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FA Cup Fourth Round Review

The draw for the fourth tie has thrown up some potential 'glamour ties' such as Chelsea Vs Bradford. The Bantams will have to overcome Millwall in a third round replay  after drawing against the South London side at the New Den.

The draw for the fourth tie has thrown up some potential ‘glamour ties’ such as Chelsea Vs Bradford. The Bantams will have to overcome Millwall in a third round replay first after drawing against the South London side at the New Den.

The draw for the FA cup fourth round was announced on Monday 5th January – and there are some real exciting ties for the lower leagues clubs such as our very own Bradford City and Cambridge United. The Bantams who were involved in an epic 3-3 draw against Millwall on Saturday 3rd January will have to replay their third tie at Valley Parade – but if they win their replay, premier league giants and current league leaders Chelsea await in a potential money spinning tie at Stamford Bridge. The Blues overcame a stubborn Watford side in round three but it was only until a brilliant strike from Willian which allowed the early shackles to be broken in what turned out to be a comfortable win the end.

League Two outfit Cambridge who are the lowest ranked team in the tournament have been rewarded for beating League Two rivals Luton and will face 11 times winners Manchester United at home, in what will be the biggest game in the East Anglian sides history . As for United, they left it late to defeat League One outfit Yeovil in round three to book their place in round four.

Holders Arsenal who easily swept aside last years finalists Hull in round three in what was a repeat of last years final, will face Brighton in round four . Championship side Brighton who are now managed by former Tottenham assistant Chris Hughton defeated Championship high flyers Brentford 2-0 to set up one of the biggest home games in the Seagulls’ recent history.

Eighteen time English champions Liverpool overcame a ‘banana skin’ tie against AFC Wimbledon to progress to round four, which was largely down to ‘captain marvel’ Steven Gerrard who grabbed a brace as Liverpool edged this one 2-1. It’s such a shame that the Liverpool skipper will be leaving for LA Galaxy come the end of the season, the Reds have a home time against Championship side Bolton who have seen a resurgence under new boss Neil Lennon. The Reds will be hoping for an easier tie in round four – but Neil Lennon’s Trotters will be no pushovers.

Manchester City who were winners of the FA cup in 2011 face another Championship side in Aitor Karanka’s high flying Middlesborough in round four. The Blues just about overcame a plucky Sheffield Wednesday in injury time in round three to set up this tie with the North East club in round four. As for Middlesborough they safely booked their place in round four with a comfortable 2-0 away against Barnsley.

Fellow Championship high flyers Bournemouth take on premier league strugglers Aston Villa, a potential giant killing is definitely on the cards here. The South coast side who currently top the championship and who also have the best attack in all four English divisions, impressively dispatched of Championship rivals Rotherham in what was a brilliant away performance in round three with a 5-1 mauling . Villa in contrast narrowly edged out Championship strugglers Blackpool 1-0 in round three. The fourth round ties will be played on the 24th and 25th January.

The full draw for the FA cup Fourth Round:

Cambridge United Vs Manchester United
Chelsea Vs Millwall or Bradford City
Preston NE VS Sheffield United
Aston Villa VS AFC Bournemouth
Liverpool VS Bolton
Brighton & HA VS Arsenal
Sunderland VS Fulham or Wolves
Manchester City VS Middlesborough
Rochdale VS Stoke City
Derby County VS Scunthorpe or Chesterfield
Cardiff City Vs Reading
Birmingham City VS West Brom
Blackburn Rovers VS Swansea City
Burnley or Tottenham VS Leicester City
Doncaster Rovers or Bristol City VS Everton or West Ham

Milwall Vs Bradford FA Cup Third Round Match Report

Ricardo Fuller starred for Millwall by scoring twice in an exciting 3-3 draw against Bradford in the third round of the FA cup.

Ricardo Fuller starred for Millwall by scoring twice in an exciting 3-3 draw against Bradford in the third round of the FA cup.

Bradford came into this third round FA cup match against Millwall on the back of impressive league form. The Bantams came into this match with a nine game unbeaten run in all competitions – and the visitors were looking to carry on their recent good form which has taken them to fifth in League One.

Championship side Millwall on the other hand have been struggling in the championship this year and find themselves in the relegation zone after two wins in 19 games. The Lions were hoping this game would help them take their minds of their struggles in the league. The South London club will be hoping to repeat their heroics of 2004 where they got all the way to the final of the FA cup only to lose to 10 time FA cup winners Manchester United at the Millennium stadium in Wales .

The home side included experienced duo Ricardo Fuller and Scott McDonald in their side for this FA cup tie, as for Bradford they had to again do with out star man Billy Clarke and in goal Ben Williams came in for Jordan Pickford.

For Millwall this was their first game in the competition and as for Bradford they were looking to carry on their momentum from the last round after impressively sweeping Dartford aside 4-0 at Valley Parade in round two.

As for the match itself the visitors started on the front foot, and duly took the lead against their championship hosts. Bradford took full advantage of Millwall’s lack of confidence and took an early lead in the sixth minute. Billy Knott who has been in good goal scoring form of late, opened the scoring with a powerful shot from Alan Sheehan’s corner to give the visitors a deserved lead.

Millwall did slowly get back into this game however and had a Ricardo Fuller goal disallowed on 15 minutes after centre back Danny Shittu was flagged offside. The disappointment of that ruled out goal was short lived , Scott McDonald once of Celtic and Middlesborough grabbed an equaliser with a diving header for The Lions to ensure that the home side went in at the break on level terms. This match burst into the life in the second as four goals were scored in what turned out to be a fantastic cup tie.

After overcoming the shock of falling behind, Millwall went ahead for the first time in the match through veteran striker Ricardo Fuller who converted strike partner McDonald’s cross to make the score 2-1 to the hosts .At 2-1 the game never looked safe for the home side, and so it proved as the visitors did equalise in rather fortuitous circumstances. James Hanson’s shot was deflected on to the bar and off the unlucky Sid Nelson into the Millwall which levelled the scores again at 2-2.

The drama was far from over in a classic FA cup encounter, Bradford who refused to lie down throughout took the lead for a second time in this game. Billy Knott who has been a crucial player to Bradford in recent weeks, grabbed his second of the game by placing Filipe Morais’ cross into the far top corner with a brilliantly controlled volley to leave the score at 3-2 to the visitors.

With 14 minutes left on the clock , Bradford must have been daring to believe of an FA cup upset – but in a see-saw encounter Millwall gabbed another equaliser. Substitute Magaye Gueye went on a surging run and finished his run by teeing up Fuller who cooly placed his effort in the bottom corner to break Bradford hearts and level the scores at 3-3.

This cup tie was nothing short of sensational, this FA cup tie was very open with both sides having 50% possession and having 32 shots between them. There was time for Gueye to win it for the hosts – but Ben Williams saved the former Everton mans volley.

A defeat would have been harsh on visitors Bradford who had 14 shots on goal, who more than held their own against a higher league opposition.

Nothing could separate these two sides in a classic FA cup tie as the match itself finished all square. These two teams will have to do it all again at Valley Parade in a third round replay.

Bradford Vs Notts County Match Report

 Billy Clarke who has been a key player for Bradford in recent weeks hasn't been able to play over the festive period - but the Bantams still boast a perfect record over christmas.

Billy Clarke who has been a key player for Bradford in recent weeks hasn’t been able to play over the festive period – but the Bantams still boast a perfect record over christmas.

Bradford went into this game on the back of a eight game unbeaten run. The Boxing day win over Fleetwood saw the Bantams move into the top five, the Yorkshire club went into this game looking for another win which would see them consolidate a position in the top five.

As for the visitors Notts County they were looking for a positive result so they could alive their own hopes of a play off place. Notts manager Shaun Derry will be hoping his side carry on their good form who boast an unbeaten away record in League One.

The Bantams had to do with out Billy Clarke who also missed the win over Fleetwood on boxing day.

The visitors Notts County saw an effort come off the post through Jack Cassidy as the Magpies started strongly. Bradford did slowly get back into the game and went close through Andy Halliday and Billy Knott to taking the lead.

The home side would take the lead however through Billy Knott on 41 minutes. A defensive mix up allowed Halliday in behind and cut back for Knott who made no mistake to slot home for what turned out to be the games winner.

The visitors Notts County were unable to get on the scoresheet and back into the game, that was much down to the brilliant organisation of Bradford. The Bantams did have further chances to add gloss to the score line – but James Hanson and Francois Zoko missed those chances as Bradford held on for another win which consolidates their position in fifth.

Bradford Vs Scunthorpe Match Report

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson would have been disappointed with the draw against Scunthorpe which saw the Bantams lose ground on their playoff rivals.

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson would have been disappointed with the draw against Scunthorpe which saw the Bantams lose ground on their playoff rivals.

Bradford after securing an impressive win at Chesterfield last weekend which kept alive their playoff hopes, were looking to carry on that winning mentality against Scunthorpe. As for ‘The Iron’ they were looking to climb up the table after recently appointing former Manchester United midfielder and Coventry boss Mark Robins, who has seen his side go an impressive eight game run.

The home side had Jordan Pickford continuing in goal in place of Ben Williams while the visitors included FA cup goal scorer Paddy Madden in their side.

The game itself was a hard fought contest, the Bantams starting the better by grabbing the games first goal after 32 minutes. Jonathan Stead who has been a key player for Bradford in recent weeks, combined with Rory McArdle on the edge of the box who went on to score the opening goal.

Many would have thought at that point that the home side would go on to win the game quite comfortably, especially since Scunthorpe were involved in a record breaking penalty shootout win against Worcester City during the week.

The visitors to their credit however were not to be overawed by going a goal down and had two goals disallowed. Defender Miguel Llera thought he scored midway through the second half and Scunthorpe’s top scorer Paddy Madden were the unlucky men for The Iron.

Scunthorpe’s pressure would eventually pay off however as substitute Hakeeb Adelakun scored in stoppage time with an angled shot which left home keeper Jordan Pickford with no chance. The match finished all square which is a better result for Scunthorpe than it would be for Bradford.

The Iron go up to 18th with this result and are now unbeaten in nine games, as for Bradford they have lost ground on the teams above them who just like the Bantams would be looking to secure a place in the playoffs by the end of the season. With the next round of matches on boxing day and a lot of matches to come in such a space short of time, the Bantams will be hoping the sides above them lose points over the festive period.

Chesterfield Vs Bradford Match Report

Match winner Billy Clarke helps Bradford earn a 1-0 win at Chesterfield.

Match winner Billy Clarke helps Bradford earn a 1-0 win at Chesterfield.

Bradford went into this mid table clash with Chesterfield on the back of an impressive victory over Dartford in the FA cup. The Bantams went into this one looking to improve on their consistency in the league. After reaching the third round of the FA cup last week, Phil Parkinson’s side will no doubt be looking to move up the league table knowing their next FA cup game is in early January.

Chesterfield meanwhile went into this game against the Yorkshire side on the back of a six game unbeaten run. The Speirites beat MK Dons at stadium Mk last time out, that’s an impressive achievement considering twenty time premier league champions were hammered 4-0 when they visited stadium MK earlier this season.

The game itself was a hard fought contest which saw the home side reduced to 10 men in the 48th minute. Sam Morsy received his marching orders for appearing to catch Bradford’s Andy Halliday with his arm.

That dismissal would prove to be a turning point in the match as birthday boy Billy Clarke capped his 27th birthday of in style by scoring what proved to be the only goal with a superb strike just outside the box. Chesterfield searched in vain for an equaliser, Jay O’Shea was denied by visiting keeper Jordan Pickford – but Bradford held on for the three points.

The win for Bradford sees the Bantams just a point outside the play-off places in 10th position , as for Chesterfield they slip down to 13th position.

Bradford Vs Dartford Match Report

Bradford were never really troubled as they went through to the second round of the FA cup

Bradford were never really troubled as they went through to the third round of the FA cup

When the second round of the FA cup draw was announced many saw the game between Bradford and Dartford as a potential upset. If the first round of the FA cup was anything to go by, more shocks should be on the cards. Dartford who beat Bromley in the first round were looking to take the confidence from that win into this and that Blythe Spartans against all odds defeated Hartlepool last night.

If Dartford were to achieve the win, the London club knew that they would have to produce a good performance against League one middle table opponents Bradford. The Bantams will be looking to go on another good cup run after surprising many to reach the league cup in 2013.

The League one side included Jonathan Stead and Billy Clarke in their line up, both men were key players in the first round victory of the FA cup.

The Yorkshire side who overcame a scare to beat Yorkshire rivals Halifax in the first round, were never really tested in this one. Bradford had home advantage, and they really made it count. If Dartford were to have any chance of winning this game, they first had to avoid conceding early – but unfortunately that’s exactly what the Conference strugglers did.

Jonathan Stead a scorer in the last round – this time turned provider, the Huddersfield loanee raced down the left wing and fed Billy Clarke who scrambled the ball over the line after 10 minutes to give the home side the best possible start. Dartford who must have been looking to not concede as early as the 10th minute went further behind 21 minutes later when Jonathan Stead who had set up the first goal steered the ball home from eight yards.

There would be no further damage to the score line for Dartford in the first half who were in serious danger of getting ‘blown away’. The Londoner’s would have been looking to at least show some fight and at least compete in this game. At 2-0 and in the context of the game this game seemed over as a contest. It would get worse for the conference side as Filipe Morais and Mark Yeates scored with in a minute of each other to leave the score at 4-0.

Morais scored a beauty from 25 yards while Yates curled in from the edge of the box to get Bradford’s fourth. A miserable day for the Londoners was complete – but there was time for Lee Noble to score a brilliant goal by nonchalantly flicking the ball in the net – but that proved to be a mere consolation.

The Bantams march on to the third round of the FA and will be dreaming of another good cup run like the 2013 league cup run. The draw for the third round is on Monday.