Date: 15th March 2009 at 10:17am
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The Bantams have now lost 11 games, 10 of those outside Bradford where their home form has been a revelation.

However, it is that home form that has allowed the Bantams the ability to stay around the top of the table. After yesterday’s loss at Exeter the Bantams have now taken just 20 points on their travels all season. Only four teams in the whole division have lost more on their travels.

We have 9 games to secure promotion. At the moment we’re 8th, the place outside the playoffs having been outfought and outplayed to victory against two of our closest rivals.

Yet still we find ourselves 3 points from an automatic promotion place. The problem is that of our remaining 9 games we have more on our travels and the visitors to Valley Parade are no push overs.

I didn’t make it to the game yesterday but my Dad and sister, Devon residents, did. They were not impressed by what they saw. In a tight game, ultimately decided by a freak goal, they saw a worrying lack of passion, a worrying lack of communication between the players and a worrying lack of momentum to try and get something from a must-win (or certainly must-not-lose) game until the very end of the 90 minutes.

When Stuart joined the club and held the Fans Forum he promised us a squad who play with passion. He said he would rather play heart over talent. Somehow his team aren’t repaying that faith and giving their all on the pitch when they travel away from Valley Parade.

We’ve fixed the home form, now our away form, so often the last bastion of hope under Colin Todd, has gone out of the window.

At least Stuart showed a willingness to experiment. His move away from 4-4-2 to try and make us more solid and prevent the kind of steamrolling we had experienced in the previous 3 outings at least reduced the number of goals we shipped (although that may well have been down to an Exeter City side that themselves were pretty average) but at the expense of really threatening in front of goal.

Another week of doom and gloom follows last weeks joyous performances. They’re not making it easy for themselves are they!?