PHIL Parkinson savoured the sight of his City side writing another chapter of club history and roared: This team never know when they’re beaten.
Late goals from Billy Knott and
James Hanson clinched the first win over Leeds at Valley Parade for 82 years on another pulsating Capital One Cup night.
Leeds, down to ten men for an hour after midfielder Luke Murphy’s dismissal, had just sneaked in front through Matt Smith. But City came roaring back to earn the glowing praise of their manager.
Parkinson said: “I thought we were fantastic. We did everything in our powers to get that goal and then we got hit by the sucker punch.
“It was frustrating but we responded in great fashion. The mantra we’ve tried to instil into the players is to keep believing.
“The game lasts 94 minutes, or 99 as it did last night, and it’s never over.”
City missed out on the big boys in the third-round draw. Instead they must travel to MK Dons – a week after going down there in the league.
Parkinson added: “I’m not going to be greedy. When we’ve been in this competition before, we know you don’t get it all your own way.
“We’ve got the big tie earlier than we expected this time. We’ve had the draw that everyone wanted and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.
“It’s so important for me and the rest of the staff that the new players have handled the big occasion. We knew they would because they are confident in their own ability.
“We said to the lads before the game that they had the chance to make history. Even at 1-0 down I don’t think they could have done much more to win the game.”
Knott opened his home account for the club with a 25-yard thunderbolt just two minutes after Smith had broken the deadlock.
Hanson then struck two minutes later with his fourth goal of the season.
Parkinson said: “Billy Knott produced a moment of top class. He’s got the ability to produce some real special moments and that goal will be remembered for a long time by the people of Bradford.
“Hans gets the headlines for his winner but those situations he practises all the time at training to get his timing right. It’s great to see all that hard work pay off.
“The place was just bouncing and I hope it came across like that on telly. We really enjoyed the night and the lads are in great spirits.
“We told the lads to keep their discipline because we knew the atmosphere would be electric. It takes cool heads to play in those situations and I think we showed that.
“It’s never easy against ten men because obviously they sit back and defend. But some of the football we played was very good.
“We were patient, we had great movement and that was the key. We had some great chances, the keeper pulled off some good saves and we kept knocking on the door.”
Man of the match
James Meredith said: “It’s such a special competition and we did so well two years ago.
“Leeds are a very good team but we were really up for it. We knew what it meant for the fans.”