as reported by thetelegraphandargus.co.uk,

DAVID Hopkin feels City are in the right frame of mind heading into this potential make-or-break stretch of the season.

The weekend trip to Plymouth kicks off a crucial run of games up to the end of the year which also sees the Bantams face Stuart McCall’s Scunthorpe and Rochdale – two sides they hope to drag into trouble.

With an FA Cup replay against Peterborough at Valley Parade next week, it is a pivotal spell in their bid to salvage the campaign.

But Hopkin believes they head into it in good spirits following the two-goal fight back at the Posh.

He said: “We know it’s going to be tough. We have a run of games now against teams round about us.

“Hopefully we can pick up points and try and get away from where we are.

“I think confidence-wise, we’ve been playing well and we’ve got players coming back now.

“Players have got to take great heart and confidence. Even the two poor results we’ve had, the two 4-0 defeats, have been when we’ve been down to the bare bones with defenders.

“Those games have been difficult because we’ve not managed to put a back four together.”

Hopkin can see his side’s staying power improving as he looks to make an impact on the squad he took over – a job boosted by the arrival of new number two Anton McElhone.

The Bantams boss added: “Players know they can keep going and just have to make sure we’re not

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