Conor Sellars feels the Bantams will approach this afternoon’s visit of Oldham Athletic with a “fresh mindset”, after a break from midweek action.
City have gone seven days without a fixture for the first time in over a month - ahead of their meeting with the Latics - having fallen to defeat against Carlisle United last Saturday.
Sellars does feel, however, that the week off has done the players good in allowing a period of rest, before concentration turned to bouncing back at the Utilita Energy Stadium.
The Bantams’ joint manager said: “The players have had a bit of a rest, now, and - after a good week of training - we are ready to approach Oldham with a fresh mindset.
“The schedule has been quite unforgiving for a while, and we have spoken a lot about physical and mental fatigue, so it was beneficial to have a week without a Tuesday night game.
“Last week’s defeat at Carlisle was another tough one to take, which makes us even more determined to get out there and show a response this weekend.
“It is still about us taking everything a game at a time, and just trying to win as many matches as we possibly can.”
Despite having faced the Lancashire-based outfit three times already this season in all competitions, Sellars admits it is impossible to predict what kind of a challenge they will bring.
Having only had manager Keith Curle in the dugout for less than two weeks, he is expecting a difficult test, and one which his side must be ready for.
Sellars added: “Keith Curle has had a few games in charge, now. He is an experienced manager who had a good playing career.
“We are trying to prepare as normal for what will be another difficult game.
“We think it will be a very different game to the ones we have already played against Oldham this season.
“Both sides have different managers and players from the last time we faced each other.”