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Warnock believes in glory road as Leeds march past Saints

NEIL WARNOCK has set his sights on winning the League Cup after his Leeds side took the scalp of another Premier League team in the shape of Southampton.

After last night's 3-0 success, getting to Wembley does not seem as fanciful as it once did. United are one of three non-Premier League teams left in the competition and a chance of at least a last-four berth is now a genuine possibility, especially if they get a home draw. They have now seen off Everton and Southampton at Elland Road.

And Warnock, who was a regular visitor to the old Wembley but has never manned the touchlines of the new one, is starting to sharpen his focus.

"I want to win it," he said after goals from Michael Tonge and El-Hadji Diouf and a Luciano Becchio penalty saw off a Southampton side sporting 11 changes from the weekend loss to Tottenham.

"I wanted us to enjoy it because if all the games are like our draw with Charlton last week, I would be better off fishing.

"We played some good football. In the second half, when it was 1-0, I said to my assistant Ronnie Jepson that extra-time would kill us, because you thought Southampton would always have that chance."

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson is hoping for a lucrative draw in the League Cup quarter-finals to help boost his side's League Two promotion push after their fourth-round giant-killing at Wigan.

Having soaked up plenty of pressure from their profligate Premier League hosts over the course of a contest that finished 0-0 after extra-time, the Bantams triumphed 4-2 on penalties at the DW Stadium, with Latics midfielders Shaun Maloney and Jordi Gomez both failing to convert their spot-kicks.

Parkinson declared himself "ecstatic" with his team's efforts and is now crossing his fingers they can draw a big-name club in the last eight.

He said: "In terms of finance first of all, it is huge for the club, because there isn't a great deal of money at Bradford. But if we can get a good draw now, that is going to really help us for the rest of this season and going into next season."


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