Bradford City defender Brad Halliday has urged his team to start grinding out wins after a third consecutive draw against Harrogate Town on Saturday, according to the Telegraph & Argus.
After losing in the play-off semi-finals to Carlisle United in two legs last season, the Bantams went into this season as one of the favourites to achieve promotion from League Two. However, with only two wins in their first eight games, they currently sit in 17th place.
Fans reacted angrily to Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Harrogate, and manager Mark Hughes understands that he must turn outcomes around swiftly in order to keep support. It’s a point of view shared by 28-year-old Halliday, who joined the University of Bradford Stadium from Fleetwood Town last summer.
This season, the versatile defender has appeared nine times for Bradford in all competitions. He began Saturday’s standoff by declaring after the game;
“We’re aware of the group’s talent and remain optimistic.”
“The fans have every right to express their opinions.” We must approach this as a group.
“We’ve had long periods of possession and just need to be more clinical in the final third.”
“I’m confident that if we create more chances and score more goals, the fans will rally behind us and push us over the finish line.”
“Once it clicks, hopefully goals and points will flood in, and we’ll start moving up the table.”
Despite their lack of wins, Bradford has only lost twice thus far, despite their inability to reach the back of the net. With only six goals in eight games, the injury to striker Andy Cook, who scored 28 goals last season, has proven costly. Even after the 32-year-old returns, Halliday believes the team must share the responsibility.
“This is a difficult spell. We definitely relied too much on Andy’s goals last season, and we need to spread them across the team now so he doesn’t have to score as much.
“That comes with creating chances, which we didn’t do on Saturday.”
Bradford City visit Newport County on Saturday, with only one point separating the two sides. League Two is still razor-thin, with only three points separating seventh-placed Crewe Alexandra and 17th-placed Bradford.
Bradford’s current position appears to be a misleading one given how tight-knit League Two is. It’s easy to say that form looks poor after a three-game losing streak, but it’s also true that they are unbeaten in four.
Supporters have every right to be concerned because they were supposed to strike the ground running. However, the season is lengthy, and Mark Hughes has all the weapons he needs to make a charge up the table. With a pair more wins under their belt, things could look very different by the end of the month.