Two-goal James on the Bradford win
James Vaughan was delighted his two goals helped Town into the Second Round of this season’s Capital One Cup at the expense of Bradford City tonight.
Town’s reigning Player of the Year explained that the players were keen to get their first competitive win of the 2013/14 season under their belts as soon as possible, following on from Saturday’s opening day Championship defeat at Nottingham Forest.
“It’s good to get our first win of the season, regardless of whether it’s in the League or the Cup. We wanted to get the win early doors and we have, so everyone is really happy,” James told htafc.com.
“I thought we played really well; we kept the ball well. Apart from a slight lapse of concentration at the end, I thought we were very comfortable in the game and played very well against a good Bradford side.
“We worked hard on things this week. People get a little edgy when it’s the first game of the season, but we were just glad to get out there today and get the first win. We wanted to get over Saturday’s game as soon as possible and we've done that.”
Vaughan, who scored a rare goal from outside of the box to put Town ahead in the first half before netting a more typical header during the second period, didn't hesitate when asked which of his two goals he favoured:
“I preferred the header! That’s the kind of goal I look to score most games. It’s not often I score from outside the box – they’re very rare for me and I don’t tend to take much notice of them! I play to get on the end of headers in the box.
“Adam has great quality. As soon as he looked up I knew the ball was coming, so I just got myself in the box. Luckily for me it landed on my head and I managed to score.”
The striker, who took a heavy blow to the ribs on Saturday, was replaced by Manager Mark Robins during the second-half and received a rousing reception from the Town faithful.
He continued: “The fans were great today; it was a great atmosphere. They gave me a great reception when I was taken off, but from day one last season the fans have been fantastic to me. I just want to keep playing and do well for the team and if I do, hopefully the fans will keep backing me.”
The Capital One Cup Second Round draw takes place on Thursday and, after Bradford’s exploits last season, James explained that every football fan should dare to dream about the possibility of an extended run in the competition.
“Everyone dreams of playing at Wembley. It’s early days, but you never know!”