Matt Duke sees Wembley dream come true as Bradford reach Capital One Cup final
Last Updated: January 22, 2013 10:36pm
Bradford goalkeeper Matt Duke says he has fulfilled a childhood dream after the League Two club booked their spot in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.
The Bantams stretched their stunning cup run with another giant-killing in the semi-final against Aston Villa, beating the Premier League side 4-3 on aggregate.
Duke contributed a solid display between the sticks in the second leg at Villa Park on Tuesday night and admits he is on cloud nine after advancing to the final, where they will face the winner of the other semi-final tie between Chelsea and Swansea.
He told Sky Sports: "It's a dream. As a kid, playing football, you dream of Wembley.
"We're going to do it, we're going to take a League Two club to Wembley. We have a massive following and it's just going to be an amazing day. I'm so looking forward to it.
"I'm just speechless. The lads were fantastic again tonight.
"For the fans, it's going to be a great day at Wembley for us."
Bradford went behind to Christian Benteke's opener as Villa sliced their 3-1 lead from the first leg but James Hanson nodded home from a Gary Jones corner to put the visitors back in control.
Villa threatened a comeback late on when substitute Andreas Weimann scored but it was too little too late as Phil Parkinson's men held on for the aggregate win.
Duke says there was a sense that they could complete the upset in the dressing room before the game, adding: "You could smell it in the dressing room before that we had a chance.
"You're 3-1 up and you think, if we score, we fancy our chances.
"We fancied ourselves at set-pieces and (after) Hanson's great header you think, at that point, we're going to do it."
Asked if Bradford can go all the way and lift the trophy, the keeper said: "Let's dream. It's going to be difficult, whether we get Chelsea or Swansea.
"As long as we do what we've done, we've got a chance."