Wigan Athletic V Bradford City – 4th round Capital One Cup

A great performance by Bradford City, holding off Premiership team Wigan Athletic to take the match into extra time, with the game being decided by a penalty shoot out.  The atmosphere created by the 5000 loyal and dedicated Bradford City fans that sang their hearts out for the full 120 minutes was immense!!

Final score after penalties:  Wigan Athletic 2 – 4 Bradford City.

Great save by Keeper Matt Duke, keeping Bradford City in the game
Great save by Keeper Matt Duke, keeping Bradford City in the game
Nathan Doyle gets to grips with Wigan Athletics defence
Nathan Doyle gets to grips with Wigan Athletic’s defence

Wigan Athletic V Bradford City

Bradford City's James Hanson wins the header
Bradford City’s James Hanson wins the header
Bradford City's Nahki Wells tests Wigan Athletic Keeper Ali Al Habsi
Bradford City’s Nahki Wells tests Wigan Athletic Keeper Ali Al Habsi
 Bradford City's Stephen Darby tries to find a way through the Wigan Athletic defence
Bradford City’s Stephen Darby tries to find a way through the Wigan Athletic defence
Bradford City's James Hanson out-jumps the Wigan Athletic defence
Bradford City’s James Hanson out-jumps the Wigan Athletic defence
Bradford City's penalty appeal was ignored
Bradford City’s penalty appeal was ignored
Zavon Hines makes a run down the wing to create a chance for Bradford City
Zavon Hines makes a run down the wing to create a chance for Bradford City
Zavon Hines' shot is blocked by Keeper Ali Al Habsi, keeping Wigan Athletic in the game
Zavon Hines’ shot is blocked by Keeper Ali Al Habsi, keeping Wigan Athletic in the game
Will Atkinson makes a great run for Bradford City
Will Atkinson makes a great run for Bradford City
Wigan Athletic's Ronnie Stam takes on Bradford City's Will Atkinson
Wigan Athletic’s Ronnie Stam takes on Bradford City’s Will Atkinson
James Hanson fights off Wigan Athletic's Arouna Kone
James Hanson fights off Wigan Athletic’s Arouna Kone

Penalties…..

Nathan Doyle sends keeper Ali Al Habsi the wrong way.  1 - 0 to Bradford City
Nathan Doyle sends keeper Ali Al Habsi the wrong way, 1 – 0 to Bradford City
Keeper Matt Duke dives the right way but cannot stop the penalty from David Jones.  1 - 1
Keeper Matt Duke dives the right way but cannot stop the penalty from David Jones, making it 1 – 1
Keeper Ali Al Habsi guesses the right way but cannot stop the power from Gary Jones.   2 - 1 to Bradford City
Keeper Ali Al Habsi guesses the right way but cannot stop the power from Gary Jones. 2 – 1 to Bradford City
Matt Duke is sent the wrong way by Ben Watson.  2 - 2
Matt Duke is sent the wrong way by Ben Watson. 2 – 2
Stephen Darby sends Ali Al Habsi the wrong way, putting Bradford City ahead once again.  3 - 2 to Bradford City
Stephen Darby sends Ali Al Habsi the wrong way, putting Bradford City ahead once again. 3 – 2 to Bradford City
Matt Duke prepares himself....
Matt Duke prepares himself….
.... and dives the right way, but Shaun Maloney put the ball over the bar!!  3 - 2 Bradford City!
…. and dives the right way, but Shaun Maloney puts the ball over the bar!!   3 – 2 Bradford City!
Alan Connell walks up to the spot.
Alan Connell walks up to the spot.
4 out of 4 penalties converted for Bradford City; Alan Connell scores a great goal, inching them closer to victory.
4 out of 4 penalties converted for Bradford City; Alan Connell scores a great goal, inching them closer to victory.
Jordi Gomez approaches for his penalty.  If he misses it's game over for Wigan Athletic
Jordi Gomez approaches for his penalty. If he misses it’s game over for Wigan Athletic
The atmosphere in the stadium is tense as he places the ball...
The atmosphere in the stadium is tense as he places the ball…
...and forces a magnificent save from Bradford City Keeper and hero Matt Duke!!
…and forces a magnificent save from Bradford City Keeper and hero Matt Duke sending Bradford City through to the next round!!
Reaction of the Bradford City players...
Reaction of the Bradford City players…
Bradford City players race towards hero Matt Duke
Bradford City players race towards hero Matt Duke
The players celebrate getting through to the last 8 of the Capital One Cup
The players celebrate getting through to the last 8 of the Capital One Cup
Celebrations...
Celebrations…
...more celebrations...
…more celebrations…
Keeper Matt Duke is under there somewhere?!!
Keeper Matt Duke is under there somewhere?!!
...the celebrations continue...
…the celebrations continue…
Bradford City applaud and thank their loyal fans
Bradford City applaud and thank their loyal fans
Bradford City's army of fans celebrate the teams success
Bradford City’s army of fans celebrate the teams success
The players are joined by Manager Phil Parkinson and other club staff  to thank the fans
The players are joined by Manager Phil Parkinson and other club staff to thank the fans
Phil Parkinson's Barmy Army!!  All 5,000 of them!!
Phil Parkinson’s Barmy Army!! All 5,000 of them!!
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