Bradford City looking to double up at Dons

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Nathan Doyle, pictured after scoring at Wycombe, insists City remain focused on their league test even though the Capital One Cup final at Wembley is looming large Nathan Doyle, pictured after scoring at Wycombe, insists City remain focused on their league test even though the Capital One Cup final at Wembley is looming large

Nathan Doyle is eyeing an away-day double as the perfect build-up for City’s crack at the Capital One Cup final.

The midfielder netted twice in Tuesday’s emphatic 3-0 win at Wycombe – the Bantams’ first League Two victory of the year.

Now he is after more of the same at bottom club Wimbledon this weekend to get right back in the play-off picture before Wembley.

Doyle believes the result at Adams Park answered the criticism that City have been distracted by their approaching date with destiny – and he is adamant that everyone’s focus is purely on their next trip to London.

“Wembley’s not going to go away but we’ve got Wimbledon on Saturday first and that’s all we are looking at,” he said.

“That’s our next game and then after that we have a long week ahead of us to think about the final.

“I felt we were robbed a little bit against Gillingham. They had one shot, one goal and a lack of concentration cost us. We should have come away with a minimum of a point, if not all three.

“But to go to Wycombe, with the form that they are in, and get that win was magnificent.

“It shows how focused the lads were – not just those that started but the bench and the ones that were left out. They all helped us.

“We need to keep the winning mentality throughout the club and it would be tremendous if we could do the same at Wimbledon.

“Two away games is never easy when you’re travelling as far as London each time but we’ve got those three points to build on.”

Doyle’s goals were his first for over two years and doubled his league tally. He also never scored in his previous six-month stint at Valley Parade in 2006.

“It was good to break my duck at last and hopefully now I can get in and around the box a bit more and help out with the goal situation,” he said.

“I’ve had chances but it’s just my luck that the ball wasn’t going in. But as long as I’m doing my job for the team and we’re progressing, that’s all that matters.

“It wasn’t about me scoring two or Will (Atkinson), we needed those three points on the board to take into Saturday.

“But it’s good for the whole team to share goals around. Carl McHugh has scored a few this season and Ryan Dickson also got one against Fleetwood. It’s not just down to the strikers every week.”

City’s clean sheet was their first in eight games since New Year’s Day and marked the return of centre half Andrew Davies, who had been out since October.

Doyle said: “He did all right, bless him! But Dava’s like a rock – he heads everything, kicks everything and wears his heart on his sleeve.

“I’m sure he didn’t want to come off but it was a precaution. He’s not played any games for three or four months, so he’s only looking after himself with the busy period we’ve got coming up.”

Yesterday’s home reserve game against Chesterfield was postponed due to the snow.

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9:11am Thu 14 Feb 13

macca1969 says...

I hope we do get another much needed three points. Unlike some comments on theses forums i would personally take three points and a below par performance, than play as well as we did against Gillingham but look blunt and lose. Its no good playing well but being poor in the final third,ideally we would want all areas firing at the same time.We have now outplayed the Gills twice this season but they have the six points in the bag, had we got them instead where would that leave us? The game ultimately depends on putting the ball in the back of the net, without Wells we are looking poor at actually finishing the few chances we make. We do need the likes of Doyle,Jones,Atko,Hin
es or Reid to chip in to help out. A more even spread of goals may take off the added pressure on Hanson so he is a little more relaxed in front of goal when chances like the one on saturday present themselves. This does not make me a Hanson basher by the way, i was very disappointed he missed the two on Sat, but concede he deaserves his place in the team with the other attributes he brings to the team. Even Parky was disappointed and who knows behind closed doors maybe angry as we was rested/dropped on Tuesday night. Does this make Parky a Hanson basher? Of course not, but him like some of us know that the finishing side of James game at the moment is poor and he CAN do better. I like him but i am honest that is all, he scored a great one against Villa but missed a simple one after, yes the defender skimmed it but the ball did not deviate and as such had he kept his eyes on the ball he would have bagged a brace. Again this is not bashing merely, pointing out an area he can improve, with a little help as mentioned by the rest of the team he may become more relaxed as i have said and not snatch at them.

A win though would be massive on Sat as we have Rotherham on Wednesday after the distractions of Wembley and we all know how difficult that will be especially with the history between clubs and manager. I don't want to see four successive home defeats but do fear the worse.
I hope we do get another much needed three points. Unlike some comments on theses forums i would personally take three points and a below par performance, than play as well as we did against Gillingham but look blunt and lose. Its no good playing well but being poor in the final third,ideally we would want all areas firing at the same time.We have now outplayed the Gills twice this season but they have the six points in the bag, had we got them instead where would that leave us? The game ultimately depends on putting the ball in the back of the net, without Wells we are looking poor at actually finishing the few chances we make. We do need the likes of Doyle,Jones,Atko,Hin es or Reid to chip in to help out. A more even spread of goals may take off the added pressure on Hanson so he is a little more relaxed in front of goal when chances like the one on saturday present themselves. This does not make me a Hanson basher by the way, i was very disappointed he missed the two on Sat, but concede he deaserves his place in the team with the other attributes he brings to the team. Even Parky was disappointed and who knows behind closed doors maybe angry as we was rested/dropped on Tuesday night. Does this make Parky a Hanson basher? Of course not, but him like some of us know that the finishing side of James game at the moment is poor and he CAN do better. I like him but i am honest that is all, he scored a great one against Villa but missed a simple one after, yes the defender skimmed it but the ball did not deviate and as such had he kept his eyes on the ball he would have bagged a brace. Again this is not bashing merely, pointing out an area he can improve, with a little help as mentioned by the rest of the team he may become more relaxed as i have said and not snatch at them. A win though would be massive on Sat as we have Rotherham on Wednesday after the distractions of Wembley and we all know how difficult that will be especially with the history between clubs and manager. I don't want to see four successive home defeats but do fear the worse. macca1969

9:29am Thu 14 Feb 13

tyker2 says...

agree with what you say. We have to make another quick start .get them chasing the game and then hit them on the break.

Another near 90 minutes for Andrew Davies will do him no harm at all
agree with what you say. We have to make another quick start .get them chasing the game and then hit them on the break. Another near 90 minutes for Andrew Davies will do him no harm at all tyker2

12:28pm Thu 14 Feb 13

nowt fresh says...

macca1969 wrote:
I hope we do get another much needed three points. Unlike some comments on theses forums i would personally take three points and a below par performance, than play as well as we did against Gillingham but look blunt and lose. Its no good playing well but being poor in the final third,ideally we would want all areas firing at the same time.We have now outplayed the Gills twice this season but they have the six points in the bag, had we got them instead where would that leave us? The game ultimately depends on putting the ball in the back of the net, without Wells we are looking poor at actually finishing the few chances we make. We do need the likes of Doyle,Jones,Atko,Hin

es or Reid to chip in to help out. A more even spread of goals may take off the added pressure on Hanson so he is a little more relaxed in front of goal when chances like the one on saturday present themselves. This does not make me a Hanson basher by the way, i was very disappointed he missed the two on Sat, but concede he deaserves his place in the team with the other attributes he brings to the team. Even Parky was disappointed and who knows behind closed doors maybe angry as we was rested/dropped on Tuesday night. Does this make Parky a Hanson basher? Of course not, but him like some of us know that the finishing side of James game at the moment is poor and he CAN do better. I like him but i am honest that is all, he scored a great one against Villa but missed a simple one after, yes the defender skimmed it but the ball did not deviate and as such had he kept his eyes on the ball he would have bagged a brace. Again this is not bashing merely, pointing out an area he can improve, with a little help as mentioned by the rest of the team he may become more relaxed as i have said and not snatch at them.

A win though would be massive on Sat as we have Rotherham on Wednesday after the distractions of Wembley and we all know how difficult that will be especially with the history between clubs and manager. I don't want to see four successive home defeats but do fear the worse.
Dag & Red on the Wednesday mate calm down macca1969 calm down, have you got Wembley on your mind ?
:-)) I sure have like a kid at Christmas 10 more sleeps :-)).
[quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: I hope we do get another much needed three points. Unlike some comments on theses forums i would personally take three points and a below par performance, than play as well as we did against Gillingham but look blunt and lose. Its no good playing well but being poor in the final third,ideally we would want all areas firing at the same time.We have now outplayed the Gills twice this season but they have the six points in the bag, had we got them instead where would that leave us? The game ultimately depends on putting the ball in the back of the net, without Wells we are looking poor at actually finishing the few chances we make. We do need the likes of Doyle,Jones,Atko,Hin es or Reid to chip in to help out. A more even spread of goals may take off the added pressure on Hanson so he is a little more relaxed in front of goal when chances like the one on saturday present themselves. This does not make me a Hanson basher by the way, i was very disappointed he missed the two on Sat, but concede he deaserves his place in the team with the other attributes he brings to the team. Even Parky was disappointed and who knows behind closed doors maybe angry as we was rested/dropped on Tuesday night. Does this make Parky a Hanson basher? Of course not, but him like some of us know that the finishing side of James game at the moment is poor and he CAN do better. I like him but i am honest that is all, he scored a great one against Villa but missed a simple one after, yes the defender skimmed it but the ball did not deviate and as such had he kept his eyes on the ball he would have bagged a brace. Again this is not bashing merely, pointing out an area he can improve, with a little help as mentioned by the rest of the team he may become more relaxed as i have said and not snatch at them. A win though would be massive on Sat as we have Rotherham on Wednesday after the distractions of Wembley and we all know how difficult that will be especially with the history between clubs and manager. I don't want to see four successive home defeats but do fear the worse.[/p][/quote]Dag & Red on the Wednesday mate calm down macca1969 calm down, have you got Wembley on your mind ? :-)) I sure have like a kid at Christmas 10 more sleeps :-)). nowt fresh

12:40pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Cityman23 says...

Another good performance with either one point or three at the final whistle would be 'just the ticket' (which is a good pun to be using just now!!)

So 'NO PRESSURE LADS'!!!!
Another good performance with either one point or three at the final whistle would be 'just the ticket' (which is a good pun to be using just now!!) So 'NO PRESSURE LADS'!!!! Cityman23

1:51pm Thu 14 Feb 13

since1958 says...

I believe our Defence is the key to the remaining games of the season.The more clean sheets we have, will ensure our place in the play offs.And that our forward play will get the goals needed....even if its only one per game.....so lets all get behind our team and Clip the Swans Wings and make it a season. to remember
I believe our Defence is the key to the remaining games of the season.The more clean sheets we have, will ensure our place in the play offs.And that our forward play will get the goals needed....even if its only one per game.....so lets all get behind our team and Clip the Swans Wings and make it a season. to remember since1958

3:22pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Rambo says...

Results are obviously more important than performances in general, but now we're in the final third of the season results are what matter at any cost.

We're still 5 points behind 7th. We are in danger of running out of games if we cannot put some form together to close the gap. With all due respect to Wimbledon it should be 3 points to us - if they are at the bottom of the league they must have obvious weaknesses we must exploit.

Draws aren't really enough, they certainly won't be in about 10 games time if we are still a few wins away from 7th.
Results are obviously more important than performances in general, but now we're in the final third of the season results are what matter at any cost. We're still 5 points behind 7th. We are in danger of running out of games if we cannot put some form together to close the gap. With all due respect to Wimbledon it should be 3 points to us - if they are at the bottom of the league they must have obvious weaknesses we must exploit. Draws aren't really enough, they certainly won't be in about 10 games time if we are still a few wins away from 7th. Rambo

5:36pm Thu 14 Feb 13

COLATS says...

I feel sorry for mchugh? But Davis is a cert. for wembley:)
I feel sorry for mchugh? But Davis is a cert. for wembley:) COLATS

10:09pm Thu 14 Feb 13

richbar62 says...

Getting on plane soon, leaving Oz to come over for Cup final and few other games - see you at the Wimbledon game lads !!
Getting on plane soon, leaving Oz to come over for Cup final and few other games - see you at the Wimbledon game lads !! richbar62

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