Stephen Darby vows Bradford City will not relax just yet

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Stephen Darby is calling for a strong finish to the season to seal a top-half position for City Stephen Darby is calling for a strong finish to the season to seal a top-half position for City

Stephen Darby is urging City to stand their ground and make sure the first season back in League One ends in the top half.

Phil Parkinson’s men are all but safe after reaching the 50-point mark – seven clear of the drop zone.

The draw at Rotherham, coupled with weekend defeats for all four of the teams currently occupying the relegation spots, has strengthened their position in 12th.

City also boast the significant advantage on all those behind them of a positive goal difference.

But Darby wants to see no letting up over the final four games as they look to secure a top-half finish.

The ever-present defender said: “It always looks better when you’re picking points up but I wouldn’t say it’s time to relax.

“Our performance at home last time wasn’t good enough and we’ve really got to be on it against Peterborough on Friday.

“It would be great if we could finish the season strongly. That started at Rotherham and we’ve got something to build on from there.

“Hopefully now we can put in another strong performance this week. We’ve had some good results against the top sides.

“This is the business end when everyone’s scrapping for points and we’re no different.

“You’ve got to look forward. The squad of players we’ve got is more than capable of finishing in the top half and that’s what we’ve got to look to do now.”

City’s goalless draw at the New York Stadium on Friday night was their first point against Rotherham in seven attempts as they bounced back from the dismal home loss to Oldham.

Darby said: “We haven’t really turned up in previous games there but that was a massive team effort.

“Everyone was prepared to do the dirty work and get the basics right. The fans have seen the lads really working hard for the shirt.

“Rotherham are up there for a reason. They are a good side but we know what we are capable of on our day and that was a good point.”

City have improved their record on the road but three defeats in the last four Valley Parade outings mean they will have to refocus their efforts against Darren Ferguson’s play-off chasing Posh.

Darby understands they need to get it right on their own patch for the fans.

He said: “The away performances have been good and that’s three clean sheets in a row now. It’s just trying to find the right balance and take that form into our home games.

“We’ve been lacking a bit of consistency throughout the season. We’ve shown how good we can be by winning at Leyton Orient but the last home game against Oldham didn’t go to plan.

“It’s important now that we take the positives from the Rotherham performance into Friday’s game against another team up there. We’re more than good enough to do that.”

With only two home games left, the club could do with much better results to push season-ticket sales.

The current prices, frozen for next year, will run until May 31 before they go up by £100.

City director of operations David Baldwin said: “We really need that 12th man, the voice from the terraces.”

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7:48am Mon 14 Apr 14

shaun from richmond says...

Just loved that "Fat Lump" gobbing off after the game!!.....Hillariou
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As Keegan would say "I would just Love it" if Rothers didn't go up!.
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Just loved that "Fat Lump" gobbing off after the game!!.....Hillariou s!!. As Keegan would say "I would just Love it" if Rothers didn't go up!. . shaun from richmond
  • Score: 15

9:35am Mon 14 Apr 14

cookie_brighton says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
Just loved that "Fat Lump" gobbing off after the game!!.....Hillariou

s!!.
As Keegan would say "I would just Love it" if Rothers didn't go up!.
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Evans was the same down here at Crawley, always throwing his dolly out lol..... the fat slob could not wait to get down the tunnel at the end, avoiding the hand shake with Parky........I would like Rovrum to stay in lge one, then next season hope City can take 6 points from them...........this would really pxss Evans off lol.
CTID
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: Just loved that "Fat Lump" gobbing off after the game!!.....Hillariou s!!. As Keegan would say "I would just Love it" if Rothers didn't go up!. .[/p][/quote]Evans was the same down here at Crawley, always throwing his dolly out lol..... the fat slob could not wait to get down the tunnel at the end, avoiding the hand shake with Parky........I would like Rovrum to stay in lge one, then next season hope City can take 6 points from them...........this would really pxss Evans off lol. CTID cookie_brighton
  • Score: 12

12:01pm Mon 14 Apr 14

whisky1 says...

The guy has no class....he obviously has all his chairs at ome and does not need to whine. That said with £30 million invested in the club his job is somewhat easier than most.
The guy has no class....he obviously has all his chairs at ome and does not need to whine. That said with £30 million invested in the club his job is somewhat easier than most. whisky1
  • Score: 4

12:12pm Mon 14 Apr 14

bdsixer says...

Darby POTY end of
Darby POTY end of bdsixer
  • Score: 5

5:50pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Pablo says...

I thought most of them already looked "relaxed" when we played Oldham!
I thought most of them already looked "relaxed" when we played Oldham! Pablo
  • Score: 2

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