Bradford City v Gillingham - live blog

This live event has finished

Latest

  • Pre-match build-up
  • Team News
  • Regular Match Updates
  • Fans' Twitter Reaction
  • Full-time Report
  • Leave Your Comments

4:59pm

BRADFORD CITY 0 GILLINGHAM 1

City slipped further behind the promotion pack after suffering a third successive league home loss against Gillingham.
While Wembley gets closer, the Bantams continue to stutter in League Two and have now picked up only two points from six games.
City were the better team in a first half of few chances. Gillingham, the away-day specialists, hardly got out of first gear.
The only real threat on goal came after 37 minutes. Stuart Nelson parried Gary Jones’ shot straight back out but then made up for it with a superb tip-over to deny Nahki Wells from the follow-up.
Gillingham stepped it up after the break and made the breakthrough after 64 minutes. It was a bad goal to concede for the home side as Matt Duke dithered coming for Deon Burton’s ball over the top, allowing Cody McDonald to nip round him and steer into the empty net.
Chris Whelpdale was inches away from a second before James Hanson missed a golden chance to level, powering a header wide from Kyel Reid’s inviting cross.
Duke came forward for a couple of late corners but Gillingham comfortably saw off the storm to clinch their tenth win on the road.

4:55pm

Throw-in right by corner flag.... but no time to take it. City lose 1-0 and suffer third home league defeat in a row.

4:54pm

Kop hide disappointment at imminent defeat with chorus of Wembley.

4:54pm

Wells falls down in box but nobody seriously looks for a penalty.

4:53pm

Gillingham get it away and Duke is way out. Weston has a pop at empty net from 40 yards but misses by a long way.

4:53pm

Another City corner and Duke still up there in the box.

4:52pm

Wells free-kick deflected off wall and City win corner. Duke's up for it!

4:50pm

Connel nudged over by Legge inside the Gillingham D. Chance for City...

4:50pm

Wells runs into a cul-de-sac and another opportunity is gone.

4:49pm

Four minutes of added time to salvage something.

4:49pm

Dickson combining neatly with Reid on left but quality of crosses has let City down most of game.

4:45pm

4:45pm

Burton cuts inside Good but drives over the bar.

4:44pm

4:43pm

But it was hardly worth bothering with as short corner ends in a City throw.

4:43pm

And a third ...

4:43pm

And they get another ...

4:42pm

Gillingham win their first corner of the game after Reid lets Lee get past him far too easily.

4:40pm

Alan Connell comes on for Naylor with ten  minutes left.

4:39pm

Another fan bites the dust, this time from the Kop.

4:38pm

Gillingham make their second sub replacing scorer McDonald with Lee.

4:36pm

Big chance! Reid cross is right on the money for Hanson but as VP prepares to celebrate, the big man's header crashes wide.

4:33pm

Obviously that means Dickson to left back instead of Good and Thompson wide on the right

4:32pm

Double sub from City. Thompson for Good, Dickson for Hines.

4:30pm

4:30pm

4:29pm

Whelpdale inches away from Gillingham second. Shot blocked by Nelson, ball sits up for him again and he drives rebound just wide of far post.

4:28pm

Jones corner comes back to him but he puts his cross straight into hands of keeper.

4:27pm

City respond with a corner. Need better delivery with this one.

4:25pm

Crowd is 10,887 with 327 from Gillingham, who are celebrating the prospect of a tenth away win.

4:23pm

1-0 to Gillingham. Long ball, Duke didn't come until too late, McDONALD takes it past him and knocks into empty net.

4:20pm

Darby tries his luck from "Burton" distance but flies wide into the Kop.

4:19pm

Crowd comes to life as City win a fifth corner. Reid's kick once again cleared by Legge.

4:18pm

Duke goal kick bounces right through for Wells but his shot is straight into the ground.

4:16pm

Gillingham showing more ambition since half-time.

4:14pm

Allen fails to recover from earlier knock and is replaced by Weston, who scored a good goal against City on opening day.

4:14pm

Confident run from Naylor to push deep into Gills territory. Reid down in a heap but ref unimpressed.

4:11pm

Whelpdale low shot through crowd of players saved by Duke. At other end, Hanson's glancing header from Wells cross lacks the power to trouble Nelson.

4:09pm

Burton lines up 30 yard free-kick but rattles it wide. No threat to Duke.

4:07pm

He's able to continue and the game restarts.

4:06pm

Play stops for a couple of minutes while Allen, the manager's son, receives treatment.

3:48pm

Last chance for City before half-time. Reid swings free-kick into box but Gills clear away again. 0-0 at the break.

3:46pm

Reid's low cross hits Barrett on backside in six-yard box but Hanson not close enough to get onto loose ball.

3:45pm

Hanson forces hurried clearance from Legge but Reid's shot is awful.

3:43pm

Martin Allen appeals to the fourth official as Legge goes down from Hanson push in box. Nobody else is impressed.

3:39pm

Andrew Davies comes out to warm up and greeted by loud applause and song from the Kop.

3:39pm

City claim for push on Hanson from corner but nothing is given. Good spell from the hosts.

3:38pm

Ball drops for Jones snap shot but Legge sticks out leg to block.

Jones shoots again, parried by Nelson who then tips Wells follow-up over bar. Excellent save

3:35pm

Hanson flick on drops to Wells but his shot on the turn clears roof of TL Dallas stand.

3:35pm

Reid powers past Fish and Allen but cross is too deep. City trying to play it around.

3:32pm

Gills fan being physically ejected by half a dozen stewards. Seems very reluctant to leave.

3:27pm

Hanson heads over bar, 26min.

3:27pm

Robinson flattens Hines but no action taken.

3:27pm

Good block from Nelson to charge down shot by Whelpdale.

3:26pm

3:26pm

Crowd launch rousing chorus of Parkinson's Bradford army.

3:24pm

Gillingham not really settled into game. No chances to speak of so far but Parkinson will be happy with way things are going.

3:17pm

Martin Allen his usual animated self on the touchline. Doesn't look happy with his team's start.

3:16pm

Reid overhits it though and Robinson heads away from danger.

3:16pm

Another corner for City, their third of game with 14 min gone.

3:11pm

Another corner for City as Hines shot turned behind by Frampton. Gills clear but bright start from home side.

3:10pm

Duke fields McDonald shot from distance.

3:08pm

Hanson does well to cut ball back from byline, Wells helps on to Jones but shot smothered by Gills bodies.

3:04pm

3:04pm

Important tackle from Gills skipper Adam Barrett thwarts Hanson as he looks to get on end of Reid long pass.

3:03pm

Reid corner whizzes across goal mouth but nobody gets a touch.

3:03pm

Hanson wins flick on and Hines nips in behind to win City corner after less than minute.

2:59pm

Naylor's loan is up after this afternoon's game. Could be his final outing for City.

2:59pm

Teams are out and right on cue the Wembley song begins

2:29pm

2:20pm

GILLINGHAM: Nelson, Fish, Legge, Robinson, Martin, Whelpdale, Frampton, Barrett, Allen, McDonald, Burton. Subs: Lee, C Davies, Birchall, Weston, Gregory, Muggleton, Forecast.

 

2:04pm

 

2:00pm

There are some surprises in the City line-up this afternoon to take on away specialists Gillingham.

Phil Parkinson has made four changes from the side that started last week's 2-2 draw at Fleetwood.

Both wingers Kyel Reid and Zavon Hines start while Curtis Good comes in at left back and Tom Naylor at centre half.

Carl McHugh is not included in the squad so presumably has a knock after making his Republic of Ireland under-21 debut on Wednesday.

But there is a return to the bench for Andrew Davies, his first involvement since the injury at Burton in October. He only started full training again on Monday.

CITY: Duke, Darby, Nelson, Naylor, Good, Hines, Doyle, Jones, Reid, Wells, Hanson. Subs: Davies, Gray, Thompson, Atkinson, Connell, Dickson, McLaughlin.

 

1:35pm

Gillingham have lost only once away all season. But they haven't won a game when they've conceded the first goal.

Comments (46)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:40pm Sat 9 Feb 13

lawsonio123 says...

Its good to see these wingers in seems like all out attack Good Luck City
Its good to see these wingers in seems like all out attack Good Luck City lawsonio123

5:04pm Sat 9 Feb 13

james28uk says...

Appears that we are starting to play like we did last season and if we're not carefull we'll end up in the same position in the league come May. These players are no better than those of last year
Appears that we are starting to play like we did last season and if we're not carefull we'll end up in the same position in the league come May. These players are no better than those of last year james28uk

5:05pm Sat 9 Feb 13

doneBD4 says...

Forget play offs we'll be lucky to stay in the league on this form.

Its ok we've got to a cup final!!
Forget play offs we'll be lucky to stay in the league on this form. Its ok we've got to a cup final!! doneBD4

5:07pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Shaunfromrichmond1 says...

Parky out
Parky out Shaunfromrichmond1

5:21pm Sat 9 Feb 13

bahamianbantam says...

I anticipated that cup fever would get to us.
Still the run of results in the league since end of October has been truly shocking.We have not been convincing probably since that Northampton away win - worse home record than last season already with number of losses!
PP is struggling - I guess Gills played 4-5-1 and we just cant cope and never have done against such a set up.
Really dont know what to do as I cant see this side going on next year to easily win promotion.
Jones & Doyle just too defensive, Reid & hines just too inconsistent.
Wembley is great but Division 4 a certainty next season.
I anticipated that cup fever would get to us. Still the run of results in the league since end of October has been truly shocking.We have not been convincing probably since that Northampton away win - worse home record than last season already with number of losses! PP is struggling - I guess Gills played 4-5-1 and we just cant cope and never have done against such a set up. Really dont know what to do as I cant see this side going on next year to easily win promotion. Jones & Doyle just too defensive, Reid & hines just too inconsistent. Wembley is great but Division 4 a certainty next season. bahamianbantam

5:25pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Victor Clayton says...

Classic PPs Bradford city.
Classic PPs Bradford city. Victor Clayton

5:44pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Birky_Neil says...

Same old story no goals from anywhere else and when he has a bad game we don't score.
We rely on him far too much.
Why oh why did we sign Gray!
We needed a goal scorer!
Same old story no goals from anywhere else and when he has a bad game we don't score. We rely on him far too much. Why oh why did we sign Gray! We needed a goal scorer! Birky_Neil

5:45pm Sat 9 Feb 13

otleygent says...

I thought we were by far the better side in the first half, but fell apart alarmingly in the second. How Hanson missed that header goodness only knows. Reid man of the match for me.No need to panic and no time for doom mongering.
I thought we were by far the better side in the first half, but fell apart alarmingly in the second. How Hanson missed that header goodness only knows. Reid man of the match for me.No need to panic and no time for doom mongering. otleygent

5:46pm Sat 9 Feb 13

birstallbantam56 says...

League form just not good enough, we don't get enough quality crosses into the box, we 'loop' rather than 'whip' corners in, and I know James Hanson works hard, wins a lot of headers etc, but he does not get enough goals, he should have buried that header in the second half. This season is in danger of falling apart!
League form just not good enough, we don't get enough quality crosses into the box, we 'loop' rather than 'whip' corners in, and I know James Hanson works hard, wins a lot of headers etc, but he does not get enough goals, he should have buried that header in the second half. This season is in danger of falling apart! birstallbantam56

5:51pm Sat 9 Feb 13

bigang02 says...

nakhi wells didnt look interested today he gave up too easy .hanson should have burried the header he had.hines should have been off at half time duke was at fault for there goal.he play well in cup games but he has cost us dearly in the league.not good enough .i still think we will make the play offs but we really need to start winning games
nakhi wells didnt look interested today he gave up too easy .hanson should have burried the header he had.hines should have been off at half time duke was at fault for there goal.he play well in cup games but he has cost us dearly in the league.not good enough .i still think we will make the play offs but we really need to start winning games bigang02

6:01pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Pablo says...

I didn't go today but the result didn't surprise me.

It's inexplicable but, for some reason, major cup runs from minnows, and good league form, just don't go together.

I wrote off promotion several weeks ago so will enjoy the final which, in itself, will make this season memorable

Good point above re midfield being too defensive. Missing a Dave Syers type.
I didn't go today but the result didn't surprise me. It's inexplicable but, for some reason, major cup runs from minnows, and good league form, just don't go together. I wrote off promotion several weeks ago so will enjoy the final which, in itself, will make this season memorable Good point above re midfield being too defensive. Missing a Dave Syers type. Pablo

6:08pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Crags says...

Bad result today. Hanson does win the headers but can't put them away when handed on a plate. Wells was shackled out of the game by the big defenders so PP should have changed it sooner.
Another smash and grab like the Port Vale match at home but points are all that matter and City are in grave danger of missing the cut unless something changes soon. 2 losses on the bounce at home. 2 points in last 18 and now in 12th place 6 pts off last playoff place. It may be too late once Wembley is over. 2 victories away from home before Wembley is a must!!!
Bad result today. Hanson does win the headers but can't put them away when handed on a plate. Wells was shackled out of the game by the big defenders so PP should have changed it sooner. Another smash and grab like the Port Vale match at home but points are all that matter and City are in grave danger of missing the cut unless something changes soon. 2 losses on the bounce at home. 2 points in last 18 and now in 12th place 6 pts off last playoff place. It may be too late once Wembley is over. 2 victories away from home before Wembley is a must!!! Crags

6:11pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Shaunfromrichmond1 says...

Yeah 4 points are a must before wembley now
Yeah 4 points are a must before wembley now Shaunfromrichmond1

6:24pm Sat 9 Feb 13

ES says...

In Parky we trust, until after the Wembley game.
Absolutely brilliant first half, just lacking a goal, then what a shambles in the second half. We have to get out of this division, somehow.............
.
In Parky we trust, until after the Wembley game. Absolutely brilliant first half, just lacking a goal, then what a shambles in the second half. We have to get out of this division, somehow............. . ES

6:28pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Birky_Neil says...

Same old story no goals from anywhere else and when Nakki had a bad game we lose as nobody scores!
We rely on him far too much.
Why oh why did we sign Andy Gray?
We needed a goal scorer.
Same old story no goals from anywhere else and when Nakki had a bad game we lose as nobody scores! We rely on him far too much. Why oh why did we sign Andy Gray? We needed a goal scorer. Birky_Neil

6:31pm Sat 9 Feb 13

wembley bound says...

Plenty time to catch up after wembley have faith.
Saw a few lifted out the kop today but could not see what happened ?
Plenty time to catch up after wembley have faith. Saw a few lifted out the kop today but could not see what happened ? wembley bound

6:35pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Rambo says...

3 of the top 4 teams have beaten us at VP, all with clinical 1-0 wins. In contrast, in those games we've never looked like breaking the opposition down.

Its only our good home form until January that was keeping us around the play-offs - the away form was that of a mid-table team. The danger is becoming reality - the home form has really nosedived and we are dropping down the table.

I genuinely think we didn't strengthen enough in the transfer window to give us the spark needed to actually hit the net.
3 of the top 4 teams have beaten us at VP, all with clinical 1-0 wins. In contrast, in those games we've never looked like breaking the opposition down. Its only our good home form until January that was keeping us around the play-offs - the away form was that of a mid-table team. The danger is becoming reality - the home form has really nosedived and we are dropping down the table. I genuinely think we didn't strengthen enough in the transfer window to give us the spark needed to actually hit the net. Rambo

7:21pm Sat 9 Feb 13

BD16 says...

Rambo wrote:
3 of the top 4 teams have beaten us at VP, all with clinical 1-0 wins. In contrast, in those games we've never looked like breaking the opposition down.

Its only our good home form until January that was keeping us around the play-offs - the away form was that of a mid-table team. The danger is becoming reality - the home form has really nosedived and we are dropping down the table.

I genuinely think we didn't strengthen enough in the transfer window to give us the spark needed to actually hit the net.
To be fair we have outplayed both Port Vale and Gillingham at home and it's been individual errors that have cost us on both occasions.

We've scored 40 goals in the league but nobody except Wells has got into double figures. That stat is what I think will cost us come the end of the season. We brought in enough bodies in January but I think we made some poor choices.
[quote][p][bold]Rambo[/bold] wrote: 3 of the top 4 teams have beaten us at VP, all with clinical 1-0 wins. In contrast, in those games we've never looked like breaking the opposition down. Its only our good home form until January that was keeping us around the play-offs - the away form was that of a mid-table team. The danger is becoming reality - the home form has really nosedived and we are dropping down the table. I genuinely think we didn't strengthen enough in the transfer window to give us the spark needed to actually hit the net.[/p][/quote]To be fair we have outplayed both Port Vale and Gillingham at home and it's been individual errors that have cost us on both occasions. We've scored 40 goals in the league but nobody except Wells has got into double figures. That stat is what I think will cost us come the end of the season. We brought in enough bodies in January but I think we made some poor choices. BD16

7:35pm Sat 9 Feb 13

lawsonio123 says...

Goals scored nowhere near enough the lack of goals plus the failure to stop them going into our own net leaves City in a position where going up is now looking a dream. Failure to score has now become a problem the team do not look promotion standard I have always had faith in this manager and still have but something is wrong at the moment. Hopefully he can get it right but after today i fear our chance is slipping away. Parky as you all call him sort it now
Goals scored nowhere near enough the lack of goals plus the failure to stop them going into our own net leaves City in a position where going up is now looking a dream. Failure to score has now become a problem the team do not look promotion standard I have always had faith in this manager and still have but something is wrong at the moment. Hopefully he can get it right but after today i fear our chance is slipping away. Parky as you all call him sort it now lawsonio123

7:35pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Rambo says...

"To be fair we have outplayed both Port Vale and Gillingham at home and it's been individual errors that have cost us on both occasions."

Its like I said though, they, PV and Exeter have one chance and bang, game over. Thats why they're up there - how many results like that have we had?

We outplayed Gills today in the first half, but not the second. Aside from that glaring miss and the late few corners, we did nothing at all to get the keepers knees dirty.

Agree about the transfer dealings - we need that attacking midfielder like Syers (or even McCall when he got forward) who knew when to get up there and for example find a position to hit a shot or pick up a rebound or second phase ball. Jones and Doyle don't do enough in that attacking sense - they look out wide far too often for passes and never drive into the box.

Missing on Kennedy was a big blow but we must get someone in on loan - we've gone from 4th to 14th in about 6 weeks.
"To be fair we have outplayed both Port Vale and Gillingham at home and it's been individual errors that have cost us on both occasions." Its like I said though, they, PV and Exeter have one chance and bang, game over. Thats why they're up there - how many results like that have we had? We outplayed Gills today in the first half, but not the second. Aside from that glaring miss and the late few corners, we did nothing at all to get the keepers knees dirty. Agree about the transfer dealings - we need that attacking midfielder like Syers (or even McCall when he got forward) who knew when to get up there and for example find a position to hit a shot or pick up a rebound or second phase ball. Jones and Doyle don't do enough in that attacking sense - they look out wide far too often for passes and never drive into the box. Missing on Kennedy was a big blow but we must get someone in on loan - we've gone from 4th to 14th in about 6 weeks. Rambo

7:37pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Shaunfromrichmond1 says...

Promotion over cup final any day off the week
Promotion over cup final any day off the week Shaunfromrichmond1

7:39pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Rambo says...

*4th to 12th.
*4th to 12th. Rambo

7:58pm Sat 9 Feb 13

shaun from richmond says...

Shaunfromrichmond1 wrote:
Promotion over cup final any day off the week
I do hope "Shaun from Richmond 2" is out soon?!.
I LIKE IT!!
[quote][p][bold]Shaunfromrichmond1[/bold] wrote: Promotion over cup final any day off the week[/p][/quote]I do hope "Shaun from Richmond 2" is out soon?!. I LIKE IT!! shaun from richmond

8:16pm Sat 9 Feb 13

BD16 says...

Rambo wrote:
"To be fair we have outplayed both Port Vale and Gillingham at home and it's been individual errors that have cost us on both occasions."

Its like I said though, they, PV and Exeter have one chance and bang, game over. Thats why they're up there - how many results like that have we had?

We outplayed Gills today in the first half, but not the second. Aside from that glaring miss and the late few corners, we did nothing at all to get the keepers knees dirty.

Agree about the transfer dealings - we need that attacking midfielder like Syers (or even McCall when he got forward) who knew when to get up there and for example find a position to hit a shot or pick up a rebound or second phase ball. Jones and Doyle don't do enough in that attacking sense - they look out wide far too often for passes and never drive into the box.

Missing on Kennedy was a big blow but we must get someone in on loan - we've gone from 4th to 14th in about 6 weeks.
I heard Dave Baldwin speaking a week or so ago. Apparently Kennedy was a done deal with Rochdale and the player. Terms agreed, he's on his way over to Bradford but never arrived to sign.
[quote][p][bold]Rambo[/bold] wrote: "To be fair we have outplayed both Port Vale and Gillingham at home and it's been individual errors that have cost us on both occasions." Its like I said though, they, PV and Exeter have one chance and bang, game over. Thats why they're up there - how many results like that have we had? We outplayed Gills today in the first half, but not the second. Aside from that glaring miss and the late few corners, we did nothing at all to get the keepers knees dirty. Agree about the transfer dealings - we need that attacking midfielder like Syers (or even McCall when he got forward) who knew when to get up there and for example find a position to hit a shot or pick up a rebound or second phase ball. Jones and Doyle don't do enough in that attacking sense - they look out wide far too often for passes and never drive into the box. Missing on Kennedy was a big blow but we must get someone in on loan - we've gone from 4th to 14th in about 6 weeks.[/p][/quote]I heard Dave Baldwin speaking a week or so ago. Apparently Kennedy was a done deal with Rochdale and the player. Terms agreed, he's on his way over to Bradford but never arrived to sign. BD16

8:25pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Rambo says...

Yup. Apparently at about 1030pm turned around on the motorway over. Not literally, obviously...
Yup. Apparently at about 1030pm turned around on the motorway over. Not literally, obviously... Rambo

8:53pm Sat 9 Feb 13

balbrigganfc says...

Without a doubt Gillingham are probably the best team in this division. City will lose more and draw more games, but will also win enought to get them through to the playoffs.

Come on you Bantams, ctid
Without a doubt Gillingham are probably the best team in this division. City will lose more and draw more games, but will also win enought to get them through to the playoffs. Come on you Bantams, ctid balbrigganfc

9:24pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Cityman23 says...

The Gills were well-organised with mgr. Martin Allen's constant hystrionics from the technical area, perhaps they didn't dare be much else!! Once they took the lead, their defence was back ncamped in their 'area' and basically allowed City lots of the ball, so long as it was some distance from goal.

The Bantams did okay in the first half, but fell short in the second. Some players who've done well for us in recent past didn't show and another 3 pts was lost. Pity, because a lot of extra fans turned up on the back of Cup success.

If it's the Cup Final and nothing else this season, I for one won't complain though. We HAVE got a decent side and, if we keep them together eithr this season or next..we WILL get out of this league.
The Gills were well-organised with mgr. Martin Allen's constant hystrionics from the technical area, perhaps they didn't dare be much else!! Once they took the lead, their defence was back ncamped in their 'area' and basically allowed City lots of the ball, so long as it was some distance from goal. The Bantams did okay in the first half, but fell short in the second. Some players who've done well for us in recent past didn't show and another 3 pts was lost. Pity, because a lot of extra fans turned up on the back of Cup success. If it's the Cup Final and nothing else this season, I for one won't complain though. We HAVE got a decent side and, if we keep them together eithr this season or next..we WILL get out of this league. Cityman23

10:16pm Sat 9 Feb 13

robush says...

Can't believe how negative some fans become, yes results have been disappointing however despite all these dropped points we still can make the play offs, agree we need goals from other areas and I'm sure parky will be working on sorting this out, and if it means bringing in a loan player so be it, parky has never made excuses about injuries however we have had more than our fair share and still managed to keep up a challenge on the cup fronts and the league until recently, lets keep believing in promotion because it is still within our reach
Can't believe how negative some fans become, yes results have been disappointing however despite all these dropped points we still can make the play offs, agree we need goals from other areas and I'm sure parky will be working on sorting this out, and if it means bringing in a loan player so be it, parky has never made excuses about injuries however we have had more than our fair share and still managed to keep up a challenge on the cup fronts and the league until recently, lets keep believing in promotion because it is still within our reach robush

10:51pm Sat 9 Feb 13

doneBD4 says...

will the real: shaun from richmond please stand up, please stand.
will the real: shaun from richmond please stand up, please stand. doneBD4

10:55pm Sat 9 Feb 13

wembleybound says...

Bulls to win by 20 tommorow I think.
Bulls to win by 20 tommorow I think. wembleybound

11:58pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Rambo says...

robush wrote:
Can't believe how negative some fans become, yes results have been disappointing however despite all these dropped points we still can make the play offs, agree we need goals from other areas and I'm sure parky will be working on sorting this out, and if it means bringing in a loan player so be it, parky has never made excuses about injuries however we have had more than our fair share and still managed to keep up a challenge on the cup fronts and the league until recently, lets keep believing in promotion because it is still within our reach
Can't believe it? We're bottom of the form table with 2 points from 21. On what basis other than pure hope do you see it changing?

Our pre-xmas home form was the only thing keeping us up there as the away form was that of a mid-table team. Now the home form is on its arse we're really up against it.

Its becoming a repeat of SMCs second season collapse unless things change fast.

Theres 15 games left. We are in big danger of running out of games to catch up - we are effectively 3 wins away in terms of the gap and.
[quote][p][bold]robush[/bold] wrote: Can't believe how negative some fans become, yes results have been disappointing however despite all these dropped points we still can make the play offs, agree we need goals from other areas and I'm sure parky will be working on sorting this out, and if it means bringing in a loan player so be it, parky has never made excuses about injuries however we have had more than our fair share and still managed to keep up a challenge on the cup fronts and the league until recently, lets keep believing in promotion because it is still within our reach[/p][/quote]Can't believe it? We're bottom of the form table with 2 points from 21. On what basis other than pure hope do you see it changing? Our pre-xmas home form was the only thing keeping us up there as the away form was that of a mid-table team. Now the home form is on its arse we're really up against it. Its becoming a repeat of SMCs second season collapse unless things change fast. Theres 15 games left. We are in big danger of running out of games to catch up - we are effectively 3 wins away in terms of the gap and. Rambo

12:15am Sun 10 Feb 13

DingDangDoo!!! says...

Agree with Rambo, we should have added to squad in a big way in January. We are really struggling for goals in the team and if we are honest, not too many goals on the bench either.
If PP does not get some new goal scoring blood in on loan soon, we are in big trouble!
There is absolutely no way that 7 teams in this division are better than us, so it would be a real travesty if we don't finish top 7!
Agree with Rambo, we should have added to squad in a big way in January. We are really struggling for goals in the team and if we are honest, not too many goals on the bench either. If PP does not get some new goal scoring blood in on loan soon, we are in big trouble! There is absolutely no way that 7 teams in this division are better than us, so it would be a real travesty if we don't finish top 7! DingDangDoo!!!

1:43am Sun 10 Feb 13

Bradford1903 says...

I think the game summed up our season; in control for the most part, but we are not clinical enough to turn our dominance into goals.

We then compound that with momentary lapses in concentration, which leads us to concede some incredibly soft goals, as was once again evidenced today.

Gillingham had 2 meaningful attempts all game, scoring from the 1st of them, and while we were unlucky not to get at least a point, it's an all to familiar story, as we are not ruthless enough in both boxes.

On the plus side I thought Reid showed glimpses of last season's form, but if you want to be successful, Hanson has got to be converting from that pin point cross he put in 2nd half.

With 6 out of the next 8 away from home, we are in danger of being cast adrift, but with Burton sat in 3rd and Northampton in the play off positions, that should be all the motivation we need to get back up there, as we are a far better side than them.
I think the game summed up our season; in control for the most part, but we are not clinical enough to turn our dominance into goals. We then compound that with momentary lapses in concentration, which leads us to concede some incredibly soft goals, as was once again evidenced today. Gillingham had 2 meaningful attempts all game, scoring from the 1st of them, and while we were unlucky not to get at least a point, it's an all to familiar story, as we are not ruthless enough in both boxes. On the plus side I thought Reid showed glimpses of last season's form, but if you want to be successful, Hanson has got to be converting from that pin point cross he put in 2nd half. With 6 out of the next 8 away from home, we are in danger of being cast adrift, but with Burton sat in 3rd and Northampton in the play off positions, that should be all the motivation we need to get back up there, as we are a far better side than them. Bradford1903

8:17am Sun 10 Feb 13

tyker2 says...

maybe Garry Jones should be rested and maybe we ill miss Ritchie Jones
maybe Garry Jones should be rested and maybe we ill miss Ritchie Jones tyker2

10:36am Sun 10 Feb 13

lawsonio123 says...

The Dream Gone? A Study of the seasons form shows the team are not good enough to go up. Having said that i HOPE i am wrong but as i have said a study of the results shows otherwise.The team can perform to a higher standard as cup results show but are not producing on a match by match basis.I still have faith in Mr Parkinson but OH he must get us some better results CITY FOREVER
The Dream Gone? A Study of the seasons form shows the team are not good enough to go up. Having said that i HOPE i am wrong but as i have said a study of the results shows otherwise.The team can perform to a higher standard as cup results show but are not producing on a match by match basis.I still have faith in Mr Parkinson but OH he must get us some better results CITY FOREVER lawsonio123

10:36am Sun 10 Feb 13

lawsonio123 says...

The Dream Gone? A Study of the seasons form shows the team are not good enough to go up. Having said that i HOPE i am wrong but as i have said a study of the results shows otherwise.The team can perform to a higher standard as cup results show but are not producing on a match by match basis.I still have faith in Mr Parkinson but OH he must get us some better results CITY FOREVER
The Dream Gone? A Study of the seasons form shows the team are not good enough to go up. Having said that i HOPE i am wrong but as i have said a study of the results shows otherwise.The team can perform to a higher standard as cup results show but are not producing on a match by match basis.I still have faith in Mr Parkinson but OH he must get us some better results CITY FOREVER lawsonio123

10:47am Sun 10 Feb 13

Victor Clayton says...

tyker2 wrote:
maybe Garry Jones should be rested and maybe we ill miss Ritchie Jones
Ritchie Jones is average, along with Reid, Heinz and dare I say it - Hannson.
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: maybe Garry Jones should be rested and maybe we ill miss Ritchie Jones[/p][/quote]Ritchie Jones is average, along with Reid, Heinz and dare I say it - Hannson. Victor Clayton

11:20am Sun 10 Feb 13

BCFC1234 says...

wembley bound wrote:
Plenty time to catch up after wembley have faith.
Saw a few lifted out the kop today but could not see what happened ?
You were probably too busy writing your usual drivel on the Bulls site.
[quote][p][bold]wembley bound[/bold] wrote: Plenty time to catch up after wembley have faith. Saw a few lifted out the kop today but could not see what happened ?[/p][/quote]You were probably too busy writing your usual drivel on the Bulls site. BCFC1234

11:22am Sun 10 Feb 13

audal says...

Why do we start home games with only one goalscorer(Wells) ? Hanson is a target man so we need Connell alongside as well,also i would only play one winger on our narrow pitch whether it be Reid or Hines makes no difference, Atkinson also was missed yesterday and i would have given Davies a short run out near the end. Over half the team clearly had Wembley on their minds and Duke was certainly not risking injury so missing the big day.
Why do we start home games with only one goalscorer(Wells) ? Hanson is a target man so we need Connell alongside as well,also i would only play one winger on our narrow pitch whether it be Reid or Hines makes no difference, Atkinson also was missed yesterday and i would have given Davies a short run out near the end. Over half the team clearly had Wembley on their minds and Duke was certainly not risking injury so missing the big day. audal

11:38am Sun 10 Feb 13

rowsman says...

Certainly enjoyed the first half with controlled football from both sides and impressive peformance from City's back four. Gillingham's goal reminded me of Villa's second goal at Villa Park. Can't blame Jimmy Hanson for not saving City yesterday. He received just two crosses all match that he could have scored from. Other centre forwards routinely get much better service and can score on a percentage basis. Look at Villa's goal scoring sensation, Benteki, and the chances he missed against City. City will win the Cup and scrape into the play-offs!
Certainly enjoyed the first half with controlled football from both sides and impressive peformance from City's back four. Gillingham's goal reminded me of Villa's second goal at Villa Park. Can't blame Jimmy Hanson for not saving City yesterday. He received just two crosses all match that he could have scored from. Other centre forwards routinely get much better service and can score on a percentage basis. Look at Villa's goal scoring sensation, Benteki, and the chances he missed against City. City will win the Cup and scrape into the play-offs! rowsman

11:53am Sun 10 Feb 13

lawsonio123 says...

rowsman wrote:
Certainly enjoyed the first half with controlled football from both sides and impressive peformance from City's back four. Gillingham's goal reminded me of Villa's second goal at Villa Park. Can't blame Jimmy Hanson for not saving City yesterday. He received just two crosses all match that he could have scored from. Other centre forwards routinely get much better service and can score on a percentage basis. Look at Villa's goal scoring sensation, Benteki, and the chances he missed against City. City will win the Cup and scrape into the play-offs!
I Hope you are right then we can all dance in the streets.I agree James Hanson should spend his time in opponents area where he can do damage he can score goals but not in Citys own half keep him up front. BUT here we go again doing the Managers job.Keep your faith i hope i can keep mine
[quote][p][bold]rowsman[/bold] wrote: Certainly enjoyed the first half with controlled football from both sides and impressive peformance from City's back four. Gillingham's goal reminded me of Villa's second goal at Villa Park. Can't blame Jimmy Hanson for not saving City yesterday. He received just two crosses all match that he could have scored from. Other centre forwards routinely get much better service and can score on a percentage basis. Look at Villa's goal scoring sensation, Benteki, and the chances he missed against City. City will win the Cup and scrape into the play-offs![/p][/quote]I Hope you are right then we can all dance in the streets.I agree James Hanson should spend his time in opponents area where he can do damage he can score goals but not in Citys own half keep him up front. BUT here we go again doing the Managers job.Keep your faith i hope i can keep mine lawsonio123

11:55am Sun 10 Feb 13

cormon says...

Fans' frustration is understandable in this Jekyll and Hyde season. City seem perfectly equipped to give Premiership teams a run for their money, but can't get to grips with beating division two sides.

Of the last six results four have been defeats and two draws. It is not being prophetically gloomy to suggest that statistically this is relegation form and nowhere near the standard of consistency required for promotion. Of all games played in the league this season, our goals for average is about 1.5 per game, another indicator of where the problems lie.

The club has done marvellously well to ride the challenges posed by so many injuries to key personnel. They have excelled at achieving the impossible in the Capital Cup, but it has to be realistically stated that the team is still a work in progress with regard to competing for promotion.

Promotion teams invariably have a forward who scores in excess of 20 goals per season. They also have a box to box midfielder who weighs in with 12 to 15, plus twos, threes and fours from other players. There are just too many City players who have no idea where the goal is and the rigid 4-4-2 formation is becoming easily countered by teams who know thay we don't get bodies in the penalty box other than at set plays.
The management team have worked hard to increase the player quality and their coaching has brought discipline and lots more nous in defence. There is little indication that the same can be said for attacking play. Too many poor deliveries and crosses and insufficient targets for the supply even when crosses are damaging.

One wonders if the success of the cup run has meant that the Board have deferred the resources needed to push on for promotion this season?
The acquisition of Nelson was a sensible and timely signing, but with the finances available it seems strange that the observable weaknesses in the team have not been addressed. The stats don't lie, despite City having a case for taking up atrocious refereeing with the FA.
Fans' frustration is understandable in this Jekyll and Hyde season. City seem perfectly equipped to give Premiership teams a run for their money, but can't get to grips with beating division two sides. Of the last six results four have been defeats and two draws. It is not being prophetically gloomy to suggest that statistically this is relegation form and nowhere near the standard of consistency required for promotion. Of all games played in the league this season, our goals for average is about 1.5 per game, another indicator of where the problems lie. The club has done marvellously well to ride the challenges posed by so many injuries to key personnel. They have excelled at achieving the impossible in the Capital Cup, but it has to be realistically stated that the team is still a work in progress with regard to competing for promotion. Promotion teams invariably have a forward who scores in excess of 20 goals per season. They also have a box to box midfielder who weighs in with 12 to 15, plus twos, threes and fours from other players. There are just too many City players who have no idea where the goal is and the rigid 4-4-2 formation is becoming easily countered by teams who know thay we don't get bodies in the penalty box other than at set plays. The management team have worked hard to increase the player quality and their coaching has brought discipline and lots more nous in defence. There is little indication that the same can be said for attacking play. Too many poor deliveries and crosses and insufficient targets for the supply even when crosses are damaging. One wonders if the success of the cup run has meant that the Board have deferred the resources needed to push on for promotion this season? The acquisition of Nelson was a sensible and timely signing, but with the finances available it seems strange that the observable weaknesses in the team have not been addressed. The stats don't lie, despite City having a case for taking up atrocious refereeing with the FA. cormon

12:08pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Whoisevans? says...

Birky_Neil wrote:
Same old story no goals from anywhere else and when he has a bad game we don't score.
We rely on him far too much.
Why oh why did we sign Gray!
We needed a goal scorer!
My thoughts exactly Neil why? Poor goal we gave them. I hope he tries Davis fitness in the next 2 games. Saying that were still in there if we go on a good run of wins.
[quote][p][bold]Birky_Neil[/bold] wrote: Same old story no goals from anywhere else and when he has a bad game we don't score. We rely on him far too much. Why oh why did we sign Gray! We needed a goal scorer![/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly Neil why? Poor goal we gave them. I hope he tries Davis fitness in the next 2 games. Saying that were still in there if we go on a good run of wins. Whoisevans?

12:33pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Freddy says...

}} Out of UK //so have to read reports.
}} My Son went and was not impressed, driving 200 miles to see City lose.
}} I understand the depressed comments immediatley after a losing result.
It is better to wait a while// before making comments.
}} I was equally annoyed and depressed.
}} To try and raise my mood///I realistically think City can make Play Offs. BUT//on present form //Lady Luck needs to return to City at Wembley.
PLUS//If City get through to the Play Off Final. Then it will be back to Wembley AGAIN!!!.
} Parky has revitalised City this Season//relegation worry is not in supporters minds.
I truly believe this Squad is a Cup Team. Next Season needs to be an ALL OUT PROMOTION SQUAD//going for Automatic Promotion.
} NOW whats he next match.
}} Out of UK //so have to read reports. }} My Son went and was not impressed, driving 200 miles to see City lose. }} I understand the depressed comments immediatley after a losing result. It is better to wait a while// before making comments. }} I was equally annoyed and depressed. }} To try and raise my mood///I realistically think City can make Play Offs. BUT//on present form //Lady Luck needs to return to City at Wembley. PLUS//If City get through to the Play Off Final. Then it will be back to Wembley AGAIN!!!. } Parky has revitalised City this Season//relegation worry is not in supporters minds. I truly believe this Squad is a Cup Team. Next Season needs to be an ALL OUT PROMOTION SQUAD//going for Automatic Promotion. } NOW whats he next match. Freddy

7:17pm Sun 10 Feb 13

Beeceefcee says...

Can't afford to go to Wembley again.
Will be skint from first visit!
Can't afford to go to Wembley again. Will be skint from first visit! Beeceefcee

8:05pm Sun 10 Feb 13

rowsman says...

Anybody else confuse rows with columns on line? Our group of seven are sitting in front of each other in a straight line at Wembley... at least we can tell each other to sit down without having a mouthful of abuse back!
Anybody else confuse rows with columns on line? Our group of seven are sitting in front of each other in a straight line at Wembley... at least we can tell each other to sit down without having a mouthful of abuse back! rowsman

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree