Parkinson focused on cup glory

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson admits he would take victory in the Capital One Cup final over promotion from League Two.

Last Updated: 24/02/13 at 15:56 Post Comment

Phil Parkinson: Focus has shifted to the cup final

Phil Parkinson: Focus has shifted to the cup final

Parkinson's side have already dispatched Premier League sides Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa on their way to Sunday's Wembley final against Swansea.

Bradford's long-term goal is to regain their status as a Premier League club but Parkinson recognises the extraordinary nature of their cup run and is happy to see their league ambitions delayed by another year.

"All along the league has been our priority. I cannot hide away from that. But we are in the final at Wembley and have a chance of getting into Europe," he said.

"So I can honestly say now, if we had the choice of two things, it would have to be winning the cup.

"We are a League Two team. We have created history by getting this far. It would be truly amazing if we could pull it off.

"Mentally we have come through some big games; Wigan, Arsenal, two (legs of the semi-final) against Aston Villa. But this is another level above that.

"The next challenge is can we handle the big one, at Wembley. I am ready for that and I am confident my players will meet it too."

If Bradford do win the final they will be presented with the trophy by Fabrice Muamba, who suffered a cardiac arrest playing for Bolton against Tottenham in March last year.

Muamba, who was subsequently forced to retire, said: "It's been such an exciting tournament this year and it will be a great honour to be presenting the trophy to the winners. I know it will be a very special atmosphere on Sunday."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Toby Alderweireld set for Southampton medical

Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld is on his way to Southampton.

Tim Vickery: Work permit issues favour Argentinian players

Tim Vickery believes favourable work permit issues means more Argentinian players are likely to come to England.

Transfer news: Manchester City's Alvaro Negredo linked with Valencia

Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo has been linked with a return to his homeland with La Liga side Valencia.

Mail Box

Wenger: The Most Stubborn Manager Going

Arsenal fans would quite like their club to sign a striker thank you very much, whilst someone is excited about Jim White et al. Plus, Klose to Arsenal please...

Finding It Harder To Defend United

We have some Sunday thoughts on Manchester United's latest league point, plus farewells offered to Daniel Agger (fond) and Fernando Torres (less so)...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property