FOREST Green are looking to settle a score as they break new ground at Valley Parade.

Mark Cooper’s side suffered their first defeat of the season when they were beaten 2-1 at Port Vale in midweek.

That took the gloss of a decent start for last year’s play-off semi-finalists, which included a Carabao Cup win on penalties at Charlton.

Cooper was unhappy with the mistakes at Vale Park and expects to see lessons taken on board for the club’s first ever meeting with the Bantams.

He said: “We have to me more decisive in the final third. That means people taking a few risks in the final third, people willing to get a cut eye by willing to get onto a ball that’s across the face of goal.

“We have to defend our own goal better. We’ve got some young defenders, it doesn’t matter how young, big or small you are, if you’ve got the right attitude – your man should never score.

“It’s important than when we lose, we learn. If you don’t mark men in the box, you’re going to concede goals.

“I could show you 50 goals from the weekend in the EFL and the Premier League when men are unmarked in the box.”

The Gloucestershire club have had to cope with the loss of key men Christian Doidge and Reece Brown over the summer. They have not scored more than once in a game so far and former Peterborough striker Matt Stevens is looking to get off the mark.

Player/coach Matt Mills feels they need to show more belief from the off.

“The biggest disappointment about the other night was that I didn’t see it coming," he said. "We’d conceded only one in four games and that was the surprise.

“We’ve got a young group of players and we need to learn. We were a bit tentative when we started, rather than being dominant and thinking we’re a top three team.

“Bradford is a tough game but we're capable of beating anybody in this league.”