RICHARD O’Donnell has called on City to make “one last push” for the play-offs.

The Bantams face in-form Stevenage tomorrow aiming to clock up a third straight win to increase their momentum towards the top seven.

Good Friday’s impressive 4-1 win over Forest Green halved the gap to just three points going into the Lamex Stadium visit – and O’Donnell is determined to keep the foot on the accelerator.

He said: “We’ve got to give it everything we have.

“You normally get to the Easter weekend and you’re almost there. You’re down to the last four or five games.

“Obviously, there’s a few more this year but this is a big weekend for us.

“Get it done and then we might have a better reflection of where we’re going to be at come the end of the season. We’ve got one last push now.”

Stevenage are just below City in mid-table but are unbeaten in almost two months.

O’Donnell was a team-mate of Boro boss Alex Revell at Northampton and is not surprised by how well the 37-year-old is doing in his first managerial position.

“He’s a larger-than-life character and loves football,” added the City skipper. “He’s a natural winner.

“Revs has done an amazing job to say where they were. Two or three months ago they were in the bottom two.

“The turnaround they’ve had since has been quite similar to ours and they are currently on a run like we were a few weeks ago.

“I’m pleased for Revs because I know what he’s like.

“He was doing a lot of coaching stuff when I was playing with him. It’s no surprise he’s got to where he has and there’s no doubt he will have a good managerial career.

“But hopefully we can spoil his afternoon this time by getting the three points.”

O’Donnell is one of the survivors from City’s last visit at the start of last season – when he produced a sensational save from Danny Newton’s close-range header. At the time, it was compared with Gordon Banks’s iconic block against Pele.

He smiled: “I’m not one who can recall all my best saves but I remember that one well.

“We were probably fortunate to get away with a 1-0 that night but those are the wins you love more - not just as a goalkeeper but the whole team.

“As a goalkeeper, you’re delighted because you have a lot to do and come away with the win.

“For the team, it was real backs against the wall so when you sneak a 1-0 win it’s a nice feeling to take away.

“We’ll take any result we can get – we’re used to very tight games this season.

“I don’t think there have been many occasions when we’ve been well beaten and vice versa. We probably haven’t blown teams away like I felt we could have done at times.

“Genuinely anyone can beat anyone on the day and you’ve got to bring your best game whoever you’re up against.”

O'Donnell pulled off a couple of key second-half saves on Friday but there is no time to dwell on City's biggest win since Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars took the helm.

The quick turnaround in games over Easter comes as no shock this year given the intensity of the programme from the start.

“We’ve had it pretty much all season playing Saturday, Tuesday,” said O’Donnell.

“It doesn’t get easier in terms of the demand on your body but I’ve done it for a lot of years playing over the Easter weekend.

“The travelling doesn’t help but we’ve had a lot of long Tuesday night games away so we’re pretty used to that this season.

“It’s been a season like no other. It’s basically been cut by a month and then we had a few postponements here and there through Covid and frozen pitches and there was the snowstorm at Scunthorpe.

“We’ve not had a chance to rest and reflect through the season. We say it all the time about taking it game-by-game but you have to because you don’t get that breather to take in where you are at.

“As soon as one game is over, you’re already looking towards the next one.”