FIRED-UP skipper Jon Worthington believes Town are geared to make a flying start in League I.
With the big kick-off against title favourites Nottingham Forest just five days away, Worthington is confident Town are ready to hit the City Ground running.
Peter Jackson's senior side completed their build-up with a 2-2 draw at Rochdale on Saturday - the Reserves are at Bradford Park Avenue tonight (7.30) - and Worthington insists the squad are now itching for the action proper to begin.
"Friendlies are fine to get your fitness and some team play going, but there's nothing like the real thing and all the lads are itching to get cracking against Forest," he said.
"I don't think anything should be read into pre-season results because, in the past, we've had really good build-ups and still not made the best of starts when it's come to the League.
"All I know is the squad are working really well together, we've got a great game to look forward to down at Forest and we are all focused on making a really good start."
Town follow the Forest trip with home matches against Marcus Stewart's Bristol City and Swansea City and Worthington added:
"The supporters have big expectations after the way we finished last season and the squad are realistic.
"Our start to the season is tough but one to really look forward to and we know we've got a talented squad.
"We know we can put it all together and make a really good start and, if we can come back from Forest with some points, it will be a great start for us."
Andy Booth and Pawel Abbott (penalty) netted for Town at Rochdale, where Rickie Lambert and Grant Holt twice put Steve Parkin's side ahead.
"We need to tighten up a bit and we are disappointed with the goals we've conceded, but we would rather make our mistakes in pre-season than when it really counts," added Worthington.
Town's only injury worry is Andy Holdsworth (groin) which has been caused by an infection from a knee graze suffered in Ibiza.