Bradford City hoping '˜snowball effect' can bring play-off spot reward

BRADFORD CITY manager Simon Grayson has expressed his frustration after his team's schedule has been hampered by a series of postponements.

Bradford City manager Simon Grayson. Picture: Tony Johnson.

Talking ahead of the Bantams’ League One match against Blackpool this weekend, Grayson said that his squad shared his annoyance, particularly after Easter Monday’s game at home to Walsall was postponed.

He said: “It’s frustrating because we have not been able to get any momentum or any consecutive games over a period of time.

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“Everybody was ready for the game. We wanted to get the disappointment of the Blackburn result out of our systems quickly. But, obviously when things are out of your control then you can’t do anything about it.”

Bradford will travel north on Saturday knowing they need a win to reignite their promotion challenge this season.

The Yorkshire side sit in 11th place, eight points off the play-offs, with two games in hand on the majority of their rivals.

“I think we’ve always said that if you can get on a run, players will want to be playing games, so if we can kick-start our season with a win at Blackpool, who knows what we can achieve.

“One victory can really lead to a snowball effect and that’s why we’ve got to remain positive and think that’s what we can achieve. That’s the intentions and we’ve got to win on Saturday.”

Bradford fans will be buoyant following the news this week that their co-owners Edin Rahic and Stefan Rupp have confirmed that their pitch, which has been in poor condition for several years, will be replaced in the summer.

Grayson was quick to praise the German owners and said that it is a positive step forward for the club.

He said: “I think everybody wants it to happen and I think it’s not easy for players to play on a difficult pitch.

“There are a lot of poor pitches at the moment due to the heavy weather that’s been around the country for many months now, but ultimately it hasn’t been helped by the poor drainage that’s been at place at the football club for a long time.

“It’s good news, a positive step from the owners to change the ground.”