Mc-lean spell a worry for Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson

Aaron Mclean goes for goal against Stevenage but failed to ripple the net for the eighth game running

Mclean tries an acrobatic overhead kick

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Misfiring Aaron Mclean faces an intensive week at training to try to rediscover his scoring boots.

Mclean fired another blank on Saturday as City were stunned by lowly Stevenage at Valley Parade.

Two superb strikes from midfielder Luke Freeman took them off the bottom of League One after coming from behind to win 3-2.

Both his goals came after Mclean had spurned a glorious chance to put City two up early in the second half.

The striker is still to get off the mark in eight attempts since being signed as the replacement for Nahki Wells.

Phil Parkinson admitted it is becoming a concern and City will focus their efforts in practice on trying to restore Mclean’s confidence in front of the net.

Parkinson said: “There was nothing wrong with his all-round effort. I thought he put in a good shift for the team.

“He set the tone with his closing down right at the start of the game.

“But strikers thrive on goals and he can’t hide away from the fact that he hasn’t got his first one yet.

“Obviously he’s frustrated and it looks like he is snatching at things.

“The only way (to solve that) is to work hard on the training ground, to concentrate and for us to make sure we’re giving him as much work in and around the penalty box as possible.

“If he’s scoring in training, he can take that into the game.”

McLean was not the only guilty party as City blew the chance of a third straight home win. Sub Mark Yeates also fired wide from close range when he seemed certain to equalise.

A bad day was compounded with the loss of Andrew Davies with a calf injury, sparking fears that he could be sidelined for another significant spell.

City’s advantage on the bottom four was cut to six points because of Bristol City’s win – and they head for promotion-chasing Brentford next.

Parkinson added: “We lacked a bit of composure in the second half in our all-round play. I don’t know whether that was an expectancy to win or Davies going off which unsettled the balance of the team.

“When we play at our best, we have a good balance in our team going to our front players but also playing through the midfield.

“We didn’t get that right. It just needed someone to calm us down on the ball, pick a right pass and there wasn’t enough of that.

“There’s an element of frustration but when you’re not playing great, you do need that third goal.

“We had a massive boost with the two wins and this is a setback again for us. But we’ve got to go again. The dividing lines are so tight and we’ve lost the game to two terrific strikes. We’ve had the chances to have killed the game but didn’t take them.”

City had led twice in the first half through Adam Reach and James Hanson.

Reach, whose volley was the first goal of his loan spell, said: “It’s very frustrating. They were bottom for a reason and don’t often come back and win games.

“We thought the game might have been won already at half-time and that was our downfall.”

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8:34am Mon 3 Mar 14

gordon ramsay says...

Our recruitment must improve

2013
Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates

2014
McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?)

So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player.

McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish.

The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.
Our recruitment must improve 2013 Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates 2014 McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?) So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player. McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish. The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad. gordon ramsay
  • Score: 41

8:40am Mon 3 Mar 14

tyker7745 says...

t is not shooting practice he needs (should he not be doing that daily anyway) but ability to read Hanson especially as the long ball is here to stay
t is not shooting practice he needs (should he not be doing that daily anyway) but ability to read Hanson especially as the long ball is here to stay tyker7745
  • Score: -11

9:00am Mon 3 Mar 14

Old Peculiar says...

If McLean understood the offside rule, it may help his cause.
For me, he isn't mobile enough, doesn't read the game, and doesn't really keep up with play (hence the off-sides). After 8 matches, he is surely match fit : I accept that he has had a few cracking shots that have been well saved, but generally he is not up to the mark at the minute. I'm not a fan of Andy Gray, but was glad to see him replace McLean on Saturday.
If McLean understood the offside rule, it may help his cause. For me, he isn't mobile enough, doesn't read the game, and doesn't really keep up with play (hence the off-sides). After 8 matches, he is surely match fit : I accept that he has had a few cracking shots that have been well saved, but generally he is not up to the mark at the minute. I'm not a fan of Andy Gray, but was glad to see him replace McLean on Saturday. Old Peculiar
  • Score: 17

10:05am Mon 3 Mar 14

bcfc mad85 says...

Nowt to do with him not having the legs stop playing the ball behind him all the time or playing long ball football makes me laugh. try playing a passing game you got a striker from the premier league they don't play long ball **** football he likes to play off the shoulder off the defence give him the right supply and he may do something its funny people like him when he links up play
Nowt to do with him not having the legs stop playing the ball behind him all the time or playing long ball football makes me laugh. try playing a passing game you got a striker from the premier league they don't play long ball **** football he likes to play off the shoulder off the defence give him the right supply and he may do something its funny people like him when he links up play bcfc mad85
  • Score: -5

10:10am Mon 3 Mar 14

bcfc mad85 says...

gordon ramsay wrote:
Our recruitment must improve

2013
Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates

2014
McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?)

So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player.

McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish.

The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.
You forgot Compton who we got from Scarborough he's a striker I think played once
[quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Our recruitment must improve 2013 Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates 2014 McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?) So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player. McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish. The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.[/p][/quote]You forgot Compton who we got from Scarborough he's a striker I think played once bcfc mad85
  • Score: -17

10:16am Mon 3 Mar 14

bcfc mad85 says...

Old Peculiar wrote:
If McLean understood the offside rule, it may help his cause.
For me, he isn't mobile enough, doesn't read the game, and doesn't really keep up with play (hence the off-sides). After 8 matches, he is surely match fit : I accept that he has had a few cracking shots that have been well saved, but generally he is not up to the mark at the minute. I'm not a fan of Andy Gray, but was glad to see him replace McLean on Saturday.
You say about gray replacing McLean don't you think mcburnie or Compton could have been on the bench rather than a past it gray and tomo as really not done owt this year why play him over Bennett we need pace to play long ball and that's something we don't have
[quote][p][bold]Old Peculiar[/bold] wrote: If McLean understood the offside rule, it may help his cause. For me, he isn't mobile enough, doesn't read the game, and doesn't really keep up with play (hence the off-sides). After 8 matches, he is surely match fit : I accept that he has had a few cracking shots that have been well saved, but generally he is not up to the mark at the minute. I'm not a fan of Andy Gray, but was glad to see him replace McLean on Saturday.[/p][/quote]You say about gray replacing McLean don't you think mcburnie or Compton could have been on the bench rather than a past it gray and tomo as really not done owt this year why play him over Bennett we need pace to play long ball and that's something we don't have bcfc mad85
  • Score: -7

10:23am Mon 3 Mar 14

Peter300 says...

gordon ramsay wrote:
Our recruitment must improve

2013
Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates

2014
McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?)

So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player.

McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish.

The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.
You've spent a little bit of time collecting a few names. Strange how you never thought to do that after the Port Vale and MK Dons games. Just waiting for a loss eh? Strange that. Anyway I don't agree with your list of so-called bad players. A lot of credit should go to those who were at the club last season and have done reasonably well so far.
[quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Our recruitment must improve 2013 Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates 2014 McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?) So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player. McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish. The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.[/p][/quote]You've spent a little bit of time collecting a few names. Strange how you never thought to do that after the Port Vale and MK Dons games. Just waiting for a loss eh? Strange that. Anyway I don't agree with your list of so-called bad players. A lot of credit should go to those who were at the club last season and have done reasonably well so far. Peter300
  • Score: -12

10:25am Mon 3 Mar 14

Peter300 says...

bcfc mad85 wrote:
gordon ramsay wrote:
Our recruitment must improve

2013
Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates

2014
McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?)

So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player.

McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish.

The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.
You forgot Compton who we got from Scarborough he's a striker I think played once
Back to the drawing board for you I'm afraid. You will find the person you think you are talking about has an injury.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc mad85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Our recruitment must improve 2013 Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates 2014 McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?) So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player. McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish. The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.[/p][/quote]You forgot Compton who we got from Scarborough he's a striker I think played once[/p][/quote]Back to the drawing board for you I'm afraid. You will find the person you think you are talking about has an injury. Peter300
  • Score: 8

10:33am Mon 3 Mar 14

Peter300 says...

bcfc mad85 wrote:
Old Peculiar wrote:
If McLean understood the offside rule, it may help his cause.
For me, he isn't mobile enough, doesn't read the game, and doesn't really keep up with play (hence the off-sides). After 8 matches, he is surely match fit : I accept that he has had a few cracking shots that have been well saved, but generally he is not up to the mark at the minute. I'm not a fan of Andy Gray, but was glad to see him replace McLean on Saturday.
You say about gray replacing McLean don't you think mcburnie or Compton could have been on the bench rather than a past it gray and tomo as really not done owt this year why play him over Bennett we need pace to play long ball and that's something we don't have
I think Tommo has done quite well this season. Unfortunately he has only scored one goal, so perhaps City could have expected more from a player who usually knocks in a few. Tommo has pace as you aware. He is a very quick player. Andy Gray deserves his chance. Luckily we have a manager who ignores your ridiculous suggestion that he include a badly injured player on the bench. And not only that, someone who does not even know the name of the player. I would never trust someone like you having an input into team selection at Bradford City. That would be a big mistake. Please could you check and decide which player you are referring to?
[quote][p][bold]bcfc mad85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Peculiar[/bold] wrote: If McLean understood the offside rule, it may help his cause. For me, he isn't mobile enough, doesn't read the game, and doesn't really keep up with play (hence the off-sides). After 8 matches, he is surely match fit : I accept that he has had a few cracking shots that have been well saved, but generally he is not up to the mark at the minute. I'm not a fan of Andy Gray, but was glad to see him replace McLean on Saturday.[/p][/quote]You say about gray replacing McLean don't you think mcburnie or Compton could have been on the bench rather than a past it gray and tomo as really not done owt this year why play him over Bennett we need pace to play long ball and that's something we don't have[/p][/quote]I think Tommo has done quite well this season. Unfortunately he has only scored one goal, so perhaps City could have expected more from a player who usually knocks in a few. Tommo has pace as you aware. He is a very quick player. Andy Gray deserves his chance. Luckily we have a manager who ignores your ridiculous suggestion that he include a badly injured player on the bench. And not only that, someone who does not even know the name of the player. I would never trust someone like you having an input into team selection at Bradford City. That would be a big mistake. Please could you check and decide which player you are referring to? Peter300
  • Score: 11

10:52am Mon 3 Mar 14

dannbradfc says...

Good old Peter 300 contributing absolutely nothing as always......
Good old Peter 300 contributing absolutely nothing as always...... dannbradfc
  • Score: -4

10:55am Mon 3 Mar 14

tyker7745 says...

SIPTON LIBRARY OPEN THE?
SIPTON LIBRARY OPEN THE? tyker7745
  • Score: -17

10:55am Mon 3 Mar 14

spleen ventor says...

bcfc mad85 wrote:
gordon ramsay wrote: Our recruitment must improve 2013 Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates 2014 McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?) So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player. McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish. The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.
You forgot Compton who we got from Scarborough he's a striker I think played once
His name is Lewis Clarkson...at least do him the sevice of getting his name correct.
The usual headless chicken responses form some on here and elsewhere.
We lost to the team at the bottom of the league....so what?....it's what we've been doing for the past 46 years I've been going to City....get over it!
[quote][p][bold]bcfc mad85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Our recruitment must improve 2013 Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates 2014 McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?) So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player. McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish. The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.[/p][/quote]You forgot Compton who we got from Scarborough he's a striker I think played once[/p][/quote]His name is Lewis Clarkson...at least do him the sevice of getting his name correct. The usual headless chicken responses form some on here and elsewhere. We lost to the team at the bottom of the league....so what?....it's what we've been doing for the past 46 years I've been going to City....get over it! spleen ventor
  • Score: 24

11:52am Mon 3 Mar 14

bcfc mad85 says...

spleen ventor wrote:
bcfc mad85 wrote:
gordon ramsay wrote: Our recruitment must improve 2013 Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates 2014 McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?) So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player. McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish. The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.
You forgot Compton who we got from Scarborough he's a striker I think played once
His name is Lewis Clarkson...at least do him the sevice of getting his name correct.
The usual headless chicken responses form some on here and elsewhere.
We lost to the team at the bottom of the league....so what?....it's what we've been doing for the past 46 years I've been going to City....get over it!
Oh no I got a name wrong whoop di doo we dint just lose we got showed up at home by a team we should be beating end of and I got the name of a paper article so go have your say with them
[quote][p][bold]spleen ventor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc mad85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Our recruitment must improve 2013 Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates 2014 McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?) So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player. McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish. The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.[/p][/quote]You forgot Compton who we got from Scarborough he's a striker I think played once[/p][/quote]His name is Lewis Clarkson...at least do him the sevice of getting his name correct. The usual headless chicken responses form some on here and elsewhere. We lost to the team at the bottom of the league....so what?....it's what we've been doing for the past 46 years I've been going to City....get over it![/p][/quote]Oh no I got a name wrong whoop di doo we dint just lose we got showed up at home by a team we should be beating end of and I got the name of a paper article so go have your say with them bcfc mad85
  • Score: -18

12:01pm Mon 3 Mar 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

bcfc mad85 wrote:
spleen ventor wrote:
bcfc mad85 wrote:
gordon ramsay wrote: Our recruitment must improve 2013 Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates 2014 McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?) So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player. McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish. The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.
You forgot Compton who we got from Scarborough he's a striker I think played once
His name is Lewis Clarkson...at least do him the sevice of getting his name correct.
The usual headless chicken responses form some on here and elsewhere.
We lost to the team at the bottom of the league....so what?....it's what we've been doing for the past 46 years I've been going to City....get over it!
Oh no I got a name wrong whoop di doo we dint just lose we got showed up at home by a team we should be beating end of and I got the name of a paper article so go have your say with them
If you're going to be criticising us for not playing someone (and it goes without saying you've got to be criticising City for something) it's not too unreasonable to expect you not to mix him up with Jack Compton who left us and now plays for Hartlepool. If you are referring to Lewis Clarkson and actually did bother reading a newspaper article about him you will have seen Citysaying the following:

"Bantams assistant Steve Parkin told BBC Radio Leeds: "He is one for the future. We felt, as a long-term project, he was worth the investment."
[quote][p][bold]bcfc mad85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spleen ventor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc mad85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Our recruitment must improve 2013 Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates 2014 McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?) So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player. McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish. The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.[/p][/quote]You forgot Compton who we got from Scarborough he's a striker I think played once[/p][/quote]His name is Lewis Clarkson...at least do him the sevice of getting his name correct. The usual headless chicken responses form some on here and elsewhere. We lost to the team at the bottom of the league....so what?....it's what we've been doing for the past 46 years I've been going to City....get over it![/p][/quote]Oh no I got a name wrong whoop di doo we dint just lose we got showed up at home by a team we should be beating end of and I got the name of a paper article so go have your say with them[/p][/quote]If you're going to be criticising us for not playing someone (and it goes without saying you've got to be criticising City for something) it's not too unreasonable to expect you not to mix him up with Jack Compton who left us and now plays for Hartlepool. If you are referring to Lewis Clarkson and actually did bother reading a newspaper article about him you will have seen Citysaying the following: "Bantams assistant Steve Parkin told BBC Radio Leeds: "He is one for the future. We felt, as a long-term project, he was worth the investment." moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: 6

12:03pm Mon 3 Mar 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

tyker7745 wrote:
SIPTON LIBRARY OPEN THE?
Eh?????
[quote][p][bold]tyker7745[/bold] wrote: SIPTON LIBRARY OPEN THE?[/p][/quote]Eh????? moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: 12

12:03pm Mon 3 Mar 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

dannbradfc wrote:
Good old Peter 300 contributing absolutely nothing as always......
Whilst this, of course, contributes lots.
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Good old Peter 300 contributing absolutely nothing as always......[/p][/quote]Whilst this, of course, contributes lots. moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: 14

12:17pm Mon 3 Mar 14

bcfc mad85 says...

moanmoanwhingewhinge wrote:
bcfc mad85 wrote:
spleen ventor wrote:
bcfc mad85 wrote:
gordon ramsay wrote: Our recruitment must improve 2013 Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates 2014 McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?) So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player. McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish. The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.
You forgot Compton who we got from Scarborough he's a striker I think played once
His name is Lewis Clarkson...at least do him the sevice of getting his name correct.
The usual headless chicken responses form some on here and elsewhere.
We lost to the team at the bottom of the league....so what?....it's what we've been doing for the past 46 years I've been going to City....get over it!
Oh no I got a name wrong whoop di doo we dint just lose we got showed up at home by a team we should be beating end of and I got the name of a paper article so go have your say with them
If you're going to be criticising us for not playing someone (and it goes without saying you've got to be criticising City for something) it's not too unreasonable to expect you not to mix him up with Jack Compton who left us and now plays for Hartlepool. If you are referring to Lewis Clarkson and actually did bother reading a newspaper article about him you will have seen Citysaying the following:

"Bantams assistant Steve Parkin told BBC Radio Leeds: "He is one for the future. We felt, as a long-term project, he was worth the investment."
Did you see me criticize him I was wondering why he ain't been played that's it for me gray is past it that's just my opinion which iam entitled to
[quote][p][bold]moanmoanwhingewhinge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc mad85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spleen ventor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc mad85[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Our recruitment must improve 2013 Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates 2014 McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?) So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player. McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish. The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.[/p][/quote]You forgot Compton who we got from Scarborough he's a striker I think played once[/p][/quote]His name is Lewis Clarkson...at least do him the sevice of getting his name correct. The usual headless chicken responses form some on here and elsewhere. We lost to the team at the bottom of the league....so what?....it's what we've been doing for the past 46 years I've been going to City....get over it![/p][/quote]Oh no I got a name wrong whoop di doo we dint just lose we got showed up at home by a team we should be beating end of and I got the name of a paper article so go have your say with them[/p][/quote]If you're going to be criticising us for not playing someone (and it goes without saying you've got to be criticising City for something) it's not too unreasonable to expect you not to mix him up with Jack Compton who left us and now plays for Hartlepool. If you are referring to Lewis Clarkson and actually did bother reading a newspaper article about him you will have seen Citysaying the following: "Bantams assistant Steve Parkin told BBC Radio Leeds: "He is one for the future. We felt, as a long-term project, he was worth the investment."[/p][/quote]Did you see me criticize him I was wondering why he ain't been played that's it for me gray is past it that's just my opinion which iam entitled to bcfc mad85
  • Score: -8

12:24pm Mon 3 Mar 14

wakefieldbantam says...

Peter300 wrote:
gordon ramsay wrote:
Our recruitment must improve

2013
Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates

2014
McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?)

So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player.

McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish.

The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.
You've spent a little bit of time collecting a few names. Strange how you never thought to do that after the Port Vale and MK Dons games. Just waiting for a loss eh? Strange that. Anyway I don't agree with your list of so-called bad players. A lot of credit should go to those who were at the club last season and have done reasonably well so far.
No Peter he hasn't been gathering names these are the players Parkinson has signed FACT! and whether you like it or not it's doesn't make good reading, none of these players have performed and most of them will be on a very good wage draining our budget.
On Saturday we were totally outrun in midfield, this was obvious after 30 mins and Parkinson did nothing to counter this, how we were leading at half time I will never know and yes I did say this at the time!
I'm not saying time is up for Parkinson, I appreciate what he has done and sacking managers is not good we need continuity but there is no getting away from it he is struggling and 3 wins in the last 23 league games is not good.
If Davies is out for a long period that defence needs strengthening immediately because what is left, Darby apart, is not good enough and getting the 10 points to stay clear of relegation will be a struggle, which after the start we had to the season is ridiculous.
And yes I did say before the Vale and MK games we would know a lot more as to how the rest of the season was going to go and unless things turn around a lot they are going to be a hard struggle.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Our recruitment must improve 2013 Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates 2014 McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?) So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player. McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish. The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.[/p][/quote]You've spent a little bit of time collecting a few names. Strange how you never thought to do that after the Port Vale and MK Dons games. Just waiting for a loss eh? Strange that. Anyway I don't agree with your list of so-called bad players. A lot of credit should go to those who were at the club last season and have done reasonably well so far.[/p][/quote]No Peter he hasn't been gathering names these are the players Parkinson has signed FACT! and whether you like it or not it's doesn't make good reading, none of these players have performed and most of them will be on a very good wage draining our budget. On Saturday we were totally outrun in midfield, this was obvious after 30 mins and Parkinson did nothing to counter this, how we were leading at half time I will never know and yes I did say this at the time! I'm not saying time is up for Parkinson, I appreciate what he has done and sacking managers is not good we need continuity but there is no getting away from it he is struggling and 3 wins in the last 23 league games is not good. If Davies is out for a long period that defence needs strengthening immediately because what is left, Darby apart, is not good enough and getting the 10 points to stay clear of relegation will be a struggle, which after the start we had to the season is ridiculous. And yes I did say before the Vale and MK games we would know a lot more as to how the rest of the season was going to go and unless things turn around a lot they are going to be a hard struggle. wakefieldbantam
  • Score: 8

12:37pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Innocenti says...

Now Davies is sidelined for a couple of days, Aaron will have a better chance of scoring in training, but when Davies is back training lads, please let him score a couple !!
Now Davies is sidelined for a couple of days, Aaron will have a better chance of scoring in training, but when Davies is back training lads, please let him score a couple !! Innocenti
  • Score: 6

12:41pm Mon 3 Mar 14

minkiebantam says...

Mclean didnt play that bad on Sat, But yes he should have put away at least 1 goal by now, if not More?. Hopefully he can get one down at Brentford on Sat. Knowing city, we will go there and win 2-1!?
#sameoldcity!
CTID!!
Mclean didnt play that bad on Sat, But yes he should have put away at least 1 goal by now, if not More?. Hopefully he can get one down at Brentford on Sat. Knowing city, we will go there and win 2-1!? #sameoldcity! CTID!! minkiebantam
  • Score: 2

12:53pm Mon 3 Mar 14

whisky1 says...

I think privately Parky will be disappointed with his recruitment in the summer but his performance overall is good and his position fortunately is not at the behest on the less favoured intellectually on here.
I think privately Parky will be disappointed with his recruitment in the summer but his performance overall is good and his position fortunately is not at the behest on the less favoured intellectually on here. whisky1
  • Score: 4

1:16pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Victor Clayton says...

You can not fault McLean’s commitment, but he is 30 and expecting him to be a successful straight swap for Wells is wishful thinking. Imo, we need to get more energy in the team, more movement and more football.
It seems to be the same with a lot of our signings; it is more a case of not what we need, but what is available.
You can not fault McLean’s commitment, but he is 30 and expecting him to be a successful straight swap for Wells is wishful thinking. Imo, we need to get more energy in the team, more movement and more football. It seems to be the same with a lot of our signings; it is more a case of not what we need, but what is available. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 5

1:39pm Mon 3 Mar 14

lawsonio123 says...

Oh Mclean To use a old Yorkshire Phase it seems we have got us a PIG IN A PORK often been the case down the years.So we shall have to wait for young Mac he may well be another Bobby Stokes a proper goal scorer
Oh Mclean To use a old Yorkshire Phase it seems we have got us a PIG IN A PORK often been the case down the years.So we shall have to wait for young Mac he may well be another Bobby Stokes a proper goal scorer lawsonio123
  • Score: -3

1:50pm Mon 3 Mar 14

nowt fresh says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
Oh Mclean To use a old Yorkshire Phase it seems we have got us a PIG IN A PORK often been the case down the years.So we shall have to wait for young Mac he may well be another Bobby Stokes a proper goal scorer
Not another Derek Stokes ????.
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: Oh Mclean To use a old Yorkshire Phase it seems we have got us a PIG IN A PORK often been the case down the years.So we shall have to wait for young Mac he may well be another Bobby Stokes a proper goal scorer[/p][/quote]Not another Derek Stokes ????. nowt fresh
  • Score: 3

1:55pm Mon 3 Mar 14

citygent7 says...

Saturday was garbage mcardle can't head a ball without Davies the defence don't seem to know what to do and mcClean what can you say about him not good enough ,let's see the ball on the floor for a change.
Saturday was garbage mcardle can't head a ball without Davies the defence don't seem to know what to do and mcClean what can you say about him not good enough ,let's see the ball on the floor for a change. citygent7
  • Score: 2

2:01pm Mon 3 Mar 14

jackez20591 says...

Mclean has been looking to find his scoring boots for about 4 years.....

The management were clearly delusional when they signed him and called him a "proven goalscorer". He had 1/2 good seasons at this level about 6 years ago.

His finishing in pre match shooting practice is practically comical. He barely even gets it near the goal, he has 0 finesse to his finishing, just hits it as hard as he can.

He puts in a brilliant shift for us every game, and doesnt really get many solid chances. But he is completely wrong as a partner for Hanson. We need a player who can do what Hanson cant, e.g. pass, create for himself, shoot, fast.

It pains me that we threw all our eggs in to a 31 year old basket who doesnt fit our team. Hes taken up a lot of our budget.
Mclean has been looking to find his scoring boots for about 4 years..... The management were clearly delusional when they signed him and called him a "proven goalscorer". He had 1/2 good seasons at this level about 6 years ago. His finishing in pre match shooting practice is practically comical. He barely even gets it near the goal, he has 0 finesse to his finishing, just hits it as hard as he can. He puts in a brilliant shift for us every game, and doesnt really get many solid chances. But he is completely wrong as a partner for Hanson. We need a player who can do what Hanson cant, e.g. pass, create for himself, shoot, fast. It pains me that we threw all our eggs in to a 31 year old basket who doesnt fit our team. Hes taken up a lot of our budget. jackez20591
  • Score: 11

2:34pm Mon 3 Mar 14

torreyman says...

Mc lean makes Andy Gray look like a world beater and Gray is a load of rubbish Another bad buy how many more PP pull your socks up !!!
Mc lean makes Andy Gray look like a world beater and Gray is a load of rubbish Another bad buy how many more PP pull your socks up !!! torreyman
  • Score: -3

3:18pm Mon 3 Mar 14

gordon ramsay says...

Peter300 wrote:
gordon ramsay wrote:
Our recruitment must improve

2013
Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates

2014
McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?)

So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player.

McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish.

The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.
You've spent a little bit of time collecting a few names. Strange how you never thought to do that after the Port Vale and MK Dons games. Just waiting for a loss eh? Strange that. Anyway I don't agree with your list of so-called bad players. A lot of credit should go to those who were at the club last season and have done reasonably well so far.
Peter, for the record I said we were brilliant v Port Vale. I will absolutely give credit where it's due.

I also thought we were very lucky v MK Dons. All in all 3 wins from 25 is dross. If you're happy to accept that then good luck to you. But why would you not want better? Especially when we've already proved we are capable.

The fact is that we have recruited appallingly since 2012 and we are badly under achieving.

You and others may be happy to have the mentality of a loser. I and many others won't accept it. We can be so much better so stop being so accepting of under achievement or maybe this is how you are wired in all aspects of your life.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Our recruitment must improve 2013 Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates 2014 McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?) So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player. McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish. The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.[/p][/quote]You've spent a little bit of time collecting a few names. Strange how you never thought to do that after the Port Vale and MK Dons games. Just waiting for a loss eh? Strange that. Anyway I don't agree with your list of so-called bad players. A lot of credit should go to those who were at the club last season and have done reasonably well so far.[/p][/quote]Peter, for the record I said we were brilliant v Port Vale. I will absolutely give credit where it's due. I also thought we were very lucky v MK Dons. All in all 3 wins from 25 is dross. If you're happy to accept that then good luck to you. But why would you not want better? Especially when we've already proved we are capable. The fact is that we have recruited appallingly since 2012 and we are badly under achieving. You and others may be happy to have the mentality of a loser. I and many others won't accept it. We can be so much better so stop being so accepting of under achievement or maybe this is how you are wired in all aspects of your life. gordon ramsay
  • Score: 8

3:49pm Mon 3 Mar 14

albioff says...

The thing with recruitment is that most summers we seem to do nothing untill the new season is a week or two away, by which time other teams have got on with it and we sift through the left overs. It's a recurring pattern, not enough money, poor judgment, call it what you will.
The thing with recruitment is that most summers we seem to do nothing untill the new season is a week or two away, by which time other teams have got on with it and we sift through the left overs. It's a recurring pattern, not enough money, poor judgment, call it what you will. albioff
  • Score: 6

3:58pm Mon 3 Mar 14

whisky1 says...

gordon ramsay wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
gordon ramsay wrote: Our recruitment must improve 2013 Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates 2014 McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?) So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player. McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish. The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.
You've spent a little bit of time collecting a few names. Strange how you never thought to do that after the Port Vale and MK Dons games. Just waiting for a loss eh? Strange that. Anyway I don't agree with your list of so-called bad players. A lot of credit should go to those who were at the club last season and have done reasonably well so far.
Peter, for the record I said we were brilliant v Port Vale. I will absolutely give credit where it's due. I also thought we were very lucky v MK Dons. All in all 3 wins from 25 is dross. If you're happy to accept that then good luck to you. But why would you not want better? Especially when we've already proved we are capable. The fact is that we have recruited appallingly since 2012 and we are badly under achieving. You and others may be happy to have the mentality of a loser. I and many others won't accept it. We can be so much better so stop being so accepting of under achievement or maybe this is how you are wired in all aspects of your life.
I don't think mid table in League 1 would be viewed as an underachievement by any sane judge. Expectations were raised by a good start but we have come from flirting with relegation from the league to a promotion a major cup final and a decent position in League 1 in a very short time. PP has not got everything right but who does. He will be well aware of the shortcomings of his summer recruitment I dare say. Prior to that his record was **** good.
[quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Our recruitment must improve 2013 Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates 2014 McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?) So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player. McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish. The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.[/p][/quote]You've spent a little bit of time collecting a few names. Strange how you never thought to do that after the Port Vale and MK Dons games. Just waiting for a loss eh? Strange that. Anyway I don't agree with your list of so-called bad players. A lot of credit should go to those who were at the club last season and have done reasonably well so far.[/p][/quote]Peter, for the record I said we were brilliant v Port Vale. I will absolutely give credit where it's due. I also thought we were very lucky v MK Dons. All in all 3 wins from 25 is dross. If you're happy to accept that then good luck to you. But why would you not want better? Especially when we've already proved we are capable. The fact is that we have recruited appallingly since 2012 and we are badly under achieving. You and others may be happy to have the mentality of a loser. I and many others won't accept it. We can be so much better so stop being so accepting of under achievement or maybe this is how you are wired in all aspects of your life.[/p][/quote]I don't think mid table in League 1 would be viewed as an underachievement by any sane judge. Expectations were raised by a good start but we have come from flirting with relegation from the league to a promotion a major cup final and a decent position in League 1 in a very short time. PP has not got everything right but who does. He will be well aware of the shortcomings of his summer recruitment I dare say. Prior to that his record was **** good. whisky1
  • Score: 1

3:58pm Mon 3 Mar 14

shaun from richmond says...

Victor Clayton wrote:
You can not fault McLean’s commitment, but he is 30 and expecting him to be a successful straight swap for Wells is wishful thinking. Imo, we need to get more energy in the team, more movement and more football.
It seems to be the same with a lot of our signings; it is more a case of not what we need, but what is available.
Commitment is Fine!....PROBLEM IS......HES RUBBISH !!......and we are paying him DOUBLE the next best earner in the club!!.
SHOCKING SIGNING!! Up there with the "Gray" signing last year.
[quote][p][bold]Victor Clayton[/bold] wrote: You can not fault McLean’s commitment, but he is 30 and expecting him to be a successful straight swap for Wells is wishful thinking. Imo, we need to get more energy in the team, more movement and more football. It seems to be the same with a lot of our signings; it is more a case of not what we need, but what is available.[/p][/quote]Commitment is Fine!....PROBLEM IS......HES RUBBISH !!......and we are paying him DOUBLE the next best earner in the club!!. SHOCKING SIGNING!! Up there with the "Gray" signing last year. shaun from richmond
  • Score: 2

4:18pm Mon 3 Mar 14

propasupporter says...

Why oh why do we have these comments every time we lose, Sack the Manager, so and so is crap, bad signing etc etc, there appear to be some people on here who just like to have a go at each other which is fine but how can you really expect us to be doing any different to what we are doing. We have moved up a level, and I think that jump is bigger than most people think, the standard is far better than I expected, we have played and beaten teams from the top and lost out to teams at the bottom, there is a very fine margin here. We have played most of the season with some of our better players out of the squad some of our players have found it difficult to adapt to a higher level,PP gave them a chance and some have moved on, it is a transition time! Wells was not the world beater he is made out to be on here, he was the first to throw the towel in when things went pear shaped. We need to be patient, a mid table finish this year would be a great achievement and provide a platform going forward into next season. Come on guys stop fratching like little school girls, get behind Phil and his staff, they are doing a great job and more importantly stay behind the team and all the squad, Rant over..
Why oh why do we have these comments every time we lose, Sack the Manager, so and so is crap, bad signing etc etc, there appear to be some people on here who just like to have a go at each other which is fine but how can you really expect us to be doing any different to what we are doing. We have moved up a level, and I think that jump is bigger than most people think, the standard is far better than I expected, we have played and beaten teams from the top and lost out to teams at the bottom, there is a very fine margin here. We have played most of the season with some of our better players out of the squad some of our players have found it difficult to adapt to a higher level,PP gave them a chance and some have moved on, it is a transition time! Wells was not the world beater he is made out to be on here, he was the first to throw the towel in when things went pear shaped. We need to be patient, a mid table finish this year would be a great achievement and provide a platform going forward into next season. Come on guys stop fratching like little school girls, get behind Phil and his staff, they are doing a great job and more importantly stay behind the team and all the squad, Rant over.. propasupporter
  • Score: 4

4:23pm Mon 3 Mar 14

wakefieldbantam says...

whisky1 wrote:
gordon ramsay wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
gordon ramsay wrote: Our recruitment must improve 2013 Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates 2014 McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?) So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player. McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish. The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.
You've spent a little bit of time collecting a few names. Strange how you never thought to do that after the Port Vale and MK Dons games. Just waiting for a loss eh? Strange that. Anyway I don't agree with your list of so-called bad players. A lot of credit should go to those who were at the club last season and have done reasonably well so far.
Peter, for the record I said we were brilliant v Port Vale. I will absolutely give credit where it's due. I also thought we were very lucky v MK Dons. All in all 3 wins from 25 is dross. If you're happy to accept that then good luck to you. But why would you not want better? Especially when we've already proved we are capable. The fact is that we have recruited appallingly since 2012 and we are badly under achieving. You and others may be happy to have the mentality of a loser. I and many others won't accept it. We can be so much better so stop being so accepting of under achievement or maybe this is how you are wired in all aspects of your life.
I don't think mid table in League 1 would be viewed as an underachievement by any sane judge. Expectations were raised by a good start but we have come from flirting with relegation from the league to a promotion a major cup final and a decent position in League 1 in a very short time. PP has not got everything right but who does. He will be well aware of the shortcomings of his summer recruitment I dare say. Prior to that his record was **** good.
If and its a big IF we end up mid table agreed Parkinson will have done well, but at the moment its not looking likely, more like just avoiding the drop by 2 or 3 points or even worse!
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Our recruitment must improve 2013 Gray, Nelson, Taylor, Kennedy, Graham, Folan, De Vita, Yeates, Bates 2014 McLean. Jury still out on Bennett, Dolan and Atkinson (another non playing attacking midfielder?) So of ALL these signings since summer 2012 only Adam Reach is quality. It's a shame we didn't invest the McLean money on Reach on a permanent, deal. A better, younger, hungrier player. McLean is as bad as any and his salary makes it even more painful!!!! John Mcginlay anyone? McRubbish. The point is that our recruitment must dramatically improve. At present it's unbelievably bad.[/p][/quote]You've spent a little bit of time collecting a few names. Strange how you never thought to do that after the Port Vale and MK Dons games. Just waiting for a loss eh? Strange that. Anyway I don't agree with your list of so-called bad players. A lot of credit should go to those who were at the club last season and have done reasonably well so far.[/p][/quote]Peter, for the record I said we were brilliant v Port Vale. I will absolutely give credit where it's due. I also thought we were very lucky v MK Dons. All in all 3 wins from 25 is dross. If you're happy to accept that then good luck to you. But why would you not want better? Especially when we've already proved we are capable. The fact is that we have recruited appallingly since 2012 and we are badly under achieving. You and others may be happy to have the mentality of a loser. I and many others won't accept it. We can be so much better so stop being so accepting of under achievement or maybe this is how you are wired in all aspects of your life.[/p][/quote]I don't think mid table in League 1 would be viewed as an underachievement by any sane judge. Expectations were raised by a good start but we have come from flirting with relegation from the league to a promotion a major cup final and a decent position in League 1 in a very short time. PP has not got everything right but who does. He will be well aware of the shortcomings of his summer recruitment I dare say. Prior to that his record was **** good.[/p][/quote]If and its a big IF we end up mid table agreed Parkinson will have done well, but at the moment its not looking likely, more like just avoiding the drop by 2 or 3 points or even worse! wakefieldbantam
  • Score: -1

4:25pm Mon 3 Mar 14

audal says...

Could some one explain to me why the area between the penalty boxes are reserved for head tennis by the home team ? nobody has the ability to chest, trap then lay the ball off. If they are playing to orders then more fool to the capt. for not changing the format. A GAME IS WON ON THE FIELD !! not silly tactics ie. subs with 9 mins left.
Could some one explain to me why the area between the penalty boxes are reserved for head tennis by the home team ? nobody has the ability to chest, trap then lay the ball off. If they are playing to orders then more fool to the capt. for not changing the format. A GAME IS WON ON THE FIELD !! not silly tactics ie. subs with 9 mins left. audal
  • Score: 2

4:45pm Mon 3 Mar 14

lawsonio123 says...

nowt fresh wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote:
Oh Mclean To use a old Yorkshire Phase it seems we have got us a PIG IN A PORK often been the case down the years.So we shall have to wait for young Mac he may well be another Bobby Stokes a proper goal scorer
Not another Derek Stokes ????.
You are right it is Derek Age is catching me up Take care
[quote][p][bold]nowt fresh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: Oh Mclean To use a old Yorkshire Phase it seems we have got us a PIG IN A PORK often been the case down the years.So we shall have to wait for young Mac he may well be another Bobby Stokes a proper goal scorer[/p][/quote]Not another Derek Stokes ????.[/p][/quote]You are right it is Derek Age is catching me up Take care lawsonio123
  • Score: 0

5:30pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Deacs says...

propasupporter wrote:
Why oh why do we have these comments every time we lose, Sack the Manager, so and so is crap, bad signing etc etc, there appear to be some people on here who just like to have a go at each other which is fine but how can you really expect us to be doing any different to what we are doing. We have moved up a level, and I think that jump is bigger than most people think, the standard is far better than I expected, we have played and beaten teams from the top and lost out to teams at the bottom, there is a very fine margin here. We have played most of the season with some of our better players out of the squad some of our players have found it difficult to adapt to a higher level,PP gave them a chance and some have moved on, it is a transition time! Wells was not the world beater he is made out to be on here, he was the first to throw the towel in when things went pear shaped. We need to be patient, a mid table finish this year would be a great achievement and provide a platform going forward into next season. Come on guys stop fratching like little school girls, get behind Phil and his staff, they are doing a great job and more importantly stay behind the team and all the squad, Rant over..
It's human nature to find fault when a team isn't winning. All fans are like that, not just us
[quote][p][bold]propasupporter[/bold] wrote: Why oh why do we have these comments every time we lose, Sack the Manager, so and so is crap, bad signing etc etc, there appear to be some people on here who just like to have a go at each other which is fine but how can you really expect us to be doing any different to what we are doing. We have moved up a level, and I think that jump is bigger than most people think, the standard is far better than I expected, we have played and beaten teams from the top and lost out to teams at the bottom, there is a very fine margin here. We have played most of the season with some of our better players out of the squad some of our players have found it difficult to adapt to a higher level,PP gave them a chance and some have moved on, it is a transition time! Wells was not the world beater he is made out to be on here, he was the first to throw the towel in when things went pear shaped. We need to be patient, a mid table finish this year would be a great achievement and provide a platform going forward into next season. Come on guys stop fratching like little school girls, get behind Phil and his staff, they are doing a great job and more importantly stay behind the team and all the squad, Rant over..[/p][/quote]It's human nature to find fault when a team isn't winning. All fans are like that, not just us Deacs
  • Score: 0

6:11pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Cityman23 says...

Aaron McLean is not (presently) 'connecting' with James Hanson (and vice versa) and this has added to the problem of his bagging a few goals. But, what I'm unsure of is, is he playing 'deeper' behind 'JH' because that's what he's been told to do or is it that he prefers to play like that?

'AMc' seems to be spending a lot of time foraging for the ball, like a midfielder and then if he wins it, he tries to chase upfield after laying it off. Sometimes the 'laying off' bit works. (ie once on Saturday, he used his upper body strength well to hold off a defender and then got it through to Reach on the left.) But really, this means 'JH' seems unsure where 'AMc' IS at time and can be heading it to no-one.

Surely 'AMc' has been brought in as an out/out striker and most fans (though they don't expect a Nahki clone) want to see Mr McLean in/around that box as much as possible.

To be fair sometimes Aaron McLean looks as if he's trying TOO HARD! ie running around chasing and chasing but not getting anywhere.

Yes, he needs to none his 'finishing' skills but really 'connecting effectively' with James Hanson needs to be the immediate target.

To be honest, 'AMc's confidence must be a bit shaky just now-no goals in all of his games/whilst his (supposed) partner scored a few. (and after that inadvisable interview in the 'T&A' when he was making huge promises!!)

But I suppose we have no alternative but to stick with him at least just now.
Gray has had enough chances/Connell's gone/Oliver McB is worth a try for the odd game but not every match.

Making him the highest paid player at the club was always a gamble-and one players like Jones, Davies and Hanson didn't deserve to 'witness'!

But we've got him now for good/bad...let's hope ...eventually it will be good!
Aaron McLean is not (presently) 'connecting' with James Hanson (and vice versa) and this has added to the problem of his bagging a few goals. But, what I'm unsure of is, is he playing 'deeper' behind 'JH' because that's what he's been told to do or is it that he prefers to play like that? 'AMc' seems to be spending a lot of time foraging for the ball, like a midfielder and then if he wins it, he tries to chase upfield after laying it off. Sometimes the 'laying off' bit works. (ie once on Saturday, he used his upper body strength well to hold off a defender and then got it through to Reach on the left.) But really, this means 'JH' seems unsure where 'AMc' IS at time and can be heading it to no-one. Surely 'AMc' has been brought in as an out/out striker and most fans (though they don't expect a Nahki clone) want to see Mr McLean in/around that box as much as possible. To be fair sometimes Aaron McLean looks as if he's trying TOO HARD! ie running around chasing and chasing but not getting anywhere. Yes, he needs to none his 'finishing' skills but really 'connecting effectively' with James Hanson needs to be the immediate target. To be honest, 'AMc's confidence must be a bit shaky just now-no goals in all of his games/whilst his (supposed) partner scored a few. (and after that inadvisable interview in the 'T&A' when he was making huge promises!!) But I suppose we have no alternative but to stick with him at least just now. Gray has had enough chances/Connell's gone/Oliver McB is worth a try for the odd game but not every match. Making him the highest paid player at the club was always a gamble-and one players like Jones, Davies and Hanson didn't deserve to 'witness'! But we've got him now for good/bad...let's hope ...eventually it will be good! Cityman23
  • Score: -4

6:18pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Cityman23 says...

correction:..HONE his finishing skills.
correction:..HONE his finishing skills. Cityman23
  • Score: -2

7:38pm Mon 3 Mar 14

markthemenace says...

We always lose to the bottom of league & have been losing to them for the last 40 years I have been following city........just look at the history! We lost to tranmere who were bottom at the time & only just managed a draw against notts county when they were in the bottom two.

Mclean wont ever score playing hoof football, why oh why did we continue playing hoof football when everyone of their players excluding freeman were all over six foot tall!

Play football on the ground through midfield then maybe mcclean may get a ball in front of him to score. The ball needs to come in from the wings for hanson not 9 out of 10 punts out of defence.

God forbid the rest of the bottom clubs dont all go on a good run!
We always lose to the bottom of league & have been losing to them for the last 40 years I have been following city........just look at the history! We lost to tranmere who were bottom at the time & only just managed a draw against notts county when they were in the bottom two. Mclean wont ever score playing hoof football, why oh why did we continue playing hoof football when everyone of their players excluding freeman were all over six foot tall! Play football on the ground through midfield then maybe mcclean may get a ball in front of him to score. The ball needs to come in from the wings for hanson not 9 out of 10 punts out of defence. God forbid the rest of the bottom clubs dont all go on a good run! markthemenace
  • Score: 3

7:40pm Mon 3 Mar 14

nowt fresh says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
nowt fresh wrote:
lawsonio123 wrote: Oh Mclean To use a old Yorkshire Phase it seems we have got us a PIG IN A PORK often been the case down the years.So we shall have to wait for young Mac he may well be another Bobby Stokes a proper goal scorer
Not another Derek Stokes ????.
You are right it is Derek Age is catching me up Take care
I doubted my self lawsonio as there was a Bobby Stokes who played for Southampton, think he may have been in that Southampton side that cheated us out of the 6th round tie at Valley Parade with that ilegal free kick
;-((.
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nowt fresh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: Oh Mclean To use a old Yorkshire Phase it seems we have got us a PIG IN A PORK often been the case down the years.So we shall have to wait for young Mac he may well be another Bobby Stokes a proper goal scorer[/p][/quote]Not another Derek Stokes ????.[/p][/quote]You are right it is Derek Age is catching me up Take care[/p][/quote]I doubted my self lawsonio as there was a Bobby Stokes who played for Southampton, think he may have been in that Southampton side that cheated us out of the 6th round tie at Valley Parade with that ilegal free kick ;-((. nowt fresh
  • Score: 1

8:39pm Mon 3 Mar 14

bcfcincheshire says...

Maybe 4-4-2 should go...and Darby and Reach wingback alongside 3 central defenders (McHugh, Bates & McCardle - until Davies returns)
..Dolan, Atkinson & Jones beef up the middle in a triangle..with McClean sitting just ahead but tight to line leading Hanson....3-5-1-1...
would ask a lot of Darby and Reach but think they're up to it....would link Atkinson with McLean and Hanson..and back with Jones/Dolan...indeed Dolan and Atkinson
couldcontinually rotate and cover one another when one forges forward, the other drops...no long balls (or v few) direct to Hanson...instead backs to Jones or Dolan, Jones/Dolan to Atkinson and onto McClean/Hanson to feet..
with the only Hanson headers being
wingback crosses from wide, corners and goal kicks.
Maybe 4-4-2 should go...and Darby and Reach wingback alongside 3 central defenders (McHugh, Bates & McCardle - until Davies returns) ..Dolan, Atkinson & Jones beef up the middle in a triangle..with McClean sitting just ahead but tight to line leading Hanson....3-5-1-1... would ask a lot of Darby and Reach but think they're up to it....would link Atkinson with McLean and Hanson..and back with Jones/Dolan...indeed Dolan and Atkinson couldcontinually rotate and cover one another when one forges forward, the other drops...no long balls (or v few) direct to Hanson...instead backs to Jones or Dolan, Jones/Dolan to Atkinson and onto McClean/Hanson to feet.. with the only Hanson headers being wingback crosses from wide, corners and goal kicks. bcfcincheshire
  • Score: -1

10:34pm Mon 3 Mar 14

diffident says...

Does Simon Parker watch the games with his eyes closed or maybe too busy troughing pies to notice what's happening out on the pitch? Re: McLeans 'miss', 'Six yards out, THE GOAL GAPING... had he displayed the necessary composure'. Actually, it was quite an acute angle, there were three Stevenage players stood between McLean and the goal and a subtle side foot volley rather than a reckless blast suggests McLean showed plenty of composure. Had McLean's shot been on target chances are it would have been saved or cleared.

His reporting of Yeates' late strike wasn't much better either, 'smashed wide from right in front of goal when a side foot option would surely have scored.' Yeates was 12-13 yards out, adjacent with the six yard box and under pressure from a lunging defender. Throw in the posse of players in and around the six yard box and Parkers analysis is about as wrong as it can possibly get.
Does Simon Parker watch the games with his eyes closed or maybe too busy troughing pies to notice what's happening out on the pitch? Re: McLeans 'miss', 'Six yards out, THE GOAL GAPING... had he displayed the necessary composure'. Actually, it was quite an acute angle, there were three Stevenage players stood between McLean and the goal and a subtle side foot volley rather than a reckless blast suggests McLean showed plenty of composure. Had McLean's shot been on target chances are it would have been saved or cleared. His reporting of Yeates' late strike wasn't much better either, 'smashed wide from right in front of goal when a side foot option would surely have scored.' Yeates was 12-13 yards out, adjacent with the six yard box and under pressure from a lunging defender. Throw in the posse of players in and around the six yard box and Parkers analysis is about as wrong as it can possibly get. diffident
  • Score: 2

4:02pm Tue 4 Mar 14

nowt fresh says...

diffident wrote:
Does Simon Parker watch the games with his eyes closed or maybe too busy troughing pies to notice what's happening out on the pitch? Re: McLeans 'miss', 'Six yards out, THE GOAL GAPING... had he displayed the necessary composure'. Actually, it was quite an acute angle, there were three Stevenage players stood between McLean and the goal and a subtle side foot volley rather than a reckless blast suggests McLean showed plenty of composure. Had McLean's shot been on target chances are it would have been saved or cleared. His reporting of Yeates' late strike wasn't much better either, 'smashed wide from right in front of goal when a side foot option would surely have scored.' Yeates was 12-13 yards out, adjacent with the six yard box and under pressure from a lunging defender. Throw in the posse of players in and around the six yard box and Parkers analysis is about as wrong as it can possibly get.
At the end of the day diffident all we hope as fans is the players to hit the target, honestly don't think thats too much to ask from a professional footballer,Mclean and Yeats did neither poor technique,but hay it's easy from the stands :-((.
[quote][p][bold]diffident[/bold] wrote: Does Simon Parker watch the games with his eyes closed or maybe too busy troughing pies to notice what's happening out on the pitch? Re: McLeans 'miss', 'Six yards out, THE GOAL GAPING... had he displayed the necessary composure'. Actually, it was quite an acute angle, there were three Stevenage players stood between McLean and the goal and a subtle side foot volley rather than a reckless blast suggests McLean showed plenty of composure. Had McLean's shot been on target chances are it would have been saved or cleared. His reporting of Yeates' late strike wasn't much better either, 'smashed wide from right in front of goal when a side foot option would surely have scored.' Yeates was 12-13 yards out, adjacent with the six yard box and under pressure from a lunging defender. Throw in the posse of players in and around the six yard box and Parkers analysis is about as wrong as it can possibly get.[/p][/quote]At the end of the day diffident all we hope as fans is the players to hit the target, honestly don't think thats too much to ask from a professional footballer,Mclean and Yeats did neither poor technique,but hay it's easy from the stands :-((. nowt fresh
  • Score: 1

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