Big Bradford City hearts give Parkinson hope of big quarter-final tie (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Big Bradford City hearts give Phil Parkinson hope of big quarter-final tie
Phil Parkinson is praying for a money-spinning quarter-final reward to boost City’s promotion push after a memorable night of Capital One Cup giant-killing.
Parkinson’s penalty specialists were at it again to stun Premier League hosts Wigan in a shoot-out. Watched by a travelling army of 5,000 fans, the Bantams won 4-2 on spot-kicks after the game finished goalless after extra-time.
City find out tonight who they will face in the club’s first appearance in the last eight of the competition since January 1989 – and Parkinson hopes they can finally land a big one.
He said: “Money is vital for the club and we need a big draw to get that revenue. It will help us not only this season but possibly next.
“We’re going to have to bring players in, if not now then in January. Teams at the top always improve and always bring players in and we’re going to have to do the same.
“This cup run gives me great licence to go to the board and say ‘this is who I want’. Let’s really keep this season going.”
Shorn of Luke Oliver, Andrew Davies and Ricky Ravenhill, depleted City still kept Wigan at bay over two hours of football.
Parkinson said: “It shows what can be done with big hearts. We came here with so many players out and the discipline and effort was absolutely tremendous.
“We worked on how we were going to play; to soak up the pressure and hit Wigan on the break. We also came here to ruffle a few feathers.
“It wasn’t a night just to make up the numbers and wave to our families in the crowd. We focused on what we can do.”
City have now won seven successive penalty shoot-outs. Nathan Doyle, Gary Jones, Stephen Darby and Alan Connell were all successful before Matt Duke saved from Jordi Gomez.
Parkinson said: “At half-time in extra-time, I told the lads we don’t want to be a team who get pats on the back for a gallant effort. We want to win and that’s what we did.
“The coolness of the penalties was great and I was delighted with Dukey making the save at the end.
“He’s been out of the team but he’s worked as our keeper coach and never let his professionalism dip at all. It’s good for him to have his moment of glory.
“It was a memorable night and I’m so pleased for the supporters. That was Premiership support and the reason we all came to Bradford City.
“I don’t think Wigan could believe the numbers here. But I can feel the momentum building in the city about the team this year.
“When you’ve got tired legs but have 5,000 people cheering you on, it doesn’t half make life easier.”
Meanwhile, City have decided against appealing Ravenhill’s three-match ban.