Bradford City chasing milestone fourth straight home win

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Gary Jones has had a huge influence on City’s early form Gary Jones has had a huge influence on City’s early form

City are looking to record their best start to a home league campaign for over 50 years tonight.

Phil Parkinson’s men aim to make it four wins on the bounce at the Coral Windows Stadium against Morecambe, who are unbeaten on their travels.

Incredibly, the last time that City kicked off a season that well at Valley Parade was way back in 1957 when they won the first five home games in Division Three North.

Two of the three goals that sunk Barnet on Saturday were set up by Gary Jones free-kicks and Parkinson believes the skipper has already become a huge influence on the early form.

The Bantams chief said: “We’ve got strong headers of the ball and people who want to get after it. But it’s very difficult to make your runs if the delivery is unreliable.

“Gary is always out there practising and he’s got quality. At 35, his age is irrelevant and his fitness levels are extraordinary.

“I always look at Scott Parker at Tottenham. He’s infectious the way he plays and Gary has got that in his game.

“He’s a very good role model and that’s so important at any club with the younger players.

“To look at someone like him and how he looks after himself as a professional and prepares for each game is a great example.

“That’s one of the reasons we brought him here and at the moment we’re enjoying working with him.”

Morecambe snatched a stoppage-time draw on their last visit and have not conceded a goal in three away games this season. Parkinson also watched them win at Accrington in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last week.

“I was very impressed and it’s no surprise they’ve done well on their travels with the way they set up,” he said.

“They sit in there and look to hit you on the break and we’ve got to be ready for that.

“We’ll respect them a lot because of their away form but we also know where we can be successful against them on the pitch. Football is about keeping on doing the right things.

“I was pleased with the patience we showed against Barnet. Those games are sometimes the hardest when you’re expected to win.

“Barnet made it very difficult for us in the first half but we persevered, stuck at our jobs and defended right.

“Sometimes when teams sit deep, you have to get two or three passes in and might even have to go backwards to bring them out. Then you find those gaps which the likes of Zavon Hines and Alan Connell can exploit.”

City will make a late check on Hines, who has been complaining of cramp. If the winger does not make it, Parkinson will look to either Will Atkinson or Morecambe old boy Garry Thompson.

But Nahki Wells has felt no ill-effects from his troublesome hip after coming on for Connell for the last 20 minutes.

The Bermudian trained yesterday without a problem and the steroid injection planned for him for tomorrow is likely to be put on hold.

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8:43am Tue 18 Sep 12

ALEXIMO.56. says...

1-0 and three points will do me tonight. Onwards and upwards.
1-0 and three points will do me tonight. Onwards and upwards. ALEXIMO.56.
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8:49am Tue 18 Sep 12

ALEXIMO.56. says...

Up to now. Morcambe's Home record. W/0 D/1 L/2 gd/3-9 Away W/2 D/1 L/0. gd/ 6-0 Very strange start to the season.
Up to now. Morcambe's Home record. W/0 D/1 L/2 gd/3-9 Away W/2 D/1 L/0. gd/ 6-0 Very strange start to the season. ALEXIMO.56.
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10:43am Tue 18 Sep 12

gspot01 says...

I'm looking forward to freezing my testiculars off at VP tonight which will be a repeat of saturdays game, the boys will have to be patient again!!!
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The Real Madrid vs Man City in a warm house does sound appealing which im sure will effect the attendance especially the flexi card holders but at least i wont have to queue for 30 mins to get in the ground!!!!
I'm looking forward to freezing my testiculars off at VP tonight which will be a repeat of saturdays game, the boys will have to be patient again!!! . The Real Madrid vs Man City in a warm house does sound appealing which im sure will effect the attendance especially the flexi card holders but at least i wont have to queue for 30 mins to get in the ground!!!! gspot01
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10:59am Tue 18 Sep 12

Scargutt2 says...

gspot01 wrote:
I'm looking forward to freezing my testiculars off at VP tonight which will be a repeat of saturdays game, the boys will have to be patient again!!!
.
The Real Madrid vs Man City in a warm house does sound appealing which im sure will effect the attendance especially the flexi card holders but at least i wont have to queue for 30 mins to get in the ground!!!!
Who wants to watch a bunch of overpaid, cheating deceitful pre-madonnas when there's real football on offer at VP?
[quote][p][bold]gspot01[/bold] wrote: I'm looking forward to freezing my testiculars off at VP tonight which will be a repeat of saturdays game, the boys will have to be patient again!!! . The Real Madrid vs Man City in a warm house does sound appealing which im sure will effect the attendance especially the flexi card holders but at least i wont have to queue for 30 mins to get in the ground!!!![/p][/quote]Who wants to watch a bunch of overpaid, cheating deceitful pre-madonnas when there's real football on offer at VP? Scargutt2
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11:54am Tue 18 Sep 12

Birky Neil says...

Come on lads. It's Morecambe at home not Man city! If we wanna get out of this league we need to be beating the likes of Morecambe on our home turf!
Come on lads. It's Morecambe at home not Man city! If we wanna get out of this league we need to be beating the likes of Morecambe on our home turf! Birky Neil
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12:26pm Tue 18 Sep 12

COLATS says...

Hope pp won't change things too much tonight? Maybe nakhi coming back in? Anyway I can see another comfortable win? 3 nil.
Hope pp won't change things too much tonight? Maybe nakhi coming back in? Anyway I can see another comfortable win? 3 nil. COLATS
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12:48pm Tue 18 Sep 12

Thee Voice of Reason says...

I was confident till I saw it would be our best home start for 50 years quote. Wish I hadn't seen that now.
Watch some real football tonight, you can watch the overpaid divers on the highlights at 10.30pm after you've cheered the lads to 3 points.
I was confident till I saw it would be our best home start for 50 years quote. Wish I hadn't seen that now. Watch some real football tonight, you can watch the overpaid divers on the highlights at 10.30pm after you've cheered the lads to 3 points. Thee Voice of Reason
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1:09pm Tue 18 Sep 12

Victor Clayton says...

I think we have improved. tonight we should get an idea of how much. a lot, i hope!
I think we have improved. tonight we should get an idea of how much. a lot, i hope! Victor Clayton
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3:13pm Tue 18 Sep 12

citygent1978 says...

i would still go if we were playing the dog and gun ctid
i would still go if we were playing the dog and gun ctid citygent1978
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4:31pm Tue 18 Sep 12

gspot01 says...

Scargutt2 wrote:
gspot01 wrote:
I'm looking forward to freezing my testiculars off at VP tonight which will be a repeat of saturdays game, the boys will have to be patient again!!!
.
The Real Madrid vs Man City in a warm house does sound appealing which im sure will effect the attendance especially the flexi card holders but at least i wont have to queue for 30 mins to get in the ground!!!!
Who wants to watch a bunch of overpaid, cheating deceitful pre-madonnas when there's real football on offer at VP?
good point........but to be honest Hansons tekkers or Benzema, Ronaldo, Ozil, Aguerro, Tevez, Toure etc etc etc
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The joys of being a true football fan of a lower league club eh?
[quote][p][bold]Scargutt2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gspot01[/bold] wrote: I'm looking forward to freezing my testiculars off at VP tonight which will be a repeat of saturdays game, the boys will have to be patient again!!! . The Real Madrid vs Man City in a warm house does sound appealing which im sure will effect the attendance especially the flexi card holders but at least i wont have to queue for 30 mins to get in the ground!!!![/p][/quote]Who wants to watch a bunch of overpaid, cheating deceitful pre-madonnas when there's real football on offer at VP?[/p][/quote]good point........but to be honest Hansons tekkers or Benzema, Ronaldo, Ozil, Aguerro, Tevez, Toure etc etc etc . The joys of being a true football fan of a lower league club eh? gspot01
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