Bradford City: Parky happy with scrappy win

James Hanson headed the match-winner against Macclesfield from a Craig Fagan free-kick

James Hanson headed the match-winner against Macclesfield from a Craig Fagan free-kick

First published in Bantams Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

Phil Parkinson wants City to get the knack of winning more scrappy games.

Parkinson admitted Saturday’s victory over bottom club Macclesfield was no Valley Parade classic.

But he would love to see more of the same if his side are to challenge next season.

He said: “You’ve got to have that ability as a team to win those sort of games.

“For a manager and the coaching staff to grind out a 1-0 win that’s not that pretty is great. Macclesfield came here fighting for their lives. They were very strong and solid and we had to deal with that.

“There was a feeling that we’d done the job last week. You could sense it round the ground.

“Sometimes as a team you have to spark the crowd into life and I felt we did that.”

James Hanson headed the only goal from Craig Fagan’s free-kick. Macc striker Ben Mills appeared to get the final touch as he fluffed his attempted clearance on the line but City’s top scorer was claiming his 14th of the season.

The win was City’s third in four games in April as well as another home clean sheet to back up the Good Friday victory over Southend.

Parkinson added: “The back four have to stand strong and do their jobs professionally to scrap out those 1-0s and I thought the defence and goalkeeper gave us the platform to go on and win the game.

“You must have the right attitude. I said to Nahki (Wells) there was no way he was going to be given the freedom of the ground after scoring that hat-trick last week.

“Teams do their homework and make it difficult. So you have to grind out the performance.

“And his persistence in the corner won us the free-kick which we scored from.

“We had that run of (home) games when we played well, probably better than we were allowed to on Saturday, and ended up with just one point each time. That’s the difference.

“Those five draws could have been costly but fortunately they haven’t been. We’ve picked up wins where we needed to.”

Meanwhile City have offered teenage striker Adam Baker a one-year pro deal. Midfielder James Nanje has also been invited back for a pre-season trial.

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9:47am Mon 23 Apr 12

fatbloke says...

I would take more of the scrappy 1-0 wins without a doubt.

Bored and winning is a happy ending, bored and not winning or losing is a little different.

Yes Saturday was dull but at least we seemed to go toe to toe with the mighty Macclesfield. Something I do not feel with have done enough of under Parkie.
I would take more of the scrappy 1-0 wins without a doubt. Bored and winning is a happy ending, bored and not winning or losing is a little different. Yes Saturday was dull but at least we seemed to go toe to toe with the mighty Macclesfield. Something I do not feel with have done enough of under Parkie. fatbloke
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11:20am Mon 23 Apr 12

Cityman23 says...

There are 'scrappy' games ..betweens 'equals' ..and then there are games..like Saturday!! Macclesfield were 'poor' and the fact that City had to depend on an 'own' goal is not something to 'make a song/dance' over!!

Let's hope next season we can play some good football ..as well as winning!! Otherwise actually WATCHING City matches is going to be pretty hardgoing!!
There are 'scrappy' games ..betweens 'equals' ..and then there are games..like Saturday!! Macclesfield were 'poor' and the fact that City had to depend on an 'own' goal is not something to 'make a song/dance' over!! Let's hope next season we can play some good football ..as well as winning!! Otherwise actually WATCHING City matches is going to be pretty hardgoing!! Cityman23
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12:29pm Mon 23 Apr 12

Mr Buss says...

This was the first game of football I have attended for sometime so I really enjoyed it. Admittedly it wasn't the most excitable game but a win is a win at the end of the day. Good to see big James Hanson get a splendid goal. Onwards and upwards next season and sure Phil Brown will be a happy man come the end of next season.
This was the first game of football I have attended for sometime so I really enjoyed it. Admittedly it wasn't the most excitable game but a win is a win at the end of the day. Good to see big James Hanson get a splendid goal. Onwards and upwards next season and sure Phil Brown will be a happy man come the end of next season. Mr Buss
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1:29pm Mon 23 Apr 12

prince35 says...

I'll take the 3 pts all day.
Better than going a goal down and throwing the kitchen sink at the opposition, Then running out of time to get the winner!!!.

It's going to be very busy few weeks at vp.

Players coming and going.
I'll take the 3 pts all day. Better than going a goal down and throwing the kitchen sink at the opposition, Then running out of time to get the winner!!!. It's going to be very busy few weeks at vp. Players coming and going. prince35
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2:52pm Mon 23 Apr 12

fatbloke says...

This Phil Brown, Dean Windass link won't go away.

Were they in attendance together on Saturday? Anyone know for sure and not just making it up?
This Phil Brown, Dean Windass link won't go away. Were they in attendance together on Saturday? Anyone know for sure and not just making it up? fatbloke
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3:29pm Mon 23 Apr 12

ricky76 says...

Windass was there dont know about Brown
Windass was there dont know about Brown ricky76
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3:58pm Mon 23 Apr 12

claretstripe says...

Phil Brown was there on Saturday. I'm sure i heard on the radio on the way to the match that he was a guest of PP.
Phil Brown was there on Saturday. I'm sure i heard on the radio on the way to the match that he was a guest of PP. claretstripe
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4:45pm Mon 23 Apr 12

audal says...

May I ask a question to some of our more sport minded supporters ?(a)when was the law changed to allow a kick to be taken from the opposite side of the goal from when the ball went dead ? (b) all the players have to move over to the same side of the pitch facing said goal kick thus leaving 60% of the field open ? if under orders then the captain(ex premier player perchance)should use his own playing experience and fan the players out along the width of the pitch, or is that too simple. i get frustrated at all the lemmings wanting to sit in my seat.
May I ask a question to some of our more sport minded supporters ?(a)when was the law changed to allow a kick to be taken from the opposite side of the goal from when the ball went dead ? (b) all the players have to move over to the same side of the pitch facing said goal kick thus leaving 60% of the field open ? if under orders then the captain(ex premier player perchance)should use his own playing experience and fan the players out along the width of the pitch, or is that too simple. i get frustrated at all the lemmings wanting to sit in my seat. audal
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6:57pm Mon 23 Apr 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Well over ten years audal, not sure of the season the law change actually came in but was designed to speed the game up and has had the opposite effect.

Brown and Windass arrived at VP seperately, I am led to believe Brown is working for WHU so may have bobbed up to check out Nahki or may just have been taking a game in. John Sheridan was at the game v Southend, no idea why he'd be at VP for that game.
Well over ten years audal, not sure of the season the law change actually came in but was designed to speed the game up and has had the opposite effect. Brown and Windass arrived at VP seperately, I am led to believe Brown is working for WHU so may have bobbed up to check out Nahki or may just have been taking a game in. John Sheridan was at the game v Southend, no idea why he'd be at VP for that game. Prisoner Cell Block A
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7:02pm Mon 23 Apr 12

Pablo says...

Parky doing his best to "talk up" another poor home performance.

Just to remind him, it took an own goal, at home to beat a team that haven't won since God knows when.

Yes, I'll go along with the occasional scrappy 1-0 win, but the problem is about 80% of this season's home games have been scrappy, below par affairs.

As shaun states on a post under another thread, it looks like Parky's survived, for now, but season ticket sales will reveal what the more discerning fans think of what we've been served up this season.
Parky doing his best to "talk up" another poor home performance. Just to remind him, it took an own goal, at home to beat a team that haven't won since God knows when. Yes, I'll go along with the occasional scrappy 1-0 win, but the problem is about 80% of this season's home games have been scrappy, below par affairs. As shaun states on a post under another thread, it looks like Parky's survived, for now, but season ticket sales will reveal what the more discerning fans think of what we've been served up this season. Pablo
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7:04pm Mon 23 Apr 12

gspot01 says...

same games will be boring and providing we when the 'boring' ones then i'm happy.
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if people expect exciting games every week then you need to get real - most of the prem games i see are rather dull and that is the most exciting league in the world.
same games will be boring and providing we when the 'boring' ones then i'm happy. . if people expect exciting games every week then you need to get real - most of the prem games i see are rather dull and that is the most exciting league in the world. gspot01
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7:40pm Mon 23 Apr 12

cullboy says...

This was a game we would have lost 12 mths ago, I also don't know why people go on about Smalley in my eye's he's very poor, if he was any good why would Oxford let him go out on loan?
This was a game we would have lost 12 mths ago, I also don't know why people go on about Smalley in my eye's he's very poor, if he was any good why would Oxford let him go out on loan? cullboy
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7:40pm Mon 23 Apr 12

Pablo says...

gspot01 wrote:
same games will be boring and providing we when the 'boring' ones then i'm happy.
.
if people expect exciting games every week then you need to get real - most of the prem games i see are rather dull and that is the most exciting league in the world.
....problem is most of the games have deen dull. I didn't state I wanted to see exciting games every week. What I object to is the manager talking up a dull, uninspiring performance against no hopers.
[quote][p][bold]gspot01[/bold] wrote: same games will be boring and providing we when the 'boring' ones then i'm happy. . if people expect exciting games every week then you need to get real - most of the prem games i see are rather dull and that is the most exciting league in the world.[/p][/quote]....problem is most of the games have deen dull. I didn't state I wanted to see exciting games every week. What I object to is the manager talking up a dull, uninspiring performance against no hopers. Pablo
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9:31pm Mon 23 Apr 12

Onebrianmitchell says...

fatbloke wrote:
This Phil Brown, Dean Windass link won't go away.

Were they in attendance together on Saturday? Anyone know for sure and not just making it up?
I can end this rumour once and for all, although its quite embarrassing for all concerned.

Holland is the worlds leading fake tan manufacture. That's why their national team playin orange.

They export all fake tan through the docks at Hull.

During his second spell at Hull Deano realised his career was coming to an end so sought an alternative income. He therefore developed a contact who smuggled a couple of barrels of fake tan off the ship for him.

He quickly developed a thriving business across merseyside, but his biggest customer was Phil Brown.

He would buy months worth at a time so bad was his need to be orange.

However, for the first time, Brown ran out when Deano sadly and unexpecdtedly went into rehab.

He was simply at VP to get his fix.

The fuzz are hot on Deanos tail so they watched the game as cover.

I hope that helps everyone.
[quote][p][bold]fatbloke[/bold] wrote: This Phil Brown, Dean Windass link won't go away. Were they in attendance together on Saturday? Anyone know for sure and not just making it up?[/p][/quote]I can end this rumour once and for all, although its quite embarrassing for all concerned. Holland is the worlds leading fake tan manufacture. That's why their national team playin orange. They export all fake tan through the docks at Hull. During his second spell at Hull Deano realised his career was coming to an end so sought an alternative income. He therefore developed a contact who smuggled a couple of barrels of fake tan off the ship for him. He quickly developed a thriving business across merseyside, but his biggest customer was Phil Brown. He would buy months worth at a time so bad was his need to be orange. However, for the first time, Brown ran out when Deano sadly and unexpecdtedly went into rehab. He was simply at VP to get his fix. The fuzz are hot on Deanos tail so they watched the game as cover. I hope that helps everyone. Onebrianmitchell
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10:20pm Mon 23 Apr 12

lonniejockstrap says...

Onebrianmitchell wrote:
fatbloke wrote:
This Phil Brown, Dean Windass link won't go away.

Were they in attendance together on Saturday? Anyone know for sure and not just making it up?
I can end this rumour once and for all, although its quite embarrassing for all concerned.

Holland is the worlds leading fake tan manufacture. That's why their national team playin orange.

They export all fake tan through the docks at Hull.

During his second spell at Hull Deano realised his career was coming to an end so sought an alternative income. He therefore developed a contact who smuggled a couple of barrels of fake tan off the ship for him.

He quickly developed a thriving business across merseyside, but his biggest customer was Phil Brown.

He would buy months worth at a time so bad was his need to be orange.

However, for the first time, Brown ran out when Deano sadly and unexpecdtedly went into rehab.

He was simply at VP to get his fix.

The fuzz are hot on Deanos tail so they watched the game as cover.

I hope that helps everyone.
That's the most convincing reason I've read so far Bri!
[quote][p][bold]Onebrianmitchell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fatbloke[/bold] wrote: This Phil Brown, Dean Windass link won't go away. Were they in attendance together on Saturday? Anyone know for sure and not just making it up?[/p][/quote]I can end this rumour once and for all, although its quite embarrassing for all concerned. Holland is the worlds leading fake tan manufacture. That's why their national team playin orange. They export all fake tan through the docks at Hull. During his second spell at Hull Deano realised his career was coming to an end so sought an alternative income. He therefore developed a contact who smuggled a couple of barrels of fake tan off the ship for him. He quickly developed a thriving business across merseyside, but his biggest customer was Phil Brown. He would buy months worth at a time so bad was his need to be orange. However, for the first time, Brown ran out when Deano sadly and unexpecdtedly went into rehab. He was simply at VP to get his fix. The fuzz are hot on Deanos tail so they watched the game as cover. I hope that helps everyone.[/p][/quote]That's the most convincing reason I've read so far Bri! lonniejockstrap
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11:11pm Mon 23 Apr 12

Baildon_Bantam says...

Phil Brown has links with our assistant Steve Parkin and Maccs manager Brian Horton. I think he was just invited down. I doubt he will replace PP or was scouting Nahki.
Phil Brown has links with our assistant Steve Parkin and Maccs manager Brian Horton. I think he was just invited down. I doubt he will replace PP or was scouting Nahki. Baildon_Bantam
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3:56pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Cityman23 says...

Onebrianmitchell wrote:
fatbloke wrote:
This Phil Brown, Dean Windass link won't go away.

Were they in attendance together on Saturday? Anyone know for sure and not just making it up?
I can end this rumour once and for all, although its quite embarrassing for all concerned.

Holland is the worlds leading fake tan manufacture. That's why their national team playin orange.

They export all fake tan through the docks at Hull.

During his second spell at Hull Deano realised his career was coming to an end so sought an alternative income. He therefore developed a contact who smuggled a couple of barrels of fake tan off the ship for him.

He quickly developed a thriving business across merseyside, but his biggest customer was Phil Brown.

He would buy months worth at a time so bad was his need to be orange.

However, for the first time, Brown ran out when Deano sadly and unexpecdtedly went into rehab.

He was simply at VP to get his fix.

The fuzz are hot on Deanos tail so they watched the game as cover.

I hope that helps everyone.
Is this a 'wind up?' Tthat's why.. (Holland) ..play in orange!!"
Have you never heard of William Of Orange/Dutch royal house of orange?!!
[quote][p][bold]Onebrianmitchell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fatbloke[/bold] wrote: This Phil Brown, Dean Windass link won't go away. Were they in attendance together on Saturday? Anyone know for sure and not just making it up?[/p][/quote]I can end this rumour once and for all, although its quite embarrassing for all concerned. Holland is the worlds leading fake tan manufacture. That's why their national team playin orange. They export all fake tan through the docks at Hull. During his second spell at Hull Deano realised his career was coming to an end so sought an alternative income. He therefore developed a contact who smuggled a couple of barrels of fake tan off the ship for him. He quickly developed a thriving business across merseyside, but his biggest customer was Phil Brown. He would buy months worth at a time so bad was his need to be orange. However, for the first time, Brown ran out when Deano sadly and unexpecdtedly went into rehab. He was simply at VP to get his fix. The fuzz are hot on Deanos tail so they watched the game as cover. I hope that helps everyone.[/p][/quote]Is this a 'wind up?' Tthat's why.. (Holland) ..play in orange!!" Have you never heard of William Of Orange/Dutch royal house of orange?!! Cityman23
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5:18pm Tue 24 Apr 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

You of all people querying a humourous post cityman? Of course it's a wind-up, aimed mainly at Brown for being orange(not Dutch) and a jokey reason for Deano and Brown to be at City.
You of all people querying a humourous post cityman? Of course it's a wind-up, aimed mainly at Brown for being orange(not Dutch) and a jokey reason for Deano and Brown to be at City. Prisoner Cell Block A
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