LOOKING for a positive play-off omen for City? Best not ask Nicky Law then.
One point against Wimbledon tomorrow – or friendly results elsewhere – will confirm the Bantams are in for the nerve-shredding promotion showdown next month.
Law has timed his return from a knee injury perfectly to hopefully play a full part. Yet the midfielder admits that may not necessarily be a good thing.
Law is well-experienced when it comes to the tense occasion, with four appearances in finals on his CV. Unfortunately he has lost all of them.
“It might be a good idea to leave me at home if we get to Wembley,” he joked.
“I’m not exactly a great omen – but the law of averages suggest I’ve got to win one at some point, surely.”
Law was a three-time runner-up during his three seasons with Rangers but his first taste of heartache came at Wembley in 2010.
He was in the heavily-fancied Rotherham side beaten 3-2 in the League Two final by Dagenham, who included current team-mate Romain Vincelot.
Law said: “I forget that Romain was there until he mentioned it when he signed. But I remembered he had a good season for Dagenham and scored a lot of goals from midfield.
“We were favourites going into that but after coming from behind twice, I think the winner for them was a Kev Ellison own goal. That was tough to take.
“It was worse at Rangers because I lost three with them – the play-offs, the Scottish Cup final and the Challenge Cup.
“The play-off season was really tough because we’d played so much football in such a short space of time. I think the last game was on May 31.
“We’d had four games already against Queen of the South and Hibs just to get to the final. We were on our last legs when it came to playing Motherwell in the final.
“It was a strange one playing against my brother and the same for the manager against his old club.
“But Motherwell knew they were going to be in it, while we were still playing the other games and had the luxury of resting players.
“We needed to score first really to stand any chance. So once they got one, we were deflated and never recovered.
“We were poor and Motherwell probably played as well as they had done all season over the two legs.”
So nobody in the Valley Parade dressing room will have a greater incentive than Law to see the job through this time.
And despite the Easter Monday hiccup at champions Sheffield United, he believes the City squad are more than capable of doing that.
“If we do make it in the play-offs, I’m confident with the group of players we’ve got to beat anyone,” he said.
“I’m not looking at it thinking we need to try to finish third to avoid them or whatever. I’d be happy with anyone.
“If you can go up through the play-offs, they say it’s the best way to do it. Unfortunately I wouldn’t know!
“It can also be the most heart-breaking because 46 games comes down to those three.
“The toughest bit for us may be the two legs. I’d fancy us at Wembley with the way we play and the size of the pitch – but we’ve got to get there first.”