Bradford manager Phil Parkinson has no doubt where his priority lies this season and rated his side's hard-earned 2-1 win over Accrington as an important result for the League Two promotion contenders.

City have surprised the football world by taking two Premier League scalps - Wigan and Arsenal - to reach the Capital One Cup semi-finals, where they will face Aston Villa for a place at Wembley.

But Bradford are fifth in League Two, three points off the automatic promotion places, after their Boxing Day success over Stanley.

"We have banned all talk of our semi-final games against Aston Villa," Parkinson said. "We want to go into those games against Villa in a good league position so we can enjoy them. The League Cup is great for the club's finances, but these games are our bread and butter."

"It was tough out there with the rain and the heavy pitch and we scored our winner with a real moment of quality. It was a great cross from Kyel Reid and although Alan Connell made it look easy it wasn't an easy header. It was a great finish.

"It was a tough game. Accrington are a good side, they set their team up with a strong midfield and they are going to cause you problems with the way they play, but this was an important victory for us and we go into our next game at home to Rochdale on Saturday in good spirits."

Stanley manager Leam Richardson disputed the sending-off of Dean Winnard, for what Parkinson described as a 'cynical challenge'.

Richardson said: "The linesman sent him off for handball, but his hands were by his side. This defeat is really difficult to take, I really felt for the lads. I am proud of them. They gave me everything, but some of the decisions by the officials I question.

"We came with a game plan to win the game. First we wanted to contain them and, other than one lapse of concentration in the first half that led to their goal, we did exactly what we wanted to do.

"In the second half we played some great football and the lads worked really hard and deserved the equaliser. If we had had 11 players on the field I felt we could have won the game."