BRADFORD (Park Avenue) assistant manager Lee Fowler has urged his players to be “cuter” ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup Second Qualifying Round clash at home to Morpeth Town.

He felt that they were not subtle enough with their game management in last weekend’s 1-1 home draw with Spennymoor Town, with the large chunk of time added on enough to see the visitors equalise in the 95th minute through ex-Bradford man Adam Boyes.

They will hope to shake off that disappointment when Morpeth visit. The North-East outfit are in the tier below Avenue, in the Northern Premier League, but Fowler is all too aware of the threat they pose.

He said: “It will be tricky because they’ve got some good players, and they even had David Carson move to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the summer.

“They have five or six players who are over six foot four so they’ll be a threat from set plays. They have a strong defence and Liam Henderson and Joe Walton are brilliant finishers.

“But we need to start winning games, whether that’s in the FA Cup, the league, the County Cup or whatever.

“There’s a level between us and Morpeth so we’ve got to be on the front foot, while making sure we don’t give away many corners or free-kicks.”

They also don’t want to give away any last-minute equalisers like last week against Spennymoor, something Fowler felt was eminently avoidable.

He explained: “It was naive because this was the first game since Marcus (Law, Avenue’s manager) and I arrived that we had a gameplan in place where we felt we had a good chance to win.

“We asked the players if they could delay throw-ins and free-kicks but they overdid it and it bit us. It alienated the referee. He added a lot of time on and they got the equaliser. We just need to be cuter with our game management.”

Bradford also need to improve their finishing but Fowler is hopeful of a new signing up front.

He mused: “He would take the pressure off Lewis Knight, Alex Hurst and Brad Dockerty. A number nine is the key ingredient we’ve been missing.

“We should have been 3-0 up on Saturday. There was one chance where Knighty just made the wrong decision and should have gone with his left foot.

“It was a Premier League-like run though and he’s only a young player. We’ll not be shouting at him when he’s getting into the right areas.”

Fowler added: “Brad’s done very well. He’s got energy and zest and he’s now played two and scored two (against Boston United and Spennymoor).

“At Boston he didn’t track his runner on one occasion but we pointed that out to him on the DVD and he listened. He’s good on the ball so he just has to do the other side of things as well now.”

Avenue announced yesterday that Frenchman Nelson Digbeu, who joined the club in August, has left.