Port Vale v Bradford City - Bantams will work on new playing style says Mark Trueman

Three straight losses have seen Bradford City accept defeat in their hopes of reaching the League Two play-offs, so today’s trip to Port Vale will herald a new, more expansive, chapter in Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars’ managership.

Timely return: Bradford City forward Lee Novak has returned from injury in time to replace Danny Rowe who has left for Chesterfield. Picture Bruce Rollinson

The pair took over a side in real danger of relegation in December, so to have even had the chance of a top-seven finish was an achievement but now Trueman says they will look to develop a more positive style.

“We can experiment a little bit to allow us to potentially create more chances and find different ways to win matches,” he said.

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“We’ve got to now look to the future and if that’s to experiment slightly and get to know the characteristics of these players and can they play in different systems, we can be a little bit more creative in that.

“Me and Conor want to play attractive football, want to score goals, but we were leaking goals when we got into the job so we made us harder to beat and we were winning games. Now we’re in a position of can we do both, be more expansive by taking a few risks at the back?”

Danny Rowe’s surprise departure for Chesterfield makes Lee Novak’s return from a knee injury timely, but with the 32-year-old out of contract at the end of the season, he will have to prove his worth in the Bantams’ four remaining games.

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