CHESTERFIELD are ready to show Valley Parade that they are starting to turn the corner.

It has been a torrid opening three months for the Spireites, who find themselves five points adrift at the bottom of League Two.

They have picked up two wins and a draw from seven games since Jack Lester succeeded Gary Caldwell in charge at the end of September.

But performances have bucked up and there is a growing optimism within the fanbase that Lester and assistant Nicky Eaden can turn their fortunes around.

City beat Caldwell’s side 4-2 in the Checkatrade Trophy but Eaden believes the underdogs can prove a sterner FA Cup proposition tomorrow.

Eaden said: “It will be a tough game as Bradford are going well and have a strong squad.

“Whether they’ll rotate it or not, I’ve no idea, but not too long ago they were playing at the same level, so we’ll be going there to try and win the game.

“We can’t be going there and giving Bradford too much respect by sitting off them.

“If we compete against them, it will be a good guide as to how far we’ve come and maybe give the lads that bit more belief.”

Striker Kristian Dennis is the biggest threat with ten goals already under his belt, equalling his haul from the whole of last season.

He netted against the Bantams in August and has scored in each of the last three games. Teenager Joe Rowley, who is likely to play just behind him, is also gaining attention.

Lester wants his side to play with more intensity and energy and Chesterfield have bossed recent games against Crawley, Cambridge and Carlisle – even if the table still makes worrying viewing.

They will be without Jordan Flores, who was involved in a recent car crash, and the injured Gozie Ugwu. But midfielder Louis Reed is back from suspension.