Doyle flush! Bantams ace hopes more cup success on cards after winning appeal

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: EXONERATED: Nathan Doyle, right, is determined to help the Bantams reach the FA Cup third round against Brentford at Valley Parade tonight after admitting relief at his red card being rescinded EXONERATED: Nathan Doyle, right, is determined to help the Bantams reach the FA Cup third round against Brentford at Valley Parade tonight after admitting relief at his red card being rescinded

Nathan Doyle aims to make the most of his FA Cup reprieve by steering City into the third round tonight.

Doyle is free to resume engine-room duties against Brentford at Valley Parade after last week’s dismissal was wiped out on appeal.

And the robust midfielder is keen to carry on from where he left off against the high-flying League One visitors.

Doyle said: “I thought the red card was very harsh at the time and you could see I did nothing wrong when we looked back at it on the DVD.

“The referee got a lot of decisions in the melee wrong. There were loads of people in there and if he sent me off, another seven or eight should have gone.

“You work with your team-mates day in, day out and treat them like brothers. You look after your football family and the recklessness of the tackle (on James Mere-dith) was a joke.

“Not every appeal goes the way it should do but I’m just glad mine was overturned and hopefully we can kick on in the cup.”

City will check on Carl McHugh, who missed training yesterday suffering from a throat infection. After a free midweek, another hectic run beckons but Doyle believes it is a good opportunity to build up momentum.

He added: “It was nice to get away from the training ground for a couple of days and spend some time with your family. But now we’re back to work and ready to go again.

“There will be teams that don’t have games for a week or two now but hopefully we can carry on our winning mentality.

“Brentford are doing well but so are we. We’re not mid-table or bottom of our league so both teams are going into it in high spirits.”

Phil Parkinson is likely to shuffle things round again as City embark on the first of three cup ties in the next 11 days.

He will have one eye on the JPT selection rules for Tuesday’s trip to Port Vale, when clubs must field six of the starting line-up from their previous game.

But he is not under-estimating the size of the task against a Bees side currently sitting fifth in the division above.

Parkinson said: “Brentford are a good side. Teams like them and MK Dons are really fancying their chances this year to get out of that division because it’s not as strong.

“Uwe (Rosler) has built a decent team with predominantly young players. With young players you do get that extra energy and you can see that in the way we play.

“The lads know what to expect but I do feel we’ve got a good chance if we play at our best.

“You can see we’ve benefitted from being away from the training ground for a couple of days . Even the ones who haven’t played all the football have had to travel backwards and forwards.”

Curtis Good and Blair Turgott will both feature in the squad but Craig Forsyth is not allowed to play. Tom Naylor’s involvement will hinge on whether City decide to reach a financial agreement with Derby.

Brentford boss Rosler made his final appearance as a player against the Bantams at West Brom in 2001.

The German took over the Bees 18 months ago and steered them to ninth in League One last season. Now they head north unbeaten in eight games and fresh from beating Sheffield United.

Parkinson added: “This is as hard a game as we’ll have all season. We go into it as underdogs but we know we have the capabilities of beating teams from higher divisions.

“To do that we’ll have to be strong in all departments and have a strong bench as well. That could be the deciding factor.

“Brentford come here on the crest of a wave but we are confident as well. They’ve got the Johnstone Paint in midweek as well as us so we’ve got the same (selection) dilemmas going into this game.”

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8:25am Fri 30 Nov 12

PaddyBantam says...

No doubt about it this will be a tough game. City could do on Tuesday what Sheffield Wednesday did when we played them in the JPT, make substitutions after 30 seconds and therefore reduce the number of 1st team players you want involved in this non-event.

It would be good to get past Brentford purely to generate as much funding for the January transfer window as possible.
No doubt about it this will be a tough game. City could do on Tuesday what Sheffield Wednesday did when we played them in the JPT, make substitutions after 30 seconds and therefore reduce the number of 1st team players you want involved in this non-event. It would be good to get past Brentford purely to generate as much funding for the January transfer window as possible. PaddyBantam
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11:25am Fri 30 Nov 12

bcfc1903 says...

Good luck to all BCFC players involved tonight...if we play to our full potential tonight we have a great chance of winning the game. It'll be tough but with the fans behind the team the third round beckons.

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We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber.
Good luck to all BCFC players involved tonight...if we play to our full potential tonight we have a great chance of winning the game. It'll be tough but with the fans behind the team the third round beckons. ** We shout with pride...we never hide...Claret and Amber. bcfc1903
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12:47pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Victor Clayton says...

Who has had most influence on this seasons team - Meredith, Doyle or old Jones?
Who has had most influence on this seasons team - Meredith, Doyle or old Jones? Victor Clayton
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1:18pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Differing styles but a decent debating point Vic.

After the first 5 or 6 games I would have said G Jones no hesitation, then he started to go off the boil a little and then the back injury forced him to sit out.

Doyle had regained match fitness by that time as he looked to be off the pace in the first 5 or 6 games so he then came to the fore with a good range of passes and will to win plus the respect from team mates who will give him the ball even if he is quite well marked.

Meredith was unlucky to have the hip flexor problem as I think he could possibly have played every game this season and I enjoy his style, he likes to get forward when possible and seems to enjoy a decent tackle.

Who out of those three has had most influence so far?

Rory McArdle :)
Differing styles but a decent debating point Vic. After the first 5 or 6 games I would have said G Jones no hesitation, then he started to go off the boil a little and then the back injury forced him to sit out. Doyle had regained match fitness by that time as he looked to be off the pace in the first 5 or 6 games so he then came to the fore with a good range of passes and will to win plus the respect from team mates who will give him the ball even if he is quite well marked. Meredith was unlucky to have the hip flexor problem as I think he could possibly have played every game this season and I enjoy his style, he likes to get forward when possible and seems to enjoy a decent tackle. Who out of those three has had most influence so far? Rory McArdle :) Prisoner Cell Block A
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3:59pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Victor Clayton says...

ha ha, forgot about him. good point.
ha ha, forgot about him. good point. Victor Clayton
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5:20pm Fri 30 Nov 12

KnightMcCall says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Differing styles but a decent debating point Vic. After the first 5 or 6 games I would have said G Jones no hesitation, then he started to go off the boil a little and then the back injury forced him to sit out. Doyle had regained match fitness by that time as he looked to be off the pace in the first 5 or 6 games so he then came to the fore with a good range of passes and will to win plus the respect from team mates who will give him the ball even if he is quite well marked. Meredith was unlucky to have the hip flexor problem as I think he could possibly have played every game this season and I enjoy his style, he likes to get forward when possible and seems to enjoy a decent tackle. Who out of those three has had most influence so far? Rory McArdle :)
Personally, I think that the great thing about the team so far this year as that there are a number of players who just look like they belong in the team. Meredith is my POTY so far purely because I expected good things from Jones, Doyle and Wells. Meredith has been a revelation but many won't notice because of where he plays.

2-1 to City tonight (what do you think Balbriggin).
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Differing styles but a decent debating point Vic. After the first 5 or 6 games I would have said G Jones no hesitation, then he started to go off the boil a little and then the back injury forced him to sit out. Doyle had regained match fitness by that time as he looked to be off the pace in the first 5 or 6 games so he then came to the fore with a good range of passes and will to win plus the respect from team mates who will give him the ball even if he is quite well marked. Meredith was unlucky to have the hip flexor problem as I think he could possibly have played every game this season and I enjoy his style, he likes to get forward when possible and seems to enjoy a decent tackle. Who out of those three has had most influence so far? Rory McArdle :)[/p][/quote]Personally, I think that the great thing about the team so far this year as that there are a number of players who just look like they belong in the team. Meredith is my POTY so far purely because I expected good things from Jones, Doyle and Wells. Meredith has been a revelation but many won't notice because of where he plays. 2-1 to City tonight (what do you think Balbriggin). KnightMcCall
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5:41pm Fri 30 Nov 12

COLATS says...

City to win on pens.??
City to win on pens.?? COLATS
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5:43pm Fri 30 Nov 12

KnightMcCall says...

COLATS wrote:
City to win on pens.??
They have replays in this competition!
[quote][p][bold]COLATS[/bold] wrote: City to win on pens.??[/p][/quote]They have replays in this competition! KnightMcCall
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6:05pm Fri 30 Nov 12

COLATS says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
COLATS wrote:
City to win on pens.??
They have replays in this competition!
Oh yes I'm getting mixed up with all these games, we will have to win in ninety mins then?? Just off to dig my thermals out.
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]COLATS[/bold] wrote: City to win on pens.??[/p][/quote]They have replays in this competition![/p][/quote]Oh yes I'm getting mixed up with all these games, we will have to win in ninety mins then?? Just off to dig my thermals out. COLATS
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6:44pm Fri 30 Nov 12

PaddyBantam says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Differing styles but a decent debating point Vic.

After the first 5 or 6 games I would have said G Jones no hesitation, then he started to go off the boil a little and then the back injury forced him to sit out.

Doyle had regained match fitness by that time as he looked to be off the pace in the first 5 or 6 games so he then came to the fore with a good range of passes and will to win plus the respect from team mates who will give him the ball even if he is quite well marked.

Meredith was unlucky to have the hip flexor problem as I think he could possibly have played every game this season and I enjoy his style, he likes to get forward when possible and seems to enjoy a decent tackle.

Who out of those three has had most influence so far?

Rory McArdle :)
I'd agree with your post. If the season ended tomorrow i would go with Meredith. Jones does seem to have gone off the boil of late. Personally i'd bring the other Jones lad in for a bit. Have Doyle in his usual role and give Jones a more attack minded brief and encourage Hanson to stay further up the pitch rather than dropping back so far from goal. It will be difficult to pick the player of the year as so many of the team have played so well, If Nakki fits in to the young player of the year award then he may take it from McHugh who hasn't let anybody down when he has played - a very good prospect and squad member, to be honest i think we all thought we were ging to struggle badly when Oliver & Davies both got injured, but thankfully we had McCardle, a natural centre half, who did fine at right back, but its also given Darby the opportunity, who again, has not let anybody down. The Reid injury has probably had the biggest impact on the team as we struggle for width. To say we have managed to stay in the hunt after all these injury set backs is real testament to the whole squad and the management and coaching of PP & SP.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Differing styles but a decent debating point Vic. After the first 5 or 6 games I would have said G Jones no hesitation, then he started to go off the boil a little and then the back injury forced him to sit out. Doyle had regained match fitness by that time as he looked to be off the pace in the first 5 or 6 games so he then came to the fore with a good range of passes and will to win plus the respect from team mates who will give him the ball even if he is quite well marked. Meredith was unlucky to have the hip flexor problem as I think he could possibly have played every game this season and I enjoy his style, he likes to get forward when possible and seems to enjoy a decent tackle. Who out of those three has had most influence so far? Rory McArdle :)[/p][/quote]I'd agree with your post. If the season ended tomorrow i would go with Meredith. Jones does seem to have gone off the boil of late. Personally i'd bring the other Jones lad in for a bit. Have Doyle in his usual role and give Jones a more attack minded brief and encourage Hanson to stay further up the pitch rather than dropping back so far from goal. It will be difficult to pick the player of the year as so many of the team have played so well, If Nakki fits in to the young player of the year award then he may take it from McHugh who hasn't let anybody down when he has played - a very good prospect and squad member, to be honest i think we all thought we were ging to struggle badly when Oliver & Davies both got injured, but thankfully we had McCardle, a natural centre half, who did fine at right back, but its also given Darby the opportunity, who again, has not let anybody down. The Reid injury has probably had the biggest impact on the team as we struggle for width. To say we have managed to stay in the hunt after all these injury set backs is real testament to the whole squad and the management and coaching of PP & SP. PaddyBantam
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7:50pm Fri 30 Nov 12

COLATS says...

There's a long way to go before we start thinking about player o year. Anybody could win it with a string of good performances in second half of season?? A couple of hatricks and jimmy could be in line for it??
There's a long way to go before we start thinking about player o year. Anybody could win it with a string of good performances in second half of season?? A couple of hatricks and jimmy could be in line for it?? COLATS
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8:57am Sat 1 Dec 12

PaddyBantam says...

COLATS wrote:
There's a long way to go before we start thinking about player o year. Anybody could win it with a string of good performances in second half of season?? A couple of hatricks and jimmy could be in line for it??
Its called a bit of light hearted debate. I think we are all aware there is still some way to go, but thanks for the heads up!

Good to see Hanson get another goal last-night, your prediction for 15 goals may come true, which as his biggest fan i'm sure you will be very pleased with.
[quote][p][bold]COLATS[/bold] wrote: There's a long way to go before we start thinking about player o year. Anybody could win it with a string of good performances in second half of season?? A couple of hatricks and jimmy could be in line for it??[/p][/quote]Its called a bit of light hearted debate. I think we are all aware there is still some way to go, but thanks for the heads up! Good to see Hanson get another goal last-night, your prediction for 15 goals may come true, which as his biggest fan i'm sure you will be very pleased with. PaddyBantam
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10:24am Sun 2 Dec 12

Victor Clayton says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Differing styles but a decent debating point Vic. After the first 5 or 6 games I would have said G Jones no hesitation, then he started to go off the boil a little and then the back injury forced him to sit out. Doyle had regained match fitness by that time as he looked to be off the pace in the first 5 or 6 games so he then came to the fore with a good range of passes and will to win plus the respect from team mates who will give him the ball even if he is quite well marked. Meredith was unlucky to have the hip flexor problem as I think he could possibly have played every game this season and I enjoy his style, he likes to get forward when possible and seems to enjoy a decent tackle. Who out of those three has had most influence so far? Rory McArdle :)
Personally, I think that the great thing about the team so far this year as that there are a number of players who just look like they belong in the team. Meredith is my POTY so far purely because I expected good things from Jones, Doyle and Wells. Meredith has been a revelation but many won't notice because of where he plays.

2-1 to City tonight (what do you think Balbriggin).
appriciate what Meredith and McArdle have done but IMO its our midfield that is most improved. so it would be between G Jones and Doyle. Jones is brilliant and an ever willing player, never afraid to take responsibility. but Doyle for me just edges it. the way he keeps hold and controls the play has been the big difference. on the rest of the squad I don't think Wells is getting the praise he deservers. either from the fans or the T&A.
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Differing styles but a decent debating point Vic. After the first 5 or 6 games I would have said G Jones no hesitation, then he started to go off the boil a little and then the back injury forced him to sit out. Doyle had regained match fitness by that time as he looked to be off the pace in the first 5 or 6 games so he then came to the fore with a good range of passes and will to win plus the respect from team mates who will give him the ball even if he is quite well marked. Meredith was unlucky to have the hip flexor problem as I think he could possibly have played every game this season and I enjoy his style, he likes to get forward when possible and seems to enjoy a decent tackle. Who out of those three has had most influence so far? Rory McArdle :)[/p][/quote]Personally, I think that the great thing about the team so far this year as that there are a number of players who just look like they belong in the team. Meredith is my POTY so far purely because I expected good things from Jones, Doyle and Wells. Meredith has been a revelation but many won't notice because of where he plays. 2-1 to City tonight (what do you think Balbriggin).[/p][/quote]appriciate what Meredith and McArdle have done but IMO its our midfield that is most improved. so it would be between G Jones and Doyle. Jones is brilliant and an ever willing player, never afraid to take responsibility. but Doyle for me just edges it. the way he keeps hold and controls the play has been the big difference. on the rest of the squad I don't think Wells is getting the praise he deservers. either from the fans or the T&A. Victor Clayton
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