Bradford boss Phil Parkinson felt his side deserved to go through to the third round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy after they edged past Hartlepool on penalties.
There were no goals after 90 uninspiring minutes, but the Bantams got the better of their npower League One opponents 3-2 from 12 yards. The decisive moment came when Pools' Evan Horwood's kick cannoned off goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, hit the bar, bounced on the line and rolled to safety.
Parkinson's side scored three from the spot through Nathan Doyle, Nahki Wells and Alan Connell, while Andrew Davies and Garry Thompson missed. The manager said: "It's pleasing to get through and I think we deserved it. We had some good chances at a League One club, but we defended well and that's what pleased me."
He added: "When Hartlepool pressed we looked solid at the back and that pleased me more than anything. The back four gave us a good chance to go forward. We stuck to the job, the shape was good. We have players coming back but some lads have been given a chance and they took their chance.
"I watched the penalties and felt confident. Jon is sharp around his goal and we had a lot of strikers on the pitch. The decisive penalty at the end was a strange one, the linesman didn't do anything and no-one realised what happened."
Hartlepool manager Neale Cooper bemoaned a lack of luck, saying: "It was a decent performance in parts, not as good as the last two, but yet again we lost. On penalties this time and we hit the post three times in the shoot-out.
"We had chances, they did too and they are a decent side. When we started moving the ball quicker we did better. Yet again the young lads were excellent out there.
"The back four were good, kept a clean sheet which is positive. The last penalty hit the keeper, hit the bar, hit the line and stayed out.
"When things are hard, and they are just now, it goes against you. I thought my luck was back in when they missed their first penalty - and then it ends up against us."