Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson talks tactics and insists: We will push for away goal

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: James Hanson, pictured, will resume his partnership tonight with Nahki Wells which proved such a threat at Valley Parade James Hanson, pictured, will resume his partnership tonight with Nahki Wells which proved such a threat at Valley Parade

City will not park the bus at Villa Park and be looking to hang on for a stalemate.

Phil Parkinson wants his side to push for an away goal and admits it would be a risky business to sit back and try to frustrate Aston Villa.

Parkinson said: “Villa’s attacking threat is their main strength but they have got a vulnerability defensively. We’ve got to set our team up to carry a threat going forward.

“Our best chance of progressing is to score a goal.

“You have to strike the balance right but I believe we have got players who can cause them problems.

“To go too defensive would be the wrong call. Ninety minutes is a long time to just defend.

“We need to remember we want to spend time in their half of the pitch and not give them too much possession in our final third.”

With the snow ruling Apperley Bridge out of action, City travelled down yesterday afternoon and trained at the Football Association’s new St George’s Park complex just outside Burton.

They filled the blank Saturday by using Leeds’ indoor facilities at Thorp Arch but Parkinson was keen to get his players working on synthetic grass again.

“A lot of them haven’t trained on grass for over a week so it was important.

“But I don’t think that it did us any harm with the Port Vale game getting called off. There’s a lot going on and it meant we could just concentrate on this.”

James Hanson has not been involved since the first leg and the fortnight’s break has allowed his injured toe to heel.

His partnership with Nahki Wells gave Villa huge problems at Valley Parade and will once again be the focal point of City’s attempts to pull off yet another upset.

Parkinson could become the first manager to take a team from the fourth tier to Wembley in one of the main domestic competitions.

But he is just delighted that City have managed to keep the semi-final in the balance ahead of the return leg.

“Our aim was to keep in the tie alive going into the second game. The closer it was, the more the likelihood of it being a sell-out at Villa Park, which was important for the club financially.

“We’ve done fantastically well to achieve that and get to this stage. But Villa are the favourites.

“In all honesty, they could have scored more in the first leg but then so could we.

“We aren’t going there concentrating on Wembley but on producing the best performance we can.

“If that’s not good enough and Villa still go through, then we’ll hold our hands up. But we’ll know that we’ve tried our hardest and done ourselves justice.

“We want to make sure that if Villa do get to Wembley, they’ll have really earned it.”

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10:16am Tue 22 Jan 13

Peter300 says...

More good, sound, sensible analysis from Phil Parkinson. I'm with him there. C'mon City!
More good, sound, sensible analysis from Phil Parkinson. I'm with him there. C'mon City! Peter300
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10:42am Tue 22 Jan 13

chin up says...

Parkinson is winning the media battle over his counterpart Lambert. Lambert being concerned about a stadium announcer suggests he is under pressure. Plus he keeps banging on about the need for the crowd to make noise, loads of emphasis on how his team are favourites and fails to acknowledge how well City played in the 1st leg. It's like he fails to acknowledge the opposition. After the Swansea and West Brom games he also failed to acknowledge how poor his team were in defending.

This indicates towards Lambert feeling the strain and if true it is also likely that the Villa players will also be feeling apprehension at the thought of going out to a league 2 team.

On the other hand Parky is sending the right messages out. Calm and intelligent responses to questions from the media. Putting more pressure onto the Villa team by stating they are favourites still. The only internal pressure he is placing on City is to put in a decent performance in. The way Parkinson reacts is also reflected in how the players represent themselves in the media.

One thing is for sure City will have a game plan. The players will know their roles. We can expect Villa to bombard us for 15/20 mins. If we hold out that period the game will settle down and Villa will start to run out of ideas ala 1st leg, Arsenal and Wigan games.

Come on City!! Good luck lads!!
Parkinson is winning the media battle over his counterpart Lambert. Lambert being concerned about a stadium announcer suggests he is under pressure. Plus he keeps banging on about the need for the crowd to make noise, loads of emphasis on how his team are favourites and fails to acknowledge how well City played in the 1st leg. It's like he fails to acknowledge the opposition. After the Swansea and West Brom games he also failed to acknowledge how poor his team were in defending. This indicates towards Lambert feeling the strain and if true it is also likely that the Villa players will also be feeling apprehension at the thought of going out to a league 2 team. On the other hand Parky is sending the right messages out. Calm and intelligent responses to questions from the media. Putting more pressure onto the Villa team by stating they are favourites still. The only internal pressure he is placing on City is to put in a decent performance in. The way Parkinson reacts is also reflected in how the players represent themselves in the media. One thing is for sure City will have a game plan. The players will know their roles. We can expect Villa to bombard us for 15/20 mins. If we hold out that period the game will settle down and Villa will start to run out of ideas ala 1st leg, Arsenal and Wigan games. Come on City!! Good luck lads!! chin up
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11:10am Tue 22 Jan 13

lawsonio123 says...

It will be very hard but Villa are Beatable The City players have done a great job no matter what happens tonight and we all know they will play as well as they can and we know they will not be beaten for effort. The whole Country are behind them. Good Luck City do your best we can ask for no more and at the end i feel you WILL be the WINNERS.
It will be very hard but Villa are Beatable The City players have done a great job no matter what happens tonight and we all know they will play as well as they can and we know they will not be beaten for effort. The whole Country are behind them. Good Luck City do your best we can ask for no more and at the end i feel you WILL be the WINNERS. lawsonio123
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11:11am Tue 22 Jan 13

tyker2 says...

would love to see Reid fying at their back line in the first half getting crosses in and creating chances or corners which they must fear.

Let him lose and burn off 90 minutes of work in the first 45 and then bring Hines on to do the same on the other side. Is Hanson fit again?

Will Nelson play or will he stick with the same defensive set up at the back with Dickson at left back.

Cannot wait for kick off !!!
would love to see Reid fying at their back line in the first half getting crosses in and creating chances or corners which they must fear. Let him lose and burn off 90 minutes of work in the first 45 and then bring Hines on to do the same on the other side. Is Hanson fit again? Will Nelson play or will he stick with the same defensive set up at the back with Dickson at left back. Cannot wait for kick off !!! tyker2
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11:29am Tue 22 Jan 13

Citygentleman1968 says...

tyker2 wrote:
would love to see Reid fying at their back line in the first half getting crosses in and creating chances or corners which they must fear. Let him lose and burn off 90 minutes of work in the first 45 and then bring Hines on to do the same on the other side. Is Hanson fit again? Will Nelson play or will he stick with the same defensive set up at the back with Dickson at left back. Cannot wait for kick off !!!
Hey Tyker2, yes Hanson is fit again, so will start i suspect.

Another thing that maybe people are thinking but not mentioning and I only say this as a discussion point.

This 2nd leg tie, should BCFC beat the odds and go through is probably worth in the region of £2 million for the club.

£400,000 for the tie itself (win or lose) with TV, gate receipts and advertising, but also unwards of £1.5 million for reaching the final. That would secure us for the next 5 years i suspect.
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: would love to see Reid fying at their back line in the first half getting crosses in and creating chances or corners which they must fear. Let him lose and burn off 90 minutes of work in the first 45 and then bring Hines on to do the same on the other side. Is Hanson fit again? Will Nelson play or will he stick with the same defensive set up at the back with Dickson at left back. Cannot wait for kick off !!![/p][/quote]Hey Tyker2, yes Hanson is fit again, so will start i suspect. Another thing that maybe people are thinking but not mentioning and I only say this as a discussion point. This 2nd leg tie, should BCFC beat the odds and go through is probably worth in the region of £2 million for the club. £400,000 for the tie itself (win or lose) with TV, gate receipts and advertising, but also unwards of £1.5 million for reaching the final. That would secure us for the next 5 years i suspect. Citygentleman1968
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12:01pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Rambo says...

Like I said yesterday I hope its the same team as set-up as the first game, but slightly more defensive minded and priority on discipline, pressing, keeping the shape and holding the ball.

I also said I would be content with us spoiling the game like other teams have done to us recently, particularly in the first 20 mins. Anything to wind-up their players and fans and that miserable git Lambert. They are the ones who have to win, not us.
Like I said yesterday I hope its the same team as set-up as the first game, but slightly more defensive minded and priority on discipline, pressing, keeping the shape and holding the ball. I also said I would be content with us spoiling the game like other teams have done to us recently, particularly in the first 20 mins. Anything to wind-up their players and fans and that miserable git Lambert. They are the ones who have to win, not us. Rambo
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2:10pm Tue 22 Jan 13

shoesmaker4 says...

lets hope phill and the lads put up a great show remember nearly every one will be rooting for us we will have to be totally focused and blinkerd from there big crowd to get the job done but also remember that thay still have to score three goals to beat us , its also a leval playing field to i will be watching this game whith to northampton fans tonight and in the last game sead to me city were more like the prem team not villa i carnt wait i and my freands will be watching on sky and chearing you on all the way good look phill and the lads come on city this one big last push come on city
lets hope phill and the lads put up a great show remember nearly every one will be rooting for us we will have to be totally focused and blinkerd from there big crowd to get the job done but also remember that thay still have to score three goals to beat us , its also a leval playing field to i will be watching this game whith to northampton fans tonight and in the last game sead to me city were more like the prem team not villa i carnt wait i and my freands will be watching on sky and chearing you on all the way good look phill and the lads come on city this one big last push come on city shoesmaker4
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2:19pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Harrogate Bantam says...

Promotion, promotion, promotion but Wemberley would be a bonus.
Promotion, promotion, promotion but Wemberley would be a bonus. Harrogate Bantam
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2:24pm Tue 22 Jan 13

shoesmaker4 says...

keep heads up totally focust no fear of there players or there fans totally determind to carry this out and think we have got a great chance alot to do i no but so close now come on city
keep heads up totally focust no fear of there players or there fans totally determind to carry this out and think we have got a great chance alot to do i no but so close now come on city shoesmaker4
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4:06pm Tue 22 Jan 13

paintitred says...

Good Luck Bradford. will be cheering you on

from a York City supporter
Good Luck Bradford. will be cheering you on from a York City supporter paintitred
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