Duke vows to pull out all the stops to remain Bradford City No 1

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: IN FROM THE COLD: Matt Duke was frozen out of City’s plans last season and shipped out on loan but he has come back firing on all cylinders IN FROM THE COLD: Matt Duke was frozen out of City’s plans last season and shipped out on loan but he has come back firing on all cylinders

Matt Duke wants to convince City that he is their best goalkeeper but admits: I haven’t done it yet.

The experienced stopper has been in solid form this season to win over the Valley Parade doubters after a tough first year at the club.

Duke, one of Phil Parkinson’s first signings, was sent on loan to Northampton last term and looked to be heading out permanently.

But he has bounced back to edge out Jon McLaughlin as City’s first choice on the back of several strong performances.

Duke, who also combines his playing with the role of goalkeeping coach, was expected to return to the net at Wycombe this afternoon.

City will be backed by a massive travelling support – and Duke hopes to show them again that he is the man for the job.

He said: “I came back in the summer to prove myself and I feel I’ve got a point to prove to the fans. All you can do is your best.

“Last season wasn’t great on a playing level. I went to Northampton because I wanted to play football, it has never been about leaving Bradford.

“But I feel I’m doing well at the moment and that’s what I’m capable of. I still don’t believe I’ve proved it yet but I have to keep performing week in, week out.”

McLaughlin stepped in for the FA Cup loss at Brentford – one of nine changes Phil Parkinson made to rest bodies. Duke still made the trip as the back-up keeper on the bench.

He said: “Jon and I get on well together and that support helps us. I support him when he is in the team and vice versa.

“It’s important because the bigger picture is the club, not me or Jonny playing in goal.

“You have to do your best whether you’re playing or on the bench. Either way you have to prepare yourself right.

“Being the goalkeeping coach as well, I have to take my playing head off and make sure he is ready to play.”

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9:28am Sat 22 Dec 12

lozkel says...

both good goalkeepers ,but i think dukey just about deserves the shirt at the moment.on another note villa are urging their fans to buy half season tickets to guarantee them cup final tickets.just a tad disrespectful to bfd city i think.could be a good motivational pointer for parky in his team talk.good luck for today,could go third if rovrum dont win and we do
both good goalkeepers ,but i think dukey just about deserves the shirt at the moment.on another note villa are urging their fans to buy half season tickets to guarantee them cup final tickets.just a tad disrespectful to bfd city i think.could be a good motivational pointer for parky in his team talk.good luck for today,could go third if rovrum dont win and we do lozkel
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10:13am Sat 22 Dec 12

Waynus1971 says...

Never mind the battle to be our No1 for Christmas (and beyond), I'm more interested in the pitch inspection at 10:30. As one of over a thousand heading down to Adams Park, it will be gutting if we have to turn around and go back home.

Adams Park usually has very good drainage, so for it to be called off, it must be very bad down there...!
Never mind the battle to be our No1 for Christmas (and beyond), I'm more interested in the pitch inspection at 10:30. As one of over a thousand heading down to Adams Park, it will be gutting if we have to turn around and go back home. Adams Park usually has very good drainage, so for it to be called off, it must be very bad down there...! Waynus1971
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10:23am Sat 22 Dec 12

Village Bantam says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
Never mind the battle to be our No1 for Christmas (and beyond), I'm more interested in the pitch inspection at 10:30. As one of over a thousand heading down to Adams Park, it will be gutting if we have to turn around and go back home.

Adams Park usually has very good drainage, so for it to be called off, it must be very bad down there...!
Just checked the forcast and it says

"It will be wet and windy with persistent, occasionally heavy rain. Staying cloudy with further rain in the afternoon, but it will be very mild. A risk of localised flooding".

If the pitch isn't already flooded then it should be okay - fingers crossed.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: Never mind the battle to be our No1 for Christmas (and beyond), I'm more interested in the pitch inspection at 10:30. As one of over a thousand heading down to Adams Park, it will be gutting if we have to turn around and go back home. Adams Park usually has very good drainage, so for it to be called off, it must be very bad down there...![/p][/quote]Just checked the forcast and it says "It will be wet and windy with persistent, occasionally heavy rain. Staying cloudy with further rain in the afternoon, but it will be very mild. A risk of localised flooding". If the pitch isn't already flooded then it should be okay - fingers crossed. Village Bantam
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10:49am Sat 22 Dec 12

ynotdunne says...

Village Bantam wrote:
Waynus1971 wrote: Never mind the battle to be our No1 for Christmas (and beyond), I'm more interested in the pitch inspection at 10:30. As one of over a thousand heading down to Adams Park, it will be gutting if we have to turn around and go back home. Adams Park usually has very good drainage, so for it to be called off, it must be very bad down there...!
Just checked the forcast and it says "It will be wet and windy with persistent, occasionally heavy rain. Staying cloudy with further rain in the afternoon, but it will be very mild. A risk of localised flooding". If the pitch isn't already flooded then it should be okay - fingers crossed.
Its been postponed
http://www.thetelegr
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[quote][p][bold]Village Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: Never mind the battle to be our No1 for Christmas (and beyond), I'm more interested in the pitch inspection at 10:30. As one of over a thousand heading down to Adams Park, it will be gutting if we have to turn around and go back home. Adams Park usually has very good drainage, so for it to be called off, it must be very bad down there...![/p][/quote]Just checked the forcast and it says "It will be wet and windy with persistent, occasionally heavy rain. Staying cloudy with further rain in the afternoon, but it will be very mild. A risk of localised flooding". If the pitch isn't already flooded then it should be okay - fingers crossed.[/p][/quote]Its been postponed http://www.thetelegr aphandargus.co.uk/sp ort/10124844.Bradfor d_City_game_called_o ff/ ynotdunne
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1:12pm Sat 22 Dec 12

balbrigganfc says...

I am predicting Dukey to make some saves this season.

Nobody makes predictions like me, nobody!

Come on you Bantams, CTID!
I am predicting Dukey to make some saves this season. Nobody makes predictions like me, nobody! Come on you Bantams, CTID! balbrigganfc
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9:18pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Rambo says...

balbrigganfc wrote:
I am predicting Dukey to make some saves this season.

Nobody makes predictions like me, nobody!

Come on you Bantams, CTID!
You're an idiot.
[quote][p][bold]balbrigganfc[/bold] wrote: I am predicting Dukey to make some saves this season. Nobody makes predictions like me, nobody! Come on you Bantams, CTID![/p][/quote]You're an idiot. Rambo
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