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James Hanson targets Bradford City return to Wembley
James Hanson is backing City’s Wembley experience to give them the edge for the play-offs.
The Bantams are eight points off the League Two top seven but with two games in hand – three on some.
Hanson is determined to make up for the club’s Capital One Cup final agony by returning to the national stadium for a promotion showdown – and he believes Sunday can help.
The big striker said: “We’ve still got a chance of the play-offs and you’d probably fancy us if we get to the final after the experience of playing here.
“We’ve got to focus on tomorrow now (against Dagenham) because it’s a massive game. Quite a few results went for us at the weekend.”
Hanson will cherish his runners-up medal but reckons the size of City’s achievement in going all the way will not kick in for a while yet.
He said: “It will probably only be when you’re sat at home watching the final next year and all the build-up. Then you’ll think back and remember ‘we were involved in that’.
“All of the lads were superb to get this far and we knew what to expect. But Swansea were the best side we’ve played this season.
“The gaffer had written on the board before the game that we’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. But maybe we gave them a bit too much respect.
“We knew their front three would cause us problems. They are that clever at exploiting the space and made it very difficult for us. They were just running rings round us all over the pitch.”
Hanson was overawed by the level of City support and joked: “I probably knew about 10,000 of them!
“The fans have been magnificent and hopefully we can get promotion to put the seal on a very good season.”