THE T&A's chief sports writer Simon Parker discusses, alongside sports reporter Nathan Atkinson, the positive atmosphere that has begun to envelope Bradford City since Stuart McCall took over last week.

The Bantams legend got his first win back at the club on Tuesday, as City beat Stevenage 3-1.

Shay McCartan was the surprise star in an unusual role out on the left, but Simon says McCall could look to use the Northern Irishman in the same way as he did with Nicky Law a few years ago, cutting inside and causing problems.

McCartan wasn't the only attacking player to impress in midweek. New signing Lee Novak showed great composure to net City's clincher in injury-time, following on from a slightly fortunate goal on debut against Grimsby Town.

Simon insists that he always saw Novak as a solid signing, and believes it is helpful that he has shown what he can do under McCall and assistant Kenny Black before, at Scunthorpe United.

Novak, McCartan and the rest will do well to pick up a win this weekend though, at Cambridge United. The U's have now won three in a row since sacking Colin Calderwood, and are playing with the pressure seemingly off.