Date: 2nd March 2009 at 8:37am
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The Bantams have been on the receiving end of two very poor results in the last fortnight that have shaken the confidence of the Bantam faithful and Stuart McCall faces the most important 48 hours of his career.

The next ten days are crucial, two home games against mid table opposition in good form followed by a challenging trip to Rochdale.

It really is make or break time but, having just sorted his contract extension, Stuart knows he has the backing of the board as well as the fans.

Miss out on promotion and that relationship could sour very very quickly. Even the normally patient and forgiving away fans, having been subjected to such dire results wound up singing you’re not fit to wear the shirt.

It is to be hoped that the players can bounce back from this criticism, that they turn in a good performance tomorrow night and they go from zeroes to heroes.

Whatever the result, Stuart has tried to deflect the focus onto himself. Speaking to the Telegraph and Argus he said ‘What I say to the players stays in the dressing room. I’m not going to individually criticise my team because I need them to go out there and perform.

I want them to show that they are fit to wear the shirt; they do want to be here, they do want to have success.

We can say all the right things but it’s about performing. I said last Saturday that we needed a midweek game. We’ve got one this week and we’ve got to win the three points.

We need to put in a performance. Nobody else can help us apart from what we’ve got in that dressing room. It’s my responsibility to put the team out there that will do that.’

The question is, will Stuart make the right selection decisions? Will his players repay their manager’s trust? And will Valley Parade resound to cheers or jeers?

There’s an awful lot riding on the visit of the Silkmen…