Meredith: Bantams will be no pushovers on Sunday

6 September 2014.......      Bradford City  v Yeovil Town'James Meredith. Picture by Tony Johnson
6 September 2014....... Bradford City v Yeovil Town'James Meredith. Picture by Tony Johnson

Bradford’s James Meredith has warned Halifax that his side will be no pushovers when they come to the Shay on Sunday (noon kick-off).

The City full-back is expected to keep his place in the side after starting 13 of Bradford’s 20 games this season, including last week’s 2-1 home defeat to Doncaster.

The Bantams have sold more than 3,000 tickets for the game

The former York and Chesterfield defender says the Bantams won’t be intimated in the West Yorkshire derby.

“It’s the cup final for them but it’s equally important for us,” he said.

“We’re not going to let them come at us or bully us or turn us over.

“We’ll give it everything we’ve got for the fans to win the local derby.

“We didn’t manage to get a Premier League club in the League Cup but maybe we’ll be able to with this one.

“That’s why it’s so important that we get the job done against Halifax.”

The Shaymen have no injury worries ahead of the game and manager Neil Aspin could be tempted to stick to the same side that started the 0-0 draw at Wrexham last Saturday.

Striker Jon Stead is expected to partner James Hanson in attack after parent club Huddersfield granted permission for him to play.

Centre-back Rory McArdle is expected to return to the side after suspension, with Meredith and Alan Sheehan competing to start at left-back.

First-choice keeper Jordan Pickford won’t be allowed to play by parent club Sunderland, so Ben Williams is set to deputise for him.

Midfielder Gary Liddle will probably miss the game with a hamstring injury.

The sides last met in 1998 during a two-legged League Cup tie, with Bradford winning the first-leg 2-1 and the return leg at Valley Parade 3-1.

The game will be refereed by Andy D’Urso, who took charge of Bradford’s first game of the season when they beat Coventry 3-2.

Bradford have won just twice in the last two months and have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight matches.

Their last eight goals have all been scored by different players, while they have just one win from their last seven away games.

If the tie goes to a replay, it is set to be played in the week commencing November 17.

Halifax fans can buy tickets from the Shay ticket office between 10am and 8pm today and between 10am and 4pm on Saturday.

The game is not all ticket and fans can still pay on the day of the game.

Tickets for the game are priced at £17 for adults, £5 for under 16s and £13 for concessions.

All fans are advised to arrive early on the day of the game.