CITY will not be shouting from the rooftops about their promotion push, Anthony O’Connor insisted.

Saturday’s win over top-seven rivals Exeter lifted the Bantams back up to second and within a point of latest League Two leaders Forest Green.

The 2-0 success got the Port Vale setback straight out the system and leaves Gary Bowyer’s side in a strong position as they break off for next weekend’s FA Cup action at Shrewsbury.

It is a welcome contrast from the turmoil of last season but O’Connor stressed that the players will remain firmly grounded.

He said: “It is nice to look at the table. When we go into changing rooms after winning games, everyone’s happy.

“We have a scream and a shout whatever but we don’t get carried away.

“It’s so early in the season and it’s dangerous to do that.

“But we’re not like that as a group of players. I haven’t seen it once.

“It’s always about moving on to the next game. Enjoy the win and then put it to bed and get back to work again.”

The centre half says that even goes for the less experienced players as they follow Bowyer’s mantra of focusing only on the next game as attention turns to the FA Cup first round.

“The younger ones like Connor Wood, Danny Devine and Remi (Aramide Oteh) know what it’s about. It’s always about the game to come.

“After the bitter blow conceding in the last minute against Port Vale, we wanted to bounce back as quick as we could and we’ve done that.

“Having the Macclesfield game called off, you keep thinking about that last loss.

“But we were always confident because we’d been on a good run of picking up points.”

City’s win over an Exeter side who had been in second also included a first clean sheet since mid-September - a wait of nine games. As a defender, that provided an extra boost for O’Connor.

“It breeds confidence especially when we’ve had a few weeks without one,” he added.

“We’ve had a few lapses in concentration and conceded one or two sloppy goals in the final periods of games.

“But overall we’ve defended well and this time everyone was bang at it.

“It wasn’t just the back four and the goalkeeper but that goes for the whole team. Clean sheets are a squad effort.”

Callum Cooke will be suspended for the Shrewsbury tie after his weekend dismissal – one of three red cards shown by referee Michael Salisbury.

Shay McCartan is also likely to miss out after suffering a training injury which meant he was not in the squad against Exeter.