Tom Pope goal for Port Vale still rankles Bradford City ahead of JP Trophy tie

Jon McLaughlin celebrates making the winning penalty save with striker Alan Connell, who scored one of City’s spot-kicks after the tie at Hartlepool in the last round of the JPT had finished 0-0. McLaughlin returns to the line-up against Port Vale tonig

Jon McLaughlin celebrates making the winning penalty save with striker Alan Connell, who scored one of City’s spot-kicks after the tie at Hartlepool in the last round of the JPT had finished 0-0. McLaughlin returns to the line-up against Port Vale tonig

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

Phil Parkinson has admitted City will be gunning for revenge when they bid to dump promotion rivals Port Vale out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tonight.

Vale pilfered the League Two points with a classic smash-and-grab raid at Valley Parade in September thanks to a solitary strike from prolific frontman Tom Pope.

Parkinson admits that defeat has given his side extra motivation to progress in this evening’s Northern Section quarter-final and maintain their quest for glory on all four fronts.

The City boss will hand a recall to Jon McLaughlin ahead of regular first-choice goalkeeper Matt Duke as the Bantams aim to avenge their last meeting with Micky Adams’ men.

Parkinson said: “Let’s be honest, we played exceptionally well that day and on the balance of play we should have won.

“We had 19 or 20 attempts at goal – it was ridiculous – but Port Vale got the all-important goal.

“Tom Pope has been the difference for them this season. He’s been on fire and unstoppable at times.

“Keeping him in check is a good challenge for our back four but one we’re looking forward to.

“We owe Vale one and we’re going there to win. If we can get a result then we’re two rounds away from going to Wembley.”

Tonight’s clash continues City’s gruelling run of fixtures and is the first of eight matches in December.

Yet Parkinson is not complaining and said the collective desire of his squad has left them well-equipped to deal with such a punishing schedule.

“We’re in a lot of competitions at the moment but we’re enjoying it,” he said.

“It’s also given me a chance to utilise the squad to its maximum, which is very important because we haven’t got many reserve fixtures.

“I’ve said all along that the league is our priority but confidence is a great thing in football.

“You look at the spirit that the lads showed to come back in the FA Cup replay against Northampton and then Bristol Rovers in the league last week.

“We were down three times in that game but kept coming back. That kind of spirit and desire within the squad is evident every week.

“We’ve got to keep it like that because it can take you a long way. It certainly has so far this season.”

Parkinson could hand opportunities to the likes of Craig Forsyth, Carl McHugh and Ritchie Jones but McLaughlin will definitely play.

“We’ve made five or six changes in this competition but every player here is ready to play first-team football,” said the City chief.

“Sometimes the midweek games, putting in players with fresh legs, can be the best way of getting through these games. So far that has worked well for us.

“Jon McLaughlin is going to play and he has actually been very unlucky. He and Matt Duke have been vying for that number one spot and Jon has done nothing wrong at all.

“It’s just Dukey came in and has done so well, but both keepers are pushing each other in training every day. They’ve got a good friendship but they have got a good rivalry as well.

“Jon gets a crack at it at Port Vale and we’re lucky to have them both.”

City (possible): McLaughlin, Darby, Naylor, Good, McHugh, Turgott, Ravenhill, R Jones, Forsyth, Connell, Thompson.

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8:38am Tue 4 Dec 12

danger mouse says...

Does Parkinson not do his homework? Pope's missing tonight due to suspension after picking up another yellow from playing Sheffield in the cup.
Does Parkinson not do his homework? Pope's missing tonight due to suspension after picking up another yellow from playing Sheffield in the cup. danger mouse
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9:20am Tue 4 Dec 12

CheltCityFan says...

Sounds like a tactical booking to miss a JPT match and not a League game. Probably a wise move since the League is more important.
Sounds like a tactical booking to miss a JPT match and not a League game. Probably a wise move since the League is more important. CheltCityFan
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10:41am Tue 4 Dec 12

Rambo says...

danger mouse wrote:
Does Parkinson not do his homework? Pope's missing tonight due to suspension after picking up another yellow from playing Sheffield in the cup.
With Simon Parker away this week according to his twitter I'm guessing they'll be a few interviews like this one that were probably done last week and are just uploaded to the site.
[quote][p][bold]danger mouse[/bold] wrote: Does Parkinson not do his homework? Pope's missing tonight due to suspension after picking up another yellow from playing Sheffield in the cup.[/p][/quote]With Simon Parker away this week according to his twitter I'm guessing they'll be a few interviews like this one that were probably done last week and are just uploaded to the site. Rambo
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11:47am Tue 4 Dec 12

allannicho says...

Fighting talk! lets see em do it.
they certainly deserve it.
Fighting talk! lets see em do it. they certainly deserve it. allannicho
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11:56am Tue 4 Dec 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

CheltCityFan wrote:
Sounds like a tactical booking to miss a JPT match and not a League game. Probably a wise move since the League is more important.
It was a tactical booking, he was already on a yellow when he remonstrated with the ref and wagged his finger in the refs face three times, ensuring he had no choice but to issue a 2nd yellow and a one game ban. Thereby ensuring he was ok for the weekend and couldn't be chosen for this evening.
[quote][p][bold]CheltCityFan[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a tactical booking to miss a JPT match and not a League game. Probably a wise move since the League is more important.[/p][/quote]It was a tactical booking, he was already on a yellow when he remonstrated with the ref and wagged his finger in the refs face three times, ensuring he had no choice but to issue a 2nd yellow and a one game ban. Thereby ensuring he was ok for the weekend and couldn't be chosen for this evening. Prisoner Cell Block A
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4:20pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
CheltCityFan wrote:
Sounds like a tactical booking to miss a JPT match and not a League game. Probably a wise move since the League is more important.
It was a tactical booking, he was already on a yellow when he remonstrated with the ref and wagged his finger in the refs face three times, ensuring he had no choice but to issue a 2nd yellow and a one game ban. Thereby ensuring he was ok for the weekend and couldn't be chosen for this evening.
Correction, he was on 4 yellows and worked his socks off to get his fifth by finger wagging.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CheltCityFan[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a tactical booking to miss a JPT match and not a League game. Probably a wise move since the League is more important.[/p][/quote]It was a tactical booking, he was already on a yellow when he remonstrated with the ref and wagged his finger in the refs face three times, ensuring he had no choice but to issue a 2nd yellow and a one game ban. Thereby ensuring he was ok for the weekend and couldn't be chosen for this evening.[/p][/quote]Correction, he was on 4 yellows and worked his socks off to get his fifth by finger wagging. Prisoner Cell Block A
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4:45pm Tue 4 Dec 12

audal says...

DOES IT MATTER ? in boxing parlance we go down,stay down, but get up and win the next 2/3 contests.(talk to your local bookie)
DOES IT MATTER ? in boxing parlance we go down,stay down, but get up and win the next 2/3 contests.(talk to your local bookie) audal
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1:56pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Eh?

What has that got to do with three players all 'working' the rules to miss a non-vital match for Port Vale? I am not blaming anyone as other teams have done so, most famously Mr Beckham but was making comment about what Pope and two other PV players did as they were already on 4 yellows.
Eh? What has that got to do with three players all 'working' the rules to miss a non-vital match for Port Vale? I am not blaming anyone as other teams have done so, most famously Mr Beckham but was making comment about what Pope and two other PV players did as they were already on 4 yellows. Prisoner Cell Block A
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5:22pm Wed 5 Dec 12

KnightMcCall says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Eh?

What has that got to do with three players all 'working' the rules to miss a non-vital match for Port Vale? I am not blaming anyone as other teams have done so, most famously Mr Beckham but was making comment about what Pope and two other PV players did as they were already on 4 yellows.
Justice then....
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: Eh? What has that got to do with three players all 'working' the rules to miss a non-vital match for Port Vale? I am not blaming anyone as other teams have done so, most famously Mr Beckham but was making comment about what Pope and two other PV players did as they were already on 4 yellows.[/p][/quote]Justice then.... KnightMcCall
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