Daring to dream of Wembley

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Can Bradford City dare to dream of victory in the Capital One Cup semi-final against Aston Villa and then march on to Wembley glory?

Why not?

Who would have believed the team could have come so far, with two Premiership scalps taken already in their battle to reach the final.

There is no doubt this cup run has given the whole district a boost, creating a feel-good factor around the club and its supporters that has spread around the city and beyond.

Imagine the effect progressing to the final would have.

Credit for this success must be given to the motivational skills of manager Phil Parkinson and his team, and the never-say-die attitude he seems to have engendered in the squad.

The supporters themselves have also played their part; the clichéd 12th man never more prominent than when the home fans roared the players through extra time during the Arsenal game without conceding and on to victory in the penalty shoot-out.

This has been a fantastic cup run for City, and anything more now would be a bonus. The semi final will undoubtedly be the toughest challenge yet for this team of heroes, and most will be predicting the side ranked 59 places above them will have too much quality over the two legs.

But basically, it is two cup finals for the players, and if the Valley Parade faithful roar them on to a famous win tonight, then who knows what could happen in the away tie.

And the city really could start dreaming the seemingly impossible dream of Wembley glory if that happened.

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