Parkinson so proud of Bantams

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson hailed his team after they pulled off a victory over Arsenal to rank among the greatest giant-killing feats.

Last Updated: 12/12/12 at 07:35

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The Bantams triumphed 3-2 on penalties in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night to reach a first-ever semi-final after the match finished 1-1 after extra-time.

The spot-kick specialists won their ninth successive penalty shoot-out 3-2 after Thomas Vermaelen struck the post.

The Arsenal skipper had earlier appeared to rescue the Gunners with a header three minutes from normal time to equalise Garry Thompson's first-half volley.

Parkinson said: "I don't think the enormity of our achievement has quite sunk in. When get up in the morning and see the headlines in the newspapers, they will realise what they have done.

"There is a big gulf between the two teams in terms of finances and places in the divisions.

"I don't want the talk to be about the penalties, I want it to be about the performance. Arsenal have played their best team and we were three minutes away from beating them, then we have had the setback of conceding a goal and had to dig deep again in extra time.

"I hope this can be the first of many nights like this for Bradford City. We want to put Bradford on the map again. I want them to have a team to be proud of."

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger insisted Arsenal's players should not feel embarrassed despite the defeat against a side who cost a total of £7,500 and are currently 64 places lower in the leagues.

Wenger said: "You feel embarrassed when you don't give everything but I feel the team did fight and they will be more disappointed and frustrated.

"It's disappointing but congratulations to Bradford. They defended well, started stronger than us and in the second half and extra time it was all us but we couldn't convert our chances.

"It was a typical English cup game on a difficult pitch and overall we lost on penalties but I cannot fault the efforts, we kept going until the last minute and in the end Bradford got on top of us.

"Of course we missed three penalties and that's a lot to take."

The Gunners did not force a save out of Bantams keeper Matt Duke until the 69th minute but Wenger insisted his team had created enough overall.

He added: "They defended very well, very deep in their own half, the pitch was a bit slippery and there was no space.

"We played with a very offensive team and for over an hour played with five strikers but couldn't score.

"Where does it leave our season? To focus on the next game, sport is about that."

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