Bradford City manager Simon Grayson believes that his side still have a job to do in their final two league matches of the season.
The Bantams lost 2-0 at home to Southend United this afternoon, a result which mathematically ends the club’s hopes of securing a play-off place in Sky Bet League One.
When speaking about the loss to The72 after the match, The Bantams boss admitted that the result was one of fine margins.
“It was one of those games which was tight” said Grayson. “I can’t fault the players’ application, attitude, work rate or desire.
“Both teams cancelled themselves out to a certain degree and the referee didn’t help as every stoppage seemed to go on for a minute to 90 seconds.
“Against a team that have been scoring goals recently, the first goal was a key part of the game.
“We didn’t get the breaks. In the first half, we had a six-yard scramble, the keeper has made a couple of good saves from Callum Guy and one or two others and then we get a real good opportunity with Dieng’s header which the keeper makes a good save from and with Poleon’s follow up.
“Those points can change the outlook of a game and they go down the other end and score and it makes it more difficult for us.”
Bradford City now end their season with a home fixture against Walsall and an away trip to Scunthorpe United and Grayson believes that there is plenty to play for in those matches.
The Bantams boss added “We’ve still got plenty to play for.
“We’ve got to try to perform on Tuesday night and get six points from our two fixtures to try to end the season positively.
“There’s plenty to play for in these next two games, especially for the two teams who we are playing against so there should still be an edge to us and an edge to the opposition.”
After falling short again this season, Bradford City must now wait for a return to the Sky Bet Championship for at least another 12 months and manager Grayson believes that there will be big changes at the club in the summer.
“I’m pretty sure there will be big changes” added Grayson.
“When you’ve got players out of contract, players going back to parent clubs who’ve done loan deals then that’s going to be the nature of it.
“There will be a turnaround of players regardless of who is the manager, there has to be because the group at this moment in time have not been good enough to win promotion.
“What you’ve got to do is change a lot of things around the football club and be better next season.”