Bradford boss Phil Parkinson expressed his relief at still being in a play-off tie with Burton after suffering a 3-2 defeat.
The Bantams started sluggishly at Valley Parade, conceding three times before the interval.
They were able to keep themselves in contention with two goals of their own and Parkinson admits there is still all to play for heading into a return date with the Brewers on Sunday.
He is, however, aware that League Cup finalists Bradford can considers themselves fortunate to be in with a chance of booking another day out at Wembley.
He told Sky Sports: "We're 1-0 down at half-time. This tie is very much alive but it won't be if we defend and play like we did in the first half
"Because we were very poor defensively, probably the poorest we've been all season, the basics of the game went.
"We went out there to show we were a good team but we forget the basics as a team and as units we were too open in that first half and I was very disappointed with that.
"But in the second half we defended a lot better, showed good character because there's a lot of pressure in the play-offs.
"Now we go to Burton on Sunday and the expectation is on them and we're 1-0 down and we're right in this game."