Bantams in “dreamland”, says keeper Duke
Bradford City goalkeeper Matt Duke admitted his team-mates were in “dreamland” after producing one of the greatest upsets in English football last night.
Duke, who beat testicular cancer in 2008, pulled a string of fine saves during the first-half for the visitors who held on for a 4-3 aggregate victory after losing the League Cup semi-final second leg 2-1 at Villa Park.
"This is dreamland, hopefully we will have a great following at Wembley and do the club proud," said Duke, hero of their penalty shoot-out wins over Premier League Wigan Athletic and most notably Arsenal on the way to Wembley.
"I am not convinced it will ever sink in. You dream of this as a kid, playing at Wembley, and like I say I just want to do the club proud."
"We're going to take a League Two club to Wembley, we're going to take a massive following, it's going to be an amazing day and I'm looking forward to it."
Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson expects the Bantams faithful to descend on Wembley in their droves on February 24 when they will meet Chelsea or Swansea.
"I thought we had a great chance with the two goals from the first leg," he said.
"First half Aston Villa were excellent but in the second half we played really well. It is dreamland.
"The lads were absolutely fantastic and what it means for the club and the city is absolutely tremendous.
"I think we could fill Wembley on our own."
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was left ruing his team’s poor defending.
“We had two chances to do it and never managed to do it. At 1-0 you think you are going to do it and then we lose it.
“It was a really poor goal from a corner. Over the two games that's four goals from set-pieces which is certainly not good enough.
“We will never have a better chance to get to a final, that's for sure.”
Lambert will now have to lift his team for Friday's trip to Millwall for an FA Cup fourth round tie.
He added: "We've got another tough game at Millwall on Friday but you have to pick yourselves up and go again."
The humiliating loss is the latest chapter in a wretched season for Villa, who are a point and a place above the Premier League relegation zone.