PETER JACKSON is confident Town's youngest ever derby line-up will be inspired by the atmosphere at Valley Parade tomorrow (3.00).
With 17-year-old Tom Clarke confirming his fitness after a whirlwind recovery from injury, Town's team will have an average age of just 21!
That's not frightening Jackson, who is targeting a first away win of 2005 against a City team looking for a first home win since October 23 and to maintain a record of six wins and a draw against Yorkshire opposition this season.
Town - who have tickets on sale at the Galpharm Stadium until 11am tomorrow (there are none on sale at the Bradford turnstiles) - have guaranteed backing from over 4,100 travelling fans and Jackson wants to reward them with back-to-back League wins for only the second time all campaign.
"All our young players are looking forward to going into battle and I've got complete confidence they won't buckle under pressure," said Jackson today.
"It's great to know we've got a big following of fans, the match atmosphere will be tremendous and I've no fear we will respond in the right way to that.
"We've got three lads playing in their first derby, but they will be inspired by the occasion and determined to do their best. I'll be telling everyone, though, that it will only be fantastic if we get the right result over there."
City are likely to shift Peter Atherton to right-back to allow David Wetherall to play in central defence after his suspension. Lewis Emanuel could take the place of former Town player Craig Armstrong at left-back.
Striker Dean Windass is key to City's plans, while Jackson is relying on David Mirfin and Nathan Clarke - now past the suspension cut-off for five yellow cards - to bottle his threat.
"With Delroy Facey's pace and power and Pawel Abbott's 21 goals, we can be a mean threat ourselves," said Jackson.
"If City had anything like a decent home record they would be in the top three, which shows what a tough game it is, but they've been a bit nervous and edgy at home so it's important we get after them as positively as possible.
"Nathan and Mirf are the foundation on which we'll build our challenge and, with everyone playing as they can, I'm confident we can do well."
Jackson denied reports suggesting Town had agreed a £100,000 fee for Facey. "It's rubbish," he said.