Forget Villa, this was Bradford's night

Wednesday 23rd January 2013 12:09

Bradford City: Wembley bound

Bradford City: Wembley bound

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TEAMtalk's Matty Briggs was at Villa Park to witness Bradford's march into the League Cup final and he piles the praise on his beloved Bantams.

Forget Paul Lambert's 'embarrassment' and the focus on Aston Villa and their deficiences because last night was about Phil Parkinson's Bradford City.

The Bantams made history in the Midlands as they became only the second fourth-tier team in history and the first in the modern era to reach the League Cup final in its 53-year history.

Much was written about Lambert's 'young side' after their 3-1 first-leg defeat at Valley Parade and there is much more to mull over in this morning's press, but let us not dwell on the Premier League strugglers, because this was City's moment.

Parky's boys were immense and as a Leeds fan so pertinently put (courtesy of @sexyactionsteve) on Twitter: "It's not all about money. Heart and spirit accounts for so much."

We certainly had that in abundance and Parkinson and his backroom staff deserve to take much of the credit. A striker who used to work in the Co-op, an annual wage bill of £1.2million and opponents who spent more on flags than the £7,500 cost of our line-up (courtesy of @Mr_Stozza) - it was immaterial because hard work commitment, organisation and desire took over.

It was a night fuelled by adrenaline for fans and players alike. Villa Park was awash with anxiety, tension, tears and unbridled joy. It brought back memories of Blackpool and Wembley in '96, Wolves in '99 and Liverpool in 2000.

I've never been a huge Walt Disney fan, but he was right when he said: "If you can dream it, you can do it." (Courtesy of @siambler).

Not that I've ever dreamed we could reach a major cup final, but I don't need to now because it's a reality.

Would it be right now to remind Villa of their bungled half-season ticket offer, which promised a cup final ticket?

Probably not, but some credit from Lambert for our efforts would have been nice.

In fairness though Villa fans in general were gracious in defeat, but there hasn't been a word from Lambert, who has been left to ponder his failing revolution.

But who cares now? We're heading for Wembley!

You can let me know your thoughts from the night on Twitter @MattPBriggs

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