7:00am Thursday 16th May 2013
By Simon Parker
James Meredith wants to give City’s fans a “team to be proud of” by sealing their first promotion in 14 years.
The classy left back is targeting a personal hat-trick of Wembley wins on Saturday after doing the double with York a year ago.
Meredith was in the Minstermen side that lifted the FA Trophy and then went back a week later to clinch a play-off route back into the Football League.
Now he would love to help the Bantams end a six-year stay in the basement division by beating Northampton.
Meredith said: “We’ve got a good spirit and ability in this team. We’re all together and determined and have shown that time and time again this season.
“It’s about time the fans had a team they can be proud of. It’s been years since they’ve had that.
“Hopefully we can do it. We want to give them a really good performance in the final and make them proud.”
Meredith was stuck on the sidelines for the Capital One Cup final in February as he fought the effects of glandular fever. The 25-year-old missed 16 games during that nightmare period so Saturday will feel extra special.
He added: “I missed out last time so it’s fantastic to be going back. I got myself healthy and fit and this is a great opportunity.
“We’ve worked so hard to get here. The pundits in the media wrote us off even getting in the play-offs with nine games to go.
“But we rolled up our sleeves to do it and now we’re going to Wembley for the second time this season. It’s a great achievement.”
As the build-up intensifies, Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd has hit back at Nahki Wells’ prediction that he will score against them at Wembley.
City’s top scorer has netted six goals in five meetings with the Cobblers, including the winner at Valley Parade last month, and is confident of repeating the trick on Saturday.
But Boothroyd said: “I’ve seen Nahki Wells’ comments about how he always scores and always does well. I thought the manager always picked the team rather than the centre forward.
“He is a threat, there’s no doubt about that. He is a good player and we’ll have a plan for Bradford defensively and offensively.
“It isn’t all about stopping Nahki Wells, far from it. Bradford are a good team and they haven’t got where they have by accident.
“We think we’re a good team too. We know we’ve got to be at our best to win and we won’t get drawn in by comments from players who have played 30-odd games this season.
“Both teams are going to want it so it will be about who thinks and performs the best under pressure.”
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