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The 25-year-old opened the scoring against Northampton in the Bantams' League-Two Play-off final and says it felt better than netting the goal that put them in the league cup final

Bradford City hero James Hanson says scoring in the League Two Play-off final against Northampton Town felt better than the goal that sent his side into the Capital One Cup final earlier this season.

The 25-year-old opened the scoring on Saturday as the Bantams sealed promotion to League One with a 3-0 victory.

And, having notched the winner in his side’s Capital One Cup semi-final against Aston Villa, Hanson admits he was delighted to net at Wembley after missing the chance to do so on his last visit - the 5-0 defeat to Swansea in the final.

Asked which goal brought him more joy, the forward told reporters: "The goal today. To score at Wembley and help the team get promoted is unbelievable. It’s been a great season for all the lads.

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"I dreamt about it three months ago when we played Swansea but I didn't get the chance in that game. Today I got the chance and took it – I'm delighted.

"We all wanted promotion and many people say the best way to do it is through the play-offs. We've done that and are delighted; we're now looking forward to next season."

Defender Rory McArdle, who scored Bradford's second with a near-post header, was similarly elated and hailed an "unbelievable" season for the club.

"I couldn't quite believe it," said the 26-year-old. "I was at the front post and I thought 'I'm there, the ball's there and I've got half a chance of nicking a goal and putting us 2-0 up'.

"It's been unbelievable [this season]. I don't think we could have expected things like getting to the league cup final and then to push on from that – it's been fantastic.

"I'm so pleased for the fans, who've been with us against Arsenal and Aston Villa and even the likes of Torquay and Barnet."

James Meredith, meanwhile, hailed manager Phil Parkinson for giving his side a stern talking to after a 4-1 defeat to Exeter in March looked to have derailed their promotion hopes.

"The gaffer called us all in [after the Exeter game] and we went through what we had to do to get ourselves back," the Australian added.

"It was a really aggressive chat and we reacted and responded. In the next 10 games, I think we only lost once.

"We got to where we got, we fought back in the semi-final when we were behind and we showed character to get to the final. Now we're League One players."

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