'We must play like Swansea' - Shots captain HerdBy Jon Couch
March 07, 2013
CAPTAIN Ben Herd reckons he has the formula to de-rail Bradford City’s late play-off charge on Saturday – just play like Swansea.
The Bantams made history a fortnight ago by becoming the first fourth-tier side in more than 50 years to reach a League Cup final, eventually bowing out to the Premier League Swans 5-0 in the Wembley showcase.
However, Phil Parkinson’s side have been unable to replicate the cup form that saw them knock out Premier League trio Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa en route to the final, and they currently sit nine points outside the League Two play-off places, albeit with a couple of games in hand.
The Yorkshiremen did show their mettle by picking up a gallant 0-0 draw at title-chasing Port Vale on Tuesday night, but Herd said the Shots would make the trip to the 25,000-capacity Valley Parade full of confidence and looking to extend their unbeaten run to six matches.
“Their cup run was just amazing, it was storybook stuff,” he said: “They showcased League Two really well and changed a few perceptions.
“But that’s over now and they’ll be looking to go up through the play-offs. They are a massive, massive club, they’ve got a good manager, good players and have spent a lot of money so it’ll be tough.
“But after the run of form we have been on ourselves, we go there full of confidence and full of beans.
"We are unbeaten in five with only one goal conceded in four. It is nothing yet though. We are not out of any relegation fight and we need to maintain the realism.
“Our feet will be kept on the ground and we will go again against Bradford. And if we play like Swansea on Saturday, then we’ll be alright.”