STUART McCall has decided to make the wing-back system his Plan A for City.

The Bantams boss reverted to the formation that started the season in Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat at Bolton – where they had the chances to have come away with something.

McCall has promised to simplify his tactical tweaks to try to build some momentum with his squad.

And he feels the switch back to a 3-5-2 set-up where they look comfortable is the best way forward.

He said: “It’s about being consistent in the selection over the formation as much as the players. But we’ve got to stick at that now and go from here.

“There was a lot of belief in the second half. That wasn’t a team coming off the back of a really poor performance on Saturday.

“We talk about inconsistencies but that was a strong second 45 that merited far more than we got.

“Anthony O’Connor was playing almost as a right winger and that’s how he got the penalty. He was also close at the end.

“Bryce (Hosannah) had two great chances. He cut in and just slipped as the boy blocked him on the six-yard box and was then one-on-one with the keeper and put it wide – that could have been a penalty as well.

“Performance-wise it was encouraging with the way we played in that system against a team who play the same.

“We overpowered them second half and were the dominant side without a doubt. But football’s about taking your chances.”

Lee Novak went for a scan yesterday on the calf problem that is set to keep him sidelined for a while.

City are already struggling for goals and losing their top scorer is a blow. But Gareth Evans will be available for Saturday’s trip to Barrow.

Since returning to the club, he has been limited to just one start – when he pulled his hamstring against Harrogate.

McCall added: “Evo will definitely be back in contention after training well in the last few days. Levi (Sutton) will also be available.

“We don’t know how long Noves is going to be out. I don’t think it’s great news but we’ll get it looked at properly.

“We’ve got another couple of soft tissue injuries but you’re going to get that with the games coming Saturday, Tuesday every week.

“There are a couple with tight hamstrings – you don’t know if it’s just a bit of tightness or there might be a little strain.

“That is a concern naturally so to have these lads coming back is a bonus.”