JON Magrin says the Bulls must focus on substance over style in their race for a play-off finish.

John Kear’s side are currently two points off the Championship top five with nine games to go.

And Jamaica international Magrin admits the sprint for the line is all that matters – no matter how they achieve it.

The Bulls saw off a late Halifax rally to grab a vital win over their play-off rivals last weekend and Magrin insists they must show the same appetite for the fight during the tense run-in.

He said: “All the tactical and technical things are nothing without the mental side of it. We’ve got to pull together and we showed that.

“No matter what has happened, we’re trying to get in that top five and just need to win.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s ugly or not and whether it comes by 50 points or just one.

“I think we showed some real heart and resilience – and that’s what we need in these last nine games. We just need to win.

“We’ve got more than enough ability to get that spot. We just need to find a way to win and treat every game from now as a final.

“It’s basically knock-out football really. We’ve got to keep going and see where we are at the end of the season.”

Magrin’s aim is to feature as much as possible in Kear’s battle plans now after a frustrating season back at Odsal.

Having re-joined the Bulls over the winter, he has found opportunities hard to come by.

But after an enjoyable loan spell with London Skolars in League One, helping them to four wins, he is keen to build momentum from his return to the Bradford side last week.

He added: “I’ve been working really hard. It’s been a tough year for me.

“That was only my third game and it’s not where I thought I’d be. But it’s one of those things in life and you’ve just got to get on with it.

“When the chips are down, I like to think that I work hard and try to get to where I need to. Now I’ve got into the team and hopefully I can keep my spot.

“It’s been tough without the game time. Match fitness isn’t always there.

“But I think I gave a decent account of myself and I’ll look to keep improving with every performance.”