Andy Cook has called for the Bantams to re-discover their confidence and return to winning ways tomorrow, when Rochdale visit the University of Bradford Stadium.
City’s top goal-scorer insists the Bantams have to change their form at home if they are to achieve their aims this season, but praised the squad's mentality to bounce back from setbacks already this season.
Cook admits the enforced week’s break has been “different” - in having to alter focuses on the training field, but is looking forward to being back on the field at Valley Parade.
He said: “With how our last couple of games have gone, we have to put things right.
“Those last two defeats have hindered what we want, but it is a long season and we need to keep going. Two bad results will not define a season, so if we put them right everyone is happy again.
“We do need to change our home form and pick up more wins, and hopefully that starts from Saturday.
“This group is great. It is a good set of lads because we just get on with it.
“If we dwell on defeats, it only makes things worse. The manager helps, and the lads take everything on board.
“Everyone wants to learn and be better for the club.”
Cook, currently the leader goal-scorer in the EFL with 16 in all competitions, feels he is getting in “better positions” to give himself better chances of notching, and is not looking to slow down.
City’s No.9 admitted he has improved overall in claret and amber, and lauded the support of his team-mates and manager in getting the best out of him and the Bantams, as a whole.
“I am enjoying it so much this season,” he added.
“I am happy because, as a striker, your job is to score goals, and luckily I am doing that. I hope it continues for the team.
“I feel like I am getting in better positions and getting good contact to score. I always back myself to finish chances.
“I want to score in every game and I get frustrated if I do not get a chance, or I miss one.
“There has been a lot of change for me. The second half of last season was a frustrating time, where I was not on the pitch as much as I would have liked.
“I do dwell on missed chances, but I have been scoring this season, so my confidence is high. Last year, I doubted myself, but it is because I set myself high standards and I want to reach those.
“Sometimes, you have rely on your team-mates to work for each other, both on and off the pitch, and to support you through the tough times.
“The manager helps too. There is no better man to learn from, and to play under him at this level is unbelievable.
“Everyone in this team has the same ambition, and that is to win.
“If we can turn our form around and play to our highest standard, starting Saturday, then we can still achieve success this season.”
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