Since their shock FA Cup fourth round win at Chelsea, (the story of the season so far!) the Bantam’s have had something of a mixed bag of league results but continue to defy the odds in the nation’s premier knock out competition.
Black Cats Lucky For City
Premier League Sunderland came to town in the fifth round and the Valley Parade pitch was the talking point in the run-up to the clash.
The turf was heavy going but some would say it affected both sides as Bradford like to pass it about rather than play the long ball.
All that aside, City took an early lead with Sunderland Captain John O’Shea netting at the wrong end in the 3rd minute. It was more comfortable than expected for the home team but City fans were still biting their nails. They needn’t have worried. The biggest Valley Parade crown in over 50 years relaxed a little when John Stead, who has scored in every round so far, was set up by James Hanson to net from 12 yards.
So, onto the Quarter Finals for the first time since 1976, and the draw threw up another home tie versus Championship Reading.
The ‘Royals’ have only ever played once against Bradford in the FA Cup – over 100 years ago and it ended 2-0 to the Bantams. Let’s hope for more of the same because the semi-finals are to be played at the nation’s stadium, Wembley, a venue City played at twice in 2013!
League Form Keeps Them In Touch
Since Chelsea, three wins, three draws and two defeats hasn’t been spectacular league form but it has kept City in the hunt for a play-off place in what is a really tight division below the top four.
The highlight of this spell was probably a 2-1 victory over high flying MK Dons, securing the double over the Buckinghamshire men. Crawley and Leyton Orient also suffered their second league defeats at the hands of Phil Parkinson’s side.
Watch this space for our take on the quarter final game against Reading and other Bantams news, but here’s what some of the Bradford City fans at Provident have to say about the team…