Ask any football fan about the greatest feeling in a domestic cup competition and they'll instantaneously snap back with a giant killing. The cliched 'Magic of the Cup' is enough to excite the staunchest of supporter and Bradford City's penalty shoot-out win over Arsenal was exactly that.
The Bantams secured a memorable victory over Arsene Wenger's Gunners side, ending their hunt for a first trophy in seven-and-a-half years in the most gut wrenching of fashion. It was a memorable scalp in the history of Bradford, who have suffered somewhat of a demise since their days in the Premier League.
The victory over Arsenal set-up an enticing semi-final Capital One Cup encounter with Premiership strugglers Aston Villa and gives the club the opportunity to land their first trophy since the Divison Two play-off victory in 1996.
Former Bradford hero David Wetherall believes that the confidence taken from the impressive result will now turn into a weight of expectation as they prepare to take on Villa at Valley Parade on Tuesday night.
Speaking at the Capital One Cup Semi-Final media panel, and questioned whether there was any doubt as to whether Bradford would secure the win after the game went to penalties, Wetherall said: “There was no doubt at the start at the start of the game! They have such a good run now at penalty shoot-outs that I think whenever it goes to that stage, it gives them that bit more belief and confidence that it will be their night.
“It's a record of eight successive penalty shoot-out victories that they've got, so should it happen to get to that stage, then who knows, but certainly the whole game against Arsenal was a fantastic occasion for the club and the players and I don't think anyone could believe that it went to extra time then penalties and that the club was successful.
“The danger for Bradford is that the confidence that everyone takes from going through against Arsenal and getting through to the semi-final becomes a weight of expectation.”
While the Bantams will undoubtedly draw upon the headline grabbing win over Arsenal as inspiration for the visit of Villa on Tuesday night, fans have now become expectant that a win is a distinct possibility.
However, Bradford can draw upon their stunning penalty shoot-out record as a means of making it through to the final and should the two legged affair come to that stage after extra-time at Villa Park, the League Two side will undoubtedly be the more confident of the two teams from 12 yards.
David Wetherall was talking ahead of this week’s Capital One Cup Semi-Final first leg ties. Find out more about the competition on the official website at www.capitalonecup.co.uk or join the debate on the semi-finals on Twitter @CapitalOne_Cup using the hashtag #CapitalOneCup.