Bradford City pair express ‘massive regret’ over Crawley fight night

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The returning Jon McLaughlin, pictured, is likely to be on the bench against Northampton with Matt Duke set to get the nod between the sticks The returning Jon McLaughlin, pictured, is likely to be on the bench against Northampton with Matt Duke set to get the nod between the sticks

Shamed duo Luke Oliver and Jon McLaughlin have vowed to pay back City and the fans for their “15 seconds of mayhem.”

Having served their three-game bans for the battle of Crawley, both are back in Phil Parkinson’s squad for the next stage of the race for survival at Northampton tomorrow.

And the players, who were fined two weeks’ wages, now want to put things right on the pitch.

McLaughlin may have to wait for his chance, with Matt Duke set to continue in goal at the club he was recalled from when the incident blew up.

He said: “It’s something we massively regret and we have to accept the consequences. Dukey has gone back in now and played well.

“We’re still not safe. There’s never a good time for this sort of thing to happen but it just compounded it that we’re in a real struggle to stay in this league.

It’s something we massively regret and we have to accept the consequences

Jon McLaughlin

“We’ve got to work as hard as we can now to rebuild the faith and trust the gaffer had in us.

“Whatever happens, we need to get our heads down and work hard. The season is still not over so it’s important to focus completely on the football.”

McLaughlin attended the Football Association hearing at Wembley in midweek when City were hit with a £9,000 fine. But crucially they were not docked points and still sit seven clear of trouble with four games left.

He added: “Although we’d been given our fines and suspension, we still had that FA charge hanging over us.

“That made it more difficult because we were desperate that the entire club wasn’t going to be punished severely, especially with talk of larger fines and points deductions. “That’s when you realise the full extent of what you’ve done wrong.”

Oliver is the favourite to be named player of the year by supporters at the end of the month. The big centre half admitted he wished he could turn the clock back.

He said: “With hindsight, we would have walked straight off the pitch. It was just that split second when we didn’t think.

“The media coverage has been unbelievable. We could have beaten Crawley 7-0 and nobody would have batted an eyelid.

“But it was on TV all day, every day. It was quite surreal.

“It was such a negative looming over the club and hopefully Tuesday has drawn a line over it.

“The manager has been great with us. We did wrong and he made that clear but he’s also been very honest.

“We’ve served our bans and been given our fines and now we just want to move on.”

McLaughlin played for the reserves at Hull on Wednesday and Parkinson has been pleased with both in training.

The City chief said: “It’s been a bit hectic but we’ve got two good players coming back into the squad. They’ve done really well for us this season and looked bright.

“It was 15 seconds of mayhem out there that wasn’t good but let’s move on. They’ve paid the punishment and that’s it.

“Both want to play and the rest won’t have done them any harm, certainly with Olly.”

Aidy Boothroyd’s Northampton have taken 18 points from the last ten games – ten more than City over the same period – to move from bottom spot to the brink of safety.

City also want to put paid to a run of six straight away defeats, five of them without scoring.

Parkinson added: “Northampton have done really well and we are up against a form team.

“On our travels of late, we’ve had so many nearly stories but nearly is not good enough.

“We’ve got to turn those decent performances into points. We’ve had some gilt-edged chances but haven’t taken them.

“If the goals don’t come, we’ve got to get a clean sheet. But as always we’ll be working hard to score.

“We’ve always tried to play on the front foot whatever system we use.

“And we must keep believing that if we approach the game positively, as we do, we’ll get the right result.”

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7:47am Fri 13 Apr 12

dannbradfc says...

Your feet must be on the front way then parky ;-) mm
Your feet must be on the front way then parky ;-) mm dannbradfc
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8:31am Fri 13 Apr 12

dannbradfc says...

Soz that should have said "wrong way round"........well it is firday the 13th and its early.

attack attack attack.....
Soz that should have said "wrong way round"........well it is firday the 13th and its early. attack attack attack..... dannbradfc
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8:38am Fri 13 Apr 12

citytilidie465 says...

there is only one way to approach the game... the Ian Holloway method!!!!
ALL OUT ATTACK!!!
there is only one way to approach the game... the Ian Holloway method!!!! ALL OUT ATTACK!!! citytilidie465
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8:42am Fri 13 Apr 12

Farsley Bantam says...

When did this brawl happen? This is the first i've heard of it. Why have the T & A not covered this?
When did this brawl happen? This is the first i've heard of it. Why have the T & A not covered this? Farsley Bantam
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9:08am Fri 13 Apr 12

al&co says...

Tonight - Barnet V Hereford!

Tomorrow - Northampton V City
and Macclesfield V Crewe

AND THEN NEXT WEEK

Southend V Barnet (Friday)

City V Macclesfield and
Hereford v Northampton

If we are not safe after these fixtures we face the prospect of Cheltenham away and Swindon at home.

It's going to be a great test but together we can do it - let's all get behind the team the best way we know how - every point is precious.

Come on lads it really is time to stand up and be counted!
Tonight - Barnet V Hereford! Tomorrow - Northampton V City and Macclesfield V Crewe AND THEN NEXT WEEK Southend V Barnet (Friday) City V Macclesfield and Hereford v Northampton If we are not safe after these fixtures we face the prospect of Cheltenham away and Swindon at home. It's going to be a great test but together we can do it - let's all get behind the team the best way we know how - every point is precious. Come on lads it really is time to stand up and be counted! al&co
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9:49am Fri 13 Apr 12

tyker2 says...

al&co wrote:
Tonight - Barnet V Hereford!

Tomorrow - Northampton V City
and Macclesfield V Crewe

AND THEN NEXT WEEK

Southend V Barnet (Friday)

City V Macclesfield and
Hereford v Northampton

If we are not safe after these fixtures we face the prospect of Cheltenham away and Swindon at home.

It's going to be a great test but together we can do it - let's all get behind the team the best way we know how - every point is precious.

Come on lads it really is time to stand up and be counted!
so put it this way:if we equal or better the results against Hereford and Macclesfield in the shown games we will be safe:agreed
[quote][p][bold]al&co[/bold] wrote: Tonight - Barnet V Hereford! Tomorrow - Northampton V City and Macclesfield V Crewe AND THEN NEXT WEEK Southend V Barnet (Friday) City V Macclesfield and Hereford v Northampton If we are not safe after these fixtures we face the prospect of Cheltenham away and Swindon at home. It's going to be a great test but together we can do it - let's all get behind the team the best way we know how - every point is precious. Come on lads it really is time to stand up and be counted![/p][/quote]so put it this way:if we equal or better the results against Hereford and Macclesfield in the shown games we will be safe:agreed tyker2
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9:58am Fri 13 Apr 12

al&co says...

Tyker2 - absolutey agreed!

I'm just hoping we can put more distance between the teams below us sooner rather than later so that we are completely safe....
Tyker2 - absolutey agreed! I'm just hoping we can put more distance between the teams below us sooner rather than later so that we are completely safe.... al&co
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10:09am Fri 13 Apr 12

gspot01 says...

At least we're back to talking football instead of talking politics and putting the world to right.
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I can see a good win tomorrrow.......but I do say that everyweek!!!
At least we're back to talking football instead of talking politics and putting the world to right. . I can see a good win tomorrrow.......but I do say that everyweek!!! gspot01
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10:13am Fri 13 Apr 12

Dave2610 says...

yes parkie we do need to be positive but you need to let the players off the leash and just let them play!!
if you send the boys out to attack from the off we stand a chance. Lets have a go from the start and not the last quarter!!
yes parkie we do need to be positive but you need to let the players off the leash and just let them play!! if you send the boys out to attack from the off we stand a chance. Lets have a go from the start and not the last quarter!! Dave2610
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10:22am Fri 13 Apr 12

Freddy says...

I do wonder if the fines the city players paid--were sufficient to pay the fine of£9000. levied on the club?.
*
I never want to see city in such a precarious position in the league again.
*
Lets hope for maximum effort and ALL OUT ATTACK tomorrow---But make sure THE BACK DOOR IS WELL AND TRULY-CLOSED.!!!.
I do wonder if the fines the city players paid--were sufficient to pay the fine of£9000. levied on the club?. * I never want to see city in such a precarious position in the league again. * Lets hope for maximum effort and ALL OUT ATTACK tomorrow---But make sure THE BACK DOOR IS WELL AND TRULY-CLOSED.!!!. Freddy
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10:27am Fri 13 Apr 12

Farsley XI says...

Both Hereford and Macclesfield need to get 3 wins from 4 games to overtake City. At bit of a tall order I think. Both have only won 8 games all season, can’t see them winning 3 out of 4.
We took the game to Southend and played football in their half; difficult for the other team to score when you play in their half. Please Mr PP can we play like that every week.
Both Hereford and Macclesfield need to get 3 wins from 4 games to overtake City. At bit of a tall order I think. Both have only won 8 games all season, can’t see them winning 3 out of 4. We took the game to Southend and played football in their half; difficult for the other team to score when you play in their half. Please Mr PP can we play like that every week. Farsley XI
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1:04pm Fri 13 Apr 12

lawsonio123 says...

ALL WELL AND GOOD BUT WHERE ARE ALL THESE GOAL SCORING FORWARDS MR PARKINSON SIGNS BETTER TO LOSE 4-3 THAN 1-0 NOT WORKING AS IT IS ATTACK
ALL WELL AND GOOD BUT WHERE ARE ALL THESE GOAL SCORING FORWARDS MR PARKINSON SIGNS BETTER TO LOSE 4-3 THAN 1-0 NOT WORKING AS IT IS ATTACK lawsonio123
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1:09pm Fri 13 Apr 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

dannbradfc wrote:
Soz that should have said "wrong way round"........well it is firday the 13th and its early.

attack attack attack.....
Attack, attack
Attack
Attack
Attack

Did I mention we are probably best going for a win in this game and trying to atatck from the off and not when one down??

No?

Right, let's attack.

Anyone think PP may get an idea we want our City sides to attack firstly, defend if we have to, not the other way round.

Front foot PP?? Having a bubble fella.
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Soz that should have said "wrong way round"........well it is firday the 13th and its early. attack attack attack.....[/p][/quote]Attack, attack Attack Attack Attack Did I mention we are probably best going for a win in this game and trying to atatck from the off and not when one down?? No? Right, let's attack. Anyone think PP may get an idea we want our City sides to attack firstly, defend if we have to, not the other way round. Front foot PP?? Having a bubble fella. Prisoner Cell Block A
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1:20pm Fri 13 Apr 12

gspot01 says...

Freddy wrote:
I do wonder if the fines the city players paid--were sufficient to pay the fine of£9000. levied on the club?. * I never want to see city in such a precarious position in the league again. * Lets hope for maximum effort and ALL OUT ATTACK tomorrow---But make sure THE BACK DOOR IS WELL AND TRULY-CLOSED.!!!.
you make it sound so easy - you should be the manager.
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: I do wonder if the fines the city players paid--were sufficient to pay the fine of£9000. levied on the club?. * I never want to see city in such a precarious position in the league again. * Lets hope for maximum effort and ALL OUT ATTACK tomorrow---But make sure THE BACK DOOR IS WELL AND TRULY-CLOSED.!!!.[/p][/quote]you make it sound so easy - you should be the manager. gspot01
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4:41pm Fri 13 Apr 12

Baildon_Bantam says...

Yes PP should learn from Mr. Holloway.
“I’m going to attack them like there’s no tomorrow. If we lose and we lose heavily I don’t care. We’re going to have a go and see how good their back four is. If we stay up – which would be the biggest achievement ever by anyone – I believe we’ll do it by winning games.”
Quote before Blackpool's game at Anfield last season.
Yes PP should learn from Mr. Holloway. “I’m going to attack them like there’s no tomorrow. If we lose and we lose heavily I don’t care. We’re going to have a go and see how good their back four is. If we stay up – which would be the biggest achievement ever by anyone – I believe we’ll do it by winning games.” Quote before Blackpool's game at Anfield last season. Baildon_Bantam
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5:41pm Fri 13 Apr 12

macca1969 says...

Freddy wrote:
I do wonder if the fines the city players paid--were sufficient to pay the fine of£9000. levied on the club?.
*
I never want to see city in such a precarious position in the league again.
*
Lets hope for maximum effort and ALL OUT ATTACK tomorrow---But make sure THE BACK DOOR IS WELL AND TRULY-CLOSED.!!!.
As we can only fine Johnny and Luke i very much doubt we covered the fine. A max 2 weeks fine each would mean both being on over 2 grand a week. I doubt either player gets anything close to that.
[quote][p][bold]Freddy[/bold] wrote: I do wonder if the fines the city players paid--were sufficient to pay the fine of£9000. levied on the club?. * I never want to see city in such a precarious position in the league again. * Lets hope for maximum effort and ALL OUT ATTACK tomorrow---But make sure THE BACK DOOR IS WELL AND TRULY-CLOSED.!!!.[/p][/quote]As we can only fine Johnny and Luke i very much doubt we covered the fine. A max 2 weeks fine each would mean both being on over 2 grand a week. I doubt either player gets anything close to that. macca1969
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10:06pm Fri 13 Apr 12

KnightMcCall says...

Well; Hereford now need 7 points from 9 to catch us. Seems unlikely.
Well; Hereford now need 7 points from 9 to catch us. Seems unlikely. KnightMcCall
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10:20pm Fri 13 Apr 12

340stopper says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
Well; Hereford now need 7 points from 9 to catch us. Seems unlikely.
In that case will we see a strong attacking set up from the start tomorrow as many supporters keep hoping for - i doubt it.
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: Well; Hereford now need 7 points from 9 to catch us. Seems unlikely.[/p][/quote]In that case will we see a strong attacking set up from the start tomorrow as many supporters keep hoping for - i doubt it. 340stopper
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11:00pm Fri 13 Apr 12

Onebrianmitchell says...

Why oh why are you apologising?

Of course I understand you have to follow the party line. But,

They deserved it.

It's what we lack in both, this team and footy in general. Passion.

And finally, the sight of their player picking his nose out of his face by the Midland Road will make me laugh for ever !!

Good lads.
Why oh why are you apologising? Of course I understand you have to follow the party line. But, They deserved it. It's what we lack in both, this team and footy in general. Passion. And finally, the sight of their player picking his nose out of his face by the Midland Road will make me laugh for ever !! Good lads. Onebrianmitchell
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1:23am Sat 14 Apr 12

bobbyo says...

too true, and well said onebrianmitchell, PASSION,

ATACK, ATACK,
ATACK
ATACK
ATACK.
C,T,I,D
too true, and well said onebrianmitchell, PASSION, ATACK, ATACK, ATACK ATACK ATACK. C,T,I,D bobbyo
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