Barry Conlon hopes his Lincoln winner will provide a timely reminder for boss Stuart McCall.

The Irishman has started only one of the last nine games for City but, after coming off the bench to prod the decisive goal on Boxing Day, Conlon is looking for a bigger opportunity against high-flying Hereford on Saturday.

He does not want to be saddled with the reputation as a "super sub" and said: "I don't think anybody's ever happy with being on the bench. The gaffer would be disappointed with me if he thought I'd be content just to be sitting there.

"Hopefully that goal might have planted a little seed in his head. I always want to be in contention and make it tougher for him to make decisions and maybe that will have done that."

It was only Conlon's second goal since joining the Bantams in the summer - and first at Valley Parade. His other effort was a consolation penalty at MK Dons in October.

He was heckled after missing chances against Brentford the following month but has since become a cult figure among City fans, who went wild when Conlon trundled home the winner on Wednesday in front of the Kop.

Conlon smiled: "It was a great finish and a great contact!. No, I'll admit there wasn't too much pace on it.

"Paul Heckingbottom was laughing at me when I ran from our box and went past him. He'd seen Omar (Daley) go upfield and open his legs up and was wondering where I was going!

"But I kept plugging on and the ball came for me and I was delighted to see it go in. I'd take that rather than a great volley that hits the crossbar from 30 yards.

"Hopefully that could be a turning point for myself and I can get going now. When you're a striker, goals can be like buses - you wait ages for one and then a few come along at the same time.

"I'd like to think they will start flying in for me because I'm always confident about scoring."

McCall was far from happy with the team's performance against Lincoln and could make changes. One switch will certainly have to be made in central midfield, where Paul Evans sits out a one-match ban.

Scott Phelan, who replaced Evans during the second half on Wednesday, is in contention for a rare start.

City fans will also be waiting to see if Willy Topp features at all. McCall hinted before the Christmas period that the Chilean could get some involvement in the home games but he was left out of the 16-man squad on Boxing Day.

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