Bantams need your cheers to avert a Valley of tears

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: It’s a  mutual appreciation society after James Hanson scores in the 2-1 win over Oxford at Valley Parade but since that day City have lost three league games on the bounce away from home, with just an own goal to show for their efforts It’s a mutual appreciation society after James Hanson scores in the 2-1 win over Oxford at Valley Parade but since that day City have lost three league games on the bounce away from home, with just an own goal to show for their efforts

Valley Parade will feel like a different place for City this afternoon.

As welcome as it will be to walk back through those familiar doors, something has changed.

The Coral Windows Stadium is not the same arena they left a fortnight ago.

Then, smiles were broad and hopes high. Play-off chasers Oxford had been banished by a performance far more convincing than the 2-1 score might imply.

The Bantams had stretched their advantage on the bottom two to seven points. Eyes were firmly fixed ahead, not behind.

Preparations for an eight-day road trip, incorporating three away games, were carried out with an extra spring in the step.

Heck, it even looked like City were going to break out of the bottom seven for the first time in near on 12 months.

Well now they are back on home soil but the ground beneath them has shifted.

They are not in the 18th spot that has become the regular base camp in recent times. Instead City will kick off a place lower, now trailing Northampton.

One less opponent currently cushions their fall. More importantly, the gap to the fatal 23rd-place trap door is down to four points.

And an unbeaten home record that Phil Parkinson and his players have become quite proud of will find itself under intense scrutiny.

Gillingham and Tuesday’s visitors Crawley pose formidable opposition but then those are the sort of games when City usually excel.

Remember nine more points from their tally of 39 have been gleaned from the top dozen in the table compared with the bottom.

It’s 11 games since Rotherham were the last away side to take three points from Valley Parade.

There may have been too many draws in that sequence but it does suggest that City are developing a backbone in their own backyard.

That will certainly be put to the test over the next four days. While other results are scrutinised and calculated, they must concentrate solely on getting their own job done.

Parkinson admitted that all of the last three away defeats told their own story. Each had its subtext; penalty decisions, red cards, big chances missed. But the bottom line is that City start this afternoon on the same total as they finished after beating Oxford.

Nearly 1,200 miles of travelling failed to edge them any nearer the 50-point target that is widely regarded as the ultimate safety mark.

Forty-eight, possibly even 47, is more likely to be the break-off point but nobody can afford to take chances.

The catastrophic consequences of relegation, as we are all well aware, do not need spelling out.

It is a time to be brave on and off the pitch. For fans to sing their hearts out and players to respond in kind.

It’s crucial that everyone leaves today with the same level of satisfaction as their last visit.

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11:03am Sat 24 Mar 12

Cityman23 says...

"HAPPY VALLEY-EXCESS ALL AREAS!!"

'Inside the mind of Simon Parker!'

Simon is sitting in front of his computer. His 'latest' headline has been ..'posted'...but ..he's feeling despondent!!! Did he REALLY write THAT???!!!

SP: (thinks) When I took this job..I thought it was going to be a 'buzz'...writing about football...for a living..I mean..what's not to like!! Mixing with ..footballers..chair
men...more footballers...but...
..!!! Now I find...I've got to be ...the ...'prozac' pill...for the City-supporting...ge
neral public...on the back page!! Constantly...trying to ..give them a lift...after the latest...debacle!! Cheering them up...when they're down! Calming them down...when they're angry!! Keeping them going...when they feel like...'jacking it all in!!'
Shove a microphone in a player's face...give them their 'lines' and then...print a 'quote' (??!!)
"We need to start off like a 'whippet out of the traps'"
"We have the class..just need some luck"
"I'm going to do it ..for my dad!"
Gor..I'm fed up writing..THOSE headlines!!!"
Now ..it's on to PUNS...the last 'bastion' of the ...FAILED journalist...aaaagh.
..if only I'd taken that job...on the ...."Hull Daily Mail!!!"
Vale of Tears....Valley of tears...Tears for souvenirs...Tears For Fears..Aaaaaaaaaaagh
!!!
"HAPPY VALLEY-EXCESS ALL AREAS!!" 'Inside the mind of Simon Parker!' Simon is sitting in front of his computer. His 'latest' headline has been ..'posted'...but ..he's feeling despondent!!! Did he REALLY write THAT???!!! SP: (thinks) When I took this job..I thought it was going to be a 'buzz'...writing about football...for a living..I mean..what's not to like!! Mixing with ..footballers..chair men...more footballers...but... ..!!! Now I find...I've got to be ...the ...'prozac' pill...for the City-supporting...ge neral public...on the back page!! Constantly...trying to ..give them a lift...after the latest...debacle!! Cheering them up...when they're down! Calming them down...when they're angry!! Keeping them going...when they feel like...'jacking it all in!!' Shove a microphone in a player's face...give them their 'lines' and then...print a 'quote' (??!!) "We need to start off like a 'whippet out of the traps'" "We have the class..just need some luck" "I'm going to do it ..for my dad!" Gor..I'm fed up writing..THOSE headlines!!!" Now ..it's on to PUNS...the last 'bastion' of the ...FAILED journalist...aaaagh. ..if only I'd taken that job...on the ...."Hull Daily Mail!!!" Vale of Tears....Valley of tears...Tears for souvenirs...Tears For Fears..Aaaaaaaaaaagh !!! Cityman23

12:25pm Sat 24 Mar 12

gentlemanbob says...

Hi Gents

Please Cheer
I dont wont anymore tears...

Yours

Gentlemanbob
Have a Nice game
Hi Gents Please Cheer I dont wont anymore tears... Yours Gentlemanbob Have a Nice game gentlemanbob

12:53pm Sat 24 Mar 12

steveyboy says...

been a lot of negative comments on here recently,but lets put our feelings to one side for now and cheer the lads onto three valuable points
been a lot of negative comments on here recently,but lets put our feelings to one side for now and cheer the lads onto three valuable points steveyboy

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