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Dec 13, 2012

'Torquay tougher than Arsenal'

Bradford City captain Gary Jones has said that League Two counterparts Torquay United provided a tougher test than Premier League side Arsenal.

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Bradford, who ply their trade in England's fourth tier, claimed a memorable scalp of Arsenal in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals this week, triumphing 3-2 on penalties.

Speaking to the Guardian, Jones, 35, was delighted with the performance of his team-mates on Tuesday and expressed his belief that their 1-0 win over Torquay this season was more of a challenge.

"I think Torquay gave us a tougher game," Jones said. "It was like a role reversal against them. Torquay defended well against us and we defended really well against Arsenal. The lads were unbelievable."

When asked whether Arsenal should be embarrassed, Jones said: "Without a shadow of a doubt. No disrespect to us and our lads but they should be beating Bradford City. But team spirit means a lot and it can take a team a long way. We have a massive team spirit and we showed it.

"When we saw their team sheet, we couldn't believe it. Steve Parkin [the assistant manager] wrote their side down and at the bottom he wrote 'poor team', exclamation mark.

"I thought they would have a lot of youth players and a bit of experience but nothing like that turned up. They came here and it was probably the best chance of a trophy they'll have this year. I think it was Arsene Wenger's worst nightmare going to penalties. The lads were full of confidence and I think that showed."

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