Vital Win in Promotion Chase

City’s 3-0 victory over Wycombe on Tuesday could do wonders for our promotion push after the Bantams ended a run of five games without a win to stay in touch with the playoffs. An early goal from Nathan Doyle got the ball rolling and we looked comfortable against fellow playoff hopefuls, Wycombe, before Will Atkinson and a Doyle penalty saw off the game late on. It was possibly City’s most important victory of the League Two campaign to date, for it not only stops a rut of poor results but will also give real confidence to this side heading into the remainder of the spring.

As we all know, the League Cup final is just around the corner and, as fun as it has been, pundits on the Betfair Football website have suggested that the run has ruined our league form. Some will argue it does not matter, for the chance for the Bantams to win a cup comes round once a lifetime, yet the cost of promotion is still a difficult one to bear. Hopefully we succeed on both fronts this season (the Capital One Cup odds) have Bradford at 4/1, compared to Swansea’s 1/7) and with our next three league ties against lower-placed opposition Phil Parkinson’s boys should be looking at maximum points until the start of March.

Granted, this Swansea clash is going to distract the players – how can it not? – but Parkinson has regimented his troops time and time again this season and will expect a big push from his boys once the tickertape from Wembley has settled. We are currently five points off the playoffs with a game in hand. That isn’t bad and although we have dropped from a high position, those on the Valley Parade terraces will be confident we can be in the mix come April, where you never know, we may return to Wembley.

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