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Billy Knott

Issue #146 Michael Wood on Timing / Signing

There are worries that Bradford City - new chairman, new manager, new era and all - are missing out on the prime signings in June. The statistics suggest that not only is this true, but that even with a new manager in place today those signings would have not been possible.

Issue #137 Michael Wood on Retained / Leave

Six players leave Valley Parade and six may follow as Bradford City release the retained list.

Issue #124 Michael Wood on Getting back to a better bad as City lose 2-1 to Walsall
Walsall 1 Bradford City 2 At The Bescot Stadium in League One, 2015/2016

Bradford City conceded a first goal in two months and slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Walsall but can reflect on a change in what is said to constitute a poor performance after battling back to being in with a chance of taking something from the game up to the final whistle.

Issue #123 Michael Wood on Smiling a little bit as Bradford City draw 0-0 with Coventry City
Bradford City 0 Coventry City 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2015/2016

Bradford City and Coventry City draw 0-0 at Valley Parade in a game after which everyone should be a little bit happier.

Issue #122 Michael Wood on The superb and stupendous success of Scunthorpe United
Scunthorpe United 0 Bradford City 2 At Glanford Park in League One, 2015/2016

Bradford City beat Scunthorpe United 2-0 at Glanford Park with few the home side taking credit for their attempts to play a slick, passing game and the visitors taking the points.

Issue #121 Michael Wood on Parkinson’s best ever Bantams keep their eyes on a further prize beating Aldershot 2-0 in the FA Cup First Round
Bradford City 2 Aldershot Town At Valley Parade in The FA Cup First Round Replay, 2015/2016

Affording full respect to first round replay opposition Aldershot Town Bradford City's parsimonious approach to creating (and allowing) chances resulted in a 2-0 win and progression to the next round.

Issue #120 Michael Wood on The Ben Williams season continues with City facing Aldershot Town in the FA Cup
Bradford City play Aldershot Town At Valley Parade in The FA Cup First Round, 2015/2016

Bradford City face Aldershot in the First Round of The FA Cup a year on since Ben Williams made his debut for the club and - in that year - the club's performance like Williams has obviously become the sum of the hard work that Phil Parkinson is able to get the players to commit to.

Issue #119 Michael Wood on Bury, Wigan Athletic, styles of play and the reductionism coming to Bradford City
Bradford City 2 Bury 1 and Bradford City 1 Wigan Athletic 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2015/2016

Two games in a week saw Bradford City pick up four points but criticism of Phil Parkinsons style of play - or what is suggested to be his style of play - continues as football's tendency to reductionism starts to claw its way into the vocabulary at Valley Parade and assumes it will have the final say lauding all about Wigan Athletic and damning Bradford City. As supporters the need to be able to resist this attitude will become urgent and those who wish to resist it need to learn how to argue the case for the football we have now.

Issue #117 Michael Wood on City need to learn from the 2-1 defeat by Barnsley
Bradford City 1 Barnsley 2 At Valley Parade in Football League Trophy, 2015/2016

Half of this match report was written at half time, which was an interesting experiment, while the second half was written after a Cocoa and a consider.

Issue #111 Michael Wood on Three more years as Phil Parkinson signs up but deserves more at Fleetwood
Fleetwood Town 1 Bradford City 1 At Highbury Stadium in League One, 2015/2016

As Phil Parkinson agreed a new deal as Bradford City manager Bradford City were left with lass than they deserved following a 1-1 draw at Fleetwood Town where Ben Williams made a mistake which could be the excuse to see him dropped.

Issue #110 Michael Wood on Directing Traffik at Boundary Park as City beat Oldham Athletic 2-1
Oldham Athletic 1 Bradford City 2 At Boundary Park in League One, 2015/2016

Phil Parkinson will have been pleased to watch an afternoon in which City had the luxury of wasting chances in a victory which was much easier than the scoreline suggests.

Issue #109 Michael Wood on Bradford City from finish to start as Devante Cole starts in style in the win over Port Vale
Bradford City 1 Port Vale 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2015/2016

An injury time goal from Devante Cole gave Bradford City a 1-0 win over Port Vale as the Bantams showed encouraging signs of doing the wrong thing eleven times.