PETER JACKSON strode onto the training ground today confident there's a lot better to come from Town in the second half of the season.
Stung by Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Bradford at the Galpharm, which leaves Town seven points off the play-off placings and marooned in mid-table, he is already targeting a Boxing Day tonic against Port Vale with a new-look 4-4-2 formation.
And Jackson insists he is not going to be panicked into making a signing, even though his team are treading water with only four League I wins in 14 outings.
"I am certainly not going to get carried away with talk of new signings just because we are all disappointed about losing the derby," said Jackson today.
"I set very high standards for my players and, obviously, I'm not very happy when they fall below those standards.
"I was harsh with them at half time on Saturday because I expect better from my team than we showed in the first half. If Chris Brandon's shot had gone in instead of hitting the post then we would have been fine, but we could easily have ended up 3-0 down by the break and that's not good enough.
"I've asked them since Saturday if the standards I'm setting for them are too high, and the answer was a very firm `no.' My players know they can play a lot better, I've got full faith in them and I'm confident there is a lot more to come from them in the matches ahead."
Jackson recalled Junior Mendes to partner Pawel Abbott but Town lost to an Owen Morrison strike as Colin Todd's Bradford maintained a 100% record in derbies this season with a fifth straight win against Yorkshire opposition in front of a crowd of 17,281, Town's biggest since the play-off semi-final last season against Lincoln.
"We have done well with the 3-5-2 formation but the biggest difference is that last season we kept 17 clean sheets with it and this season, we just can't seem to stop conceding stupid goals," conceded Jackson.
"When we switched to 4-4-2 at Oldham we did well and, on Saturday, we dominated with that formation in the second half so, obviously, I'm going to give it some consideration before we kick-off against Port Vale on Boxing Day.
"While we could do with a bit more luck in front of goal and probably deserved to take something for our second-half performance against Bradford, we have to address the problem of the goals we are letting in.
"We will do that and we'll keep working and battling to find the consistency we need."