Neal Ardley was delighted with the spirit his players showed after an injury-time Gary Alexander header gave AFC Wimbledon a 2-1 victory over Bradford, earning a crucial three points in their battle to beat the drop.

The Bantams controlled much of the game and took the lead through Garry Thompson just before the hour after an error from Dons defender Alan Bennett.

But with the match approaching its conclusion, substitute Jack Midson equalised in the 83rd minute, before Alexander headed in a Toby Ajala corner in the third minute of stoppage time.

"Ultimately the character the boys showed was excellent," said Ardley, whose side are still bottom of the table on goal difference. "Alan Bennett obviously slipped for the goal but he didn't fold after that he kept going, he dug in and that shows the character of the guys.

"I didn't think it was our best performance by a long way but I don't think against a very good team in Bradford either goalkeeper was worked much during the game."

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson was bitterly disappointed with the result, but was adamant his players did not have one eye on Sunday's carling Cup final.

"I don't think it showed in the way we played that we had Wembley on our minds. I couldn't fault the lads," said Parkinson.

"Being beaten in the manner we have done is very difficult to take. It's going to take a while on the way back to get this one out of my system. We deserved three points rather than one so to come away with nothing is unbelievable.

"We've got a great week ahead of us, the lads deserve it, they've worked exceptionally hard to get to this stage and we're going to enjoy it.

"I don't want to change things too much, we'll prepare as professionally as we can for Swansea. They're an outstanding team who control games against Premiership opposition, but we'll go there, have a real go and do the club proud."