Bradford City back four bolstered by League Cup winner from Kilmarnock

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Kyel Reid’s 25-yard drive flies straight through the grasp of Crewe keeper Alan Martin as City take an 18th-minute lead at Gresty Road Kyel Reid’s 25-yard drive flies straight through the grasp of Crewe keeper Alan Martin as City take an 18th-minute lead at Gresty Road

Phil Parkinson is backing latest capture Michael Nelson to bring an experienced head to City’s back four.

The 32-year-old centre half has joined for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £30,000, from Kilmarnock on an 18-month deal.

Nelson helped Killy lift the Scottish League Cup last season when they beat Celtic and has also won promotions with Hartlepool and Norwich.

Parkinson believes his know-how will be a key asset for the run-in, especially with Andrew Davies still at least a month away from returning.

He said: “Michael knows his way round the football pitch. He’s a strong player who wins headers and gets his blocks in and that’s what we are going to need.

“We’ve patched it together at the back and put a massive reliance on some young players. But in my heart of hearts I didn’t think that could see us through to the end of the season and we’re going to need a strong finish.

“Rory McArdle has played a lot of games and we were concerned that if he needed a break at some point, we needed an experienced head. Michael will provide that.”

City’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy campaign ended with a 4-1 defeat at freezing Crewe last night in the northern area semi-finals.

Two late goals gave the result a flattering look and Parkinson was happy with the way his makeshift side performed.

“We came up against a really good team with a completely changed line-up and took them all the way. The scoreline was an unfair reflection of the game after we went for it.

“I thought the two young lads at centre back (Curtis Good and Tom Naylor) were magnificent against a side who give you problems and on a very difficult surface.

“If we’re honest, that game probably shouldn’t have been played. Steve (Davis, Crewe manager) and I both wanted it on but it was touch and go.

“I asked the ref before the game if he’d looked at the pitch and he said he went in the afternoon when it was nice and soft. I told him he’d obviously not been out there in the last hour because it was bone hard.

“It was as difficult a surface as I can remember but I think the lads coped well. There was some good stuff.”

City, who went in front through Kyel Reid, could face a fine for not fielding six starters from their last game.

Parkinson made eight changes but said: “You can’t play players who are carrying injuries just to fulfil the criteria. We played the best team that was available to us.

“Gary Jones was probably the only player we rested. We just felt at 35 he could do with the break.”

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8:14am Wed 16 Jan 13

MrsAngryofRidd says...

Although we are not on for another Wembley trip, I honestly don't think anyone will be too bothered about last night's result.

Lets hope for a good result next Tuesday, then get everyone rested and fit and push on for that automatic promotion.
Although we are not on for another Wembley trip, I honestly don't think anyone will be too bothered about last night's result. Lets hope for a good result next Tuesday, then get everyone rested and fit and push on for that automatic promotion. MrsAngryofRidd
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8:17am Wed 16 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

meanwhile Naylor is staying an extra month
meanwhile Naylor is staying an extra month tyker2
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9:30am Wed 16 Jan 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

If this player is half a good as McArdle then he will be a good signing.
If this player is half a good as McArdle then he will be a good signing. Thee Voice of Reason
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11:38am Wed 16 Jan 13

theviking62 says...

Francesco Stella, 21 year old, midfielder, Aussie, has left Rangers looking for another club, also played for Sienna in Italy. Could be worth a look. According to what I have read he is a good player. McCoist, wanted to keep him, must say something.
Francesco Stella, 21 year old, midfielder, Aussie, has left Rangers looking for another club, also played for Sienna in Italy. Could be worth a look. According to what I have read he is a good player. McCoist, wanted to keep him, must say something. theviking62
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12:11pm Wed 16 Jan 13

ALEXIMO.56. says...

theviking62 wrote:
Francesco Stella, 21 year old, midfielder, Aussie, has left Rangers looking for another club, also played for Sienna in Italy. Could be worth a look. According to what I have read he is a good player. McCoist, wanted to keep him, must say something.
Then you need to send Parky an e,mail and tell him about this player. Parky doesn't read the comments on this page m8.
[quote][p][bold]theviking62[/bold] wrote: Francesco Stella, 21 year old, midfielder, Aussie, has left Rangers looking for another club, also played for Sienna in Italy. Could be worth a look. According to what I have read he is a good player. McCoist, wanted to keep him, must say something.[/p][/quote]Then you need to send Parky an e,mail and tell him about this player. Parky doesn't read the comments on this page m8. ALEXIMO.56.
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12:38pm Wed 16 Jan 13

prince35 says...

ALEXIMO.56. wrote:
theviking62 wrote:
Francesco Stella, 21 year old, midfielder, Aussie, has left Rangers looking for another club, also played for Sienna in Italy. Could be worth a look. According to what I have read he is a good player. McCoist, wanted to keep him, must say something.
Then you need to send Parky an e,mail and tell him about this player. Parky doesn't read the comments on this page m8.
Good idea aleximo , why not do some scouting :)
[quote][p][bold]ALEXIMO.56.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]theviking62[/bold] wrote: Francesco Stella, 21 year old, midfielder, Aussie, has left Rangers looking for another club, also played for Sienna in Italy. Could be worth a look. According to what I have read he is a good player. McCoist, wanted to keep him, must say something.[/p][/quote]Then you need to send Parky an e,mail and tell him about this player. Parky doesn't read the comments on this page m8.[/p][/quote]Good idea aleximo , why not do some scouting :) prince35
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2:56pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Waynus1971 says...

I note Vale Park is currently frozen and their youth game postponed last night. With temperatures not expected to rise in the coming days and the more likelihood of temperatures plunging further, is it doubtful this weekend's game with be called off?

If so, maybe the Gods are finally smiling down on us? We are in dodgy league form, against the league leaders, a 2nd leg Semi-final looming and the Villa have a big Midlands derby against WBA on Saturday.

A postponement would be fantastic for us. Fingers (no, everything) crossed....!
I note Vale Park is currently frozen and their youth game postponed last night. With temperatures not expected to rise in the coming days and the more likelihood of temperatures plunging further, is it doubtful this weekend's game with be called off? If so, maybe the Gods are finally smiling down on us? We are in dodgy league form, against the league leaders, a 2nd leg Semi-final looming and the Villa have a big Midlands derby against WBA on Saturday. A postponement would be fantastic for us. Fingers (no, everything) crossed....! Waynus1971
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3:17pm Wed 16 Jan 13

balbrigganfc says...

I am gutted for the players who put in a massive effort, and will miss not going to the twin towers for the final.
I am gutted for the players who put in a massive effort, and will miss not going to the twin towers for the final. balbrigganfc
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3:22pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Waynus1971 says...

balbrigganfc wrote:
I am gutted for the players who put in a massive effort, and will miss not going to the twin towers for the final.
Oviously it wouldn't have come as a surprise to you would it? No, hang on a minute, didn't you post, "Predicting City to come away with a sensational result".

You really are a fricking crack-pot fella..!
[quote][p][bold]balbrigganfc[/bold] wrote: I am gutted for the players who put in a massive effort, and will miss not going to the twin towers for the final.[/p][/quote]Oviously it wouldn't have come as a surprise to you would it? No, hang on a minute, didn't you post, "Predicting City to come away with a sensational result". You really are a fricking crack-pot fella..! Waynus1971
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3:30pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Citygentleman1968 says...

Just some stats (I know they don't always show the full picture) but.....

5 games prior to Arsenal game (in all competitions) W3 D2 L0

6 games after Arsenal game
W1 D2 L3

2 games after Aston Villa 1st leg
W0 D0 L2

My point is, role on 2nd leg, when our season can get back to normality and we can get back to league priorities.
Whether we get to Wembley or not, it's vital we focus on league status regardless of result against Villa.
Just some stats (I know they don't always show the full picture) but..... 5 games prior to Arsenal game (in all competitions) W3 D2 L0 6 games after Arsenal game W1 D2 L3 2 games after Aston Villa 1st leg W0 D0 L2 My point is, role on 2nd leg, when our season can get back to normality and we can get back to league priorities. Whether we get to Wembley or not, it's vital we focus on league status regardless of result against Villa. Citygentleman1968
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4:25pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Totally agree waynus, also with yourself citygentleman, I just want the Villa match out of the way now. No matter what anyone says it has to be a massive distraction and must be impacting in some ways.
Totally agree waynus, also with yourself citygentleman, I just want the Villa match out of the way now. No matter what anyone says it has to be a massive distraction and must be impacting in some ways. Prisoner Cell Block A
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4:40pm Wed 16 Jan 13

nowt fresh says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
I note Vale Park is currently frozen and their youth game postponed last night. With temperatures not expected to rise in the coming days and the more likelihood of temperatures plunging further, is it doubtful this weekend's game with be called off? If so, maybe the Gods are finally smiling down on us? We are in dodgy league form, against the league leaders, a 2nd leg Semi-final looming and the Villa have a big Midlands derby against WBA on Saturday. A postponement would be fantastic for us. Fingers (no, everything) crossed....!
Yes it would be a good time to have a league game postponed, obviously everyone wants to get to Wembley but would it have an effect on our league form as I'm sure the two big games against Arsenal and Villa have had ?.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: I note Vale Park is currently frozen and their youth game postponed last night. With temperatures not expected to rise in the coming days and the more likelihood of temperatures plunging further, is it doubtful this weekend's game with be called off? If so, maybe the Gods are finally smiling down on us? We are in dodgy league form, against the league leaders, a 2nd leg Semi-final looming and the Villa have a big Midlands derby against WBA on Saturday. A postponement would be fantastic for us. Fingers (no, everything) crossed....![/p][/quote]Yes it would be a good time to have a league game postponed, obviously everyone wants to get to Wembley but would it have an effect on our league form as I'm sure the two big games against Arsenal and Villa have had ?. nowt fresh
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6:34pm Wed 16 Jan 13

bcfc1903 says...

Yeah...if the game at Vale is off on Saturday it would indeed be a blessing...i've also got everthing crossed lol. Excellent signing by the way...heard and read nothing but good things about Michael Nelson....i think Phil has done it again in bringing another quality player into the club.

**

We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!!.
Yeah...if the game at Vale is off on Saturday it would indeed be a blessing...i've also got everthing crossed lol. Excellent signing by the way...heard and read nothing but good things about Michael Nelson....i think Phil has done it again in bringing another quality player into the club. ** We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!!. bcfc1903
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7:25pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Baildonian says...

Disagree with the comments about getting the Villa game out of the way and concentrating on t'league. I'd rather have a League Cup final if it meant leaving promotion for another year. League 2 - League 1 is not going to live as long in the memory as a trip to Wembley in a national final.

By the way didn't the "Twin Towers" come down years ago?
Disagree with the comments about getting the Villa game out of the way and concentrating on t'league. I'd rather have a League Cup final if it meant leaving promotion for another year. League 2 - League 1 is not going to live as long in the memory as a trip to Wembley in a national final. By the way didn't the "Twin Towers" come down years ago? Baildonian
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8:32pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Victor Clayton says...

Baildonian wrote:
Disagree with the comments about getting the Villa game out of the way and concentrating on t'league. I'd rather have a League Cup final if it meant leaving promotion for another year. League 2 - League 1 is not going to live as long in the memory as a trip to Wembley in a national final.

By the way didn't the "Twin Towers" come down years ago?
me too
[quote][p][bold]Baildonian[/bold] wrote: Disagree with the comments about getting the Villa game out of the way and concentrating on t'league. I'd rather have a League Cup final if it meant leaving promotion for another year. League 2 - League 1 is not going to live as long in the memory as a trip to Wembley in a national final. By the way didn't the "Twin Towers" come down years ago?[/p][/quote]me too Victor Clayton
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8:39pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Whoisevans? says...

Parkinson welcomes Nelson on board surely as an Admiral he should be piped aboard lol Ahoy
Parkinson welcomes Nelson on board surely as an Admiral he should be piped aboard lol Ahoy Whoisevans?
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8:50pm Wed 16 Jan 13

bcfc1903 says...

Baildonian wrote:
Disagree with the comments about getting the Villa game out of the way and concentrating on t'league. I'd rather have a League Cup final if it meant leaving promotion for another year. League 2 - League 1 is not going to live as long in the memory as a trip to Wembley in a national final.

By the way didn't the "Twin Towers" come down years ago?
Yeah...totally agree, if BCFC could get a result in the second leg against Villa...a chance for my club to play in a major domestic cup final would be the highlight of my 50 years supporting Bradford City FC.

**
The two towers of Wembley unfortunately have now gone.

**
We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!
[quote][p][bold]Baildonian[/bold] wrote: Disagree with the comments about getting the Villa game out of the way and concentrating on t'league. I'd rather have a League Cup final if it meant leaving promotion for another year. League 2 - League 1 is not going to live as long in the memory as a trip to Wembley in a national final. By the way didn't the "Twin Towers" come down years ago?[/p][/quote]Yeah...totally agree, if BCFC could get a result in the second leg against Villa...a chance for my club to play in a major domestic cup final would be the highlight of my 50 years supporting Bradford City FC. ** The two towers of Wembley unfortunately have now gone. ** We shout with pride...we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!! bcfc1903
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8:06am Thu 17 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

there was a recent announcement of a head of procurement. Are Gray and Nelson signings his doing or were these in the pipeline all along
there was a recent announcement of a head of procurement. Are Gray and Nelson signings his doing or were these in the pipeline all along tyker2
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10:24am Thu 17 Jan 13

Scargutt2 says...

Let's hope he can make the step up from the scottish premier league to the 4th division.
Let's hope he can make the step up from the scottish premier league to the 4th division. Scargutt2
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11:40am Thu 17 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

Scargutt2 wrote:
Let's hope he can make the step up from the scottish premier league to the 4th division.
agree: playing against the likes of Celtic and Rangers and then having to go to the likes of Wimbledon and Plymouth (no disrespect to either) must be a very difficult ask!!
[quote][p][bold]Scargutt2[/bold] wrote: Let's hope he can make the step up from the scottish premier league to the 4th division.[/p][/quote]agree: playing against the likes of Celtic and Rangers and then having to go to the likes of Wimbledon and Plymouth (no disrespect to either) must be a very difficult ask!! tyker2
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