Parkinson hails Bradford spirit
By Football News
Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson is 'immensely proud' of his team as they prepare for the League Cup final against Swansea.
The League Two side have gone on a fairytale run through the cup, beating English Premier League sides Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa.
Another top-flight outfit awaits in Sunday's final, but Parkinson said just walking out at Wembley was a huge moment for the club.
"(I feel) immensely proud because to walk out at Wembley will be a great moment for myself and all my family and friends that will be in the stands," Parkinson said.
"Of course we want the team to play well. That's our aim - to enjoy the extra exposure this week.
"But we need to make sure when we travel down on Friday, we block all that out and concentrate on what we need to do to perform at our maximum."
Despite their dream run to their first League Cup final, Bradford have been inconsistent in the league, sitting 11th.
Parkinson put their cup run down to the desire of his squad, pointing to their penalty shootout win over Arsenal in the quarter-finals as proof they were ready to fight.
"So many times I've stood on that touch line this season and you can sense that desire in the team," Parkinson said.
"I think a great example of that is with three minutes to go against Arsenal when they equalised. We had to then ask a very tired group of players to go again for another 30 minutes.
"The level of performance in extra time and the effort and commitment was second to none and that really told the whole story."