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Paul Lambert said: “I trust Randy [Lerner]. That’s the kind of relationship I have with him. I spoke with him after the game the other night and we have a good conversation every time.'

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Bradford City's Irish defender Carl McHugh (bottom) celebrates with teammates after scoring the third goal

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Bradford manager Phil Parkinson focusing on long-term ahead of Aston Villa semi-final

Capital One Cup first leg takes place tonight

Phil Parkinson

Manager Phil Parkinson waits on new Bradford deal

Parkinson has led Bradford to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup

Chelsea smash five past old foes Leeds to progress into semi-finals

There were last night the fragments of a great old cup tie redolent of the 1970s rivalry between these two clubs, but they have moved too far in opposite directions in modern times for Leeds United to pull off the second great shock of the round.

Wenger insists ship is now steady after cup embarrassment

For a club built on stability, Arsenal have a remarkable capacity for drama. Their 5-2 win at Reading on Monday night was not quite the methodical defeat of inferior opposition many had hoped for.

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