Reds hero-turned-villain Sam Winnall has backed his team to produce a big response to the disappointment of Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exit at Oldham.
The Reds slipped out of the tournament at the second-round stage at SportsDirect.com Park, losing 4-2 on penalties after roaring back from a 2-0 half-time deficit to draw 2-2 after 90 minutes.
Winnall scored a last-minute 30-yard screamer to send Tuesday’s tie into a shoot-out his second Reds goal since a summer switch from Scunthorpe only to then strike his spot-kick attempt against the crossbar.
However, Winnall feels his team ought not to feel too down-hearted as they prepare to try a secure a second straight League One victory when they Bantams head for Oakwell on Sunday.
Winnall said: “It was frustrating to be knocked out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in those circumstances, but penalties can be a lottery sometimes.
“It’s about keeping our recent momentum into the weekend now, though.
“We’ll take the positives from Tuesday night, and the fact that we did show a lot of character to come from two goals down away from home at half-time, to eventually secure a 2-2 result.
“That’s huge credit to us really. It shows that we are no pushovers in this league, and we know that we won’t be a pushover in any game.
“I’ll certainly be going into the Bradford game full of confidence, knowing that we can beat anybody on our day.
“That’s the attitude we’ve got to have, and none of the players will have a problem with that.”
Wolverhampton-born Winnall is hoping his team can turn on the style in front of the watching nation on Sunday now.
He added: “We won’t dwell on Tuesday for too long. It’ll be straight back to the drawing board and preparations for Bradford.
“There’s quite a few local derbies for us in this division, and it’ll be great for us to be featured on Sky TV.”
“We’re all looking forward to the day, but most importantly we¹re all determined to put in a good performance for the fans.
“Our fans are invaluable to us, and we do appreciate the support, like the away following we had at Oldham the other night.”
Meanwhile, wide-man Ryan Williams, who made his debut at Oldham following last week¹s loan switch from Fulham, is now a doubt for Sunday as a tight calf forced him off late in the first half of the Trophy defeat.