ONLY goal difference may currently separate Bury from the bottom four – but boss Lee Clark is convinced they are about to turn the corner.

The Shakers have won just two of their 11 games so far but had a free weekend to recharge the batteries when their scheduled trip to Oldham was postponed because of internationals.

Clark, who has been under a bit of pressure, is tipping the Bantams for another strong season but believes his side will rise to the challenge against them tomorrow.

He said: “It was hard to judge (City’s 4-1 win last week) because MK Dons went down to ten men after five minutes. But we know Bradford are a quality side.

“They’ll be going for promotion once again. They just missed out last year so we know it’s an extremely tough game but we’re looking forward to it.

“We like the challenge of playing these top sides so let’s give it a right good go.”

Bury won their last outing ten days ago at Blackburn in the Checkatrade Trophy – a timely lift going into their extended break.

And their options are likely to be boosted by the return of playmaker Jay O’Shea, Andrew Tutte and Eoghan O’Connell.

O’Shea has not featured since damaging his knee on the opening day against Walsall. But all three came through an under-23s outing on Monday to put themselves in contention to feature at Gigg Lane.

Clark added: “It was important for them to get some minutes and prove their fitness. It’s a huge boost because they’re all big players for us.

“We’ve missed them, so they can only enhance the group and make us stronger.

“With the exception of MK Dons, the last four or five performances have warranted good results.

“We can gain confidence from that and I just think, once the total belief of the group comes back, you’ll see us climb the table because we’ll start getting consistent results.

“I don’t think we’re far off.”