Bradford City v Northampton Town
League Two play-off Final
1.30pm, Saturday 17 May 2013
Bradford City return to Wembley Stadium for the second time in three months on Saturday to take on Northampton Town in the League Two play-off Final.
The Bantams booked their place with a 3-1 victory against Burton Albion, overcoming a 3-2 first-leg defeat, to win 5-4 on aggregate.
They will meet Aidy Boothroyd’s Northampton Town, who eased past Cheltenham 2-0 over two legs.
The encounter will be the fifth meeting between the two sides this season. Bradford took the spoils in the League with two 1-0 victories, as well as eliminating the Cobblers from The FA Cup on penalties after two entertaining draws.
With the prize of a place in the third tier of English football up for grabs, the stakes are high – and both managers are anticipating the game to be a tight affair.
Cobblers manager Boothroyd said: “It has all the makings of a really good final. I think it’s going to be a very tight game and it could go all the way.
“Our whole season and all the work we’ve done culminates on Saturday in a one-off game and it is going to be all or nothing.”
Boothroyd's counterpart, Phil Parkinson, who signed a new two-year deal at Bradford on Wednesday, has said that he views the match as an opportunity to “finish the job” he began two years ago.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, he said: "We set out a plan in the summer to move forward and I'd like to think come Saturday evening that can be completed. We know we've got to finish the job."
Northampton and Bradford qualified for the play-offs in sixth and seventh place respectively, and Parkinson’s men can take confidence from the sides’ most recent meeting – when Nahki Wells scored the only goal at Valley Parade in April.
Boothroyd's side have not beaten Bradford in any of their previous eight meetings, but go into Saturday's game on good form - recording wins and clean sheets in each of their past three outings.
Bradford captain Gary Jones, meanwhile, has called on his teammates to ignore the form books and draw on their previous experience at Wembley this season.
"The whole season rests on one game and we've come through these huge matches before," he told BBC Look North.
"The League Cup was a one-off but then we went and did it against Burton too," he added.
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