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Parky Pulls Off Cup Shock......... Again

James Hanson the man slated by many popped up with a bullet header to ensure the Bantams bandwagon rolled Wembley bound. Losing 2-1 on the night to Villa, but going through 4-3 on aggregate

Hanson who has had a tough time recently from the City fans ensured he will always have a place in their hearts, rising to head home a Gary Jones Corner in the 55th minute.

During the first half Villa very the better side and took the lead on 23 minutes when Christian Benteke Volleyed home. City appeared in awe of Premier league Villa throughout the half.

A curling effort from Nahki Wells late in the first half the highlight for the 6200 strong travelling support.

I was apprehensive at half time though my thought was, if I had been offered 45 mins to draw with Villa 2 weeks ago I would have snapped off someone's hand. Now that was where we were at!

Parkinson, now a legend filled the boys with confidence at half time and they came out to play.

This was evident throughout the second half and though Villa still had the majority of the possession, when Bradford did have the ball we were more positive with it and looked to play.

The 55th minute would be the one that was to change the match. The Bantams won a corner and Gary Jones whipped it over Hanson gave Ron Vleer the slip at his bullet headed flew into the back of the net!

The following ten minutes were end to end, with both clubs having chances. Paul Lambert then rang the changes for Villa, the lost their shape all together and I feel that Lambert made massive mistakes and would not surprised to see him sacked in the coming days.

Villa's new shape caused bradford minimal problems and the Bantams had the clearer chances, James Hanson had a close range header and Garry Thompson rattle the bar.

Villa got renewed hope with a minute remaining when Andi Weimann got on the end of a long ball to set up a tense last 5 minutes. The inexperience of the Villa team showed throughout the last 5 minutes and City's problems were minimal.

Man of the Match: Many contenders again! Duke, Darby, Jones, Hanson. For the work rate in stopping the ball coming straight back and the vital goal it has to be James hanson.

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Writer: Bantambondy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 22 2013

Time: 10:36PM

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Enjoy your day a Wembley..Been lucky enoughto go on numerous occassions to see good Villa teams in action.there,...the 2012-13 version is not one of those teams!!! No comlaints from anyone in claret and blue..our confidence is so fragile and we hven't got a clue defending set pieces..Your game plan worked perfectly..Congratulations!
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22/01/2013 23:14:00

What a fantastic result and great season so far. Can't wait for Wembley. If Chelsea get through to the final and qualify for Champions League do we automatically qualify for Europe?
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23/01/2013 13:22:00

watched the match we me mate a Bradford fan - fantastic, big congratulations. cant wait for the final, and i'll be at Bootham Crescent the following week giving massive respect to your boys! as for the europa league i think the place would go to the league if the winners were already in Europe - looks like you'll have to win it!
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23/01/2013 18:10:00

I think we can win it and even if we don't what a fantastic journey it has been. I will enjoy the day no matter what.
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