Stuart McCall has urged his Bradford City side to bounce back this weekend, after a disappointing midweek loss to Fleetwood Town, reports the Telegraph and Argus.
Bradford, who sit fifth in the Sky Bet League One table, faced promotion rivals Fleetwood on Tuesday night at the Highbury Stadium, and saw the home side stage a second-half comeback to overcome the Bantams 2-1.
The defeat leaves McCall’s men without a win in three-games across all competitions, and losing ground on the automatic promotion places.
Following the defeat, McCall told the Telegraph and Argus: “It’s bitterly disappointing to lose a game that we were looking comfortable in – but that’s football. If you don’t take your opportunities, they come back to bite you.
“But we’re not going to throw away all the hard work we’ve done in getting up to where we are. There are still 14 games to go and it’s no good us feeling sorry for ourselves.”
The Bantams will be looking to bounce back this Saturday as they face another promotion rival, Bolton Wanderers, who are managed by ex-Bradford manager Phil Parkinson.
McCall is looking for a response from his players following Tuesday’s disappointment, he continued: “It’s another big game on Saturday and obviously a great one to look forward to. But I don’t think it would make a difference who we’re playing. We’ve got to lift the lads.”
Parkinson enjoyed great success during his time at Valley Parade, helping the club to promotion to League One and a League Cup final in 2013.
His Bolton side are currently third in the league and looking to close a two-point gap to the automatic promotion places.
McCall’s side are in need of three-points to secure their position in the Play-Off places, with seventh-placed Southend United just two-points behind Bradford.
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