Liddle looking for City to be more ruthless

GARY LIDDLE insists a long overdue home win is just around the corner for Bradford City.

Phil Parkinson

The Bantams are one of eight Yorkshire clubs who have claimed more points on the road than at their own stadium.

In City’s case, just eight of their 23 points have come at Valley Parade and Liddle admits that has to change if Phil Parkinson’s men are to mount a serious challenge for the play-offs.

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He said: “It is all about that first win when you have been on a disappointing run. Once we get that, we’ll be fine.

Bradford City's Gary Liddle (Picture: Tony Johnson).

“I saw it at Notts County last season. We had a slow start but once we started getting some results then things picked up and we got out of trouble.

“We put our bodies on the line last week (in the 1-1 home draw with Gillingham) and, unfortunately, were undone by a set-piece really late on. We had plenty of chances and maybe should have been more ruthless. We need to put teams away.”

Today’s visitors to Valley Parade will be able to empathise with Bradford over their Valley Parade troubles.

Leyton Orient only claimed their first home win a week ago when thrashing Crewe Alexandra and Liddle believes the London club are a great example as to how tight the margins between success and failure can be in League One.

“This division is so tight,” said the midfielder, who joined Bradford in the summer from Notts County.

“You only have to look at the league table to see that.

“Showing how quickly things can change, look at Leyton Orient; they were top of the league last year and came so close to winning promotion.

“They only missed out on penalties but look at them now; they are just above the relegation places. That shows how competitive the league can be.”