Bradford City winger Reid back on song as he tears strips off defenders (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford City winger Kyel Reid back on song as he tears strips off defenders
A familiar refrain came booming from the dark behind the goal at Wycombe.
You couldn’t see the singers – some not-so-bright spark had decided not to put the lights on in the away end – but the words were familiar.
“Reid, Reid will tear you apart again...” they bellowed to the tune of the old Joy Division tune.
It is a well-known chorus during City games but one that hasn’t been heard for a while. Kyel Reid has been a peripheral figure since going down in a heap at Rochdale in early October.
He may have returned just before Christmas but the last two games were the first the winger has started back-to-back. And Tuesday’s welcome win at Adams Park saw plenty of evidence that Reid was getting back to his old self.
Willing to push the ball past defenders and take them on for pace, it was more like the exciting player who can make things happen.
“It feels good to be back out there,” he said. “It’s hard to slot straight back in and get that momentum.
“Because of the weather, we’ve missed games and we haven’t been able to train as much as we’d like to.
“You just have to be patient and when the chance comes in the team, you grab it with both hands.
“It’s frustrating not to play, you want to be out there and part of it. But everyone’s playing for the shirts now.”
Reid, like every other member of Phil Parkinson’s squad, dreams of being in that starting 11 against Swansea a week on Sunday. But he knows that to get to Wembley, he must get through Wimbledon first.
Tuesday was a powerful case for his inclusion in the Capital One Cup final. But Reid, like City, have got to back that up with another convincing performance tomorrow afternoon.
“Playing in a cup final could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Of course, we all want to play.
“But these are the games that will earn your place. Play to your strengths and do what you need to for the team and hopefully you’ll stay in there.
“Wembley is probably in some people’s minds but you’ve got to focus on the job in hand. The league is our bread and butter – it’s what we’re getting paid for – and that is still our main aim.”
Having ended a run of six games without a league win, another victory over the bottom club would put the Bantams right back in the promotion mix and heading for Wembley on a high.
Reid has been baffled by the slump in results but it has not shaken his confidence in the team to get out of League Two.
Not going up is not on his agenda, regardless of Wembley.
He added: “It won’t be a good feeling if we get to the end of the season and haven’t got promotion. I’d rather we did that (than win the cup).
“At the start of the season you would never have thought Bradford City would be in a cup final. That is an unbelievable bonus.
“When I got injured, we were still in the top three or four. We’ve dropped away so we need to get back to basics and play to our strengths to climb back up the table.
“I still believe we’ve got one of the best teams in the league.
“We’ve still got a game in hand and if we can make it six away points by the end of the weekend, we’re right back in the play-offs and everything’s falling into place again.”