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Posted: Fri 03 May 2013
O'Connor celebrates with Zola

O'Connor celebrates with Zola

Image by: Action Images

Brewers edge the Bantams in five-goal thriller.

Burton Albion took a huge step towards a League Two play-off final at Wembley after defeating Bradford City 3-2 in their semi-final first leg on Thursday night.

Rovers defender Anthony O'Connor, who has been on loan with the Brewers all season, once again played the full match as Albion picked up an important first leg win at the Coral Windows Stadium.

Calvin Zola did the damage for Gary Rowett's side scoring two goals in six first half minutes to put Burton in command.

Bradford responded through a Nahki Wells penalty, but Burton restored their two-goal lead before the break thanks to Robbie Weir.

Garry Thompson halved the deficit with a 74th minute strike but Albion held on to take the lead into Sunday's 2nd leg.