MARK Trueman refused to get involved in any play-off talk after City made it six wins in 10 games for the interim managers.

Anthony O’Connor and Charles Vernam scored as the Bantams came from behind to beat Morecambe 2-1 at Valley Parade.

It was another top-seven scalp for City who moved up to 16th – 11 points clear of the drop zone.

Trueman was delighted with the performance and insisted League Two security remains the priority.

“That is key,” he said. “When we came into the role, our objective was to move as far away from the relegation zone as possible.

“We’ve got to keep winning games and pushing up the league until it’s mathematically safe.

“It’s important we keep improving and putting in performances like we did last night.

“Hopefully there’s no questions on play-offs. Teams keep beating each other and the league is so tight.

“You’ve always got to look over your shoulder with teams picking up points.

“But we can only concentrate on ourselves and making sure we’re winning games.”

It was the perfect response to the 3-2 loss at Exeter 10 days earlier – the first defeat since the management duo were appointed in December.

And City had to do it the hard way after falling behind early on to a John O’Sullivan cross that flew in.

Trueman added: “We showed great character when we conceded the goal the way we did.

“We kept doing what we’d asked from them and tried to control the game and get our midfielders on the ball. We did that well.

“We also showed that character and endeavour to defend as a team. We showed that willingness to defend our box and be hard to play through.

“When the game settled after 15-20 minutes, I felt confident in the way we were playing. What we’d worked on in training looked like it was causing them problems.”

O’Connor scored on his 100th City start and Trueman was pleased with how he adapted to a move to full back.

“A lot of people probably questioned us playing him at right back,” he said.

“He always does a job for the team but he also showed his qualities that he can play there and is versatile in his game.

“We see him every day in training so know the quality he has got in possession. But he’s also very good defending one v one and showed that against a very tricky character in (Carlos Mendes) Gomes.

“He used his head, he was bright and intelligent and made it hard for him.”

Vernam curled the second-half winner to make it two goals in two games since his deadline-day arrival from Burton.

Trueman said: “It’s great for Chas. We needed players to unlock doors in tight games.

“Morecambe are a very good team and they are up there for the right reasons. They do defend well like us.

“The quality of Chas and the relationships we are building allowed us to go and punish them when we had those high levels of pressure.

“We probably haven’t done that in a few games when we’ve been on top.

“I didn’t really say it but there were a lot of factors that caused us problems in the build-up to the Exeter game.

“We can only control the ‘controllables’ and were able to do that before this one.

“It was important we showed character and resilience after a loss and how the group reacted and bounced back.

“It’s now about how we keep on improving and picking up points.”