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WHAT a truly magnificent performance by Bradford City on Tuesday night in the Capital One League Cup semi-final first leg.

I thoroughly enjoyed their skilful display in beating Aston Villa 3-1 and it could so easily have been 5-1.

After the first 15 minutes or so you couldn’t really tell which side was from the Premier Division, and in the second half City looked like the team that would have been in good company with the likes of Man Utd and Chelsea. After all they have seen off Wigan and Arsenal before this superb 90 minutes that now takes them and 6,000 supporters to Villa Park in two weeks time.

The neighbours probably thought I had lost it the way I was cheering when they scored truly remarkable goals, hit the crossbar and had one hoofed off the line.

Manager Phil Parkinson looked as though he needed oxygen as he gasped for air at the end of the game, such was his shock and elation at what his boys had achieved.

There was such commitment from the City boys and Villa just looked a yard short and lacking in desire at times.

It will be a difficult second leg in front of another full house but a two goal cushion is good. and if it came down to penalties you would have to say on their shoot-out form the Bantams would be favourites.

I HAVE known soccer commentator Jon Champion since his BBC Radio York days and feel sorry and annoyed that he has been reprimanded for his Luis Suarez `cheat’ comment in the Mansfield Town v Liverpool FA Cup tie.

Talk about ‘The Hand of God’, this was a real old knockdown by the hand and into the net which turned out to be the winning goal and rob the Stags of an estimated £600,000 had they gone to Anfield for a replay.

How is it the fourth official and then the assistant referee didn’t see anything to help the man in the middle as I pointed out last week over the incident of a double booking at Huddersfield Town and then no red?

There was all the technology in the world to call upon at Field Mill and they couldn’t get it right.

Nice bloke Jon and he didn’t deserve a ticking off. Might have to cancel my ESPN subscription as a result.

FINALLY, all hell let loose at Doncaster this week with Wolves coming in to nick the manager just as things were going well.

You can’t hold back a young and ambitious manager who has done well at Wrexham and then Doncaster when a big club comes a calling. Now the chairman John Ryan has to call it right again for his replacement just has he has done with Dave Penney, Sean O’Driscoll and Dean Saunders.