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Parkinson's pride

6 May 2013

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson couldn't hide his pride and delight this Sunday evening after watching his side pick up a memorable victory at Burton Albion to secure the club's second trip to Wembley Stadium in less than three months.

Trailing 3-2 from the first leg, City superbly overcame Burton, the team with the best home record in League 2, 3-1 at the Pirelli Stadium to win their League 2 Play-Off Semi-Final 5-4 on aggregate.

Parkinson's men, Capital One Cup finalists back in February, will now play Northampton Town at Wembley in the Play-Off Final in just under two weeks time with the prize of a place in League 1 up for grabs.

The City chief said: "Some managers never get the chance to manage at Wembley, some players never get the chance to play there, some supporters follow their team for years and never get to see them at Wembley, and now we are going back there twice in one season.

"The lads were great today (Sunday) - I am so proud of them. I thought the way they played and the way they handled the situation was superb.

"We said to the lads before the game that the world wasn't going to end if we didn't win. Most important thing though, the thing we could really influence, was how we played. It was important that we put in a good performance.

"We certainly did that - it was truly magnificent performance.

"We've had supporters camping out all night to queue up for tickets for this game. I think our supporters can really identify with this team because they see a team full of honesty and full of commitment.

"To do it for the supporters today and to enjoy the scenes afterwards, it will be something we will remember for a long while at least.

"Football is a tough game, so you have to enjoy days like this when they come around.

"We will keep out feet on the ground, however, because we know the hard work begins again now as we prepare for Wembley."

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