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Steve Davies

Issue #137 Michael Wood on Retained / Leave

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

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 #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 #118 Michael Wood on The first day, the fourth year, and Bradford City beating Doncaster Rovers 1-0
Doncaster Rovers 0 Bradford City 1 At Keepmoat Stadium in League One, 2015/2016

Darren Ferguson was watching his first game since being made Doncaster Rovers manager while Phil Parkinson has been in charge of Bradford City for four years. A new manager could be anything where as after four years we know what Parkinson's strengths and weaknesses are so when Devante Cole scored after 45 seconds City fans knew exactly what was coming next.

Issue #116 Michael Wood on City walked in a line and beat Rochdale 3-1 at Spotland
Rochdale 1 Bradford City 3 At Spotland in League One, 2015/2016

On the back of two defeats Bradford City beat Rochdale 3-1 at Spotland with the home team not seriously testing the character of the Bantams.

Issue #113 Michael Wood on The strange case of Steve Davies as Peterborough win 2-0 at Valley Parade
Bradford City 0 Peterborough United 2 At Valley Parade in League One, 2015/2016

Paul Anderson has his leg broken and Steve Davies does not make the right things happen. City lose 2-0 at home to Peterborough United.

Issue #112 Michael Wood on Bradford City from all angles after the 2-2 draw with Sheffield United
Bradford City 2 Sheffield United 2 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015

Bradford City will reflect that they should have held on to the two goal lead to claim victory against Sheffield United but there was much to admire in the performance and much to suggest the season will just get better.

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 #108 Michael Wood on Taking back control of the result as Bradford City draw 0-0 at Barnsley
Barnsley 0 Bradford City 0 At Oakwell in League One, 2015/2016

With his Bradford City team struggling Phil Parkinson reverted to his original approach at the club challenging the players to take control of a game, and a result at Barnsley.

Issue #106 Michael Wood on The welcome to Bradford City moment as the Bantams draw 1-1 with Shrewsbury Town
Bradford City 1 Shrewsbury Town 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2015/2016

For new people at Valley Parade the "best-not-lose" draw might not be the stuff of excitement but it is a regular part of the Phil Parkinson programme.

Issue #105 Michael Wood on A life more ordinary as Bradford City lose on penalties to York City
York City 2 Bradford City 2 (York win 4-2 on penalties) At Bootham Crescent in League Cup First Round, 2015/2016

The defeat on penalties to York City continues the problem with Phil Parkinson's hollow team that gives up games under pressure.

Issue #99 Michael Wood on How Bradford City mastered calm seas beating Carlisle United 2-0 in pre-season
Bradford City 2 Carlisle United 0 At Valley Parade in Friendly, 2015/2016

The 2-0 win over Carlisle United told Bradford City fans and Phil Parkinson very little about the team and the characters who the manage has brought in. Those things might not be obvious until the season is in progress.