Novak: Why it was very important for Bradford City to speak their minds
The Bantams are seeking to make it six unbeaten when they head for the striker’s previous club Scunthorpe this weekend after an 11-day break from action.
They are yet to lose since Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars were handed the reins – and the players staged a group meeting to get whatever out into the open about their previous poor form.
Novak, who will avoided City throughout Richard O’Donnell’s absence, revealed that some frank conversations occurred after last month’s loss at Oldham.
It was their sixth on the trot to leave the Bantams only above the relegation zone on objective difference and saw Stuart McCall sacked in the after-effects.
” There were a few home realities said,” admitted Novak. “However it was something that required to occur.
” The floor was open. Anyone who wished to state something, young or old, it didn’t matter.
” Certainly, the bad outcomes cost Stuart and Kenny (Black) their tasks, which is never great. Sadly, the manager is usually the one who pays the cost when things aren’t working out.
” But things needed to be said and you’ve seen the enhancement since.”
As one of the senior heads in the dressing room, City’s top scorer understands the value of not enabling disappointments to bottle up when a team is having a hard time.
He included: “There wasn’t anyone yelling and screaming at people. We’re a team, not a bunch of individuals.
” Win, lose or draw together, whatever occurs we are a group. We need that togetherness.
” It was simply a case of what we can do much better and how we can improve on and off the pitch.
” A few of the younger lads might be a bit shy and not desire to speak in front of the group. But that was the opportunity for anyone who had some useful criticism to say it.
” No-one could take it in a bad way, it recommended the good of the club and we’re seeing the benefits of that.
” Given That Mark and Conor have actually come in, they have actually been unbelievable with the depth they go into and we’re reaping the rewards. Long might it continue.”
Novak left Scunthorpe for City last January after 106 appearances and 26 goals. The Iron have also had a bumpy ride this season and presently sit one location behind their visitors in 20th.
” I was there two-and-half-years prior to I signed for Bradford and I’ve got buddies who are still at the club. I enjoyed my time there.
” It was undoubtedly a big disappointment when the club got relegated. That was the sour part of it.
” However I look back knowing I did my best for them and scored some goals. I have actually got great memories and made pals for life at the club.
” They’ve had a huge turnover of managers and gamers too. It’s another great club wanting to do a lot much better.
” They’ll be believing they should be a lot higher than where they are in the league. It’s much like us.
” However, as I’ve stated, we’re there for a reason. The table doesn’t lie and you can’t hide away from that.
” However results type confidence and ideally this is our turning point.”
Novak’s return from injury has actually accompanied City’s upturn in fortunes. With three goals in the last 4 games, he has maintained his record of never ever completing on the losing side when he has actually scored.
However he thinks the crucial distinction has been at the other end of the pitch. They have let in just 2 under the interim managers.
He stated: “It’s an excellent stat. We have not been yielding as numerous as we had.
” We’re playing a different formation from the previous supervisor. Each supervisor has their own style and belief and it’s been working.
” We simply required to get results. It wasn’t about performances but just getting some points.
” One outcome types self-confidence in the group and everybody starts to think in themselves a bit more.
” You get one good result and turn it into five. We simply need to keep doing what Mark and Conor want and following their methods and ideally keep this run going.”