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Magnificent City are into the Capital One Cup quarter-finals after another dramatic penalty victory.
The Bantams bridged a 59-place gap to dump Premier League Wigan 4-2 on spot-kicks after the game had finished goalless at the end of extra-time.
City, backed by 5,000 screaming fans, were deadly with all their penalties while Shaun Maloney fired over the bar before Matt Duke made the decisive save from Jordi Gomez.
Ivan Ramis had the ball in the City net in the first ten minutes but his header was ruled out for offside.
Matt Duke, one of the six changes, saved at the feet of Mauro Boselli and Jordi Gomez fired over. But City held firm and Wigan’s early pressure soon blew itself out.
City had sporadic moments – and twice saw penalty appeals turned down – before Duke made an alert block to deny Gomez right on half-time.
The visitors deserved to go in level for the way they had fought back after a tough first 20 minutes.
Duke saved again from a long-range shot by David Jones at the start of the second half but resilient City still kept Wigan at arm’s length.
City had a great chance 15 minutes from time when Zavon Hines broke from the halfway line but Ali Al Habsi blocked his shot at the near post.
Extra-time was all one-way traffic with Wigan clocking up the chances. The best fell to Gomez after 111 minutes but he slotted wide when clean through.
Duke saved well from the dangerous Shaun Maloney as City hung on for the shoot-out – where they finished an unbelievable night in style.
“@StanCollymore: Well done the Bantams! Superb result!” #bcafc— @ukdj67 30 October 2012
#BCAFC have to get that plum draw now. Capital One Cup Quarter Finals await. TV tie surely?! #bantams— @olivergbell 30 October 2012
RT @omareliwi: Forget Arsenal , Bradford City have achieved the miracle tonight #bcafc— @brucebantam 30 October 2012
“@jimnicholson83: Completely speechless. What a result. #bcafc” gettttt in! Gutted I wasn't there!— @TomGadd93 30 October 2012
Get in there City! Through to the quarter-finals, unbelievable! #bcafc— @SamShepherd95 30 October 2012
#bcafc Wigan 2-4 CITY (Gomez misses) CITY through to Quarter Final!!!!!— @officialbantams 30 October 2012
And it's penalties again! The final whistle is greeted with an enormous roar from City fans who are booming out across a stunned DW Stadium.
That should have been it as offside flag stays down and Gomez is in the clear. He picks his spot - and slides the ball inches wide
Nervous. Pacing room. #bcafc #bantams— @benjaminashton4 30 October 2012
Running out of beer! #bcafc— @MartynFoulds 30 October 2012
Halfway to pens. 0-0 after first period of extra-time
This is to much stress for someone my age #bcafc— @Emmott81 30 October 2012
RT @tannerman774: 2 mins to half time x time and still 0-0 and this is a weakened city side. Wouldn't know it #bcafc— @Looke_O 30 October 2012
@lisaforestfan Thanks Lisa. xx Don't know if Duke's got enough energy left to saves pens though. #ctid #bcafc #upthebantams— @brucebantam 30 October 2012
RT @MeatIsMurd3r: Bradford have won their last 6 penalty shootouts #bcafc— @kdsmythe 30 October 2012
Adam Baker comes on after 111 min for Hines. Winger played very well but possibly feeling the whack he took just before end of normal time.
Duke again saves from Boselli
City attacking their fans for the first period of extra-time
Extra-time, who'd have thought it? City well worth taking it this far for their defensive diligence.
Four mins of added time to see through. What a great effort from City tonight whatever the final outcome
City defending superbly as a team and when Wigan do get through, Duke has been very solid
RT @h4rvi: Its gonna happen, its gonna happen, its gonna happen #bcafc RT— @sharonmason57 30 October 2012
Wigan call for big guns. Beausejour and Maloney thrown on with 15 mins to go
Almost the moment. Connell sends Hines away, runs from halfway, holds off Watson but Al Habsi blocks at near post
Predictable Enger-land chants from Wigan fans. Their team just gone closer as Redmond heads just wide from Stam cross
McHugh gets first City booking for foul on Gomez. But the young Irishman has been terrific so far
Half-time around the grounds in the #CapitalOneCup - #wafc v #bradfordcity is the only game without a goal so far— @FootballFanCast 30 October 2012
RT @TheGameCaller: HT: Wigan 0-0 Bradford. Wigan playing like their up against Premier League opposition. No urgency with play, #BCAFC happy to sit & absorb.— @h4rvi 30 October 2012
Duke makes fine save from Gomez right on half-time to make sure the first 45 minutes have been safely negotiated. Only one half and extra-time to penalties now ...
RT @DazHindle: Unbelievable support from City. 5,008 to be exact in the DW Stadium. Hope we get something to cheer about!! #bcafc— @CheckYesHann 30 October 2012
Hanson appeal for penalty is ignored but City settling into the game now.
#bcafc up against it first 20 min. #minnows. Still, at least we're not arsenal...3-0 down!! @a_v87— @jimiwall87 30 October 2012
It's been mainly one way so far but City holding firm. Matt Duke makes important save at feet of Mauro Boselli
Ramis has ball in City net with header from Watson free-kick but centre half is flagged offside.
Wells has #bcafc first shot with volley wide from Meredith cross. Good to see team keeping ball a bit, fans still on volume ten— @ParkerTandA 30 October 2012
Lovely surface to play our liquid, fast pace, dominating passing game. #BCAFC http://t.co/QyUN5qmv— @Beaver567 30 October 2012
@DollyDonda cheeky pint before the match! Loving the atmosphere! #bcafc— @KatieR22 30 October 2012
15min to kick-off and lots of #bcafc fans still missing. Sounds like traffic been a nightmare— @ParkerTandA 30 October 2012
Wigan team: Al Habsi, Stam, Ramis, Fyvie, Jones, Lopez, Watson, Redmond, Gomez, Boselli, McManaman.
Reckon only two of them, Al Habsi and Ramis, started against West Ham on Saturday.
So four youngsters on the City bench, including striker Louie Swain for the first time. He did travel with the squad to Cheltenham at the end of last season.
Forrayah Bass featured quite regularly early in pre-season at left back and looked pretty good.
Six changes for #bcafc team from the Burton game. Obviously most are enforced by the injuries to Luke Oliver and Andrew Davies and Ricky Ravenhill's suspension.
Rory McArdle and Carl McHugh fill the void at centre half as they did in the second half against the Brewers. Behind them, Matt Duke gets the nod over Jon McLaughlin in goal.
Phil Parkinson resisted the temptation to start Gary Jones, so Will Atkinson will partner Nathan Doyle in central midfield. Zavon Hines replaces the cup-tied Craig Forsyth on the left.
Nahki Wells returns from suspension up front to take over from Alan Connell, who is one of the few experienced faces on the bench alongside Jones.
CITY: Duke, Darby, McArdle, McHugh, Meredith, Thompson, Doyle, Atkinson, Hines, Wells, Hanson. Subs: G Jones, Connell, Baker, Brown, Bass, Swain, McLaughlin.
Hoping the lads can put a performance in tonight and not underestimate Bradford with their 738382 travellings fans. #wafc #bcafc— @JamesWhyte8 30 October 2012
Not been on a coach for a while. Remembering why. #Wigan and your 200 fans, do your worst. #bcafc— @janwinter 30 October 2012
Up the m6 to watch the mighty bantams , over five thousands city fans all under one roof,,,oh I do love playing away,,#frankiefryer #bcafc— @nobbs1703 30 October 2012
Good luck tonite to #bcafc enjoy the game. Great fans follow there teams away. Enjoy it and be safe ... I will keep a eye out later .— @Brano1979 30 October 2012
All the best tonight boys @nahkiwells and the great followers of #Bcafc going tonight. Gutted to not be ... http://t.co/ddUVELP0— @KReidy11 30 October 2012
on the way to Wigan, so excited!! #BCFC— @duckworth11 30 October 2012
Bradford having more fans than us is an absolute disgrace in my opinion, considering we are the home team #wafc #bcfc— @JoeyONeill_ 30 October 2012