FIRED-UP manager Peter Jackson has promised 5,100 travelling fans that Town will not take a backward step against Leeds United in the Carling Cup tonight (7.45).
While a couple of team changes could be on the cards, Jackson believes attack will be Town's best form of defence in a highly-charged first-round derby tie at Elland Road.
Jackson has added striker John McAliskey to the squad and has creative duo Pawel Abbott and Danny Schofield strongly pressing for starts as Town bid to break a three-game scoring duck against Kevin Blackwell's rebuilt Championship side.
Selection plans remain under wraps, but Jackson said today: "We are going there to be positive and to play with no fear. Leeds will have some passionate support behind them, so it's important our fans make themselves heard and that we get after them right from the start.
"It's a big club we're up against and a big tie, but we've got nothing to be frightened of and we are going to have a real go.
"We can't afford to sit back and defend, especially early in the match, and I don't want the players coming off the pitch at the end saying `we could have done better'.
"You only get once chance in cup-ties and tonight's is a big chance for us to add another massive scalp to the list we started last season."
Town, of course, beat Derby and Sunderland before bowing out at Reading and Jackson added:
"This competition kick-started things for us last season and there's no reason why we can't look for a similar sort of impact this time.
"The gap between ourselves and Leeds has closed dramatically in the last 12 months and tonight will be a good test for us.
"Everyone in the club is really looking forward to it and I know that if we play to our capabilities, we can earn a place in the next round."
Along with McAliskey, who netted twice in the Reserves last week, Jackson drafts Nat Brown and Anthony Lloyd into a 19-man squad for a first competitive meeting between the clubs since December 1987.
"We haven't made a bad start to the season and we haven't made a good one, said Jackson. "I'm disappointed because I don't think we've been far away from making a terrific start.
"The biggest thing we worked on yesterday was keeping it tight at the back. We kept a lot of clean sheets last season and yet we've kept just one in four this time.
"Everyone is talking about the chances we've missed and that's why questions are being asked about whether Mendes and Booth play or whether Abbott, Schofield or someone else gets a chance, but you have to build from the back.
"If we keep it tight, the goals will come at the other end and we'll be fine."