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Home run can help turn tide for Bradford City
Adam Reach is not fussed how City get their next win – as long as it happens quickly.
Saturday’s postponement against Coventry left Phil Parkinson’s men frustrated in their ongoing bid to claim a first three points in 2014.
Heavy overnight rain on the already-saturated Sixfields surface in Northampton made Premier League referee Craig Pawson’s 8.45am decision a formality.
Now City can focus on a run of three successive home games – and the chance to put a stop to a 13-match winless run that has dragged them into the League One survival battle.
Port Vale are first up at Valley Parade tomorrow night, followed by MK Dons and then bottom club Stevenage.
On-loan winger Reach has been the pick of Parkinson’s January recruits in his four appearances – but he would swap decent performances for an elusive victory to halt the slide.
Reach said: “When you’re on a bad run, you just need that little break and get a scrappy 1-0 win. All the players would take that.
“It will probably change the tide and we’ll go on a positive run of games.
“We started a bit lacklustre against Carlisle the other night but, apart from that, the performances have been good.
“But that’s not enough. You’ve got to take your chances and have that little bit of luck on your side.
“We should have seen the Crewe game through and taken our chances. We could have had five or six goals.
“It was the same at Wolves when I hit the bar and Stephen Darby hit the post. People will say that’s unlucky but if you take those chances, you’re going to come away from hard games with three points.”
Despite the frustration at the lack of results, Reach is clearly enjoying his spell with the Bantams and his driving runs on the left wing have helped to cushion the blow at losing Kyel Reid for the rest of the season.
Reach said: “He (Reid) had a very good game when I came here for Shrewsbury. But if you want to be a top player, you have to fill big boots and do better than them and that’s my aim.
“I’m loving it here. For me, it’s all about experience and playing games. Obviously I want to win and help the team and hopefully that will come.
“I’m feeling sharp and fit, which is good, so I think my performances will only improve.
“This team suits me a little bit more. The manager tells me to stay out wide and be as positive as I can.
“I’ve got a licence to be as attacking as I want, to take the full back on and get some shots and crosses in.
“I’ve fitted in quite nicely. I think the gaffer’s got a lot of faith in what I bring to the team – and there’s the Middlesbrough connection here, which has helped me settle in quicker.”
Reach is waiting to hear from Boro about their plans for his immediate future.
The other loan players, including fellow Teessider Matty Dolan, are all tied down by City until the end of the season. But Reach was initially signed for a month – which expires at the weekend.
The 21-year-old has another two seasons on his Boro contract and is thought of highly in the north-east.
But boss Aitor Karanka likes to keep his squad small and has stated that 22 is the ideal number of players he wants at his disposal. He would rather the youngsters are out and about learning their trade.
That should play into City’s hands when Parkinson puts in the call about extending Reach’s stay.
The winger said: “I haven’t even been in contact with Middlesbrough. I don’t know if they’ve been watching any of the games.
“For my part of it, I just want to keep playing football. If I get the chance (to stay), I’ll definitely take it.
“I want to be where I’m going to play the most number of games. At the moment it looks like Bradford is the place.”