....... No Wembly at all.. as a matter of fact Bradford will be relegated to Division 2 this season. Go Huddersfield !!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * Could it be " De Ja Vu "--losing Andrew AGAIN ! ; but then progressing to a Wembley Final ( With Andrew playing --AGAIN!) '?. * Financially City have already WON. With very large Gate Receipts. Plus another £100,000 from Sky. * I shall have to watch this match. But I will be there in every possible way--Cheering at the TV, and wishing my support, could be relayed to the ground !!!, *[/p][/quote]Impossible, Without Nahki Wells Bradford will lose 4 - 0....... No Wembly at all.. as a matter of fact Bradford will be relegated to Division 2 this season. Go Huddersfield !!!!! my only vision
  • Score: -16

6:46pm Mon 25 Aug 14

nowt fresh says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Having seen how our style and drive changed on Saturday I'd be putting Routis in and keeping Sheehan at LB. I know Sheehan played at CH v Morecambe and Mez at LB but this is a different challenge. PP has a couple of days to figure it out so I expect whoever he picks will be well drilled and capable
Agree PCBA but looking at this I doubt it :-(( :Alan Sheehan is expected to replace Davies in the middle against Leeds on Wednesday, while Frenchman Christopher Routis could soon see his first action since signing a one-year deal on the eve of the season.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Having seen how our style and drive changed on Saturday I'd be putting Routis in and keeping Sheehan at LB. I know Sheehan played at CH v Morecambe and Mez at LB but this is a different challenge. PP has a couple of days to figure it out so I expect whoever he picks will be well drilled and capable[/p][/quote]Agree PCBA but looking at this I doubt it :-(( :Alan Sheehan is expected to replace Davies in the middle against Leeds on Wednesday, while Frenchman Christopher Routis could soon see his first action since signing a one-year deal on the eve of the season. nowt fresh
  • Score: 0

6:49pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

my only vision wrote:
Freddy wrote:
*
Could it be " De Ja Vu "--losing Andrew AGAIN ! ; but then progressing to a Wembley Final ( With Andrew playing --AGAIN!) '?.
*
Financially City have already WON. With very large Gate Receipts. Plus another £100,000 from Sky.
*
I shall have to watch this match. But I will be there in every possible way--Cheering at the TV, and wishing my support, could be relayed to the ground !!!,
*
Impossible, Without Nahki Wells Bradford will lose 4 - 0....... No Wembly at all.. as a matter of fact Bradford will be relegated to Division 2 this season. Go Huddersfield !!!!!
Ok Nahki.


BTW, Reggie Lambe was pants in his trial games, deadbeat no hoper
[quote][p][bold]my only vision[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * Could it be " De Ja Vu "--losing Andrew AGAIN ! ; but then progressing to a Wembley Final ( With Andrew playing --AGAIN!) '?. * Financially City have already WON. With very large Gate Receipts. Plus another £100,000 from Sky. * I shall have to watch this match. But I will be there in every possible way--Cheering at the TV, and wishing my support, could be relayed to the ground !!!, *[/p][/quote]Impossible, Without Nahki Wells Bradford will lose 4 - 0....... No Wembly at all.. as a matter of fact Bradford will be relegated to Division 2 this season. Go Huddersfield !!!!![/p][/quote]Ok Nahki. BTW, Reggie Lambe was pants in his trial games, deadbeat no hoper Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 1

7:47pm Mon 25 Aug 14

bcfc1903 says...

nowt fresh wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Having seen how our style and drive changed on Saturday I'd be putting Routis in and keeping Sheehan at LB. I know Sheehan played at CH v Morecambe and Mez at LB but this is a different challenge. PP has a couple of days to figure it out so I expect whoever he picks will be well drilled and capable
Agree PCBA but looking at this I doubt it :-(( :Alan Sheehan is expected to replace Davies in the middle against Leeds on Wednesday, while Frenchman Christopher Routis could soon see his first action since signing a one-year deal on the eve of the season.
I'd be amazed if Routis was thrown into this game, for me it has to be Sheehan and I'm expecting Meredith to have a big game as he usually does in these situations. I'm expecting Clarke or McLean to partner big James up front. Don't think Bennett will start even if Derby say he can play.
[quote][p][bold]nowt fresh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Having seen how our style and drive changed on Saturday I'd be putting Routis in and keeping Sheehan at LB. I know Sheehan played at CH v Morecambe and Mez at LB but this is a different challenge. PP has a couple of days to figure it out so I expect whoever he picks will be well drilled and capable[/p][/quote]Agree PCBA but looking at this I doubt it :-(( :Alan Sheehan is expected to replace Davies in the middle against Leeds on Wednesday, while Frenchman Christopher Routis could soon see his first action since signing a one-year deal on the eve of the season.[/p][/quote]I'd be amazed if Routis was thrown into this game, for me it has to be Sheehan and I'm expecting Meredith to have a big game as he usually does in these situations. I'm expecting Clarke or McLean to partner big James up front. Don't think Bennett will start even if Derby say he can play. bcfc1903
  • Score: 0

9:47pm Tue 26 Aug 14

I laugh at your vision says...

my only vision wrote:
Freddy wrote:
*
Could it be " De Ja Vu "--losing Andrew AGAIN ! ; but then progressing to a Wembley Final ( With Andrew playing --AGAIN!) '?.
*
Financially City have already WON. With very large Gate Receipts. Plus another £100,000 from Sky.
*
I shall have to watch this match. But I will be there in every possible way--Cheering at the TV, and wishing my support, could be relayed to the ground !!!,
*
Impossible, Without Nahki Wells Bradford will lose 4 - 0....... No Wembly at all.. as a matter of fact Bradford will be relegated to Division 2 this season. Go Huddersfield !!!!!
Yeh, go Huddersfield! - straight out of the cup. Do you even look at your boyfriends teams results you nob? No chance of 'Wembly' for him. Just out of interest, if City hadn't given him a chance the ungrateful judas would have been on the scrapheap, think of that when your trolling from your internet cafe
[quote][p][bold]my only vision[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: * Could it be " De Ja Vu "--losing Andrew AGAIN ! ; but then progressing to a Wembley Final ( With Andrew playing --AGAIN!) '?. * Financially City have already WON. With very large Gate Receipts. Plus another £100,000 from Sky. * I shall have to watch this match. But I will be there in every possible way--Cheering at the TV, and wishing my support, could be relayed to the ground !!!, *[/p][/quote]Impossible, Without Nahki Wells Bradford will lose 4 - 0....... No Wembly at all.. as a matter of fact Bradford will be relegated to Division 2 this season. Go Huddersfield !!!!![/p][/quote]Yeh, go Huddersfield! - straight out of the cup. Do you even look at your boyfriends teams results you nob? No chance of 'Wembly' for him. Just out of interest, if City hadn't given him a chance the ungrateful judas would have been on the scrapheap, think of that when your trolling from your internet cafe I laugh at your vision
  • Score: 1

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