Bradford City v Northampton Town: Jackson eager for City to record overdue hat-trick

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The smiles are back at Valley Parade and Peter Jackson could not be happier.

Bradford City’s relegation worries have eased considerably after back-to-back wins over Rotherham United and Morecambe lifted them nine points clear of the bottom two.

Jackson, whose interim spell in charge has gone from just two games to being much more of an open-ended arrangement as the Bantams hunt for a permanent successor to Peter Taylor, now has successive home matches against Northampton Town and Shrewsbury Town to press his claim for the job.

He said: “There is a feel-good factor surrounding the club and that is great to see. When I came back, there were not too many smiles around the place.

“But now the smiles are back. Results always help but I also like to think people are enjoying coming into work. That is certainly what I want to see. When I came in, the first thing I wanted to do was lift the players. They have had a lot of stick this season, much of which was deserved as they are under-achieving.

“But I want a positive atmosphere around the club and I feel we are getting there.”

Northampton are today’s visitors to Bradford and Jackson added: “We have six points out of a possible six so why not make it 12 from a possible 12? We have back-to-back home games and it is important to capitalise.

“We have not won three consecutive games for something like 18 months so it would be another important milestone for us to achieve.

“The (1-0) win at Morecambe was important as it meant we built on what had been a very good result and performance against Rotherham.

“I felt we won quite comfortably and could have had a few more goals. The clean sheet was also important. It was also great to reward our biggest away following of the season.”

With Jackson’s future beyond the next few games unknown, he is not allowing his thoughts to stray to possible changes in the long-term.

The former Huddersfield Town and Lincoln City manager said: “I can’t look that far ahead. David Syers has triggered a clause in his contract that means he will be here next season, which is great news for Bradford City.

“But, otherwise, I can’t get ahead of myself. If I am to be in charge next season, I need results now so that is what I will be focusing on.”