IT IS over two months since City last won a league game at Valley Parade.

Just one point from four outings since they beat Doncaster at the end of September, including three losses on the bounce, has come as an unexpected jolt.

But the fact those slip-ups on their own soil have been balanced by some superb results on the road has kept the Bantams well in the promotion hunt.

The yo-yo scores sequence of late does not concern Jake Reeves – nor is the midfielder too alarmed that the Valley Parade supply of points has dried up.

"It's not been the greatest run for us but we've gone on the road and picked up the wins," he said.

"It doesn't matter how you get the points, home or away, as long as you keep picking them up.

"Obviously we're disappointed with our home results. But we've just got to keep knuckling down, playing well and hopefully we should be able to change that.

"Nobody is worried about playing at home – or away. Just so long as we keep playing the way we have been, we'll win more than we lose."

City are the most potent travellers in the division, with seven wins and 23 points from a possible 30. Yet only four sides have collected less rewards at home.

Five defeats already for a team that went all last season unbeaten at Valley Parade has been a shock to the system – but Reeves insists the scorelines do not tell the story.

"Look back on them and we should have won all of those games," he said.

"The performances have been of quite a high standard. Unfortunately, we've gifted a couple of mistakes away and been punished for it.

"Sometimes you get away with it but then with others you don't and that's been happening to us lately.

"Our last home game against Scunthorpe was a set-piece and then a quick free-kick and another free-kick that's gone through the wall. They are the little things that leave us scratching our heads because we've been playing so well.

"It's the nature of the game, as it goes down to small margins. If you don't do the little stuff correctly – pushing up, winning the second balls, tracking the runs – then you will lose games in this league, no matter who you're up against."

On the flipside, inflicting first home losses on top two Wigan and Shrewsbury has demonstrated that City have the quality to keep their place among League One's leading pack. It also shows they are a nightmare to bet on!

Reeves smiled: "I'm sure we've killed a few accumulators lately. But we know what we can do.

"If we play well enough, we can beat any team on their day – we've proved that in the last month.

"This run (at home) is frustrating but that happens at some stage of the season. It's about how you come back.

"Thankfully for us we've won our away games and bounced straight back.

"We're still up there and that's the sign of a good side. We're still fighting and we can come back against some good teams."

City host Rochdale tomorrow hoping that last week's 3-1 win over Plymouth in the FA Cup will bring a change of luck in front of goal at home. They have scored only twice – both Paul Taylor thunderbolts – in four league attempts.

Reeves said: "We've created loads and loads of chances but the ball's not been hitting the back of the net. But keep doing that and we know the goals will come."