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Andrew Davies vows to step into Bradford City breach if Rory McArdle suffers Wembley heartbreak

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Andrew Davies and Rory McArdle were defensive partners earlier in the season but fitness issues mean it could be one or the other playing at Wembley Andrew Davies and Rory McArdle were defensive partners earlier in the season but fitness issues mean it could be one or the other playing at Wembley

Andrew Davies is ready to throw himself into the mix for a shock Capital One Cup final place at Wembley.

City’s defensive strong man is still on the recovery trail after three months out with a knee injury.

With Rory McArdle’s chances under threat after damaging ankle ligaments against Fleetwood, Davies is confident he can hand Phil Parkinson a timely boost before the February 24 showdown with Swansea.

Davies has not kicked a ball since the end of October when he hobbled off at Burton – the same afternoon which saw fellow centre half Luke Oliver written off for the season.

But having joined City for their recent break in Tenerife to test his fitness, the 28-year-old reckons he can force his way into the Wembley shake-up.

Davies said: “Is the final too soon? No. I’ve been in the gym, swimming, rowing, cycling – I’ve literally done every exercise I can to keep on top of things.

“It means that when I do come back, I don’t have to go running with (fitness coach) Nick (Allamby) for two weeks to get fit.

“All the hard work I’ve put in over the last three months will hopefully pay off. I’ve started my running and, to be honest, I feel absolutely fine.

“Of course you need to play but I don’t think three months out of football is all that long. It’s gone so quick since my last game and I’m ready to rock again.

“Hopefully I’ll be back training in the next couple of weeks and then it’s up to the manager. The lads have been fantastic but I’m here to give them any experience to get them through.”

Davies had an operation within days of suffering the injury but has made sure he has stayed part of the group during City’s history-making run.

Having played in the first three rounds, he would have relished locking horns with the Premier League sides they have already knocked off.

“You think to yourself ‘where’s your luck gone?’ after playing in the earlier rounds,” said Davies.

“But it’s been exciting. It’s very good for the club and the lads have done brilliantly – it’s a credit to them and the manager.

“You can see the buzz in the lads’ faces. I’ve been lucky enough to have played in some big games earlier in my career.

“For these lads to play against Arsenal and at Villa Park is a massive dream. I said to them before to enjoy every second of it because you might never get that chance again.

“Since I joined this club, I’ve always still felt I can play in the Premier League again. I would have loved to have played in some of those games to see where I’m at now.

“I don’t think there’s much different to my game now from when I made my debut at 18. But I’m more mature and feel I’ve become a better defender with experience.

“It would have been interesting to be up against those top players. But never mind, it wasn’t to be. You’ve got the final, so you never know.

“Injuries are part of the game and unfortunately I got one at a bad time. But I suppose that’s what you get when you put your body on the line.

“I’m ready now to come back into contention and I’m excited about that.”

* Matt McClure gave Wycombe a surprise 1-0 win at second-placed Gillingham in League Two last night.

McClure came on as a substitute to net the winner in the 85th minute.

The Bantams host Gillingham on Saturday.

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8:22am Tue 5 Feb 13

Birky_Neil says...

No disrespect Andrew mate but you have been out for a long time and will be really rusty on the ball!
I would stick with McHugh and Nelson and have you on the bench.
No disrespect Andrew mate but you have been out for a long time and will be really rusty on the ball! I would stick with McHugh and Nelson and have you on the bench. Birky_Neil
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8:40am Tue 5 Feb 13

bigang02 says...

i would too.bench i dont think it would be fair to put davies straight in to the 1st team.
i would too.bench i dont think it would be fair to put davies straight in to the 1st team. bigang02
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9:16am Tue 5 Feb 13

nowt fresh says...

Think this is a little wish full thinking on Andy's part no way could Parky risk him with out a full 90 minutes under his belt..!!
Think this is a little wish full thinking on Andy's part no way could Parky risk him with out a full 90 minutes under his belt..!! nowt fresh
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9:45am Tue 5 Feb 13

educated archie says...

I do not know if this as already been mentioned, Swansea have recieved a further allocation of tickets for the final. I wonder if Bradford City will be requesting a further allocation. Only around 200 tickets left in the bottom blocks at wembley.
I do not know if this as already been mentioned, Swansea have recieved a further allocation of tickets for the final. I wonder if Bradford City will be requesting a further allocation. Only around 200 tickets left in the bottom blocks at wembley. educated archie
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10:29am Tue 5 Feb 13

Freddy says...

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educated archie says...
9:45am Tue 5 Feb 13

I do not know if this as already been mentioned, Swansea have received a further allocation of tickets for the final. I wonder if Bradford City will be requesting a further allocation. Only around 200 tickets left in the bottom blocks at Wembley.
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YES--it was commented on in previous articles. But NOT received any info. from City, as to further purchases secured.!!.
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If there are only 200 left. Then those Supporters travelling from ALL parts of The World, should receive them!!. THEY DESERVE A TICKET. The expense to travel/accommodate alone
will be a great deal.
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If McCardle can achieve some level of fitness. Then I would play him, until he has played his best. Then , bring on Davies--assuming the fitness coaching teams have got him to a degree/percentage, of playing fitness.
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* educated archie says... 9:45am Tue 5 Feb 13 I do not know if this as already been mentioned, Swansea have received a further allocation of tickets for the final. I wonder if Bradford City will be requesting a further allocation. Only around 200 tickets left in the bottom blocks at Wembley. * YES--it was commented on in previous articles. But NOT received any info. from City, as to further purchases secured.!!. * If there are only 200 left. Then those Supporters travelling from ALL parts of The World, should receive them!!. THEY DESERVE A TICKET. The expense to travel/accommodate alone will be a great deal. * If McCardle can achieve some level of fitness. Then I would play him, until he has played his best. Then , bring on Davies--assuming the fitness coaching teams have got him to a degree/percentage, of playing fitness. * Freddy
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10:38am Tue 5 Feb 13

Meat Pie says...

Attended a Q&A session last night with Dave Baldwin, Nakhi Wall and Mega - a very interesting evening.

Nakhi Wells is a really impressive young man who has worked very hard and given up much (family / home) to make a career in football.

Dave Baldwin looks to me like the right man to have running the club day to day.

Thanks to all three for a very enjoyable evening.

Go on Nakhi, get that winner for us at Wembley!!!!

"Na-na-na-na-na-na-n
a-na-na-na Nakhi Wells.........."

CTID
Attended a Q&A session last night with Dave Baldwin, Nakhi Wall and Mega - a very interesting evening. Nakhi Wells is a really impressive young man who has worked very hard and given up much (family / home) to make a career in football. Dave Baldwin looks to me like the right man to have running the club day to day. Thanks to all three for a very enjoyable evening. Go on Nakhi, get that winner for us at Wembley!!!! "Na-na-na-na-na-na-n a-na-na-na Nakhi Wells.........." CTID Meat Pie
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11:06am Tue 5 Feb 13

Whoisevans? says...

An able deputy would try him in the midfield roll he has played in when we needed him last season. He helped create some great chance and is always capable of getting a goal.
An able deputy would try him in the midfield roll he has played in when we needed him last season. He helped create some great chance and is always capable of getting a goal. Whoisevans?
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1:07pm Tue 5 Feb 13

tyker2 says...

Whoisevans? wrote:
An able deputy would try him in the midfield roll he has played in when we needed him last season. He helped create some great chance and is always capable of getting a goal.
what:an injured player coming back and you want to play him out of position
[quote][p][bold]Whoisevans?[/bold] wrote: An able deputy would try him in the midfield roll he has played in when we needed him last season. He helped create some great chance and is always capable of getting a goal.[/p][/quote]what:an injured player coming back and you want to play him out of position tyker2
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5:59pm Tue 5 Feb 13

COLATS says...

If he's fit he's the best centre back we've got, perhaps he may get some game time in before wembley???
If he's fit he's the best centre back we've got, perhaps he may get some game time in before wembley??? COLATS
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7:31pm Tue 5 Feb 13

COLATS says...

Whoisevans? wrote:
An able deputy would try him in the midfield roll he has played in when we needed him last season. He helped create some great chance and is always capable of getting a goal.
Wots this with people wanting to play players out of position?? He's a centre half. Who would u drop from midfield for our best centre half?? ( let's put zavon in goals???)
[quote][p][bold]Whoisevans?[/bold] wrote: An able deputy would try him in the midfield roll he has played in when we needed him last season. He helped create some great chance and is always capable of getting a goal.[/p][/quote]Wots this with people wanting to play players out of position?? He's a centre half. Who would u drop from midfield for our best centre half?? ( let's put zavon in goals???) COLATS
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7:31pm Tue 5 Feb 13

COLATS says...

Whoisevans? wrote:
An able deputy would try him in the midfield roll he has played in when we needed him last season. He helped create some great chance and is always capable of getting a goal.
Wots this with people wanting to play players out of position?? He's a centre half. Who would u drop from midfield for our best centre half?? ( let's put zavon in goals???)
[quote][p][bold]Whoisevans?[/bold] wrote: An able deputy would try him in the midfield roll he has played in when we needed him last season. He helped create some great chance and is always capable of getting a goal.[/p][/quote]Wots this with people wanting to play players out of position?? He's a centre half. Who would u drop from midfield for our best centre half?? ( let's put zavon in goals???) COLATS
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