STUART McCall will simplify his approach to try to bring the best out of City.

McCall has called it an “average” start as the Bantams head for Bolton tonight looking for a third League Two win.

But as he urges a response from his players following the Newport loss, McCall has admitted he plans to cut back on his own tinkering with formations and tactics.

He said: “We talk about being more consistent but that’s got to come from me with my selections as much as the players.

“I’ve always been a ‘horses for courses’ coach and manager. Rarely do I like going against similar systems to eke out a point.

“I want to go out and try to win by looking to find a weakness.

“We’ve worked on different formations throughout pre-season and the season so far. But I think it’s time to simplify things a bit.

“Without being disrespectful but lower down the pyramid you go then (keeping) the concentration and focus is more difficult.

“So maybe it’s time I say to them, ‘in the main, this is how we’re going to go’. There might be a little tweak here or there but we can’t keep changing, changing, changing.”

City are currently in 15th place on nine points, although they have a game in hand on everybody above them.

“It’s been average so far,” added McCall. “It’s not been rotten and obviously it’s not been great.

“We’ve beaten a couple of sides that have been struggling and lost to two really good ones on the day.

“But I’m not going to overreact every time there’s a poor result. We’ve got 46 games and had seven.

"There's a lot of improvement but we will do. It's going to be a process but we will be judged at the end of the season, not after seven games.

"I'm confident that when we get to the back end of the season, we'll be in a position that we are comfortable with.

“As a manager, I’m still learning about the players and what they can and can’t do.

“I looked at the two sides that have beaten us well. Yes, they’ve been together for a wee while but they’ve got a settled system and they stick to it.”

Bryce Hosannah and Reece Staunton are both available for City’s second trip to the University of Bolton Stadium this season.

But there are a couple of injury doubts from Saturday although McCall is keeping their identity under wraps.

"We've got one or two struggling," he said. "Evo (Gareth Evans) is touch and go and Levi (Sutton) should be back for Saturday."

On-loan Wolves youngster Austin Saunders was subbed at half-time on his first City start at the weekend.

But McCall believes he will have an impact.

"Things can be different if, for example, the opposition are chasing a goal. Certain times might suit him more with how the game goes.

"There wasn't a lot of room for him on Saturday to get in behind (the defence) or down the sides.

"He just overran the ball a little bit once and then he had the back-post header. But we see it in training when we do 11 v 11s, that when there's space in areas he has got intelligent runs and he can finish.

"It was a tactical change but he will be fine and ready to go."