LEVI Sutton admits City’s clash with League Two bottom club Scunthorpe this weekend has become a “must win”.

Sutton’s hometown club Iron have picked up just two victories so far to sit below Carlisle on goal difference at the foot of the table.

But the Bantams need an immediate pick-me-up after the dismal display at Tranmere on Tuesday – when they were booed off by travelling fans.

Sutton’s well-worked goal in the first half was wiped out by two quickfire replies soon after the break as City’s performance completely fizzled out to leave them without a win in four games.

The midfielder insisted there must be a proper reaction at Glanford Park.

He said: “We’ve got to put a performance in and win a game of football and that’s got to start Saturday away to Scunthorpe.

“It’s still early days. Look at the situation we were in last year and we put a run together that nobody probably thought we could at the time.

“You’re only one win away from your next run but we’ve got to get that.

“It will be a difficult place to go because obviously they’ve got a new manager. (Keith Hill) has a lot of experience and will set the team up right.

“But we have to win that game. There’s no other way.

“Performance-wise, we deserved more in certain games in the last couple of weeks. But that’s a broken record now, we can’t keep saying it every time.

“We’ve got to go out there and get those wins and that begins at Scunthorpe.”

City came from behind in their two previous league outings against high-flying Port Vale and Northampton.

But the lack of any response once Tranmere took over came as a major worry for the 800 away fans. Sutton, like Derek Adams, shared their concerns.

“You can’t play only one half of football in this league and expect to get anything out of it,” he added. “We let ourselves down.

“I’d have given my goal away for three points but it wasn’t to be.

“We’d shut the crowd up at half-time which was a massive thing at Tranmere because the fans get behind them.

“Then they get the early goal and it looked like there was only one team that was going to win the game.

“The quick succession of the goals was a sucker punch. Conceding the second one in the next five minutes takes the air out of you.

“But we’ve got to do so much better than that. The intensity and drive just wasn’t there.

“Losing Lee (Angol) was a massive downfall for us because he’s a big focal point up there. He’s a big boy and we played to get the ball up to him.

“Once he wasn’t on the pitch it was bread and butter for (Tranmere captain) Peter Clarke. He will head balls for fun.

“We struggled to hold it up and get out of our own half.

“But there are no excuses for such a disappointing performance. We just weren’t good enough.”

Sutton came up through the Scunthorpe ranks and has extra incentive to help City claim a much-needed win against the lowly Iron. But he is determined to keep his head.

He said: “I’m going to prepare for it like any game and try not to get too emotionally-attached.

“But it’s my hometown, I came through the youth team there and got let go.

“I want to go back and prove a point but also not get too carried away. I’ll go out and play my game and hopefully we can take the three points.

“They are on a bad run so they need to win – if they don’t, they might start to become detached from the rest of the group and get relegated at the end of season.

“Like any away game, it’s going to be a fight and about who wants it more.

“We’ve got a packed schedule with the FA Cup replay replay as well. We’ve got to dust ourselves off and not feel sorry for ourselves because there are so many games."