DEREK Adams is hoping to provide a pick-me-up signing for City fans after the Carlisle low.

The Bantams are potentially targeting a couple of new faces before next weekend’s home clash with Salford.

Adams and his players came in for heavy criticism at the final whistle of Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Brunton Park.

His team failed to register a single effort on target against their lowly opponents and were jeered off with angry chants of “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” from the away section.

Now the City boss, who also received stick from supporters, will attempt to lift the mood by upping the recruitment drive in the January window.

Adams has been heavily linked with Hearts winger Jamie Walker and is chasing several targets in a bid to boost a squad that have hit the midway stage of the League Two campaign in the bottom half.

He said: “We’re involved in a lot of deals at this moment in time. I can’t say they are definite or not.

“But we have got players that we are trying to do deals with.

“We’re still trying but, as we know, there’s not a lot of movement in the window.

“Clubs are holding on to their players and we’re trying to do deals. But until they get completed, we don’t know if they are on.

“Things can change very quickly. We’ve got players that we are trying to bring in and we’re just waiting on their clubs to allow them to leave.”

Adams has already brought in Dion Pereira on loan from Luton but he missed out on making his debut in Cumbria after feeling unwell.

The mood among the fanbase has turned again after an awful display. Having kicked off the new year with a battling win at Barrow, City looked well off it against a Carlisle side fighting to pull themselves away from the drop zone.

Adams admitted he was as frustrated as those watching with how City seemed to give up without a fight once they fell behind to a goal from former Bantam Jordan Gibson.

He added: “We had a full week last week to prepare. Carlisle had to go away and play at Harrogate so there was no reason not to have had the energy levels to be better.

“We were really disappointing in the second half. We went 4-4-2 and tried to get the ball in there but didn’t find any creativity.

“We moved wingers from side to side and still didn’t create enough opportunities.”

The early loss of Andy Cook with a dead leg was a big blow and City will be keeping fingers that he can recover fully in time to face Gary Bowyer’s team.

“He went for a crossed ball in the first half and the defender went into him,” added Adams. “Oscar Threlkeld hurt his knee as well so we had to make two enforced substitutions.

“I was hopeful Andy could continue but you could see it was seizing up and we had to take him off when we did.”