John Egan leg break sickener for Bradford City

On-loan City defender John Egan leaves the pitch on a stretcher after suffering a suspected broken leg

On-loan City defender John Egan leaves the pitch on a stretcher after suffering a suspected broken leg

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

City face a race against time to find yet more defensive loan cover after John Egan became the latest serious casualty.

The Sunderland centre half was rushed into hospital for an operation last night after suffering a suspected broken leg in the 1-0 win over Plymouth.

Phil Parkinson and his physio staff dashed to his bedside after the scrappy victory, which moved City to within a point of the automatic League Two promotion places.

And the Bantams boss will have to rush to line up a replacement before tomorrow’s tea-time deadline for the emergency loan window.

Parkinson had already planned a meeting with the two chairmen for this afternoon – and that will take on added urgency with the shocking news about Egan.

“We’ve got some work to do because we’re having some horrendous luck to lose three centre halves and suffer the injuries we’ve had,” said Parkinson. “We can’t do nothing about it and then at the end of the season say we were unlucky. We’ve got to rectify it and we can only do that by bringing players in because we’re stretched to the limit.”

Early indications suggested the Republic of Ireland under-21 international had broken both the fibia and tibula in his right leg in the 13th-minute fall.

Parkinson admitted: “We are pleased with the win but my thoughts are firmly with John. It’s too early to speculate what he’s actually done but it didn’t look good.”

Gary Jones netted the only goal and his manager was delighted with the skipper’s contribution.

“I’m really pleased for him because he just wants to win so badly. His desire stands out every single game.

“Gaz had to play a more conservative role earlier in the season when we had the two out-and-out wide players. You can’t empty that midfield too often, too quickly or you get punished on the counter-attack.

“But obviously with Will (Atkinson) on one side who’s got more discipline in his game, it gives Gary licence to break forward.

“It was a difficult game. We started well but the injury changed the mood in the ground slightly.

“We got the goal, which lifted everyone again, but Plymouth then played a very direct style in the second half. They put the ball on the back four because I suppose they smelt a weakness with us losing a centre half.

“But I thought the back four and Dukey (Matt Duke) handled it really well. There were two big moments for us, the captain scoring a goal and then Dukey making a really good save right on half-time.”

Parkinson heaped extra praise on Egan’s fellow Irish defender Carl McHugh, who stepped into the breach after the early injury.

The Bantams boss said: “When you see someone who’s a good mate stretchered off, it can be difficult to then have to come on and focus on the game.

“I thought Carl was tremendous. He’s been a great acquisition for us and deserves a special mention.

“We’ve got a good set of lads here and you could see how much they wanted it. This time last year, we might just have conceded late in the game, but there’s a steeliness about this side.”

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9:08am Wed 21 Nov 12

total90 says...

City fans hope that you return to full fitness as soon as possible and that this injury does not affect your promising future in the game. All the best over these next few frustrating months. You will always be welcomed back at Vp. Not all loanees fit in and fight for the City cause as readily as you did. Thanks. The game scrappy but three points.
City fans hope that you return to full fitness as soon as possible and that this injury does not affect your promising future in the game. All the best over these next few frustrating months. You will always be welcomed back at Vp. Not all loanees fit in and fight for the City cause as readily as you did. Thanks. The game scrappy but three points. total90
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11:43am Wed 21 Nov 12

pockman says...

A terrible shame for the lad who looks a decent footballer at our level. Let's hope that there are no long term consequences for his career. I thought that, by and large, we coped well with Plymouth's spirited efforts in the second half even though our "shape" disintegrated from time to time. Even our supposedly "weakened" back four looks a half decent unit. Once again results at the top in our favour showing that anyone can beat anyone - and do !
A terrible shame for the lad who looks a decent footballer at our level. Let's hope that there are no long term consequences for his career. I thought that, by and large, we coped well with Plymouth's spirited efforts in the second half even though our "shape" disintegrated from time to time. Even our supposedly "weakened" back four looks a half decent unit. Once again results at the top in our favour showing that anyone can beat anyone - and do ! pockman
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3:25pm Wed 21 Nov 12

s.b.c says...

Just want to sympathise with James Hanson, he's working his socks off every match & just feeding off scraps.

Have no wish to criticise PP, but would love to see City not playing so deep & perhaps give more support to the front two.

Exeter's four three three really paid off on Saturday.

It was also attractive to watch.
Just want to sympathise with James Hanson, he's working his socks off every match & just feeding off scraps. Have no wish to criticise PP, but would love to see City not playing so deep & perhaps give more support to the front two. Exeter's four three three really paid off on Saturday. It was also attractive to watch. s.b.c
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4:46pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Dannyp1892 says...

Huge shame for John Egan. Looks a really talented lad. Hope you get back playing as soon as is physically possible. And thanks for the effort you put in, for the few games that you played with us... With a bit of luck, City MIGHT get promoted, and it would be really nice if the football league could get a promotion medal to Mr. Egan IF we do, as a sign of our appreciation...but If we don't, we don't.
Huge shame for John Egan. Looks a really talented lad. Hope you get back playing as soon as is physically possible. And thanks for the effort you put in, for the few games that you played with us... With a bit of luck, City MIGHT get promoted, and it would be really nice if the football league could get a promotion medal to Mr. Egan IF we do, as a sign of our appreciation...but If we don't, we don't. Dannyp1892
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4:49pm Wed 21 Nov 12

dannbradfc says...

s.b.c wrote:
Just want to sympathise with James Hanson, he's working his socks off every match & just feeding off scraps. Have no wish to criticise PP, but would love to see City not playing so deep & perhaps give more support to the front two. Exeter's four three three really paid off on Saturday. It was also attractive to watch.
Agreed. On Saturday the normally reliable Jones delivery was way-off and thus Hanson had little to go at.

Last night we had two wingers who mustered one cross off note between them.

Atkinson wants to cut inside all the time and rarely crosses the ball and on the other Thompson looked either unfit and/or not bothered. It showed why Parkinson kept him on the bench. he's had an anonymous starting appearance up front in his desired position and other attempts out wide. Needs to get fitter and have more desire for me.

Our system relies totally on the wide players. Our full backs (Saturday aside) had begun to help out and get involved in the attacking side of things. Meredith in particular was proving a useful attacking outlet. However once we scored they reverted to staying back, probably out of instruction. It worked but i'd have preferred it if we had finished them off.

Overall we are in a great position and if we can in there untill the players get back then who knows.

But agree that Hanson is feeding off scraps. Nakhi hasn't lookedthe same in these last two games neither and i feel its the way things have panned out injury and personnel wise factoring in. But we need to keep allowing the full-backs to support the wide players who need to deliver more or at least attempt to do so......
[quote][p][bold]s.b.c[/bold] wrote: Just want to sympathise with James Hanson, he's working his socks off every match & just feeding off scraps. Have no wish to criticise PP, but would love to see City not playing so deep & perhaps give more support to the front two. Exeter's four three three really paid off on Saturday. It was also attractive to watch.[/p][/quote]Agreed. On Saturday the normally reliable Jones delivery was way-off and thus Hanson had little to go at. Last night we had two wingers who mustered one cross off note between them. Atkinson wants to cut inside all the time and rarely crosses the ball and on the other Thompson looked either unfit and/or not bothered. It showed why Parkinson kept him on the bench. he's had an anonymous starting appearance up front in his desired position and other attempts out wide. Needs to get fitter and have more desire for me. Our system relies totally on the wide players. Our full backs (Saturday aside) had begun to help out and get involved in the attacking side of things. Meredith in particular was proving a useful attacking outlet. However once we scored they reverted to staying back, probably out of instruction. It worked but i'd have preferred it if we had finished them off. Overall we are in a great position and if we can in there untill the players get back then who knows. But agree that Hanson is feeding off scraps. Nakhi hasn't lookedthe same in these last two games neither and i feel its the way things have panned out injury and personnel wise factoring in. But we need to keep allowing the full-backs to support the wide players who need to deliver more or at least attempt to do so...... dannbradfc
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4:49pm Wed 21 Nov 12

dannbradfc says...

s.b.c wrote:
Just want to sympathise with James Hanson, he's working his socks off every match & just feeding off scraps. Have no wish to criticise PP, but would love to see City not playing so deep & perhaps give more support to the front two. Exeter's four three three really paid off on Saturday. It was also attractive to watch.
Agreed. On Saturday the normally reliable Jones delivery was way-off and thus Hanson had little to go at.

Last night we had two wingers who mustered one cross off note between them.

Atkinson wants to cut inside all the time and rarely crosses the ball and on the other Thompson looked either unfit and/or not bothered. It showed why Parkinson kept him on the bench. he's had an anonymous starting appearance up front in his desired position and other attempts out wide. Needs to get fitter and have more desire for me.

Our system relies totally on the wide players. Our full backs (Saturday aside) had begun to help out and get involved in the attacking side of things. Meredith in particular was proving a useful attacking outlet. However once we scored they reverted to staying back, probably out of instruction. It worked but i'd have preferred it if we had finished them off.

Overall we are in a great position and if we can in there untill the players get back then who knows.

But agree that Hanson is feeding off scraps. Nakhi hasn't lookedthe same in these last two games neither and i feel its the way things have panned out injury and personnel wise factoring in. But we need to keep allowing the full-backs to support the wide players who need to deliver more or at least attempt to do so......
[quote][p][bold]s.b.c[/bold] wrote: Just want to sympathise with James Hanson, he's working his socks off every match & just feeding off scraps. Have no wish to criticise PP, but would love to see City not playing so deep & perhaps give more support to the front two. Exeter's four three three really paid off on Saturday. It was also attractive to watch.[/p][/quote]Agreed. On Saturday the normally reliable Jones delivery was way-off and thus Hanson had little to go at. Last night we had two wingers who mustered one cross off note between them. Atkinson wants to cut inside all the time and rarely crosses the ball and on the other Thompson looked either unfit and/or not bothered. It showed why Parkinson kept him on the bench. he's had an anonymous starting appearance up front in his desired position and other attempts out wide. Needs to get fitter and have more desire for me. Our system relies totally on the wide players. Our full backs (Saturday aside) had begun to help out and get involved in the attacking side of things. Meredith in particular was proving a useful attacking outlet. However once we scored they reverted to staying back, probably out of instruction. It worked but i'd have preferred it if we had finished them off. Overall we are in a great position and if we can in there untill the players get back then who knows. But agree that Hanson is feeding off scraps. Nakhi hasn't lookedthe same in these last two games neither and i feel its the way things have panned out injury and personnel wise factoring in. But we need to keep allowing the full-backs to support the wide players who need to deliver more or at least attempt to do so...... dannbradfc
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5:08pm Wed 21 Nov 12

macca1969 says...

Hanson had a great chance last night, a ball whipped in at pace for him to attack no challenge and what happened?? Well it wasn't even on target. I appreciate he brings a lot to the team but he does have to start burying chances like that. Even the manager has come out and said he will also be judged on goals as well. Saying that we do play with slightly more purpose with him in the team
Hanson had a great chance last night, a ball whipped in at pace for him to attack no challenge and what happened?? Well it wasn't even on target. I appreciate he brings a lot to the team but he does have to start burying chances like that. Even the manager has come out and said he will also be judged on goals as well. Saying that we do play with slightly more purpose with him in the team macca1969
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5:26pm Wed 21 Nov 12

seasonticketholder says...

I felt that Connell was more tricky for the Plymouth defence to handle than Nakhi. Perhaps rest Wells, and use him as the 70th minute impact sub for a couple of games?
I guess Plymouth must feel a little unlucky, in the second half they offered more than Exeter did on Saturday.
I felt that Connell was more tricky for the Plymouth defence to handle than Nakhi. Perhaps rest Wells, and use him as the 70th minute impact sub for a couple of games? I guess Plymouth must feel a little unlucky, in the second half they offered more than Exeter did on Saturday. seasonticketholder
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5:30pm Wed 21 Nov 12

bdsixer says...

Andy O'Brien will be signing for us
Andy O'Brien will be signing for us bdsixer
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5:37pm Wed 21 Nov 12

macca1969 says...

bdsixer wrote:
Andy O'Brien will be signing for us
Where have you heard this info
[quote][p][bold]bdsixer[/bold] wrote: Andy O'Brien will be signing for us[/p][/quote]Where have you heard this info macca1969
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5:39pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Pablo says...

A really sickening injury to Egan no doubt affected last night's team performance. He's been a rock in his short stay at the club and I hope he is able to resume what should be a bright career.

As stated by other posters Hanson can't buy a goal and Wells has lost his fizz. As there's no pressure on either in terms of competition for places, I'd be recalling Hannah. I like Connell but he isn't a prolific goal scorer, whereas Hannah has been in his career, albeit at a lower level. I don't see any alternative as we don't have another natural goal scorer at the club. I can't understand why PP is persisting with Thompson. He's had his opportunities and failed miserably. I don't recall one cross last night and he had minimal input...again!

There is absolutely nothing coming from out wide on both flanks and we're treading water whilst Reid and Hines are fit enough to return. It was great to see Ritchie Jones again and, in the absence of any signings, I'd not hestitate in playing him out wide right on Saturday.

The team has done magnificently given the bad luck with injuries but the current lack of a cutting edge worries me.
A really sickening injury to Egan no doubt affected last night's team performance. He's been a rock in his short stay at the club and I hope he is able to resume what should be a bright career. As stated by other posters Hanson can't buy a goal and Wells has lost his fizz. As there's no pressure on either in terms of competition for places, I'd be recalling Hannah. I like Connell but he isn't a prolific goal scorer, whereas Hannah has been in his career, albeit at a lower level. I don't see any alternative as we don't have another natural goal scorer at the club. I can't understand why PP is persisting with Thompson. He's had his opportunities and failed miserably. I don't recall one cross last night and he had minimal input...again! There is absolutely nothing coming from out wide on both flanks and we're treading water whilst Reid and Hines are fit enough to return. It was great to see Ritchie Jones again and, in the absence of any signings, I'd not hestitate in playing him out wide right on Saturday. The team has done magnificently given the bad luck with injuries but the current lack of a cutting edge worries me. Pablo
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7:38pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Dancinfeet says...

OB is playing in America or Canada I think so cant see that.
OB is playing in America or Canada I think so cant see that. Dancinfeet
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8:07pm Wed 21 Nov 12

LaCe78 says...

dannbradfc wrote:
s.b.c wrote:
Just want to sympathise with James Hanson, he's working his socks off every match & just feeding off scraps. Have no wish to criticise PP, but would love to see City not playing so deep & perhaps give more support to the front two. Exeter's four three three really paid off on Saturday. It was also attractive to watch.
Agreed. On Saturday the normally reliable Jones delivery was way-off and thus Hanson had little to go at.

Last night we had two wingers who mustered one cross off note between them.

Atkinson wants to cut inside all the time and rarely crosses the ball and on the other Thompson looked either unfit and/or not bothered. It showed why Parkinson kept him on the bench. he's had an anonymous starting appearance up front in his desired position and other attempts out wide. Needs to get fitter and have more desire for me.

Our system relies totally on the wide players. Our full backs (Saturday aside) had begun to help out and get involved in the attacking side of things. Meredith in particular was proving a useful attacking outlet. However once we scored they reverted to staying back, probably out of instruction. It worked but i'd have preferred it if we had finished them off.

Overall we are in a great position and if we can in there untill the players get back then who knows.

But agree that Hanson is feeding off scraps. Nakhi hasn't lookedthe same in these last two games neither and i feel its the way things have panned out injury and personnel wise factoring in. But we need to keep allowing the full-backs to support the wide players who need to deliver more or at least attempt to do so......
Absolutely spot on! I hate to start pulling the team apart with the work ethic and belief PP has put into place, but Thompson for me has failed to deliver all season apart from one pot shot at Watford. He looks unfit and disinterested and seems to struggle with even the simplest of passes. Id play Baker instead of him.

Without crosses, Hanson will be a work horse and nothing more. He's had no service for weeks and this coincides with his goal drought.

Can't understand the persistence in whining about bringing Hannah back. If the lad was up to it at this level, he'd be in the team. Parky clearly thinks he's not. End of story. All the Hannah lovers need to let go of the affinity for him being a young eager player, and realise that he simply would not be prolific in league 2!

I'd like to see 2 more loans just to get us to Jan, if we're still in the mix by then, and the season tickets are selling we should be hoping for a few more permanent signings!

CTID!!!
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]s.b.c[/bold] wrote: Just want to sympathise with James Hanson, he's working his socks off every match & just feeding off scraps. Have no wish to criticise PP, but would love to see City not playing so deep & perhaps give more support to the front two. Exeter's four three three really paid off on Saturday. It was also attractive to watch.[/p][/quote]Agreed. On Saturday the normally reliable Jones delivery was way-off and thus Hanson had little to go at. Last night we had two wingers who mustered one cross off note between them. Atkinson wants to cut inside all the time and rarely crosses the ball and on the other Thompson looked either unfit and/or not bothered. It showed why Parkinson kept him on the bench. he's had an anonymous starting appearance up front in his desired position and other attempts out wide. Needs to get fitter and have more desire for me. Our system relies totally on the wide players. Our full backs (Saturday aside) had begun to help out and get involved in the attacking side of things. Meredith in particular was proving a useful attacking outlet. However once we scored they reverted to staying back, probably out of instruction. It worked but i'd have preferred it if we had finished them off. Overall we are in a great position and if we can in there untill the players get back then who knows. But agree that Hanson is feeding off scraps. Nakhi hasn't lookedthe same in these last two games neither and i feel its the way things have panned out injury and personnel wise factoring in. But we need to keep allowing the full-backs to support the wide players who need to deliver more or at least attempt to do so......[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on! I hate to start pulling the team apart with the work ethic and belief PP has put into place, but Thompson for me has failed to deliver all season apart from one pot shot at Watford. He looks unfit and disinterested and seems to struggle with even the simplest of passes. Id play Baker instead of him. Without crosses, Hanson will be a work horse and nothing more. He's had no service for weeks and this coincides with his goal drought. Can't understand the persistence in whining about bringing Hannah back. If the lad was up to it at this level, he'd be in the team. Parky clearly thinks he's not. End of story. All the Hannah lovers need to let go of the affinity for him being a young eager player, and realise that he simply would not be prolific in league 2! I'd like to see 2 more loans just to get us to Jan, if we're still in the mix by then, and the season tickets are selling we should be hoping for a few more permanent signings! CTID!!! LaCe78
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8:38pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Bredon Bantam says...

dannbradfc says...
4:49pm Wed 21 Nov 12
Agreed. On Saturday the normally reliable Jones delivery was way-off and thus Hanson had little to go at.

I agree Gary Jones by his own high standards i feel has been disapointing with his set pieces in the last two home games.

Interesting to note despite all our defensive injuries and disruptions after ten home league games no visiting team has scored more than One goal.

Says a lot about the lads who have had to "Fill In", long may it continue!
dannbradfc says... 4:49pm Wed 21 Nov 12 Agreed. On Saturday the normally reliable Jones delivery was way-off and thus Hanson had little to go at. I agree Gary Jones by his own high standards i feel has been disapointing with his set pieces in the last two home games. Interesting to note despite all our defensive injuries and disruptions after ten home league games no visiting team has scored more than One goal. Says a lot about the lads who have had to "Fill In", long may it continue! Bredon Bantam
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9:07pm Wed 21 Nov 12

bcfc1903 says...

Good luck to John Egan....our family's thoughts and prayers are with you. A quick and full recovery is what all at Bradford City Football Club wish for you.
Good luck to John Egan....our family's thoughts and prayers are with you. A quick and full recovery is what all at Bradford City Football Club wish for you. bcfc1903
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9:23pm Wed 21 Nov 12

macca1969 says...

LaCe78 wrote:
dannbradfc wrote:
s.b.c wrote:
Just want to sympathise with James Hanson, he's working his socks off every match & just feeding off scraps. Have no wish to criticise PP, but would love to see City not playing so deep & perhaps give more support to the front two. Exeter's four three three really paid off on Saturday. It was also attractive to watch.
Agreed. On Saturday the normally reliable Jones delivery was way-off and thus Hanson had little to go at.

Last night we had two wingers who mustered one cross off note between them.

Atkinson wants to cut inside all the time and rarely crosses the ball and on the other Thompson looked either unfit and/or not bothered. It showed why Parkinson kept him on the bench. he's had an anonymous starting appearance up front in his desired position and other attempts out wide. Needs to get fitter and have more desire for me.

Our system relies totally on the wide players. Our full backs (Saturday aside) had begun to help out and get involved in the attacking side of things. Meredith in particular was proving a useful attacking outlet. However once we scored they reverted to staying back, probably out of instruction. It worked but i'd have preferred it if we had finished them off.

Overall we are in a great position and if we can in there untill the players get back then who knows.

But agree that Hanson is feeding off scraps. Nakhi hasn't lookedthe same in these last two games neither and i feel its the way things have panned out injury and personnel wise factoring in. But we need to keep allowing the full-backs to support the wide players who need to deliver more or at least attempt to do so......
Absolutely spot on! I hate to start pulling the team apart with the work ethic and belief PP has put into place, but Thompson for me has failed to deliver all season apart from one pot shot at Watford. He looks unfit and disinterested and seems to struggle with even the simplest of passes. Id play Baker instead of him.

Without crosses, Hanson will be a work horse and nothing more. He's had no service for weeks and this coincides with his goal drought.

Can't understand the persistence in whining about bringing Hannah back. If the lad was up to it at this level, he'd be in the team. Parky clearly thinks he's not. End of story. All the Hannah lovers need to let go of the affinity for him being a young eager player, and realise that he simply would not be prolific in league 2!

I'd like to see 2 more loans just to get us to Jan, if we're still in the mix by then, and the season tickets are selling we should be hoping for a few more permanent signings!

CTID!!!
Yeah your right because the gulf in class between the conference and league two us massive. You only have to look at Fleetwood, Crawley,dagger,york,
Wimbledon,Stevenage,
Yeovil to name a few to show that any player succeeding at conference level couldn't possibly make the step up.i suppose Meredith us proof of the gulf in class too. After all five hours of football over a full season is obviously enough of a chance. I'm not saying this lad can make it just he hasn't had a chance
[quote][p][bold]LaCe78[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]s.b.c[/bold] wrote: Just want to sympathise with James Hanson, he's working his socks off every match & just feeding off scraps. Have no wish to criticise PP, but would love to see City not playing so deep & perhaps give more support to the front two. Exeter's four three three really paid off on Saturday. It was also attractive to watch.[/p][/quote]Agreed. On Saturday the normally reliable Jones delivery was way-off and thus Hanson had little to go at. Last night we had two wingers who mustered one cross off note between them. Atkinson wants to cut inside all the time and rarely crosses the ball and on the other Thompson looked either unfit and/or not bothered. It showed why Parkinson kept him on the bench. he's had an anonymous starting appearance up front in his desired position and other attempts out wide. Needs to get fitter and have more desire for me. Our system relies totally on the wide players. Our full backs (Saturday aside) had begun to help out and get involved in the attacking side of things. Meredith in particular was proving a useful attacking outlet. However once we scored they reverted to staying back, probably out of instruction. It worked but i'd have preferred it if we had finished them off. Overall we are in a great position and if we can in there untill the players get back then who knows. But agree that Hanson is feeding off scraps. Nakhi hasn't lookedthe same in these last two games neither and i feel its the way things have panned out injury and personnel wise factoring in. But we need to keep allowing the full-backs to support the wide players who need to deliver more or at least attempt to do so......[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on! I hate to start pulling the team apart with the work ethic and belief PP has put into place, but Thompson for me has failed to deliver all season apart from one pot shot at Watford. He looks unfit and disinterested and seems to struggle with even the simplest of passes. Id play Baker instead of him. Without crosses, Hanson will be a work horse and nothing more. He's had no service for weeks and this coincides with his goal drought. Can't understand the persistence in whining about bringing Hannah back. If the lad was up to it at this level, he'd be in the team. Parky clearly thinks he's not. End of story. All the Hannah lovers need to let go of the affinity for him being a young eager player, and realise that he simply would not be prolific in league 2! I'd like to see 2 more loans just to get us to Jan, if we're still in the mix by then, and the season tickets are selling we should be hoping for a few more permanent signings! CTID!!![/p][/quote]Yeah your right because the gulf in class between the conference and league two us massive. You only have to look at Fleetwood, Crawley,dagger,york, Wimbledon,Stevenage, Yeovil to name a few to show that any player succeeding at conference level couldn't possibly make the step up.i suppose Meredith us proof of the gulf in class too. After all five hours of football over a full season is obviously enough of a chance. I'm not saying this lad can make it just he hasn't had a chance macca1969
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9:41pm Wed 21 Nov 12

LaCe78 says...

macca1969 wrote:
LaCe78 wrote:
dannbradfc wrote:
s.b.c wrote:
Just want to sympathise with James Hanson, he's working his socks off every match & just feeding off scraps. Have no wish to criticise PP, but would love to see City not playing so deep & perhaps give more support to the front two. Exeter's four three three really paid off on Saturday. It was also attractive to watch.
Agreed. On Saturday the normally reliable Jones delivery was way-off and thus Hanson had little to go at.

Last night we had two wingers who mustered one cross off note between them.

Atkinson wants to cut inside all the time and rarely crosses the ball and on the other Thompson looked either unfit and/or not bothered. It showed why Parkinson kept him on the bench. he's had an anonymous starting appearance up front in his desired position and other attempts out wide. Needs to get fitter and have more desire for me.

Our system relies totally on the wide players. Our full backs (Saturday aside) had begun to help out and get involved in the attacking side of things. Meredith in particular was proving a useful attacking outlet. However once we scored they reverted to staying back, probably out of instruction. It worked but i'd have preferred it if we had finished them off.

Overall we are in a great position and if we can in there untill the players get back then who knows.

But agree that Hanson is feeding off scraps. Nakhi hasn't lookedthe same in these last two games neither and i feel its the way things have panned out injury and personnel wise factoring in. But we need to keep allowing the full-backs to support the wide players who need to deliver more or at least attempt to do so......
Absolutely spot on! I hate to start pulling the team apart with the work ethic and belief PP has put into place, but Thompson for me has failed to deliver all season apart from one pot shot at Watford. He looks unfit and disinterested and seems to struggle with even the simplest of passes. Id play Baker instead of him.

Without crosses, Hanson will be a work horse and nothing more. He's had no service for weeks and this coincides with his goal drought.

Can't understand the persistence in whining about bringing Hannah back. If the lad was up to it at this level, he'd be in the team. Parky clearly thinks he's not. End of story. All the Hannah lovers need to let go of the affinity for him being a young eager player, and realise that he simply would not be prolific in league 2!

I'd like to see 2 more loans just to get us to Jan, if we're still in the mix by then, and the season tickets are selling we should be hoping for a few more permanent signings!

CTID!!!
Yeah your right because the gulf in class between the conference and league two us massive. You only have to look at Fleetwood, Crawley,dagger,york,

Wimbledon,Stevenage,

Yeovil to name a few to show that any player succeeding at conference level couldn't possibly make the step up.i suppose Meredith us proof of the gulf in class too. After all five hours of football over a full season is obviously enough of a chance. I'm not saying this lad can make it just he hasn't had a chance
I get your point but on the flip side Parky could clearly see that Meredith would be able to do it at League 2 level, bought him without seeing him play at this level and he's been fantastic. In the same vein, he's seen Hannah play in training, in lower leagues and at this level (last season) and has chosen to loan him out! It's clear Meredith has that ability to step up, where Hannah (in Parky's eyes) sadly doesn't!
[quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LaCe78[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]s.b.c[/bold] wrote: Just want to sympathise with James Hanson, he's working his socks off every match & just feeding off scraps. Have no wish to criticise PP, but would love to see City not playing so deep & perhaps give more support to the front two. Exeter's four three three really paid off on Saturday. It was also attractive to watch.[/p][/quote]Agreed. On Saturday the normally reliable Jones delivery was way-off and thus Hanson had little to go at. Last night we had two wingers who mustered one cross off note between them. Atkinson wants to cut inside all the time and rarely crosses the ball and on the other Thompson looked either unfit and/or not bothered. It showed why Parkinson kept him on the bench. he's had an anonymous starting appearance up front in his desired position and other attempts out wide. Needs to get fitter and have more desire for me. Our system relies totally on the wide players. Our full backs (Saturday aside) had begun to help out and get involved in the attacking side of things. Meredith in particular was proving a useful attacking outlet. However once we scored they reverted to staying back, probably out of instruction. It worked but i'd have preferred it if we had finished them off. Overall we are in a great position and if we can in there untill the players get back then who knows. But agree that Hanson is feeding off scraps. Nakhi hasn't lookedthe same in these last two games neither and i feel its the way things have panned out injury and personnel wise factoring in. But we need to keep allowing the full-backs to support the wide players who need to deliver more or at least attempt to do so......[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on! I hate to start pulling the team apart with the work ethic and belief PP has put into place, but Thompson for me has failed to deliver all season apart from one pot shot at Watford. He looks unfit and disinterested and seems to struggle with even the simplest of passes. Id play Baker instead of him. Without crosses, Hanson will be a work horse and nothing more. He's had no service for weeks and this coincides with his goal drought. Can't understand the persistence in whining about bringing Hannah back. If the lad was up to it at this level, he'd be in the team. Parky clearly thinks he's not. End of story. All the Hannah lovers need to let go of the affinity for him being a young eager player, and realise that he simply would not be prolific in league 2! I'd like to see 2 more loans just to get us to Jan, if we're still in the mix by then, and the season tickets are selling we should be hoping for a few more permanent signings! CTID!!![/p][/quote]Yeah your right because the gulf in class between the conference and league two us massive. You only have to look at Fleetwood, Crawley,dagger,york, Wimbledon,Stevenage, Yeovil to name a few to show that any player succeeding at conference level couldn't possibly make the step up.i suppose Meredith us proof of the gulf in class too. After all five hours of football over a full season is obviously enough of a chance. I'm not saying this lad can make it just he hasn't had a chance[/p][/quote]I get your point but on the flip side Parky could clearly see that Meredith would be able to do it at League 2 level, bought him without seeing him play at this level and he's been fantastic. In the same vein, he's seen Hannah play in training, in lower leagues and at this level (last season) and has chosen to loan him out! It's clear Meredith has that ability to step up, where Hannah (in Parky's eyes) sadly doesn't! LaCe78
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10:10pm Wed 21 Nov 12

macca1969 says...

LaCe78 wrote:
macca1969 wrote:
LaCe78 wrote:
dannbradfc wrote:
s.b.c wrote:
Just want to sympathise with James Hanson, he's working his socks off every match & just feeding off scraps. Have no wish to criticise PP, but would love to see City not playing so deep & perhaps give more support to the front two. Exeter's four three three really paid off on Saturday. It was also attractive to watch.
Agreed. On Saturday the normally reliable Jones delivery was way-off and thus Hanson had little to go at.

Last night we had two wingers who mustered one cross off note between them.

Atkinson wants to cut inside all the time and rarely crosses the ball and on the other Thompson looked either unfit and/or not bothered. It showed why Parkinson kept him on the bench. he's had an anonymous starting appearance up front in his desired position and other attempts out wide. Needs to get fitter and have more desire for me.

Our system relies totally on the wide players. Our full backs (Saturday aside) had begun to help out and get involved in the attacking side of things. Meredith in particular was proving a useful attacking outlet. However once we scored they reverted to staying back, probably out of instruction. It worked but i'd have preferred it if we had finished them off.

Overall we are in a great position and if we can in there untill the players get back then who knows.

But agree that Hanson is feeding off scraps. Nakhi hasn't lookedthe same in these last two games neither and i feel its the way things have panned out injury and personnel wise factoring in. But we need to keep allowing the full-backs to support the wide players who need to deliver more or at least attempt to do so......
Absolutely spot on! I hate to start pulling the team apart with the work ethic and belief PP has put into place, but Thompson for me has failed to deliver all season apart from one pot shot at Watford. He looks unfit and disinterested and seems to struggle with even the simplest of passes. Id play Baker instead of him.

Without crosses, Hanson will be a work horse and nothing more. He's had no service for weeks and this coincides with his goal drought.

Can't understand the persistence in whining about bringing Hannah back. If the lad was up to it at this level, he'd be in the team. Parky clearly thinks he's not. End of story. All the Hannah lovers need to let go of the affinity for him being a young eager player, and realise that he simply would not be prolific in league 2!

I'd like to see 2 more loans just to get us to Jan, if we're still in the mix by then, and the season tickets are selling we should be hoping for a few more permanent signings!

CTID!!!
Yeah your right because the gulf in class between the conference and league two us massive. You only have to look at Fleetwood, Crawley,dagger,york,


Wimbledon,Stevenage,


Yeovil to name a few to show that any player succeeding at conference level couldn't possibly make the step up.i suppose Meredith us proof of the gulf in class too. After all five hours of football over a full season is obviously enough of a chance. I'm not saying this lad can make it just he hasn't had a chance
I get your point but on the flip side Parky could clearly see that Meredith would be able to do it at League 2 level, bought him without seeing him play at this level and he's been fantastic. In the same vein, he's seen Hannah play in training, in lower leagues and at this level (last season) and has chosen to loan him out! It's clear Meredith has that ability to step up, where Hannah (in Parky's eyes) sadly doesn't!
True but in parky's eyes he thinks Thompson is good enough and after watching him all season I can't see what he sees. All I am saying about Ross is in the right team in the right set up I believe he will get goals. I believe he will move permanently to Grimsby and with a bit of luck get them promoted and then he can have crack at this level with a club that wants him. Hope we go up though so we don't have to play him. Did you know the conference holds over ten ex league teams now plus a few have also been relegated from there. The gulf isn't as big as some make out
[quote][p][bold]LaCe78[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LaCe78[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]s.b.c[/bold] wrote: Just want to sympathise with James Hanson, he's working his socks off every match & just feeding off scraps. Have no wish to criticise PP, but would love to see City not playing so deep & perhaps give more support to the front two. Exeter's four three three really paid off on Saturday. It was also attractive to watch.[/p][/quote]Agreed. On Saturday the normally reliable Jones delivery was way-off and thus Hanson had little to go at. Last night we had two wingers who mustered one cross off note between them. Atkinson wants to cut inside all the time and rarely crosses the ball and on the other Thompson looked either unfit and/or not bothered. It showed why Parkinson kept him on the bench. he's had an anonymous starting appearance up front in his desired position and other attempts out wide. Needs to get fitter and have more desire for me. Our system relies totally on the wide players. Our full backs (Saturday aside) had begun to help out and get involved in the attacking side of things. Meredith in particular was proving a useful attacking outlet. However once we scored they reverted to staying back, probably out of instruction. It worked but i'd have preferred it if we had finished them off. Overall we are in a great position and if we can in there untill the players get back then who knows. But agree that Hanson is feeding off scraps. Nakhi hasn't lookedthe same in these last two games neither and i feel its the way things have panned out injury and personnel wise factoring in. But we need to keep allowing the full-backs to support the wide players who need to deliver more or at least attempt to do so......[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on! I hate to start pulling the team apart with the work ethic and belief PP has put into place, but Thompson for me has failed to deliver all season apart from one pot shot at Watford. He looks unfit and disinterested and seems to struggle with even the simplest of passes. Id play Baker instead of him. Without crosses, Hanson will be a work horse and nothing more. He's had no service for weeks and this coincides with his goal drought. Can't understand the persistence in whining about bringing Hannah back. If the lad was up to it at this level, he'd be in the team. Parky clearly thinks he's not. End of story. All the Hannah lovers need to let go of the affinity for him being a young eager player, and realise that he simply would not be prolific in league 2! I'd like to see 2 more loans just to get us to Jan, if we're still in the mix by then, and the season tickets are selling we should be hoping for a few more permanent signings! CTID!!![/p][/quote]Yeah your right because the gulf in class between the conference and league two us massive. You only have to look at Fleetwood, Crawley,dagger,york, Wimbledon,Stevenage, Yeovil to name a few to show that any player succeeding at conference level couldn't possibly make the step up.i suppose Meredith us proof of the gulf in class too. After all five hours of football over a full season is obviously enough of a chance. I'm not saying this lad can make it just he hasn't had a chance[/p][/quote]I get your point but on the flip side Parky could clearly see that Meredith would be able to do it at League 2 level, bought him without seeing him play at this level and he's been fantastic. In the same vein, he's seen Hannah play in training, in lower leagues and at this level (last season) and has chosen to loan him out! It's clear Meredith has that ability to step up, where Hannah (in Parky's eyes) sadly doesn't![/p][/quote]True but in parky's eyes he thinks Thompson is good enough and after watching him all season I can't see what he sees. All I am saying about Ross is in the right team in the right set up I believe he will get goals. I believe he will move permanently to Grimsby and with a bit of luck get them promoted and then he can have crack at this level with a club that wants him. Hope we go up though so we don't have to play him. Did you know the conference holds over ten ex league teams now plus a few have also been relegated from there. The gulf isn't as big as some make out macca1969
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11:43pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Waynus1971 says...

LaCe78 wrote:
macca1969 wrote:
LaCe78 wrote:
dannbradfc wrote:
s.b.c wrote:
Just want to sympathise with James Hanson, he's working his socks off every match & just feeding off scraps. Have no wish to criticise PP, but would love to see City not playing so deep & perhaps give more support to the front two. Exeter's four three three really paid off on Saturday. It was also attractive to watch.
Agreed. On Saturday the normally reliable Jones delivery was way-off and thus Hanson had little to go at.

Last night we had two wingers who mustered one cross off note between them.

Atkinson wants to cut inside all the time and rarely crosses the ball and on the other Thompson looked either unfit and/or not bothered. It showed why Parkinson kept him on the bench. he's had an anonymous starting appearance up front in his desired position and other attempts out wide. Needs to get fitter and have more desire for me.

Our system relies totally on the wide players. Our full backs (Saturday aside) had begun to help out and get involved in the attacking side of things. Meredith in particular was proving a useful attacking outlet. However once we scored they reverted to staying back, probably out of instruction. It worked but i'd have preferred it if we had finished them off.

Overall we are in a great position and if we can in there untill the players get back then who knows.

But agree that Hanson is feeding off scraps. Nakhi hasn't lookedthe same in these last two games neither and i feel its the way things have panned out injury and personnel wise factoring in. But we need to keep allowing the full-backs to support the wide players who need to deliver more or at least attempt to do so......
Absolutely spot on! I hate to start pulling the team apart with the work ethic and belief PP has put into place, but Thompson for me has failed to deliver all season apart from one pot shot at Watford. He looks unfit and disinterested and seems to struggle with even the simplest of passes. Id play Baker instead of him.

Without crosses, Hanson will be a work horse and nothing more. He's had no service for weeks and this coincides with his goal drought.

Can't understand the persistence in whining about bringing Hannah back. If the lad was up to it at this level, he'd be in the team. Parky clearly thinks he's not. End of story. All the Hannah lovers need to let go of the affinity for him being a young eager player, and realise that he simply would not be prolific in league 2!

I'd like to see 2 more loans just to get us to Jan, if we're still in the mix by then, and the season tickets are selling we should be hoping for a few more permanent signings!

CTID!!!
Yeah your right because the gulf in class between the conference and league two us massive. You only have to look at Fleetwood, Crawley,dagger,york,


Wimbledon,Stevenage,


Yeovil to name a few to show that any player succeeding at conference level couldn't possibly make the step up.i suppose Meredith us proof of the gulf in class too. After all five hours of football over a full season is obviously enough of a chance. I'm not saying this lad can make it just he hasn't had a chance
I get your point but on the flip side Parky could clearly see that Meredith would be able to do it at League 2 level, bought him without seeing him play at this level and he's been fantastic. In the same vein, he's seen Hannah play in training, in lower leagues and at this level (last season) and has chosen to loan him out! It's clear Meredith has that ability to step up, where Hannah (in Parky's eyes) sadly doesn't!
In addition to what Macca has written, PP publicly stated that Hannah was the best natural finisher on the club's books. In the summer he had the chance of releasing him, but chose to take up the option. It does seem strange, therefore, that he refuses to give the lad a chance.

Personally, I wouldn't start him in front of Wells, but he would have been a great option from the bench in the last couple of games. Wells is either kn4ckered or carrying a knock because he just hasn't been as lively past couple of games. Hannah would be another option.
[quote][p][bold]LaCe78[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LaCe78[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]s.b.c[/bold] wrote: Just want to sympathise with James Hanson, he's working his socks off every match & just feeding off scraps. Have no wish to criticise PP, but would love to see City not playing so deep & perhaps give more support to the front two. Exeter's four three three really paid off on Saturday. It was also attractive to watch.[/p][/quote]Agreed. On Saturday the normally reliable Jones delivery was way-off and thus Hanson had little to go at. Last night we had two wingers who mustered one cross off note between them. Atkinson wants to cut inside all the time and rarely crosses the ball and on the other Thompson looked either unfit and/or not bothered. It showed why Parkinson kept him on the bench. he's had an anonymous starting appearance up front in his desired position and other attempts out wide. Needs to get fitter and have more desire for me. Our system relies totally on the wide players. Our full backs (Saturday aside) had begun to help out and get involved in the attacking side of things. Meredith in particular was proving a useful attacking outlet. However once we scored they reverted to staying back, probably out of instruction. It worked but i'd have preferred it if we had finished them off. Overall we are in a great position and if we can in there untill the players get back then who knows. But agree that Hanson is feeding off scraps. Nakhi hasn't lookedthe same in these last two games neither and i feel its the way things have panned out injury and personnel wise factoring in. But we need to keep allowing the full-backs to support the wide players who need to deliver more or at least attempt to do so......[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on! I hate to start pulling the team apart with the work ethic and belief PP has put into place, but Thompson for me has failed to deliver all season apart from one pot shot at Watford. He looks unfit and disinterested and seems to struggle with even the simplest of passes. Id play Baker instead of him. Without crosses, Hanson will be a work horse and nothing more. He's had no service for weeks and this coincides with his goal drought. Can't understand the persistence in whining about bringing Hannah back. If the lad was up to it at this level, he'd be in the team. Parky clearly thinks he's not. End of story. All the Hannah lovers need to let go of the affinity for him being a young eager player, and realise that he simply would not be prolific in league 2! I'd like to see 2 more loans just to get us to Jan, if we're still in the mix by then, and the season tickets are selling we should be hoping for a few more permanent signings! CTID!!![/p][/quote]Yeah your right because the gulf in class between the conference and league two us massive. You only have to look at Fleetwood, Crawley,dagger,york, Wimbledon,Stevenage, Yeovil to name a few to show that any player succeeding at conference level couldn't possibly make the step up.i suppose Meredith us proof of the gulf in class too. After all five hours of football over a full season is obviously enough of a chance. I'm not saying this lad can make it just he hasn't had a chance[/p][/quote]I get your point but on the flip side Parky could clearly see that Meredith would be able to do it at League 2 level, bought him without seeing him play at this level and he's been fantastic. In the same vein, he's seen Hannah play in training, in lower leagues and at this level (last season) and has chosen to loan him out! It's clear Meredith has that ability to step up, where Hannah (in Parky's eyes) sadly doesn't![/p][/quote]In addition to what Macca has written, PP publicly stated that Hannah was the best natural finisher on the club's books. In the summer he had the chance of releasing him, but chose to take up the option. It does seem strange, therefore, that he refuses to give the lad a chance. Personally, I wouldn't start him in front of Wells, but he would have been a great option from the bench in the last couple of games. Wells is either kn4ckered or carrying a knock because he just hasn't been as lively past couple of games. Hannah would be another option. Waynus1971
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12:21am Thu 22 Nov 12

undercliffebantam says...

All you "pretend" managers, stick to the topic of the thread.

There are other threads you can do that.

A speedy recovery to John Egan and best wishes for the future.
All you "pretend" managers, stick to the topic of the thread. There are other threads you can do that. A speedy recovery to John Egan and best wishes for the future. undercliffebantam
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12:35am Thu 22 Nov 12

Bradford1903 says...

I'd take 3 points over a good performance everytime, but still a couple of gripes from me.

We scored a number of goals from corners earlier in the season, because we were whipping in a flat ball at pace, and it only needed a touch, so I can't understand why we have seemingly abandoned this successful tactic, in favour of a high, looping, deep delivery, which is a lot easier to defend againgst.

When we also take a long throw near the corner flag, someone should be making a run towards the penalty spot, anticipating that Hanson is going to flick if on, which he does on the majority of occasions.

Connell and Ritchie Jones had impressive cameos, and I believe would've offered Parky plenty of food for thought.

I thought Jones showed more in 10 minutes than Thompson did in nearly the whole game, and if Hines isn't fit, I'd be tempted to play him right side against Rovers.
I'd take 3 points over a good performance everytime, but still a couple of gripes from me. We scored a number of goals from corners earlier in the season, because we were whipping in a flat ball at pace, and it only needed a touch, so I can't understand why we have seemingly abandoned this successful tactic, in favour of a high, looping, deep delivery, which is a lot easier to defend againgst. When we also take a long throw near the corner flag, someone should be making a run towards the penalty spot, anticipating that Hanson is going to flick if on, which he does on the majority of occasions. Connell and Ritchie Jones had impressive cameos, and I believe would've offered Parky plenty of food for thought. I thought Jones showed more in 10 minutes than Thompson did in nearly the whole game, and if Hines isn't fit, I'd be tempted to play him right side against Rovers. Bradford1903
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12:53pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

LaCe78 wrote:
dannbradfc wrote:
s.b.c wrote:
Just want to sympathise with James Hanson, he's working his socks off every match & just feeding off scraps. Have no wish to criticise PP, but would love to see City not playing so deep & perhaps give more support to the front two. Exeter's four three three really paid off on Saturday. It was also attractive to watch.
Agreed. On Saturday the normally reliable Jones delivery was way-off and thus Hanson had little to go at.

Last night we had two wingers who mustered one cross off note between them.

Atkinson wants to cut inside all the time and rarely crosses the ball and on the other Thompson looked either unfit and/or not bothered. It showed why Parkinson kept him on the bench. he's had an anonymous starting appearance up front in his desired position and other attempts out wide. Needs to get fitter and have more desire for me.

Our system relies totally on the wide players. Our full backs (Saturday aside) had begun to help out and get involved in the attacking side of things. Meredith in particular was proving a useful attacking outlet. However once we scored they reverted to staying back, probably out of instruction. It worked but i'd have preferred it if we had finished them off.

Overall we are in a great position and if we can in there untill the players get back then who knows.

But agree that Hanson is feeding off scraps. Nakhi hasn't lookedthe same in these last two games neither and i feel its the way things have panned out injury and personnel wise factoring in. But we need to keep allowing the full-backs to support the wide players who need to deliver more or at least attempt to do so......
Absolutely spot on! I hate to start pulling the team apart with the work ethic and belief PP has put into place, but Thompson for me has failed to deliver all season apart from one pot shot at Watford. He looks unfit and disinterested and seems to struggle with even the simplest of passes. Id play Baker instead of him.

Without crosses, Hanson will be a work horse and nothing more. He's had no service for weeks and this coincides with his goal drought.

Can't understand the persistence in whining about bringing Hannah back. If the lad was up to it at this level, he'd be in the team. Parky clearly thinks he's not. End of story. All the Hannah lovers need to let go of the affinity for him being a young eager player, and realise that he simply would not be prolific in league 2!

I'd like to see 2 more loans just to get us to Jan, if we're still in the mix by then, and the season tickets are selling we should be hoping for a few more permanent signings!

CTID!!!
Are you sure you haven't nicked this off me? Agree with every word sir.

PS Hannah isn't young, he is 26. Just to help folk who think he is a rising starlet and not a falling piece of an old satellite
[quote][p][bold]LaCe78[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]s.b.c[/bold] wrote: Just want to sympathise with James Hanson, he's working his socks off every match & just feeding off scraps. Have no wish to criticise PP, but would love to see City not playing so deep & perhaps give more support to the front two. Exeter's four three three really paid off on Saturday. It was also attractive to watch.[/p][/quote]Agreed. On Saturday the normally reliable Jones delivery was way-off and thus Hanson had little to go at. Last night we had two wingers who mustered one cross off note between them. Atkinson wants to cut inside all the time and rarely crosses the ball and on the other Thompson looked either unfit and/or not bothered. It showed why Parkinson kept him on the bench. he's had an anonymous starting appearance up front in his desired position and other attempts out wide. Needs to get fitter and have more desire for me. Our system relies totally on the wide players. Our full backs (Saturday aside) had begun to help out and get involved in the attacking side of things. Meredith in particular was proving a useful attacking outlet. However once we scored they reverted to staying back, probably out of instruction. It worked but i'd have preferred it if we had finished them off. Overall we are in a great position and if we can in there untill the players get back then who knows. But agree that Hanson is feeding off scraps. Nakhi hasn't lookedthe same in these last two games neither and i feel its the way things have panned out injury and personnel wise factoring in. But we need to keep allowing the full-backs to support the wide players who need to deliver more or at least attempt to do so......[/p][/quote]Absolutely spot on! I hate to start pulling the team apart with the work ethic and belief PP has put into place, but Thompson for me has failed to deliver all season apart from one pot shot at Watford. He looks unfit and disinterested and seems to struggle with even the simplest of passes. Id play Baker instead of him. Without crosses, Hanson will be a work horse and nothing more. He's had no service for weeks and this coincides with his goal drought. Can't understand the persistence in whining about bringing Hannah back. If the lad was up to it at this level, he'd be in the team. Parky clearly thinks he's not. End of story. All the Hannah lovers need to let go of the affinity for him being a young eager player, and realise that he simply would not be prolific in league 2! I'd like to see 2 more loans just to get us to Jan, if we're still in the mix by then, and the season tickets are selling we should be hoping for a few more permanent signings! CTID!!![/p][/quote]Are you sure you haven't nicked this off me? Agree with every word sir. PS Hannah isn't young, he is 26. Just to help folk who think he is a rising starlet and not a falling piece of an old satellite Prisoner Cell Block A
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6:09pm Thu 22 Nov 12

cookie_brighton says...

just read on the Bradford city fc site that parky has signed england under 19 winger blair turgott from west ham until 5 th jan 2013
ctid
just read on the Bradford city fc site that parky has signed england under 19 winger blair turgott from west ham until 5 th jan 2013 ctid cookie_brighton
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9:09pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Whoisevans? says...

Hope you have a speedy recovery and one day come back to play in a Bradford City shirt hopefully at a higher level.
Hope you have a speedy recovery and one day come back to play in a Bradford City shirt hopefully at a higher level. Whoisevans?
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