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Bantams win was great advert for league

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 15, 2012

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WHAT a week it’s been for one of our League Two rivals!

I don’t usually like to sing the praises of another club too loudly but I must congratulate Bradford City on their historic Capital One Cup victory over the mighty Arsenal.

Another penalty shoot-out win — that’s nine in a row, I’m told — has seen them into the semi-finals for the first time in the club’s history.

Arsenal had a team packed with international stars but it was the hard-working underdogs who came out on top.

It just goes to show how fortunes can change so dramatically in football because they were 2-0 down against us going into the closing minutes of our third round tie at Valley Parade.

Bradford made a miraculous recovery to eventually beat us 3-2 in extra-time and then went on to beat Wigan Athletic in the next round.

The rest, as they say, is history.

What a great advertisement for the lower division they have been —  and to say we are only a few points off them in the Legaue Two table shows just how well we have been doing so far this season.

Accrington Stanley came to the Pirelli on Sunday and we were looking to avoid losing three league games on the spin.

We started really well and after 10 minutes Billy Kee scored what proved to be the only goal of the game to secure three welcome points.

We defended tremendously well and I thought the it was another sign in our favour to bounce back from a couple of defeats and beat an Accrington team that has picked up some great results of late.

It was nice to see Billy back on the scoresheet because he got what his hard work deserved — and that was scoring the winner against his former employers.

The reserves had another game on Tuesday against Oldham Athletic which took place at St George’s Park and it was great opportunity for me to get another vital 90 minutes under my belt.

We lost the game 2-1 but it was a great fitness workout for the first-team boys who have been on the bench of late.

A Justin Richards goal wasn’t enough to get us the win but, like I said earlier, it was more about getting 90 minutes in the tank above anything else.

We are really looking forward to the busy festive period as we look to consolidate or hopefully improve our league position.

The Christmas period is a vital one with loads of games being played and this can sometimes map out a team’s ambitions and ultimately decide a lot of league positions in a short few weeks.

We travel to Chesterfield today in high spirits after our win last weekend.

It is a place where we have happy memories of out last visit when we played really well to pick up an important against the team that went on to win the League Two title.

I’m expecting the travelling hoards of Brewers fans to be as vocal as they were for the FA Cup tie at Crewe a couple of weeks ago.

Chesterfield are only a short trip away and let’s hope we can send you home singing at the top of your voices and with three more points added on to our league tally.

Be loud and be proud.

Come on you Brewers!

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