Bradford City players back at work after welcome rest

James Meredith and his City team-mates have appreciated their three-day break

James Meredith and his City team-mates have appreciated their three-day break

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

James Meredith is ready to plunge into the next hectic phase of City’s season.

The Bantams were back in training yesterday after a three-day break to recharge the batteries.

It was the first time since mid-October that they have been without a midweek match – but tomorrow’s FA Cup second-round clash with Brentford kicks off another busy burst.

City face nine games in the space of 32 days, with the added possibility of cramming in a replay the week before Christmas if the Valley Parade tie finishes in a draw.

Left back Meredith appreciated the chance to draw breath before the non-stop schedule kicks in again.

He said: “We’ve not had a lot of time for proper training. There have been a lot of games so it’s been a case of play the game, recover, play the next game, recover again.

“It’s been nice to have that opportunity to work on one or two things before we go into the next run of games including, obviously, the Arsenal one.

“It’s a balancing act because you’ve got to be well conditioned and well rested to get the best results in the long run.”

Meanwhile, the remaining tickets for the Capital One Cup quarter-final against Arsenal are on general sale from 9am today.

City have sold 22,000 so far, including Arsenal’s allocation in the Midland Road Stand, to leave around 1,500 which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fans must buy tickets from Valley Parade and there will be no general sales online.

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7:53am Thu 29 Nov 12

PaddyBantam says...

Meredith - could well challenge for the player of the season if he maintains the form he has shown so far - an excellent signing and well capable of playing at that next level up. If there had not been the injury problems in defence, he could well have covered for Reid in that wide role, he couldn't have done any worse than anybody else who has been asked to cover that side in the team, he would not have lacked effort and chances are his crossing ability couldn't be any worse than Thompson - a supposed natural winger - of sorts!
Meredith - could well challenge for the player of the season if he maintains the form he has shown so far - an excellent signing and well capable of playing at that next level up. If there had not been the injury problems in defence, he could well have covered for Reid in that wide role, he couldn't have done any worse than anybody else who has been asked to cover that side in the team, he would not have lacked effort and chances are his crossing ability couldn't be any worse than Thompson - a supposed natural winger - of sorts! PaddyBantam
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8:41am Thu 29 Nov 12

wykebantam says...

PaddyBantam wrote:
Meredith - could well challenge for the player of the season if he maintains the form he has shown so far - an excellent signing and well capable of playing at that next level up. If there had not been the injury problems in defence, he could well have covered for Reid in that wide role, he couldn't have done any worse than anybody else who has been asked to cover that side in the team, he would not have lacked effort and chances are his crossing ability couldn't be any worse than Thompson - a supposed natural winger - of sorts!
Couldnt agree with you more. I think its a chance worth taking o move Meredith up the pitch & see how things go.
[quote][p][bold]PaddyBantam[/bold] wrote: Meredith - could well challenge for the player of the season if he maintains the form he has shown so far - an excellent signing and well capable of playing at that next level up. If there had not been the injury problems in defence, he could well have covered for Reid in that wide role, he couldn't have done any worse than anybody else who has been asked to cover that side in the team, he would not have lacked effort and chances are his crossing ability couldn't be any worse than Thompson - a supposed natural winger - of sorts![/p][/quote]Couldnt agree with you more. I think its a chance worth taking o move Meredith up the pitch & see how things go. wykebantam
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9:07am Thu 29 Nov 12

tyker2 says...

recharged and ready to go :keep Clayton Donladsonquiet and we can win his and set up a big team home draw again or a non league team at home which gets televised
recharged and ready to go :keep Clayton Donladsonquiet and we can win his and set up a big team home draw again or a non league team at home which gets televised tyker2
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4:40pm Thu 29 Nov 12

huggy b says...

Meredith, like the majority of players brought in this year, has been an excellent signing and could easily play at a higher level. Whilst I think he would make a good wide midfielder, we're too short of bodies at the back at the mo to play him there. Maybe when Davies is back, Merdith could play left mid and McHugh at left back but not until then because we'd be stretching ourselves too thin again. All in all though, this season has been brilliant compared to the previous ten! And to think people were having a go at me on this forum for supporting Parkinson last season! Best manager we've had since Jewell.
Meredith, like the majority of players brought in this year, has been an excellent signing and could easily play at a higher level. Whilst I think he would make a good wide midfielder, we're too short of bodies at the back at the mo to play him there. Maybe when Davies is back, Merdith could play left mid and McHugh at left back but not until then because we'd be stretching ourselves too thin again. All in all though, this season has been brilliant compared to the previous ten! And to think people were having a go at me on this forum for supporting Parkinson last season! Best manager we've had since Jewell. huggy b
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4:40pm Thu 29 Nov 12

huggy b says...

Meredith, like the majority of players brought in this year, has been an excellent signing and could easily play at a higher level. Whilst I think he would make a good wide midfielder, we're too short of bodies at the back at the mo to play him there. Maybe when Davies is back, Merdith could play left mid and McHugh at left back but not until then because we'd be stretching ourselves too thin again. All in all though, this season has been brilliant compared to the previous ten! And to think people were having a go at me on this forum for supporting Parkinson last season! Best manager we've had since Jewell.
Meredith, like the majority of players brought in this year, has been an excellent signing and could easily play at a higher level. Whilst I think he would make a good wide midfielder, we're too short of bodies at the back at the mo to play him there. Maybe when Davies is back, Merdith could play left mid and McHugh at left back but not until then because we'd be stretching ourselves too thin again. All in all though, this season has been brilliant compared to the previous ten! And to think people were having a go at me on this forum for supporting Parkinson last season! Best manager we've had since Jewell. huggy b
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5:50pm Thu 29 Nov 12

COLATS says...

huggy b wrote:
Meredith, like the majority of players brought in this year, has been an excellent signing and could easily play at a higher level. Whilst I think he would make a good wide midfielder, we're too short of bodies at the back at the mo to play him there. Maybe when Davies is back, Merdith could play left mid and McHugh at left back but not until then because we'd be stretching ourselves too thin again. All in all though, this season has been brilliant compared to the previous ten! And to think people were having a go at me on this forum for supporting Parkinson last season! Best manager we've had since Jewell.
Wen Davis is back Reid will also be back so no need to move merridith leave him at left back to carry on the excellent job he's doing?
[quote][p][bold]huggy b[/bold] wrote: Meredith, like the majority of players brought in this year, has been an excellent signing and could easily play at a higher level. Whilst I think he would make a good wide midfielder, we're too short of bodies at the back at the mo to play him there. Maybe when Davies is back, Merdith could play left mid and McHugh at left back but not until then because we'd be stretching ourselves too thin again. All in all though, this season has been brilliant compared to the previous ten! And to think people were having a go at me on this forum for supporting Parkinson last season! Best manager we've had since Jewell.[/p][/quote]Wen Davis is back Reid will also be back so no need to move merridith leave him at left back to carry on the excellent job he's doing? COLATS
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7:18pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Bantambhoy says...

COLATS wrote:
huggy b wrote: Meredith, like the majority of players brought in this year, has been an excellent signing and could easily play at a higher level. Whilst I think he would make a good wide midfielder, we're too short of bodies at the back at the mo to play him there. Maybe when Davies is back, Merdith could play left mid and McHugh at left back but not until then because we'd be stretching ourselves too thin again. All in all though, this season has been brilliant compared to the previous ten! And to think people were having a go at me on this forum for supporting Parkinson last season! Best manager we've had since Jewell.
Wen Davis is back Reid will also be back so no need to move merridith leave him at left back to carry on the excellent job he's doing?
Agree, Meredith is the best left back we've had for years. He gets forward from that position anyway, also McHugh is not a fullback and it shows when he plays there, just as McArdle is not a right back although those two are a great pairing in the middle of the defence. How fortunate are we to have these two under the cicumstances.
[quote][p][bold]COLATS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]huggy b[/bold] wrote: Meredith, like the majority of players brought in this year, has been an excellent signing and could easily play at a higher level. Whilst I think he would make a good wide midfielder, we're too short of bodies at the back at the mo to play him there. Maybe when Davies is back, Merdith could play left mid and McHugh at left back but not until then because we'd be stretching ourselves too thin again. All in all though, this season has been brilliant compared to the previous ten! And to think people were having a go at me on this forum for supporting Parkinson last season! Best manager we've had since Jewell.[/p][/quote]Wen Davis is back Reid will also be back so no need to move merridith leave him at left back to carry on the excellent job he's doing?[/p][/quote]Agree, Meredith is the best left back we've had for years. He gets forward from that position anyway, also McHugh is not a fullback and it shows when he plays there, just as McArdle is not a right back although those two are a great pairing in the middle of the defence. How fortunate are we to have these two under the cicumstances. Bantambhoy
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