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Parkinson hails spot-kick kings

Phil Parkinson praised his spot-kick experts as Bradford booked their place in the FA Cup second round by beating Northampton on penalties.

It was the third time this season Bradford had won a cup match on penalties and their seventh straight shootout success. All seemed lost for Bradford when Northampton skipper skipper Kelvin Langmead fired visitors into a 3-2 lead in the second period of extra time, but defender Carl McHugh equalised with seconds remaining to set up the penalty shoot-out, which the home side won 4-2.

Bradford reached the Capital One Cup quarter-final at Wigan on penalties which set up a home quarter-final tie against Arsenal and they also won at Hartlepool on penalties in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

On this occasion Bantams top scorer Nahki Wells was thwarted by Shane Higgs, but failures from Danny East and Langmead left Bantams skipper Ricky Ravenhill to complete the triumph from his side's final penalty.

Parkinson said: "There are a lot of tired legs out there, but the character the lads have shown in the league and cup this season has been immense. However you win, it breeds confidence.

"It should be an interesting second round tie against Brentford at home and to get to the third round would be good. Then we've got Arsenal in the League Cup, but I've got to keep the lads focussed on the next game against Exeter on Saturday."