CITY’S management duo have not lost confidence in themselves after the five-game losing run, Mark Trueman stressed this afternoon.

The Bantams are desperate to stop the rot against Scunthorpe on Saturday but Trueman said the tough spell had not knocked the belief in him or Conor Sellars.

“We are confident in our abilities to do this job,” he said. “We’re never going to be backing down from that.

“We know the pressures that come with it and the pressure of winning football matches.

“We’ll make sure we are better prepared going into next season.

“I’m not saying we’ll win every game, there will be up and downs and games we should have won that we don’t. There will also be others we win and probably don’t deserve to but that’s football.

“We’ve got to be positive as a group and positive regards recruitment going into the summer. We’ve also got to finish as strong as we can this year.”

The Bantams will make late checks on Clarke and Ollie Crankshaw, who both trained fully with the rest of the squad today. Lee Novak is unlikely to be risked from the start after two sub appearances.

Crankshaw had to come off at Port Vale last week after complaining of breathing difficulties linked to his asthma.

Trueman said: “I’ve had a lot of conversations with Cranky and it must be 10 years since he’s had something like it.

“It’s a strange one. We can’t really put our finger on why – is it the change of weather or an allergic reaction to something?

“We’ve just got to make sure Ollie is medically right before he can return.”

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