Bradford City admit to change of priority

City are waiting for confirmation of how long they will be without glandular fever victim James Meredith

City are waiting for confirmation of how long they will be without glandular fever victim James Meredith

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

Phil Parkinson will spare some of City’s walking wounded from JP Trophy duty at Crewe tonight after admitting their cup priorities have changed.

The Bantams could be fined up to £5,000 if they do not field at least six players who started on Saturday for the northern area semi-final.

But Parkinson may be prepared to risk a slap on the wrist to give several patched-up members of his squad a breather.

“We’ve got a lot of players who are going to have to be left out,” he said.

“In fairness, four or five weeks ago you would say this was a great chance of getting to Wembley.

“But obviously with the Aston Villa result, the emphasis has swung slightly. It’s very difficult.”

Parkinson is waiting for confirmation of how long City will be without James Meredith after it was confirmed the left back is suffering from glandular fever. The Australian spent the weekend in hospital.

And with City potentially 90 minutes from Wembley in the Capital One Cup, he will take the chance to rest several regulars at Gresty Road.

Parkinson said: “We can’t have everything and there are players like Stephen Darby, Rory McArdle and Will Atkinson who need to be pulled out of the firing line.

“Will has had a problem with his stomach for a while and Darby’s done remarkably well to play with a bruised foot.

“Obviously James Hanson has a cracked toe, so there are quite a few players we’ve been patching up to get out there.

“Darby played with an injection against Aston Villa. An hour and a half before kick-off, we were still deciding whether to pick him or not.

“The problem is that when the injection wears off, the pain is just as bad. So he needs a break, which he’ll get this week.”

Garry Thompson returned to training yesterday after his knee problem but he is unlikely to be risked. Tom Naylor has recovered from a slight hamstring strain.

Parkinson said: “We’ll pick the best team we can but I don’t think any league rules can make us play players that aren’t right.

“Our team will be strong and will be fresh. I feel that will be the best way of winning it.”

City will find out in the next few days the seriousness of the strain of the virus affecting Meredith.

The worst-case scenario could rule him out for the rest of the season; a huge blow considering his consistent form so far.

Ryan Dickson, on loan from Southampton, made his debut against Oxford and has been brought in to fill the void.

Parkinson said: “I feel for James because he’s done so well to get us to this stage of the season but unfortunately these things happen.”

Like Dickson, Andy Gray started for the first time in the weekend defeat and Parkinson admitted he was starved of service up front.

“It was a difficult game for him because they played three centre backs,” he said.

“Andy’s a different type of player to Hans and needs quality balls into his feet. We didn’t do that enough.

“He’s a very good finisher as well but there weren’t any crosses in the box for him.

“Villa was such a big game for us and everybody took a while to come back down to earth.

“We tried to say all the right things but it was a combination of that and the way Oxford set up. They were a big, physical team and we didn’t respond to it.”

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8:38am Tue 15 Jan 13

macca1969 says...

Surely the tie has to be in doubt. Snow and last nights heavy frost, coupled with temperatures struggling to get above freezing even during the day today,has to lead to a postponement. Don't let the fans rush off on icy roads to call it off late, let common sense prevail and call it early. The fans as well as the players could do with a break. :)
Surely the tie has to be in doubt. Snow and last nights heavy frost, coupled with temperatures struggling to get above freezing even during the day today,has to lead to a postponement. Don't let the fans rush off on icy roads to call it off late, let common sense prevail and call it early. The fans as well as the players could do with a break. :) macca1969
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8:54am Tue 15 Jan 13

Killerwhale says...

It was obvious from before the Oxford game that Jones, Doyle & Atkinson would need to be rested at some point due to the effort they put in against Villa. Not Ravenhill's biggest fan but to say he was PP's choice of captain, it is strange how neither he nor Richie Jones freshened up our midfield on Sat. A 5 man midfield will always over run 2 midfielder's & 2 wingers.
It was obvious from before the Oxford game that Jones, Doyle & Atkinson would need to be rested at some point due to the effort they put in against Villa. Not Ravenhill's biggest fan but to say he was PP's choice of captain, it is strange how neither he nor Richie Jones freshened up our midfield on Sat. A 5 man midfield will always over run 2 midfielder's & 2 wingers. Killerwhale
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8:59am Tue 15 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

hopefully the game will be postponed until after the second leg against Villa
hopefully the game will be postponed until after the second leg against Villa tyker2
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9:23am Tue 15 Jan 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

tyker2 wrote:
hopefully the game will be postponed until after the second leg against Villa
This would be best case senario, no game and we would see what has happened in the Villa game.

It's a long shot but if we go to Wembley in the league cup then I think the turnout for the JPT would be pittiful.

It's a no brainer with priorities, a league cup final is worth so much more than a JPT final.
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: hopefully the game will be postponed until after the second leg against Villa[/p][/quote]This would be best case senario, no game and we would see what has happened in the Villa game. It's a long shot but if we go to Wembley in the league cup then I think the turnout for the JPT would be pittiful. It's a no brainer with priorities, a league cup final is worth so much more than a JPT final. Thee Voice of Reason
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10:36am Tue 15 Jan 13

Peter300 says...

Killerwhale wrote:
It was obvious from before the Oxford game that Jones, Doyle & Atkinson would need to be rested at some point due to the effort they put in against Villa. Not Ravenhill's biggest fan but to say he was PP's choice of captain, it is strange how neither he nor Richie Jones freshened up our midfield on Sat. A 5 man midfield will always over run 2 midfielder's & 2 wingers.
No it wasn't. This smacks of being wise after the event. Your comment about Ravenhill gives you away. Had he played you would have complained about Jones or Doyle being dropped. I don't want you managing Bradford City.
[quote][p][bold]Killerwhale[/bold] wrote: It was obvious from before the Oxford game that Jones, Doyle & Atkinson would need to be rested at some point due to the effort they put in against Villa. Not Ravenhill's biggest fan but to say he was PP's choice of captain, it is strange how neither he nor Richie Jones freshened up our midfield on Sat. A 5 man midfield will always over run 2 midfielder's & 2 wingers.[/p][/quote]No it wasn't. This smacks of being wise after the event. Your comment about Ravenhill gives you away. Had he played you would have complained about Jones or Doyle being dropped. I don't want you managing Bradford City. Peter300
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10:59am Tue 15 Jan 13

claret or green ? says...

Peter300 says...
10:36am Tue 15 Jan 13

Killerwhale wrote:
It was obvious from before the Oxford game that Jones, Doyle & Atkinson would need to be rested at some point due to the effort they put in against Villa. Not Ravenhill's biggest fan but to say he was PP's choice of captain, it is strange how neither he nor Richie Jones freshened up our midfield on Sat. A 5 man midfield will always over run 2 midfielder's & 2 wingers.
No it wasn't. This smacks of being wise after the event. Your comment about Ravenhill gives you away. Had he played you would have complained about Jones or Doyle being dropped. I don't want you managing Bradford City.

I've read enough of Peter 300's posts to know that all he does is criticise other poster's, often in a very juvenile way, offering little, if anything himself. He must realise by now that he is not taken seriously.

I accept that on this occasion I commit the same, just to make the point.

Quite simply, Peter 300 = Troll, enough said.
Peter300 says... 10:36am Tue 15 Jan 13 Killerwhale wrote: It was obvious from before the Oxford game that Jones, Doyle & Atkinson would need to be rested at some point due to the effort they put in against Villa. Not Ravenhill's biggest fan but to say he was PP's choice of captain, it is strange how neither he nor Richie Jones freshened up our midfield on Sat. A 5 man midfield will always over run 2 midfielder's & 2 wingers. No it wasn't. This smacks of being wise after the event. Your comment about Ravenhill gives you away. Had he played you would have complained about Jones or Doyle being dropped. I don't want you managing Bradford City. I've read enough of Peter 300's posts to know that all he does is criticise other poster's, often in a very juvenile way, offering little, if anything himself. He must realise by now that he is not taken seriously. I accept that on this occasion I commit the same, just to make the point. Quite simply, Peter 300 = Troll, enough said. claret or green ?
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12:00pm Tue 15 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

claret or green ? wrote:
Peter300 says...
10:36am Tue 15 Jan 13

Killerwhale wrote:
It was obvious from before the Oxford game that Jones, Doyle & Atkinson would need to be rested at some point due to the effort they put in against Villa. Not Ravenhill's biggest fan but to say he was PP's choice of captain, it is strange how neither he nor Richie Jones freshened up our midfield on Sat. A 5 man midfield will always over run 2 midfielder's & 2 wingers.
No it wasn't. This smacks of being wise after the event. Your comment about Ravenhill gives you away. Had he played you would have complained about Jones or Doyle being dropped. I don't want you managing Bradford City.

I've read enough of Peter 300's posts to know that all he does is criticise other poster's, often in a very juvenile way, offering little, if anything himself. He must realise by now that he is not taken seriously.

I accept that on this occasion I commit the same, just to make the point.

Quite simply, Peter 300 = Troll, enough said.
Peter,an ex city player pparently, why are you so strident in your views. Perhaps if you had been so tenacious as a footballer you would have made it in instead of being a failed footballer and,thereafter, pub landlord. He rally does admire Wayne Jacobs you know!!
[quote][p][bold]claret or green ?[/bold] wrote: Peter300 says... 10:36am Tue 15 Jan 13 Killerwhale wrote: It was obvious from before the Oxford game that Jones, Doyle & Atkinson would need to be rested at some point due to the effort they put in against Villa. Not Ravenhill's biggest fan but to say he was PP's choice of captain, it is strange how neither he nor Richie Jones freshened up our midfield on Sat. A 5 man midfield will always over run 2 midfielder's & 2 wingers. No it wasn't. This smacks of being wise after the event. Your comment about Ravenhill gives you away. Had he played you would have complained about Jones or Doyle being dropped. I don't want you managing Bradford City. I've read enough of Peter 300's posts to know that all he does is criticise other poster's, often in a very juvenile way, offering little, if anything himself. He must realise by now that he is not taken seriously. I accept that on this occasion I commit the same, just to make the point. Quite simply, Peter 300 = Troll, enough said.[/p][/quote]Peter,an ex city player pparently, why are you so strident in your views. Perhaps if you had been so tenacious as a footballer you would have made it in instead of being a failed footballer and,thereafter, pub landlord. He rally does admire Wayne Jacobs you know!! tyker2
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12:16pm Tue 15 Jan 13

rattusrattus says...

Peter300 wrote:
Killerwhale wrote:
It was obvious from before the Oxford game that Jones, Doyle & Atkinson would need to be rested at some point due to the effort they put in against Villa. Not Ravenhill's biggest fan but to say he was PP's choice of captain, it is strange how neither he nor Richie Jones freshened up our midfield on Sat. A 5 man midfield will always over run 2 midfielder's & 2 wingers.
No it wasn't. This smacks of being wise after the event. Your comment about Ravenhill gives you away. Had he played you would have complained about Jones or Doyle being dropped. I don't want you managing Bradford City.
Get back under your bridge Peter! LOL
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Killerwhale[/bold] wrote: It was obvious from before the Oxford game that Jones, Doyle & Atkinson would need to be rested at some point due to the effort they put in against Villa. Not Ravenhill's biggest fan but to say he was PP's choice of captain, it is strange how neither he nor Richie Jones freshened up our midfield on Sat. A 5 man midfield will always over run 2 midfielder's & 2 wingers.[/p][/quote]No it wasn't. This smacks of being wise after the event. Your comment about Ravenhill gives you away. Had he played you would have complained about Jones or Doyle being dropped. I don't want you managing Bradford City.[/p][/quote]Get back under your bridge Peter! LOL rattusrattus
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12:46pm Tue 15 Jan 13

irish bantam says...

It looks like Ravenhill & Jones again tonight then in the middle.........lets hope the pair play better than they did down at Barnet, lets hope ravenhill doesnt keep kicking everything that moves......... IMO it will be Back up the motorway with no returns tonight. :(
It looks like Ravenhill & Jones again tonight then in the middle.........lets hope the pair play better than they did down at Barnet, lets hope ravenhill doesnt keep kicking everything that moves......... IMO it will be Back up the motorway with no returns tonight. :( irish bantam
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1:25pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Babbsy says...

It's only another £5K down the toilet. Amazing how blase we've become about money all of a sudden.
It's only another £5K down the toilet. Amazing how blase we've become about money all of a sudden. Babbsy
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1:49pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Old Dave says...

I'd take a 5k hit for fielding less than 6 of saturday's starters, then appeal it citing us being in the C1 cup semi as being mitigating circumstances that you wouldnt expect at this point in a league 2 season to be in our psoition. worse case scenario is it costs us 5k. with this in mind, I would pick:
1.McLoughlin
2. R Jones
6. Good
5. McHugh
3. Dickson
7. Baker (Called back from loan)
4. Ravenhill
8. Brown
11. Turgott
9. Connell
10. Gray

with the bench made up of first teamers other than those mentioned as injured!
I'd take a 5k hit for fielding less than 6 of saturday's starters, then appeal it citing us being in the C1 cup semi as being mitigating circumstances that you wouldnt expect at this point in a league 2 season to be in our psoition. worse case scenario is it costs us 5k. with this in mind, I would pick: 1.McLoughlin 2. R Jones 6. Good 5. McHugh 3. Dickson 7. Baker (Called back from loan) 4. Ravenhill 8. Brown 11. Turgott 9. Connell 10. Gray with the bench made up of first teamers other than those mentioned as injured! Old Dave
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2:00pm Tue 15 Jan 13

340stopper says...

Babbsy wrote:
It's only another £5K down the toilet. Amazing how blase we've become about money all of a sudden.
Simples - do as Sheffield did to us,play to the rules, avoid the risk of a 5 or 6K fine by making subs after a few minutes
if that is what it takes to freshen the team up.
[quote][p][bold]Babbsy[/bold] wrote: It's only another £5K down the toilet. Amazing how blase we've become about money all of a sudden.[/p][/quote]Simples - do as Sheffield did to us,play to the rules, avoid the risk of a 5 or 6K fine by making subs after a few minutes if that is what it takes to freshen the team up. 340stopper
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2:17pm Tue 15 Jan 13

cookie_brighton says...

It says on Crewe Alexander Official Site that there is not going to be an inspection of the pitch, the game is set to go ahead at 7.30pm as planned.
Good luck to the lads tonight.
CTID
It says on Crewe Alexander Official Site that there is not going to be an inspection of the pitch, the game is set to go ahead at 7.30pm as planned. Good luck to the lads tonight. CTID cookie_brighton
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2:32pm Tue 15 Jan 13

bcfc1903 says...

Get well soon James..you've been a fantastic signing for BCFC.

**

Take the fine...my team would be....
McLaughlin, Dickson, Good, Naylor, A/N, Ravenhill, R Jones, Turgott, Connell, Reid, Gray....substitutes from the kids that played at Brentford. I'd go further...i'd play a similar team at Port Vale.

**

We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!!!
Get well soon James..you've been a fantastic signing for BCFC. ** Take the fine...my team would be.... McLaughlin, Dickson, Good, Naylor, A/N, Ravenhill, R Jones, Turgott, Connell, Reid, Gray....substitutes from the kids that played at Brentford. I'd go further...i'd play a similar team at Port Vale. ** We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!!! bcfc1903
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2:49pm Tue 15 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Get well soon James..you've been a fantastic signing for BCFC.

**

Take the fine...my team would be....
McLaughlin, Dickson, Good, Naylor, A/N, Ravenhill, R Jones, Turgott, Connell, Reid, Gray....substitutes from the kids that played at Brentford. I'd go further...i'd play a similar team at Port Vale.

**

We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!!!
no

do not take the fine: field a team that includes 6 of those named in the squad last Saturday and, after two inutes, substitute three of them. It is within the laws of the game although against the spirit thereof.

We cannot be seen to be deliberately flouting the rules after we were dealt a lenient blow previously
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Get well soon James..you've been a fantastic signing for BCFC. ** Take the fine...my team would be.... McLaughlin, Dickson, Good, Naylor, A/N, Ravenhill, R Jones, Turgott, Connell, Reid, Gray....substitutes from the kids that played at Brentford. I'd go further...i'd play a similar team at Port Vale. ** We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!!![/p][/quote]no do not take the fine: field a team that includes 6 of those named in the squad last Saturday and, after two inutes, substitute three of them. It is within the laws of the game although against the spirit thereof. We cannot be seen to be deliberately flouting the rules after we were dealt a lenient blow previously tyker2
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3:45pm Tue 15 Jan 13

bcfc1903 says...

tyker2 wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
Get well soon James..you've been a fantastic signing for BCFC.

**

Take the fine...my team would be....
McLaughlin, Dickson, Good, Naylor, A/N, Ravenhill, R Jones, Turgott, Connell, Reid, Gray....substitutes from the kids that played at Brentford. I'd go further...i'd play a similar team at Port Vale.

**

We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!!!
no

do not take the fine: field a team that includes 6 of those named in the squad last Saturday and, after two inutes, substitute three of them. It is within the laws of the game although against the spirit thereof.

We cannot be seen to be deliberately flouting the rules after we were dealt a lenient blow previously
Yes...take the fine...we'll be putting a team out more likely to progress...do you really think yet another game involving the players involved against Oxford would be doing anyone a favour other than Crewe...they looked drained on Saturday...it was hardly flouting the laws last time...it was BCFC who flagged up the minor transgression by BCFC...hardly the work of a club try to pull a fast one. The idea of subbing three players after 30 seconds would for me be a joke..this way we simply say the players are knackered...drained.
..if the powers that be see it differently... pay the fine.


**

We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Get well soon James..you've been a fantastic signing for BCFC. ** Take the fine...my team would be.... McLaughlin, Dickson, Good, Naylor, A/N, Ravenhill, R Jones, Turgott, Connell, Reid, Gray....substitutes from the kids that played at Brentford. I'd go further...i'd play a similar team at Port Vale. ** We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!!![/p][/quote]no do not take the fine: field a team that includes 6 of those named in the squad last Saturday and, after two inutes, substitute three of them. It is within the laws of the game although against the spirit thereof. We cannot be seen to be deliberately flouting the rules after we were dealt a lenient blow previously[/p][/quote]Yes...take the fine...we'll be putting a team out more likely to progress...do you really think yet another game involving the players involved against Oxford would be doing anyone a favour other than Crewe...they looked drained on Saturday...it was hardly flouting the laws last time...it was BCFC who flagged up the minor transgression by BCFC...hardly the work of a club try to pull a fast one. The idea of subbing three players after 30 seconds would for me be a joke..this way we simply say the players are knackered...drained. ..if the powers that be see it differently... pay the fine. ** We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!! bcfc1903
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4:39pm Tue 15 Jan 13

cookie_brighton says...

What a stupid idea of substituting 3 players after 2 minutes.........what happens if we then get 2 or 3 injuries.....
CTID
What a stupid idea of substituting 3 players after 2 minutes.........what happens if we then get 2 or 3 injuries..... CTID cookie_brighton
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6:08pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Rambo says...

cookie_brighton wrote:
What a stupid idea of substituting 3 players after 2 minutes.........what happens if we then get 2 or 3 injuries.....
CTID
Sheff Weds did that in the JPT against us last year. Gary Megson I think was the boss and publicly admitted he had no interest in the competition. If players were injured they'd play with less men.

Just play the reserves. If the fine us £5000 so what?
[quote][p][bold]cookie_brighton[/bold] wrote: What a stupid idea of substituting 3 players after 2 minutes.........what happens if we then get 2 or 3 injuries..... CTID[/p][/quote]Sheff Weds did that in the JPT against us last year. Gary Megson I think was the boss and publicly admitted he had no interest in the competition. If players were injured they'd play with less men. Just play the reserves. If the fine us £5000 so what? Rambo
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6:36pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Rambo says...

8 changes. Looks like we'll be fined. LoL.
8 changes. Looks like we'll be fined. LoL. Rambo
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6:47pm Tue 15 Jan 13

bcfc1903 says...

If that's the case...i'm totally for doing it...we can't keep asking the same lads to perform...it's lunacy....if the Football League can't see that ...shame on them...we'll pay the fine and move on.

**

We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!
If that's the case...i'm totally for doing it...we can't keep asking the same lads to perform...it's lunacy....if the Football League can't see that ...shame on them...we'll pay the fine and move on. ** We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!! bcfc1903
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