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Snowball effect gets Bradford City on a roll
Nathan Doyle has issued an “avalanche” warning as City’s winning habit continues to snowball.
Phil Parkinson’s troops aim to strengthen their status in the early League One play-off pack with another home win tomorrow against Shrewsbury.
The sixth-placed Bantams have made a storming start since promotion with only one defeat. They are unbeaten at Valley Parade with ten points from a possible 12.
The club are winning on all fronts – City’s youth team also top their league with a maximum haul, despite playing every game away so far.
Combative midfielder Doyle sees that as evidence of the positive vibe that is building through the ranks.
He said: “We want to breed winners. We’ve got that snowball effect from winning and now we want to create an avalanche at this club.
“Everybody wants to be a winner and that’s how it should be. It’s the same right through the club – the youth team want to do just as well as us.
“They are doing great at the minute. When you hear the results they’ve had on a Saturday morning, it just gives us that extra push to go out there and do the same.”
City have not been this high on the league ladder since 2006, when they finished September in fourth place. But that was as good as it got as the season descended into financial turmoil and eventual relegation to the bottom tier.
Doyle is the only survivor of that campaign – he played the first half of it on loan from Derby and was later named player of the year.
City’s current side continue to build on the momentum from the last historic campaign and are already being tipped as promotion dark horses.
But Doyle warned: “We’re not going to get carried away. It’s a long season and we’re only eight games in.
“You’ve got to get to Christmas before people will really start talking positively about our chances.
“We’re just concentrating on what we have to do. We know where we want to be at the end of the season.
“Look back to last year and how well we did. We never got ahead of ourselves and looked any further than the next game – and succeeded with what we wanted to achieve.
“Do exactly the same this season and I’m not sure we’ll go far wrong.”
Doyle has played every game as Parkinson sticks with the same side that fired the club to promotion. His own performances have stepped up a level after enjoying a full pre-season – something he missed out on last year.
But despite the consistent selection policy, Doyle insists the manager and his staff ensure there can be no let-up.
“We had decent quality in the squad before and we’ve added to that. So there’s always competition for places.
“That makes everyone train harder and play harder because we realise that if we don’t do it right, then someone else will take the shirt. There’s someone equally as good to take your place.
“We’ve got that winning mentality now. You can see that in the faces of the lads every day.
“Everyone wants to win the five-a-sides and the gaffer and Steve Parkin are on our case in the games in training. Everything matters.”
Doyle said: “Thommo’s saying he got the last touch but Jonah still thinks it went straight in so nobody knows. I was just glad to get the win.
“Our home form is critical to what we are trying to do this year but points on the road can make such a difference. We need to play with that home-team mentality wherever we’re playing.
“We got crosses in the box, had more shots on target and created chances. That’s what we want to do.
“Obviously the goals don’t always come from Nahki (Wells) and (James) Hanson up front so everybody needs to chip in.
“Whether it’s a case of midfielders or defenders scoring from corners or whatever, you can’t just rely on the front two all the time.”
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