Mark Lawn today urged fans not to panic after seeing City drop out of the play-off picture.

Tuesday’s dismal defeat at Bury dropped the Bantams into ninth spot – their lowest position of the season.

Stuart McCall’s men have won only once in the league since the end of November, picking up nine points from a possible 27.

McCall is demanding an immediate response from his side this weekend when they face crucial home clashes with Grimsby and promotion rivals Darlington.

Joint-chairman Lawn appreciates the fears of the fans but said: “It’s not May 2 yet. That’s when it counts.

“It is concerning and everybody is bound to be worried. I can quite understand that.

“But we’ve got the squad capable of doing it. All we’ve got to find is the right mixture.

“I’m sure we will make serious inroads into the teams above us, starting against Grimsby on Saturday.”

City took more than 1,800 supporters to Gigg Lane and Lawn paid tribute to their backing.

He said: “I have to say that our fans were amazing and the Bury chairman couldn’t believe it as well. They’ve never seen that number of away supporters at their ground for a midweek game.

“It was a pity the performance let them down but now we’ve got to get that out of our system. Let’s do what the Man Uniteds of the world always do at this time of the season and turn up the pressure.”

City’s promotion rivals Exeter lost 2-1 at Chesterfield last night.