Bradford boss Phil Parkinson insists losing 2-0 against lowly Barnet will have no impact on his side heading into their Capital One Cup clash against Aston Villa.

The Bantams face the Premier League outfit in the semi-final first leg at Valley Parade on Tuesday but looked off the pace against the Bees who scored either side of half time through Taiwo Atieno and John Oster.

Despite the setback, which saw Bradford fall out of the League Two play-off places, Parkinson believes the enormity of the Villa clash will be motivation enough for his troops.

"Win, lose or draw, on Tuesday it's the same game," said Parkinson. "We wanted to go into it with a win, but it wasn't meant to be. Going into the occasion on Tuesday we have to accept that Villa are three divisions above us and make sure expectations aren't too unrealistic.

"We're going to have to play very, very well over the two games, and they're going to have to perform below par. We want a performance that does the shirt justice, and that's what we intend to do. It's a massive event for the club. We will be swept away with it and rightly so.

"We've worked very hard to get to this stage and we're going to enjoy it. We totally dominated [Barnet] didn't we? We had 21 attempts on goal and to not score is very unusual, we conceded two goals at bad times which gave them a lift."

Bradford's James Hanson and Gary Jones wasted good early opportunities for the visitors but despite their early dominance they fell behind on 41 minutes. The Bantams defence failed to cope with Elliot Johnson's low delivery which allowed Kenya international Atieno to fire into the middle of the goal from two yards.

Former Sunderland midfielder Oster then finished a clinical counter-attack, following a horrible miss from Bradford's Nahki Wells, to seal all three points three minutes after the restart, to the delight of boss Edgar Davids.

"Sometimes instead of giving away an equaliser, you get a goal, it's very good for us but we shouldn't have got into that position in the first place," said Davids. "I am happy that we got two goals and some of our playing spells were unbelievable, sometimes you have to pass to get the opponent into submission.

"Our two centre-halves put in a very good shift. It's very hard to fight against a player like [James] Hanson, he's tall and that's just how they play."