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Lets give ourselves a chance

8 January 2013

City boss Phil Parkinson has urged his players to seize the moment and enjoy tonight's Capital One Cup Semi Final First Leg tie with Aston Villa to its fullest.

Parkinson's men begin their quest for a place in the Wembley final this Tuesday when they entertain Premier League Villa at the Coral Windows Stadium in the mouth-watering first game of their two-legged semi.

With over 22,000 expected in Valley Parade for the game and the eyes of the nation upon them tonight, the Bantams are all set for another moment in the spotlight following their sensational wins over Wigan Athletic and Arsenal in the previous rounds.

Tonight's tie is arguably the club's biggest cup tie since their F.A Cup triumph back in 1911, but Parkinson wants City to give themselves the opportunity to make the second leg in two weeks time at Villa Park an even bigger occasion.

Parkinson said:"The aim for tonight is clear - we want to still be in with a chance going into the second leg in two weeks time.

"Going to a packed Villa Park still with a chance of getting into a Wembley final - what an occasion that would be. That is the aim.

"We'll give it a real go tonight - we always do - and we'll begin the game in a positive frame of mind. Let's see where that takes us.

"It is a great achievement for the club to get to this stage of the competition - it is important that we enjoy being here.

"It's great for the club, for the players and for the city as a whole to see Bradford reach the last four of the Capital One Cup.

"The lads have worked really, really hard and come through some really difficult games to get to this stage. 

"They have to go out and really enjoy all that comes with reaching this stage of the competition. I want them to go out there and give it their all - no regrets.

"We sat down with the lads yesterday (Monday) and showed them bits of the Arsenal game just to remind them of what we did well and what will be required of them again tonight.

"To be honest though, we are probably going to have to play better than we did even against Arsenal because we know Villa, like ourselves, are going to be majorly up for this match.

"They have some good players coming back from injury and they will be hungry for a Wembley final. We know we'll have to play at our very best to give ourselves a chance going into the second leg.

"When you get so close like we are now, both sides are going to be desperate to get to Wembley for the final.

"For a team like Villa, getting to Wembley would be a great occasion for them and their fans - why can't it be us though?

"The Wigan and Arsenal games can't help but give us belief. 

"Those matches have shown us that if we play to our very best then we have a chance against a lot of teams. 

"It is important to stress though that we know we will have to produce our very best once again against Villa.

"There will quite possibly be long spells tonight where we won't have the ball and it is key that we don't panic and lose our shape.

"It is important that you don't go chasing the ball too much and lose your discipline and your shape. Premiership players are good enough to pick you off if you give them holes to work within.

"What is also important, however, is that we play with intelligence and calmness when we do win the ball back.

"We certainly did that against Arsenal a few weeks back and we'll need to do it again in front of another packed house tonight."

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