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Parkinson full of praise

31 October 2012

A proud Bantams boss Phil Parkinson was full of praise for City's efforts both on and off the pitch at the DW Stadium this Tuesday evening as the club sensationally booked their place in the Capital One Cup Quarter-Finals.

Backed by a passionate 5,000 travelling support in the away end, Parkinson's men dealt with everything their Premiership hosts could throw at them before eventually triumphing 4-2 on penalties to undoubtedly cause the shock of the round.

City have now become the first League 2 side into the final eight of the Capital One Cup since Wycombe Wanderers back in 2006. 

On a truly memorable night for everyone connected with the club, Parkinson believes City's players and their supporters can be proud of their efforts at Wigan.

Parkinson said: "I thought it was a great effort from the lads in terms of the effort they put in and the discipline they showed."

"The heart and commitment also on show from them was absolutely top class.

"Wigan are a good footballing side and they give you problems with their movement and passing.

"But in terms of our organisational skills against that, I really couldn't have asked any more of the lads.

"In football, if you play like we did tonight (Tuesday), you sometimes get your rewards. Tonight we certainly got ours.

"Not taking anything anyway at all from the lads who featured tonight, but when you list the players who are missing for us, it shows what a truly sensational victory this is for us.

"I'm delighted for the players, the chairmen and for the fans to see the club get to this stage of the competition.

"The support we had here tonight wasn't nothing short of amazing. 

"I said to the boys that the support we received here (Wigan) is the reason why we're all here at Bradford.

"Followings like tonight and at some of our other away matches this season show the potential this club really has.

"I think some of the Wigan players and some of the Wigan bench were shocked by the size of the support we had here.

"I would like to thank every single one of them for playing their part this evening.

"The lads are absolutely elated in the dressing room. They are up on a high at the moment and I want them to stay there all tonight because they deserve to enjoy this moment.

"There was some superb performances all over the pitch tonight.

"We had Nahki (Wells) pick up a tight hamstring and Zavon (Hines) pick up a bit of cramp but when you've got 5,000 fans like we had here tonight, that doesn't half spur you on.

"I think that is what you saw here tonight. The lads didn't want to let the supporters down, they wanted to do the club proud, and they certainly did that.

"To be the only club below the Championship into the last eight of this competition is a great achievement."

In the decisive shoot-out itself, City showed commendable composure to successfully convert all four of their spot-kicks while Wigan missed out on two.

The spot-kick victory for City is amazingly their SEVENTH straight success in penalties shoot-outs in all competitions.

The victory, and City's place in the final eight of the League Cup, was secured when Matt Duke kept out Jordi Gomez's penalty.

Parkinson added: "I thought we kept a really cool head throughout the penalty shoot-out. You start to feel confident because we've done so well recently in penalty shoot-outs.

"I am delighted to see Dukey (Matt Duke) play his part. His professionalism while he's been out of the team has been superb - he deserves his moment of glory tonight.

"His all-round performance during the game was good, and then to make the crucial penalty save at the end just topped it off.

"I can't praise the lads highly enough for our own penalties either. There was a lot of pressure on our takers but each penalty was great.

"We really didn't want to be a side who got a pat on the back after coming so close and losing and getting told 'well done, you were unlucky tonight.' We wanted to win it.

"We felt we could get through, especially after coming so far through the match and into extra time."

Looking to Wednesday night's quarter-final draw now, Parkinson is hoping it will throw up a tie that can really benefit the Bantams as they look to maintain a promotion push this season.

Parkinson added: "It would be great for the club to get a real money-spinning draw now. 

"We still have a long season ahead of us, we've picked up a few injuries recently and I'm going to have to knock on the chairmen's door soon.

"I'll be saying how we need to keep strengthening because top teams in our division will keep improving and we have to be one of those.

"Hopefully, should we earn a sizeable amount of money out of our quarter-final draw, it should give me license to do that.

"I have to say though, everything I have asked of the chairmen in the past, they have done their very best to deliver.

"They understand that we're having a bit of a crisis at the moment with injuries and we'll have to come through this little period."

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