Ahead of Sunday's Capital One Cup final we caught up with Bradford City's Nathan Doyle to discuss the final step on what has been a fairy tale of a journey. Can the Bantams claim a fourth top flight scalp to win silverware? We know one player who wouldn't bet against it...
Last Updated: February 22, 2013 9:16am
Nathan Doyle says it will be a 'dream come true' if Bradford can lift the Capital One Cup on Sunday and he cannot wait to step out onto the hallowed Wembley turf.
The League Two Bantams have created history by reaching Sunday's showpiece, where they will face Premier League Swansea.
Phil Parkinson's side beat top flight opposition Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa to earn the right to take on the Swans, as well as disposing of Championship Watford, League One's Notts County and Burton of League Two.
Midfielder Doyle, who is in his second spell at the club, says everyone is excited ahead of the game, telling skysports.com: "There's a buzz about the place because we are going to play in a final and obviously it is at Wembley so the lads are buzzing as well.
"It's more of an excitement around the place, more than a nervousness.
"It will be amazing if we did it and I think it will be a dream come true if that happened.... (but) I think either way on Monday morning you'll be still pinching yourself."
Doyle himself has never played at Wembley before, being on the bench when previous club Hull City got promoted to the Premier League back in 2008, and he cannot wait to play.
"If I'm selected it will be amazing to go and step out there on the pitch," said Doyle, adding the final will be the highlight of his career.
"To play anybody in any final is amazing," he said. "I'm glad that we've got a Premier League team in the final, if anything it will be an experience for all of the lads involved at Bradford City."
While Michu is seen by some as the danger man which Bradford have to look out for, Doyle said their opponents play great football and have strength all over the pitch.
"Swansea have got a great team, Michu has been on absolute fire this year, no-one expected him to come over from Spain and do what he's done in the Premier League. He's a fantastic player," he said.
"I think for me, not just the strikers but they've got the likes of Ashley Williams, Leon Britton in there as well, who've been a rock in the core of Swansea's success in the last few years, so it's them you've got to watch as well, as well as Michu."
When asked the secret of Bradford's success, Doyle paid tribute to the spirit within the Bantams' dressing room.
"The lads in the dressing room have been amazing really," he said. "Everyone gets on well. I think the characters in the dressing room are good. We've got youth mixed with a lot of older heads and it's been quite a mixture of them really.
"I think the staff have been great as well, knowing how to prepare for these big games."
Doyle hailed the impact manager Parkinson has had at the club.
"I think what the gaffer's tried to do is bring in youth and experienced players. What he's done on the budget that he's had he's been tremendous really," he said.
"He has been a tremendous credit to the club and himself."
Doyle also paid tribute to the club's supporters, saying: "The fans have been tremendous, they get behind the team every single week, week in week out, whether it's at home or away.
Bradford fans have been on the ride of their lives this season in what has been a remarkable cup run
"We travelled to Wycombe recently on Tuesday night and there was a fair few there, making their voices heard.
"It's tremendous, the support we get here is absolutely ridiculous, I just love it that I'm going out and playing in front of them every week."
On a personal level, the 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and he is trying his best to earn a new deal.
"I'm just focusing on playing week in, week out and hopefully something will come up," he said.
"But all I'm doing at the moment, I'm just focusing on what I have got to do to earn another contract and hopefully I will."