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Parkinson: Feat will be difficult to match

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson doubts that a team from the fourth tier will ever reach a major cup final again.

"I think it'd take some doing for anyone to do this again,” he told the BBC.

"We had a really tough run. It wasn't just the Premier League teams, we had tough games with Notts County and Watford too."

Parkinson's side started their run to the final with an away tie at Notts County the week before the league campaign started in August.

En route to the final, the League Two side have seen off County, Watford, Burton and Premier League sides Wigan, Arsenal and now Villa.

Parkinson believes the money earned by the run to the final will secure the future of the club as well as the place of his side in the history books.

Parkinson added: "These lads will be remembered in the history of Bradford City for years to come.

"There's a 1911 lounge at the club to celebrate the cup victory of that year. Well, in years to come, there will be a lounge named after this cup run and these players because of what they've achieved.

"To go to Wembley is going to keep the club going for quite a while, I imagine. For the city of Bradford, it's massive and I really feel that this can galvanise the area."

Before last night’s night’s match, Parkinson said he would prefer a final against Swansea. He later got his wish as Swansea defeated Chelsea in the other semi-final.

"I think a Swansea City against Bradford City final would be great for football," he told BBC Sport.

"These competitions are normally always won by the big teams so it would be great for us to meet them. We'll go there as underdogs and we will definitely enjoy it."

City have fallen off the pace in their push for promotion from League Two and have failed to win in the league since Boxing Day.

After beating Villa 3-1 on January 8, Bradford lost 2-1 at home to Oxford before being beaten 4-1 by Crewe in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

But Parkinson is confident that, despite the distraction of a cup final, his side has enough strength to win promotion.

He said: "The cup is probably bigger now because we're in the final but we're greedy and we want both.

"We've found it difficult to get going after some of our cup games and that is understandable.

"Having said that, I think we're good enough to get our league campaign back on track and look forward to our Wembley game."

The Bantams return to league action with a home match against Wycombe on Saturday.

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Published January 24, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm)

Parkinson: Feat will be difficult to match

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