Bradford City told to forget Leeds and focus on Rochdale

Gary Liddle goes down after the challenge from Luke Murphy that earned the Leeds midfielder his first booking

Jason Kennedy, pictured holding off Leeds midfielder Tommaso Bianchi, is a doubt ahead of tomorrow's return to his former club

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

AFTER a quiet celebration with his family to reflect on the Leeds win, Phil Parkinson woke up to business as usual.

The City chief had savoured the moment of a special occasion. But come the cold light of day, it was Rochdale and not Leeds occupying his thoughts.

The DVD player he switched on showed highlights of Dale’s most recent performances not the emotional derby rollercoaster from Valley Parade.

With the quick change-over from playing on Wednesday night, Parkinson could not dwell on the previous evening's excitement.

He said: “It was a fantastic night but the talk of that has got to stop quickly. We can’t afford to enjoy it too much because we have to focus on a very important game with Rochdale.

“Everyone was in again yesterday. The lads who played had a recovery session in the pool while the others were training.

“Some will be starting tomorrow and we have to make sure they have got the right fitness levels.”

Keith Hill led Dale to promotion last season and they have picked up four points since losing the opening two games.

“Rochdale’s last two results have been great,” added Parkinson. “They went to Crewe and won and according to our reports they played really well against Bristol City.

“We know that they play good football and they are quite a young team with a lot of energy in the side. We’ve got to make sure we can match that.”

City have injury concerns over Aaron Mclean, Jason Kennedy and Gary Liddle.

Kennedy made 200 appearances for Dale and returned there on loan for the second half of last season. If fit, it will be a very different player who confronts them at Spotland.

The midfielder has been City’s most improved performer so far and Parkinson said: “Jason has got to be pleased with where he is.

“He’s gone from when he came back pre-season to the standing he has in the squad now.

“Rochdale will obviously be a game where he wants to be involved but we’ll have to check on him.”

Mclean suffered a spasm in his hamstring early in Wednesday’s game and Liddle took a whack in the challenge from Luke Murphy which landed the Leeds midfielder the first of his two yellow cards.

Parkinson was not too impressed by the ferocity of some of the Leeds tackling and got involved in a brief spat with striker Billy Sharp.

“There were a couple I thought were bordering on reckless. Their lad (Murphy) deserved to go – both were really poor challenges.

“Billy Sharp also had that little tussle with Rozza (Rory McArdle) on the floor and I felt he went a little bit over the top.”

Mason Bennett and Jordan Pickford are clear to return after both were ineligible for the Capital One Cup. Neither will be allowed to feature in the next round because their parent clubs are still involved in the competition.

Dale boss Hill believes the Lancashire club cannot compete on an equal footing in League One until they own Spotland. Like City, they currently pay rent to the owners of their ground – a stadium company made up of Rochdale Council and the Rugby Football League.

He said: “The finances in League One have become better since we were last in the division, whereas ours have stayed the same.”

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8:48am Fri 29 Aug 14

Cityman23 says...

What's the difference between David Hockney and David Hockaday?

One was made in Bradford and and the other was slayed in Bradford!
What's the difference between David Hockney and David Hockaday? One was made in Bradford and and the other was slayed in Bradford! Cityman23
  • Score: 4

10:01am Fri 29 Aug 14

Cityman23 says...

To be fair to Hockaday, Leeds put in a decent performance v City particularly as it was ten v eleven for an hour of the match. No manager should be appointed and sacked after two months in these circumstances. Surely, Leeds will struggle to get a replacement of any stature to work under such a chairman?!!!
To be fair to Hockaday, Leeds put in a decent performance v City particularly as it was ten v eleven for an hour of the match. No manager should be appointed and sacked after two months in these circumstances. Surely, Leeds will struggle to get a replacement of any stature to work under such a chairman?!!! Cityman23
  • Score: 14

10:34am Fri 29 Aug 14

Olivermac says...

Cityman23 wrote:
To be fair to Hockaday, Leeds put in a decent performance v City particularly as it was ten v eleven for an hour of the match. No manager should be appointed and sacked after two months in these circumstances. Surely, Leeds will struggle to get a replacement of any stature to work under such a chairman?!!!
Leeds look a certainty for relegation, they only played in there own half on Wed Leeds goalkeeper wasted more time trying to get to the penalty shoot out and regarding Hockaday I agree that to judge someone in such a short space of time is not on but if you look at this Chairmans record in Italy he is renowned for sacking football managers well over 30 have gone under his ownership in Italy.
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: To be fair to Hockaday, Leeds put in a decent performance v City particularly as it was ten v eleven for an hour of the match. No manager should be appointed and sacked after two months in these circumstances. Surely, Leeds will struggle to get a replacement of any stature to work under such a chairman?!!![/p][/quote]Leeds look a certainty for relegation, they only played in there own half on Wed Leeds goalkeeper wasted more time trying to get to the penalty shoot out and regarding Hockaday I agree that to judge someone in such a short space of time is not on but if you look at this Chairmans record in Italy he is renowned for sacking football managers well over 30 have gone under his ownership in Italy. Olivermac
  • Score: 7

11:11am Fri 29 Aug 14

lawsonio123 says...

What happens at Leeds is not our concern. We must concentrate on Rochdale and our own future Leeds have been beaten and gone now on to a tilt at Promotion and a nice cup run
What happens at Leeds is not our concern. We must concentrate on Rochdale and our own future Leeds have been beaten and gone now on to a tilt at Promotion and a nice cup run lawsonio123
  • Score: 7

11:23am Fri 29 Aug 14

bcfc1903 says...

I'm sure Phil Parkinson will get everyones feet firmly on the ground, yes we've made history by beating scum in the Capitol Cup but in the great scheme of things the league game at Rochdale is probably more important. It should be a cracker with around 3,000 BCFC fans making it a great atmosphere. It'll be a tough game but I think BCFC will get at least a point from it keeping up the momentum in the league!!!!
I'm sure Phil Parkinson will get everyones feet firmly on the ground, yes we've made history by beating scum in the Capitol Cup but in the great scheme of things the league game at Rochdale is probably more important. It should be a cracker with around 3,000 BCFC fans making it a great atmosphere. It'll be a tough game but I think BCFC will get at least a point from it keeping up the momentum in the league!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 7

1:42pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Peter300 says...

Cityman23 wrote:
To be fair to Hockaday, Leeds put in a decent performance v City particularly as it was ten v eleven for an hour of the match. No manager should be appointed and sacked after two months in these circumstances. Surely, Leeds will struggle to get a replacement of any stature to work under such a chairman?!!!
Totally agree. Football is a crazy world.
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: To be fair to Hockaday, Leeds put in a decent performance v City particularly as it was ten v eleven for an hour of the match. No manager should be appointed and sacked after two months in these circumstances. Surely, Leeds will struggle to get a replacement of any stature to work under such a chairman?!!![/p][/quote]Totally agree. Football is a crazy world. Peter300
  • Score: 9

1:45pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Peter300 says...

Olivermac wrote:
Cityman23 wrote:
To be fair to Hockaday, Leeds put in a decent performance v City particularly as it was ten v eleven for an hour of the match. No manager should be appointed and sacked after two months in these circumstances. Surely, Leeds will struggle to get a replacement of any stature to work under such a chairman?!!!
Leeds look a certainty for relegation, they only played in there own half on Wed Leeds goalkeeper wasted more time trying to get to the penalty shoot out and regarding Hockaday I agree that to judge someone in such a short space of time is not on but if you look at this Chairmans record in Italy he is renowned for sacking football managers well over 30 have gone under his ownership in Italy.
Nobody looks a certainty for relegation after four league games.
[quote][p][bold]Olivermac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: To be fair to Hockaday, Leeds put in a decent performance v City particularly as it was ten v eleven for an hour of the match. No manager should be appointed and sacked after two months in these circumstances. Surely, Leeds will struggle to get a replacement of any stature to work under such a chairman?!!![/p][/quote]Leeds look a certainty for relegation, they only played in there own half on Wed Leeds goalkeeper wasted more time trying to get to the penalty shoot out and regarding Hockaday I agree that to judge someone in such a short space of time is not on but if you look at this Chairmans record in Italy he is renowned for sacking football managers well over 30 have gone under his ownership in Italy.[/p][/quote]Nobody looks a certainty for relegation after four league games. Peter300
  • Score: 5

1:48pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Peter300 says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
What happens at Leeds is not our concern. We must concentrate on Rochdale and our own future Leeds have been beaten and gone now on to a tilt at Promotion and a nice cup run
There would be numerous City fans calling for Parkinson to be sacked if City had a similar start to the other lot. One win in four league games and a cup win and defeat.
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: What happens at Leeds is not our concern. We must concentrate on Rochdale and our own future Leeds have been beaten and gone now on to a tilt at Promotion and a nice cup run[/p][/quote]There would be numerous City fans calling for Parkinson to be sacked if City had a similar start to the other lot. One win in four league games and a cup win and defeat. Peter300
  • Score: 11

2:09pm Fri 29 Aug 14

lawsonio123 says...

Yes Peter that is often what unknowing people do. But in football losing is part and parcel of the game and at Valley Parade i like to think we would be a little more understanding for all teams do go on Losing Runs you cannot expect you Manager to win them all and our Mr Parkinson is doing a very good job lets hope all remember that when he suffers a bad run
Yes Peter that is often what unknowing people do. But in football losing is part and parcel of the game and at Valley Parade i like to think we would be a little more understanding for all teams do go on Losing Runs you cannot expect you Manager to win them all and our Mr Parkinson is doing a very good job lets hope all remember that when he suffers a bad run lawsonio123
  • Score: 2

2:40pm Fri 29 Aug 14

bcfc1903 says...

Peter300 wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote:
What happens at Leeds is not our concern. We must concentrate on Rochdale and our own future Leeds have been beaten and gone now on to a tilt at Promotion and a nice cup run
There would be numerous City fans calling for Parkinson to be sacked if City had a similar start to the other lot. One win in four league games and a cup win and defeat.
Too true Peter, last season when having that poor run in the league the seasons previous exploits went out of the window, with some folk in what came across to me as panic mode. I'd expect the same again if BCFC hit a rocky patch. I'm pretty content at minute as we have a great manager with a couple of chairmen who are not the richest but are staunch BCFC fans, add to that to a great support and you have some of the ingredients needed for a successful football club, if the windfall cash materialises then BCFC could well be in for another exciting season.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: What happens at Leeds is not our concern. We must concentrate on Rochdale and our own future Leeds have been beaten and gone now on to a tilt at Promotion and a nice cup run[/p][/quote]There would be numerous City fans calling for Parkinson to be sacked if City had a similar start to the other lot. One win in four league games and a cup win and defeat.[/p][/quote]Too true Peter, last season when having that poor run in the league the seasons previous exploits went out of the window, with some folk in what came across to me as panic mode. I'd expect the same again if BCFC hit a rocky patch. I'm pretty content at minute as we have a great manager with a couple of chairmen who are not the richest but are staunch BCFC fans, add to that to a great support and you have some of the ingredients needed for a successful football club, if the windfall cash materialises then BCFC could well be in for another exciting season. bcfc1903
  • Score: 5

3:39pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Michael Clayton says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote: What happens at Leeds is not our concern. We must concentrate on Rochdale and our own future Leeds have been beaten and gone now on to a tilt at Promotion and a nice cup run
There would be numerous City fans calling for Parkinson to be sacked if City had a similar start to the other lot. One win in four league games and a cup win and defeat.
Too true Peter, last season when having that poor run in the league the seasons previous exploits went out of the window, with some folk in what came across to me as panic mode. I'd expect the same again if BCFC hit a rocky patch. I'm pretty content at minute as we have a great manager with a couple of chairmen who are not the richest but are staunch BCFC fans, add to that to a great support and you have some of the ingredients needed for a successful football club, if the windfall cash materialises then BCFC could well be in for another exciting season.
There was so much doom and gloom less than three weeks ago. I just wish that people would reserve judgement until they see the evidence.

What is apparent is the the importance of a cup competition. A fortunate cup-draw (in getting Leeds) but you make your own luck by hanging in there.

The club appears to be moving slowly up the gears and, for me, the slow build is is much better, and more enjoyable (still talking about football!), than being propelled by a sugar daddy (definitely still talking about football!).
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: What happens at Leeds is not our concern. We must concentrate on Rochdale and our own future Leeds have been beaten and gone now on to a tilt at Promotion and a nice cup run[/p][/quote]There would be numerous City fans calling for Parkinson to be sacked if City had a similar start to the other lot. One win in four league games and a cup win and defeat.[/p][/quote]Too true Peter, last season when having that poor run in the league the seasons previous exploits went out of the window, with some folk in what came across to me as panic mode. I'd expect the same again if BCFC hit a rocky patch. I'm pretty content at minute as we have a great manager with a couple of chairmen who are not the richest but are staunch BCFC fans, add to that to a great support and you have some of the ingredients needed for a successful football club, if the windfall cash materialises then BCFC could well be in for another exciting season.[/p][/quote]There was so much doom and gloom less than three weeks ago. I just wish that people would reserve judgement until they see the evidence. What is apparent is the the importance of a cup competition. A fortunate cup-draw (in getting Leeds) but you make your own luck by hanging in there. The club appears to be moving slowly up the gears and, for me, the slow build is is much better, and more enjoyable (still talking about football!), than being propelled by a sugar daddy (definitely still talking about football!). Michael Clayton
  • Score: 3

5:15pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Michael Clayton says...

Where and when did this family celebration take place? Sky dragged him over to their box at about 9.45 pm. He was then interviewed on that crappy Talk Sport station well after 11pm; at which point it sounded like he was in a car. By his own admission, he was then back at the club early the following morning.
Where and when did this family celebration take place? Sky dragged him over to their box at about 9.45 pm. He was then interviewed on that crappy Talk Sport station well after 11pm; at which point it sounded like he was in a car. By his own admission, he was then back at the club early the following morning. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 1

7:38pm Sat 30 Aug 14

bcfc1903 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote: What happens at Leeds is not our concern. We must concentrate on Rochdale and our own future Leeds have been beaten and gone now on to a tilt at Promotion and a nice cup run
There would be numerous City fans calling for Parkinson to be sacked if City had a similar start to the other lot. One win in four league games and a cup win and defeat.
Too true Peter, last season when having that poor run in the league the seasons previous exploits went out of the window, with some folk in what came across to me as panic mode. I'd expect the same again if BCFC hit a rocky patch. I'm pretty content at minute as we have a great manager with a couple of chairmen who are not the richest but are staunch BCFC fans, add to that to a great support and you have some of the ingredients needed for a successful football club, if the windfall cash materialises then BCFC could well be in for another exciting season.
There was so much doom and gloom less than three weeks ago. I just wish that people would reserve judgement until they see the evidence.

What is apparent is the the importance of a cup competition. A fortunate cup-draw (in getting Leeds) but you make your own luck by hanging in there.

The club appears to be moving slowly up the gears and, for me, the slow build is is much better, and more enjoyable (still talking about football!), than being propelled by a sugar daddy (definitely still talking about football!).
I know supporting BCFC or any club is a passionate business but sometimes after even one defeat some of the comments beggar belief, I'm as passionate as the next BCFC fan but always try to keep calm, as I've said previously it takes all sorts to make the world go round and It really would be pretty boring if everyone had the same personality. Have often had many a chuckle at the sheer panic described on this web site on many occasions after the odd bad result over the years. It though...really is a great time to be supporting BCFC. Onwards and upwards .
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: What happens at Leeds is not our concern. We must concentrate on Rochdale and our own future Leeds have been beaten and gone now on to a tilt at Promotion and a nice cup run[/p][/quote]There would be numerous City fans calling for Parkinson to be sacked if City had a similar start to the other lot. One win in four league games and a cup win and defeat.[/p][/quote]Too true Peter, last season when having that poor run in the league the seasons previous exploits went out of the window, with some folk in what came across to me as panic mode. I'd expect the same again if BCFC hit a rocky patch. I'm pretty content at minute as we have a great manager with a couple of chairmen who are not the richest but are staunch BCFC fans, add to that to a great support and you have some of the ingredients needed for a successful football club, if the windfall cash materialises then BCFC could well be in for another exciting season.[/p][/quote]There was so much doom and gloom less than three weeks ago. I just wish that people would reserve judgement until they see the evidence. What is apparent is the the importance of a cup competition. A fortunate cup-draw (in getting Leeds) but you make your own luck by hanging in there. The club appears to be moving slowly up the gears and, for me, the slow build is is much better, and more enjoyable (still talking about football!), than being propelled by a sugar daddy (definitely still talking about football!).[/p][/quote]I know supporting BCFC or any club is a passionate business but sometimes after even one defeat some of the comments beggar belief, I'm as passionate as the next BCFC fan but always try to keep calm, as I've said previously it takes all sorts to make the world go round and It really would be pretty boring if everyone had the same personality. Have often had many a chuckle at the sheer panic described on this web site on many occasions after the odd bad result over the years. It though...really is a great time to be supporting BCFC. Onwards and upwards . bcfc1903
  • Score: 2
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