‘It’s only half-time’: Paul Lambert insists it will be different when Bradford come to Villa
'We had a lot of chances to score and we never took them. But we are still in the tie, absolutely' says Scot
Bradford boss Phil Parkinson toasted his side's famous League Cup win and believes League Two City can now go all the way.
The Bantams' stunning 3-1 semi-final first leg triumph at a noisy Valley Parade has put them on the brink of Wembley.
Parkinson acclaimed his players as big-game performers after turning it on infront of the cameras against Premier League Aston Villa.
Parkinson claimed his men's latest heroics were even better than knocking out Arsenal in the previous round.
He beamed: "Our quality players really showed up well.
"We had a team that rose to the occasion and I am so proud of the performance.
"The crowd were absolutely fantastic and got an extra 15-20 per cent from the players.
"This topped Arsenal. Against Arsenal it was a great night for us.
"But our all-round performance against a very attacking team meant we had to defend really well.
"We have a great chance now and Villa will have to play exceptionally well to get to Wembley.
"We will go there full of confidence and the pressure will be on them."
Nahki Wells' goal saw City lead at the break before Rory McArdle made it 2-0 as their keeper Matt Duke had a stormer.
Andreas Weimann pulled a goal back late on for Villa but Carl McHugh crucially struck in the final minutes.
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Wells admitted the 3-1 scoreline was beyond their wildest dreams.
Wells said: "We would have taken a draw or 2-1 so to win 3-1 is absolutely amazing.
"We are all buzzing.
"It was a tough match but we've got a two-goal cushion.
"It gives us the spirit to keep going and show what we have got."
But man of the match Duke warned: "We've got an even bigger task ahead of us now."
Villa's latest defensive horror show infuriated boss Lambert who side endured three stuffings over Christmas.
Lambert moaned: "It was really disappointing because at any level you cannot defend corners like that.
"They've not had a lot of the ball and their goalkeeper has made some really good saves.
"We had a lot of chances to score and we never took them.
"But we are still in the tie, absolutely.
"It's only half-time.
"It was Bradford's night tonight and it will be a different game at Villa Park.
"If chances come our way we will have to be clinical and take them."
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