Bradford captain Romain Vincelot will not let nerves spoil his big day at Wembley on Saturday.

Romain Vincelot keeping nerves in check as Bradford prepare for play-off final

Romain Vincelot keeping nerves in check as Bradford prepare for play-off final

The Bantams draw claws again with Millwall, this time in the Sky Bet League One play-off final, and despite all the tension and hype the unflappable Frenchman is determined to enjoy every minute.

"I'm happy to be like that now. Call it experience, I don't know, but I don't really think too much about it," Vincelot said as the pre-match build-up gathered pace at Valley Parade.

"I just have my normal routine every day. I do the same thing in the morning, training, then in the afternoon I just go and walk my dogs and go home, that's it.

"I just try to keep the fire in my belly quiet for now and it will explode for the weekend."

Vincelot, 31, a self-proclaimed Anglophile, has spent the last seven years plying his trade in the lower reaches of English football and knows what it would mean to the fans if Bradford win promotion back to the Championship for the first time in 13 years.

He won a League Two play-off final with his first English club Dagenham & Redbridge in 2010 and lost with Leyton Orient in the League One play-off final four years later.

"I've experienced both feelings, so hopefully I will have a nice one this time," he said.

"Maybe it helps to be a bit more relaxed and maybe enjoy it more as well, every moment of it. That's what I really want to do.

"I'm not the only one as well, which is good for the team."

Millwall are hell-bent on exorcising the demons following defeat to Barnsley in last year's play-off final - the Lions had beaten Bradford in the semi-finals - but Stuart McCall's starting line-up will be dotted with players who have big-game experience.

Rory McArdle, whose solitary header against Fleetwood booked the Bantams' Wembley passage, scored in the 2013 League Two play-off final win against Northampton.

McArdle and fellow defenders Stephen Darby and James Meredith had also appeared at Wembley three months earlier in City's crazy League Cup adventure, while Nicky Law, Billy Clarke and goalkeeper Colin Doyle all have previous play-off final experience.

"A lot of the boys will be used to it," Vincelot said. "It's always a special occasion when you play at Wembley, but we have to keep doing the same things we've been successful with.

"On the day itself we will lift everything up. We know it's not going to be easy, Millwall are a tough team to play.

"They're quite physical and have experience as well so it's going to be a tight game I'm sure, but we're ready for it."

German owners Stefan Rupp and Edin Rahic completed their takeover at Valley Parade last summer and brought Stuart McCall back for his second spell as manager following the departure of Phil Parkinson.

Rupp and Rahic have Premier League aspirations for City and announced a 10-year plan to get them there, so promotion for all three in their first season would put them ahead of schedule.

Vincelot also arrived in the summer, from Coventry for an undisclosed fee.

"I came because I knew the club was going forward," he said. "It would be nice to get Bradford back in the Championship.

"The size of the club, the fanbase, I think that's where the club belongs."


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