Replay spoils the party but Bradford City can still be merry

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: SO CLOSE: Nahki Wells gets between Tony Craig and Brentford keeper Richard Lee to almost nick a winner for City but his effort hit the post SO CLOSE: Nahki Wells gets between Tony Craig and Brentford keeper Richard Lee to almost nick a winner for City but his effort hit the post

Phil Parkinson ditched City’s Christmas party but told the players: Nobody’s got a more exciting December than us.

Last night’s 1-1 Valley Parade stalemate with Brentford in the FA Cup second round means that the Bantams face a punishing week leading up to the festive period.

The Griffin Park replay on December 18 will be sandwiched between league visits to Southend and Wycombe – and meant the squad’s planned night out has bitten the dust.

Parkinson said: “The lads are disappointed because they were going to have their Christmas do after the Southend game and now that’s cancelled.

“I’ve asked them to put their kitty men in the staff Christmas do! But we might have to cancel ours now because that would be a bit unfair.

“But there’s a great spirit in the squad. We’ve had more games than anyone else and we’re used to playing midweeks.

“A few years ago I was out of work over Christmas and I really missed football. December’s great to be a footballer and great to be involved.

“I don’t think any club anywhere has as exciting a month ahead of them as we have. We’re looking forward to it and we’ve got players coming back as well.”

James Hanson’s seventh goal of the season cancelled out Clayton Donaldson’s opener for the League One visitors. The striker missed another chance soon after and top scorer Nahki Wells hit the post.

Wells came off the bench in a triple substitution on the hour with Parkinson also throwing on Gary Jones and Will Atkinson.

He added: “The subs gave us that extra bit of quality.

“We set out to keep it tight early on, knowing that Brentford are a very good side. I fancy them to go up this year.

“We had the plan B of the three subs hopefully to win it for us. But we were behind and had to get two goals – and nearly did.

Hanson and Nahki had two really good chances and on another day, one of those goes in and we’re talking about a really good victory.”

Parkinson was impressed with raw recruits Blair Turgott and Curtis Good. The teenagers, both signed ahead of the loan deadline last week, were handed senior debuts and the City chief felt they stood up to the test.

“The two lads who have come in on loan have played really well. You’re never quite sure because they are under-21 and untried at this level but I thought they were excellent.

“I’ve got to reiterate it was very difficult out there with the conditions and both played well. That’s a bonus for us because we’ve got two additional players we know can handle the level.

“The board have got to do everything they can to help me get the best out of these players. The preparation now before all these games is going to be so important.

“Nick Allamby, our sports scientist, is very important for us now and they’ve got to do everything he says to the letter.”

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7:27pm Sat 1 Dec 12

tinytoonster says...

keep it going lads!
keep it going lads! tinytoonster
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7:50pm Sat 1 Dec 12

COLATS says...

Sorry your missing your Xmas party lads but I'm still gunna go to mine ? I'll have a pint or two for u boys, jimmy will be gutted we all know how he likes a tipple??
Sorry your missing your Xmas party lads but I'm still gunna go to mine ? I'll have a pint or two for u boys, jimmy will be gutted we all know how he likes a tipple?? COLATS
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7:50pm Sat 1 Dec 12

COLATS says...

Sorry your missing your Xmas party lads but I'm still gunna go to mine ? I'll have a pint or two for u boys, jimmy will be gutted we all know how he likes a tipple??
Sorry your missing your Xmas party lads but I'm still gunna go to mine ? I'll have a pint or two for u boys, jimmy will be gutted we all know how he likes a tipple?? COLATS
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12:58am Sun 2 Dec 12

ynotdunne says...

We are a victim of our own success and I am proud of the lads each n every one. great boardroom to back pp imo by far our best manager since jagger (jewell). Cup runs will help January budget. promotion is at last a realistic prospect.
We are a victim of our own success and I am proud of the lads each n every one. great boardroom to back pp imo by far our best manager since jagger (jewell). Cup runs will help January budget. promotion is at last a realistic prospect. ynotdunne
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11:28am Sun 2 Dec 12

allannicho says...

Playing very well but I have the feeling
we missed the boat on this cup!
Playing very well but I have the feeling we missed the boat on this cup! allannicho
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3:32pm Sun 2 Dec 12

Birky_Neil says...

Crap cup draw. Yes it's winable if we get past Brentford but would rather have league success than cups. We got our cup glory in league cup. Play kids parky against Brentford and save our legs for the busy Xmas period in the league. Also bring back Ross Hannah.
Crap cup draw. Yes it's winable if we get past Brentford but would rather have league success than cups. We got our cup glory in league cup. Play kids parky against Brentford and save our legs for the busy Xmas period in the league. Also bring back Ross Hannah. Birky_Neil
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8:23pm Sun 2 Dec 12

bcfc1903 says...

There is no way BCFC will do anything other than try to win every game we play...that's the nature of a winning mentality...and i'm glad i'm seeing the never say die spirit in the squad. While we've got that mentality BCFC will be successful. Brentford, Southend or Bury all good chances of progressing.

**
We shout with pride....we never hide...Claret and Amber.
There is no way BCFC will do anything other than try to win every game we play...that's the nature of a winning mentality...and i'm glad i'm seeing the never say die spirit in the squad. While we've got that mentality BCFC will be successful. Brentford, Southend or Bury all good chances of progressing. ** We shout with pride....we never hide...Claret and Amber. bcfc1903
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9:32pm Sun 2 Dec 12

Grimsbybantam says...

Birky_Neil wrote:
Crap cup draw. Yes it's winable if we get past Brentford but would rather have league success than cups. We got our cup glory in league cup. Play kids parky against Brentford and save our legs for the busy Xmas period in the league. Also bring back Ross Hannah.
Ross Hannah......11games for Grimsby and 7 goals scored. they certainly like him over here.
[quote][p][bold]Birky_Neil[/bold] wrote: Crap cup draw. Yes it's winable if we get past Brentford but would rather have league success than cups. We got our cup glory in league cup. Play kids parky against Brentford and save our legs for the busy Xmas period in the league. Also bring back Ross Hannah.[/p][/quote]Ross Hannah......11games for Grimsby and 7 goals scored. they certainly like him over here. Grimsbybantam
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