MIKE FLYNN SAYS: Fans' faith rewarded

First published in Latest Football

It’s been a fine couple of weeks for us, mainly because we’ve finally been able to play some football after a very frustrating tussle with Mother Nature for too long.

We followed up the Mansfield win with a very good performance at Woking. It was a good professional job and we coped with a very sticky and difficult pitch much better than our hosts.

We’ve struggled against lesser teams at times this season, especially at home, there’s no secret in that but in the last couple of games we’ve looked a lot more solid and need to take that into the game with Telford today which is another important contest.

They will fancy they can get something after some of our results against the so-called lesser teams and we need to carry on with what we’ve been doing well in the past couple of weeks.

We’ve looked far more solid defensively, the players have adapted well to the change in system and it’s all encouraging.

Our priority now is to get on another run. We had five unbeaten at the start, lost a couple and then went ten unbeaten and we’re aiming for similar now.

There haven’t been many sides in this division capable of stringing together such a sequence and that’s encouraging.

If the fans who the gaffer feels have been a bit negative needed belief hopefully we’ve given it to them by beating Mansfield and Woking I’m pleased but I’m also surprised they needed any belief.

If they didn’t already believe in us, you must be a very sceptical person because we’ve been in the top five all season and we’ve only slipped to fifth because we are behind in games played.

If there are sceptics out there we need to win them over and get them on board because the fans give us an edge at times.

Coming into March though, if you’re not on board now, if you’re not convinced by us, you probably never will be.

Our fans have been really good though on the whole, passionate, the numbers have swelled and they deserve a pat on the back, the players are all grateful.

Obviously there has been a degree of change in our midfield since the end of last month when Lee Evans was sold to Wolves and Scott Donnelly came in to replace him.

As players they are different, Scott plays further forward than Lee but they are both very good on the ball.

We wish Lee all the best but hopefully Scott can come in and do an even better job, it’s been a good start from him. He adds a different dimension.

And we haven’t lost that competition either because we have Max Porter coming back from injury, Will Evans has signed and I am really pleased for Lee Minshull that he’s come into the team and looked so good. We’re still stacked in midfield.

I’ve got to mention Lee, he’s been quality, really stepped up to the plate and I’m thrilled for him because he’s a really good lad on and off the pitch.

He’s tight as anything and doesn’t have any hair, but we value him enormously, especially after he scored twice at Woking.

Once we’ve hopefully managed to get three points in the bag against Telford I’ll be very much a Bradford City fan tomorrow when the Capital One Cup final takes place against Swansea City.

Maybe Wembley just isn’t meant to happen for me! County were there last year and I was at Bradford and now obviously Bradford have got there and I’m at County.

Every time in my career that I’ve been promoted it’s been automatically and that also means I’ve missed out on Wembley.

And I hope the trend continues, I’m not interested in a play-off day out, let’s get the job done as champions, that’s my attitude.

That’s what we all want.

What’s meant to be will be as far as me playing at Wembley, but for Bradford, I’m absolutely made up for them and without question will support them, I have no split loyalties whatsoever, despite being a proud Welshman.

County is my club because Newport is my city but my heart is with Bradford in terms of my football career.

It’s going to mean a huge amount to the club in terms of cementing their financial future, it has been in doubt and there were times when I was there when their future looked very bleak indeed.

Administration and all those words you try and block out as a footballer, I heard them an awful lot in my time at Bradford.

The two chairman Mark Lawn and Julian Rhodes have done wonders there and there are a lot of people behind the scenes who deserve their day out. Wendy James the lady who helps out the players, Graham the kit man, all these unsung heroes and the fans have helped the club to survive and hopefully on Sunday they do themselves proud, the club and fans proud and everyone in the city. It’s a measure of Bradford as a club that they’ll honour the 56 who died in the horrific fire in 1985 and after all the doom and gloom they deserve it.

I’m a proud Welshman but it’s Bradford all the way for me, it wasn’t a great time on the pitch for the club when I was there but in spite of that I built a great rapport with the fans and really hope they can win the cup.

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