Bantams winger Reid keen to show he's the daddy with first home goal (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bantams winger Kyel Reid keen to show he's the daddy with first home goal
They always say that good things come in threes.
Kyel Reid’s new-born son will make his first appearance at Valley Parade tomorrow.
And Paolo Di Canio, an idol of the winger from his days with West Ham, will be in the opposition dug-out.
So it would be a fitting occasion for Reid to put right the one element missing from a promising personal campaign – a goal at home.
“I’m desperate for one,” admitted the 24-year-old, whose four scores have all been on City’s travels.
“I keep telling myself it will come soon.
“I’ve had some good chances but not taken them and I really want to get one in front of the home fans before the season has ended.”
The visit from Di Canio’s title- winning Swindon represents his final chance and the presence of baby IC and Reid’s girlfriend Amy should provide even more incentive.
The winger admits he has got a few celebration ideas in his head should he finally break his duck – if he remembers them.
“I have one or two planned but sometimes once the momentum kicks in you forget what you were going to do.
“But I’m trying my hardest to get on the scoresheet.
“I’m pleased how the season has gone for me and a goal at home would be a nice way to finish.”
It is the busiest season of his career and justifies the decision to follow his former Charlton boss north.
Reid added: “I obviously hoped to play regularly but didn’t know if it would work out like that.
“You get knock-backs, injuries and dips in performance.
“But in all fairness it’s gone quite smoothly for me.
“There are some games when I felt I could have done better but I’ve really enjoyed my football here.
“There’s always room for improvement and each week I try to be better than my last game.
“My aim is to reach that level of consistency that the manager wants and make sure I’m always at it and keeping up to that standard.”
Reid’s progress has certainly been noted by the opposition, who are happy to gang up on him, often with two, three or even four markers.
He admitted: “It’s difficult when they double or even triple up on me.
“As soon as I get the ball, they try to put me out of the game.
“But that’s where I’ve just got to be brighter and make more movement to get on the ball and up the pitch, win corners and throws for us or get the ball in the box for the strikers.”
Reid would rather focus on his own mindset rather than the opposition’s.
He said: “I go into every game thinking about what I’m going to do and not worrying what the other team are thinking.
“I’ve enjoyed some good challenges this season.
“I’ve always got to be confident. I’m a strong believer in my own talent and, on my day, I know I can beat any right back in this league.”