Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Quakers See off Bantams in Thrilling Cup Shoot-Out

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Quakers See off Bantams in Thrilling Cup Shoot-Out

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Byline: Barry King

Darlington last night showed they are shoot-out kings when they dumped First Division Bradford City out of the Carling Cup.

New signing Glen Robson fired the winning spot kick to earn the Quakers a 5-3 shootout victory following 120 minutes without a goal, and give them the chance of earning a potential money-spinning second round tie against a Premiership outfit.

Mick Tait's side took the game to their higher division hosts at Valley Parade and could have won the tie in normal time.

Skipper Craig Liddle crashed a 15th minute header against the bar from a Ryan Valentine free-kick and then Ashley Nicholls curled a left-foot shot just wide of the target.

Bradford had a couple of half chances but young goalkeeper Michael Price - making his competitive debut for Darlington - was on hand to keep the scores level.

But in the penalty shootout Liddle struck first from the spot before Tom Kearney missed for the Bantams.

Ian Clark stuck his kick away and Bradford scored their next two kicks including one from ex-Boro man Dean Windass.

Valentine and Nicholls also netted for Darlington before Robson struck the home the decisive kick to the delight of Tait who had blasted his players following the 4-1 defeat at Hull City on Saturday.

"The lads have responded magnificently and I don't think I will need to do anything different on Saturday," said Tait looking ahead to the Quakers' opening match in the 27,500-seater Reynolds Arena on Saturday.

"I gave the lads a stern talking-to because they didn't do their jobs against Hull.

"They got punished by a decent side then but they rose to the occasion and they produced a magnificent performance."

Darlington are expecting safety officials to make a further inspection of the Reynolds Arena on Thursday, with a view to granting a safety certificate for Saturday's home game with Kidderminster Harriers. …

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