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Bradford City v Gillingham - live blog

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author

Simon Parker, Bradford City Reporter

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    lawsonio123 2:40pm Sat 9 Feb 13

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

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    james28uk 5:04pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    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

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    doneBD4 5:05pm Sat 9 Feb 13

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

    Its ok we've got to a cup final!!

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    Shaunfromrichmond1 5:07pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    Parky out

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    bahamianbantam 5:21pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    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.

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    Victor Clayton 5:25pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    Classic PPs Bradford city.

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    Birky_Neil 5:44pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    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!

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    otleygent 5:45pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    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.

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    birstallbantam56 5:46pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    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!

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    bigang02 5:51pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    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

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    Pablo 6:01pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    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.

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    Crags 6:08pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    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!!!

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    Shaunfromrichmond1 6:11pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    Yeah 4 points are a must before wembley now

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    ES 6:24pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    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.............
    .

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    Birky_Neil 6:28pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    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.

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    wembley bound 6:31pm Sat 9 Feb 13

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

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    Rambo 6:35pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    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.

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    BD16 7:21pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    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.

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    lawsonio123 7:35pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    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

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    Rambo 7:35pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    "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.

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    Shaunfromrichmond1 7:37pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    Promotion over cup final any day off the week

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    Rambo 7:39pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    *4th to 12th.

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    shaun from richmond 7:58pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    Shaunfromrichmond1 wrote…


    Promotion over cup final any day off the week

    I do hope "Shaun from Richmond 2" is out soon?!.
    I LIKE IT!!

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    BD16 8:16pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    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.

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    Rambo 8:25pm Sat 9 Feb 13

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

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    balbrigganfc 8:53pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    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

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    Cityman23 9:24pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    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.

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    robush 10:16pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    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

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    doneBD4 10:51pm Sat 9 Feb 13

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

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    wembleybound 10:55pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    Bulls to win by 20 tommorow I think.

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    Rambo 11:58pm Sat 9 Feb 13

    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.

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    DingDangDoo!!! 12:15am Sun 10 Feb 13

    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!

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    Bradford1903 1:43am Sun 10 Feb 13

    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.

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    tyker2 8:17am Sun 10 Feb 13

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

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    lawsonio123 10:36am Sun 10 Feb 13

    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

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    lawsonio123 10:36am Sun 10 Feb 13

    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

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    Victor Clayton 10:47am Sun 10 Feb 13

    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.

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    BCFC1234 11:20am Sun 10 Feb 13

    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.

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    audal 11:22am Sun 10 Feb 13

    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.

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    rowsman 11:38am Sun 10 Feb 13

    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!

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    lawsonio123 11:53am Sun 10 Feb 13

    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

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    cormon 11:55am Sun 10 Feb 13

    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.

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    Whoisevans? 12:08pm Sun 10 Feb 13

    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.

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    Freddy 12:33pm Sun 10 Feb 13

    }} 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.

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    Beeceefcee 7:17pm Sun 10 Feb 13

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

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    rowsman 8:05pm Sun 10 Feb 13

    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!

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