STUART McCall expects no excuses from City as they look to avoid another FA Cup banana skin tomorrow.

League Two basement club Chesterfield head to Valley Parade with the first-round odds stacked firmly in the Bantams' favour.

A huge 45 places currently separate the two teams – but memories are still fresh of crashing at home to Accrington at the same stage last season.

McCall has yet to name his final side. He is waiting on confirmation on whether loan trio Alex Gilliead, Tom Field and Luke Hendrie can play and there has also been some illness within the camp.

Tony McMahon is suspended and Jake Reeves is also out with a slight hip problem.

But striker Dominic Poleon returns from a hamstring injury after coming through a full training session yesterday unscathed.

McCall has promised to name the strongest line-up available but insists minds must be fully focused.

He said: "Last year was the warning. The bottom line is that often it's not the team you pick but how they perform.

"Did we underestimate Accrington last season with our selection? I'd look at our team and say 'no'.

"Whether we underestimated them mentally after absolutely playing them off the park in the League Cup, maybe that played a part subconsciously.

"But remembering what happened should help us slightly with the people who were here last year.

"It was one of our poorest performances of the season – and if we play like that tomorrow, there's a good chance we'll get beaten regardless who we are up against.

"But there's no excuse if you are drawn at home to a side from a division below. There are always upsets but if you play at a good level with the right attitude, there's obviously a strong chance that you will progress."

Timothee Dieng will replace Reeves in the City midfield and is looking for his first proper taste of an FA Cup run.

The Frenchman said: "I only passed one round with Oldham in my second season. This is another opportunity to do better.

"We are focused to win this game after what happened last year. It is the same situation and we have to learn from our mistake. We must go into the game the right way.

"The FA Cup is very exciting but we have to make sure we win this one first. Chesterfield have nothing to lose, so they will play free and be very motivated. We have to make sure we are more focused than them and we should be all right."

New Chesterfield boss Jack Lester played at Sheffield United when McCall was assistant manager and the City boss feels he is already making his mark on the League Two strugglers.

"They've not had the new manager 'bounce' in terms of results but performances have certainly improved," said McCall.

"I know Jack from our Sheffield United days and I'll look forward to seeing him afterwards. But he's also got some strong back-room staff.

"But I want to win, like I do every game regardless of the competition. There was nobody last year saying 'oh good, we're out the cup and we can concentrate on the league now'.

"We're desperate to go as far as we can. This club have had a good reputation in recent years in cup competitions and it's something we want to do again. We'll be putting out a side that we fully believe can win this game."