Colin Todd went on the attack with City this week - now he expects his players to do the same.

The Bantams boss is demanding a winning response against Bournemouth at Valley Parade after dishing out some home truths.

Todd grilled his players following a run that has seen them collect only one point in six league games.

And he hopes the message has got through loud and clear ahead of the clash with the struggling Cherries, who have lost five in a row.

Todd said: "It was more than a heart-to-heart. There were a lot of harsh words said about individuals.

"The players have to accept the criticism as well as the accolades. They have to accept the rough with the smooth.

"When we're winning games, it's all down to them and when we're losing it's because of me. That's the way it is as a manager and I'm fine with that.

"But it's time for the players to stand up and be counted. I can talk and talk and work on things on the training ground but we all need to show that determination to put things right again and show what we're made of.

"We all have to help each other, it's not about six or seven players but all 11 performing and working hard together. Nobody can hide from it."

Todd has options to make changes, with Ben Parker and Richard Edghill fit again. Simon Ainge keeps his place at centre half but Mark Bower could be under pressure at left back.

Jermaine Johnson will replace Tommy Black in midfield and, with Eddie Johnson failing to convince at Boundary Park, David Graham is pushing for a return up front.

Despite the four-goal FA Cup salvo, City have scored only three goals during their recent league rut. Todd wants to see a return to the attacking ways which had powered them up the table early season. He added: "People talk about conceding goals but at this moment I haven't seen enough from JJ, from Dean Windass and from Eddie Johnson. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson has played extremely well in one game against Crewe then lost it a wee bit.

"We attack together and we defend together and our attacking play hasn't been as purposeful as it should have been. Attack is the best form of defence and we have to get that aspect of our game back into shape. Get our attacking right and the rest will follow.

"We've got Bournemouth, Leyton Orient and Millwall to play in the next couple of weeks, teams that are all below us, and it is paramount that we get points from them all."