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English FA Cup

Sunday, 15 February 2015,

Bradford
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Sunderland
  • Kickoff: 15:30 BST
  • Stadium: Coral Windows Stadium
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Coral Windows Stadium
  • Attendance: 24,021
  • 3' John O'Shea - og
  • 61' Jonathan Stead

    Bradford City

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    Williams making Cup run count

    Bradford goalkeeper Ben Williams is determined to count each one of the Bantams' FA Cup glory days as a bonus after a fighting back from a bout of meningitis doctors feared he would not survive.

    Former Manchester United trainee Williams spent four days in a medically induced coma when the illness hit unexpectedly in 2005 as he was seeking to forge a new career at Crewe.

    And even though a decade has passed since his scare, the 32-year-old admits his experience makes games like Sunday's fifth clash with Sunderland at a sold-out Valley Parade that little bit extra-special.

    Williams told Press Association Sport: "The illness was an overnight surprise and at one point doctors feared my life might be over.

    "After a few weeks they told me it was highly unlikely I could compete at a professional level again and I would need 18 months to get back running - but I was back in the game within three months.

    "It is 10 years since it happened but it makes you more grateful for your successes, and seeing my wife and eldest son celebrating our win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge filled me with pride and satisfaction."

    Despite the inevitable disappointment of leaving Old Trafford and further setbacks including his release from Hibernian last summer, it is perhaps what makes Williams so eager to shrug off the suggestion that the high points in his career have not come easily.

    The Bantams have been working hard to repair their bare Valley Parade pitch this week and it could prove a factor in Phil Parkinson's men building on their famous win at Stamford Bridge with another top-flight scalp.

    Given his side's three-match unbeaten run in the wake of the win at Chelsea, contrasting with Sunderland's plunge back into trouble after a dismal midweek home loss to QPR, there are some who would not count another win for the League One side as a major surprise.

    But Williams is anxious to play down any suggestions that Bradford go into the game on Sunday as anything other than significant underdogs.

    Williams added: "Of course after the last round people are going to expect big things from us but we are playing against a fantastic team with world-class players and they definitely go into the game as favourites."

    Williams will return to the starting line-up in place of first choice Jordan Pickford, who will not be facing his parent club.

    Striker Billy Clarke will be hoping to retain his place, while Andy Halliday is pushing for a recall and recent signing Gary MacKenzie is in contention for his first appearance for the club.

    Gus Poyet has insisted he will continue to do it his way as he attempts to rid Sunderland of their footballing schizophrenia.

    The Black Cats' head coach was horrified to see his team revert to type on Tuesday evening when their four-game unbeaten run in all competitions went up in flames as previously pointless travellers QPR left the Stadium of Light with the most rare of victories.

    Poyet later accused his players of responding to the frustrations of the home crowd by abandoning the philosophy he has attempted to instil over the last 16 months and suggested the fans wanted them to play long-ball football, prompting a social media backlash.

    However, the 47-year-old was largely unrepentant as he prepared for Sunday's clash at Bradford.

    Asked if he stands by his method, he said: "Yes, because I have done it all the time, because I believe in what I do, because I am trying to adapt a lot to what is needed.

    "I know more what people like and what people don't like, I know the atmosphere that we need to play at the Stadium of Light, I know that it doesn't matter what you say or what you do, it's all about winning football games.

    "I am hearing plenty of managers saying the right words week in, week out and then seeing plenty of big banners asking for the head of the manager.

    "Does it mean that if I say the right words that people want to hear, I am going to be in the job? I want to be in the job because we win football games and we play the way I think we should play.

    "How close? How far? I don't know, we'll see, so I am not bothered at all, I promise you."

    Sunderland will once again be backed by a travelling following of around 4,000 at the Coral Windows Stadium, hoping to see their side reach the quarter-finals for the second successive season.

    Midfielder Jack Rodwell will return to the squad after suspension and a groin injury, but full-back Anthony Reveillere (hamstring) is doubtful, while Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) and Lee Cattermole (knee) remain sidelined.

    91'+2

    Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

    91'+2

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Attacking)

    91'+2

    Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

    91'+2

    Patrick Van Aanholt crosses the ball.

    91'+2

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Attacking)

    91'+1

    Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

    91'+1

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Attacking)

    91'+1

    Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

    91'+1

    Vito Mannone takes a long goal kick

    91'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Attacking)

    91'

    Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

    91'

    Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

    91'

    End of the game

    91'

    The referee has signaled the end of the second half

    90'

    Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Defending)

    90'

    Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

    90'

    Vito Mannone takes a long goal kick

    89'

    Bradford City makes a sub: Francois Zoko enters for Jonathan Stead. Reason: Tactical

    88'

    Patrick Van Aanholt clears the ball from danger.

    88'

    Stephen Darby crosses the ball.

    88'

    Santiago Vergini clears the ball from danger.

    88'

    Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

    87'

    Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

    87'

    Santiago Vergini clears the ball from danger.

    87'

    Mark Yeates crosses the ball.

    86'

    Sunderland makes a sub: George Honeyman enters for Ricardo Álvarez. Reason: Tactical

    86'

    Sunderland makes a sub: Santiago Vergini enters for Billy Jones. Reason: Tactical

    86'

    Bradford City makes a sub: Mark Yeates enters for Billy Clarke. Reason: Tactical

    85'

    Billy Jones clears the ball from danger.

    85'

    James Meredith crosses the ball.

    85'

    Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

    84'

    Throw-in: Wes Brown takes it (Defending)

    83'

    Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

    83'

    Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

    83'

    Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

    83'

    Vito Mannone (Sunderland) Free Kick at 83'

    82'

    Offside called on Jonathan Stead

    82'

    Andrew Davies (Bradford City) Free Kick at 82'

    82'

    Connor Wickham commits a foul on Andrew Davies resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

    82'

    Wes Brown clears the ball from danger.

    82'

    Jonathan Stead crosses the ball.

    81'

    Throw-in: Billy Jones takes it (Attacking)

    81'

    Throw-in: Billy Jones takes it (Defending)

    80'

    Ben Williams makes the save (Other)

    80'

    Connor Wickham hits a good header. Outcome: save

    80'

    Stephen Darby clears the ball from danger.

    80'

    Ricardo Álvarez crosses the ball.

    79'

    Billy Jones clears the ball from danger.

    79'

    Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

    79'

    Bradford City makes a sub: Andy Halliday enters for Billy Knott. Reason: Tactical

    78'

    Billy Jones clears the ball from danger.

    78'

    Throw-in: Billy Jones takes it (Defending)

    77'

    Vito Mannone takes a long goal kick

    77'

    Billy Knott curls a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

    77'

    Billy Knott (Bradford City) Free Kick at 77'

    76'

    John O'Shea commits a foul on Jonathan Stead resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

    75'

    Throw-in: Billy Jones takes it (Attacking)

    73'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Attacking)

    73'

    Vito Mannone makes the save (Other)

    73'

    Jonathan Stead hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: save

    73'

    Throw-in: Ricardo Álvarez takes it (Attacking)

    72'

    Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

    72'

    Connor Wickham crosses the ball.

    72'

    Throw-in: Ricardo Álvarez takes it (Attacking)

    72'

    Stephen Darby clears the ball from danger.

    72'

    Ricardo Álvarez crosses the ball.

    72'

    Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

    71'

    Throw-in: Billy Jones takes it (Defending)

    70'

    Vito Mannone takes a long goal kick

    70'

    Jonathan Stead hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

    70'

    Billy Clarke crosses the ball.

    70'

    Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

    69'

    Vito Mannone makes the save (Catch)

    69'

    Billy Knott curls a good left footed shot. Outcome: save

    68'

    Ben Williams (Bradford City) Free Kick at 68'

    68'

    Connor Wickham commits a foul on Gary Liddle resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

    67'

    Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

    67'

    Filipe Morais (Bradford City) Free Kick at 67'

    67'

    Billy Jones

    66'

    Billy Jones commits a foul on Billy Clarke resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

    66'

    Billy Jones clears the ball from danger.

    66'

    Andrew Davies (Bradford City) Free Kick at 66'

    66'

    Connor Wickham commits a foul on Andrew Davies resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

    65'

    Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

    65'

    Throw-in: Sebastian Larsson takes it (Attacking)

    65'

    John O'Shea clears the ball from danger.

    65'

    Rory McArdle (Bradford City) Free Kick at 65'

    64'

    Ricardo Álvarez commits a foul on Filipe Morais resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

    64'

    Steven Fletcher clears the ball from danger.

    63'

    Connor Wickham clears the ball from danger.

    63'

    Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

    63'

    Stephen Darby crosses the ball.

    63'

    Ben Williams takes a long goal kick

    61'

    2 - 0

    Goal!! Jonathan Stead hits a right footed shot low through the middle from the centre penalty area and scores!! Bradford City now leads 2 - 0

    61'

    Jonathan Stead hits a good right footed shot. Outcome: goal

    61'

    That last goal was assisted by James Hanson

    61'

    John O'Shea clears the ball from danger.

    61'

    Billy Clarke crosses the ball.

    61'

    Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

    61'

    John O'Shea clears the ball from danger.

    60'

    Throw-in: Billy Jones takes it (Attacking)

    60'

    Gary Liddle clears the ball from danger.

    60'

    Adam Johnson crosses the ball.

    60'

    James Meredith clears the ball from danger.

    60'

    James Meredith clears the ball from danger.

    59'

    Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

    59'

    Vito Mannone takes a long goal kick

    59'

    Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

    59'

    Steven Fletcher clears the ball from danger.

    58'

    Patrick Van Aanholt clears the ball from danger.

    58'

    Jonathan Stead crosses the ball.

    58'

    Patrick Van Aanholt clears the ball from danger.

    58'

    Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

    58'

    Wes Brown clears the ball from danger.

    58'

    Ben Williams (Bradford City) Free Kick at 58'

    57'

    Steven Fletcher commits a foul on Ben Williams resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

    57'

    Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball.

    57'

    Rory McArdle blocks the shot

    57'

    Connor Wickham hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

    56'

    Gary Liddle clears the ball from danger.

    56'

    Billy Jones crosses the ball.

    56'

    Throw-in: Billy Jones takes it (Attacking)

    56'

    Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

    55'

    Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

    55'

    Ricardo Álvarez crosses the ball.

    55'

    Vito Mannone takes a long goal kick

    55'

    Ricardo Álvarez clears the ball from danger.

    55'

    Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

    54'

    Billy Jones (Sunderland) Free Kick at 54'

    54'

    James Meredith commits a foul on Connor Wickham resulting on a free kick for Sunderland

    54'

    Throw-in: Connor Wickham takes it (Attacking)

    53'

    James Meredith clears the ball from danger.

    53'

    Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

    52'

    John O'Shea clears the ball from danger.

    52'

    Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

    52'

    Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

    52'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Attacking)

    52'

    Stephen Darby clears the ball from danger.

    51'

    Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

    51'

    Filipe Morais (Bradford City) Free Kick at 51'

    51'

    John O'Shea commits a foul on Jonathan Stead resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

    51'

    Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

    50'

    Ben Williams takes a long goal kick

    50'

    Adam Johnson hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

    50'

    James Hanson crosses the ball.

    49'

    Vito Mannone takes a long goal kick

    48'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Defending)

    48'

    Throw-in: Billy Clarke takes it (Attacking)

    47'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Attacking)

    47'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Attacking)

    46'

    Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

    46'

    Sunderland makes a sub: Connor Wickham enters for Danny Graham. Reason: Injury

    46'

    The second half is under way

    46'+1

    Vito Mannone (Sunderland) Free Kick at 47'

    46'+1

    Offside called on Jonathan Stead

    46'+1

    Ben Williams takes a long goal kick

    46'

    Adam Johnson curls a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

    46'

    Adam Johnson (Sunderland) Free Kick at 46'

    46'

    The referee has signaled the end of the first half

    45'

    Gary Liddle commits a foul on Sebastian Larsson resulting on a free kick for Sunderland

    44'

    John O'Shea clears the ball from danger.

    44'

    James Meredith crosses the ball.

    44'

    Billy Jones clears the ball from danger.

    44'

    Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

    44'

    Billy Jones clears the ball from danger.

    44'

    Billy Clarke crosses the ball.

    43'

    John O'Shea clears the ball from danger.

    43'

    Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

    43'

    Billy Jones clears the ball from danger.

    43'

    Throw-in: Billy Jones takes it (Defending)

    43'

    Stephen Darby crosses the ball.

    42'

    Sebastian Larsson clears the ball from danger.

    42'

    Ben Williams makes the save (Other)

    42'

    Adam Johnson hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: save

    41'

    Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) Free Kick at 41'

    41'

    Gary Liddle commits a foul on Liam Bridcutt resulting on a free kick for Sunderland

    41'

    Stephen Darby clears the ball from danger.

    40'

    Throw-in: Billy Jones takes it (Attacking)

    40'

    Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

    39'

    Wes Brown clears the ball from danger.

    39'

    Gary Liddle clears the ball from danger.

    39'

    Billy Knott clears the ball from danger.

    39'

    Ben Williams makes the save (Fumble)

    39'

    Patrick Van Aanholt hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: save

    39'

    Throw-in: Ricardo Álvarez takes it (Attacking)

    39'

    Stephen Darby clears the ball from danger.

    39'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Attacking)

    38'

    Stephen Darby clears the ball from danger.

    38'

    Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

    38'

    Sebastian Larsson blocks the shot

    38'

    Gary Liddle hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

    38'

    Billy Jones clears the ball from danger.

    38'

    Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

    37'

    Vito Mannone takes a long goal kick

    37'

    Filipe Morais curls a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

    37'

    Filipe Morais (Bradford City) Free Kick at 37'

    36'

    Sebastian Larsson

    36'

    Sebastian Larsson commits a foul on Billy Knott resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

    35'

    Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

    35'

    Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

    35'

    Vito Mannone takes a long goal kick

    34'

    Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

    34'

    Billy Jones clears the ball from danger.

    34'

    Billy Knott clears the ball from danger.

    34'

    James Meredith clears the ball from danger.

    34'

    Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

    33'

    Ben Williams (Bradford City) Free Kick at 33'

    32'

    Ricardo Álvarez commits a foul on Billy Clarke resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

    32'

    Throw-in: Billy Jones takes it (Attacking)

    32'

    Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

    32'

    Stephen Darby clears the ball from danger.

    32'

    Adam Johnson (Sunderland) Free Kick at 32'

    31'

    Billy Clarke

    31'

    Billy Clarke commits a foul on Patrick Van Aanholt resulting on a free kick for Sunderland

    31'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Attacking)

    31'

    Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Defending)

    30'

    Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

    30'

    Billy Jones crosses the ball.

    30'

    Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) Free Kick at 30'

    30'

    Rory McArdle commits a foul on Steven Fletcher resulting on a free kick for Sunderland

    30'

    Vito Mannone (Sunderland) Free Kick at 30'

    29'

    Andrew Davies commits a foul on Billy Jones resulting on a free kick for Sunderland

    29'

    Filipe Morais (Bradford City) Free Kick at 29'

    29'

    Sebastian Larsson commits a foul on Billy Knott resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

    28'

    Billy Jones clears the ball from danger.

    28'

    Jonathan Stead crosses the ball.

    28'

    Filipe Morais (Bradford City) Free Kick at 28'

    28'

    Patrick Van Aanholt commits a foul on Filipe Morais resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

    27'

    Ben Williams makes the save (Catch)

    27'

    Danny Graham hits a good header. Outcome: save

    27'

    Adam Johnson crosses the ball.

    27'

    John O'Shea (Sunderland) Free Kick at 27'

    27'

    Andrew Davies commits a foul on Steven Fletcher resulting on a free kick for Sunderland

    26'

    James Hanson crosses the ball.

    26'

    Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

    26'

    Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

    25'

    Wes Brown clears the ball from danger.

    25'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Defending)

    25'

    Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

    24'

    Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

    24'

    Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

    24'

    Adam Johnson clears the ball from danger.

    23'

    Vito Mannone makes the save (Parry)

    23'

    Billy Clarke hits a good left footed shot. Outcome: save

    22'

    Gary Liddle blocks the shot

    22'

    Sebastian Larsson hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

    22'

    Throw-in: Billy Jones takes it (Attacking)

    21'

    Jonathan Stead crosses the ball.

    21'

    Wes Brown clears the ball from danger.

    21'

    Jonathan Stead crosses the ball.

    21'

    Ben Williams takes a long goal kick

    20'

    Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

    20'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Defending)

    19'

    Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

    19'

    Wes Brown clears the ball from danger.

    19'

    Ben Williams takes a long goal kick

    18'

    Stephen Darby clears the ball from danger.

    18'

    Adam Johnson crosses the ball.

    18'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Attacking)

    18'

    Sebastian Larsson hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss left

    18'

    Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

    18'

    Adam Johnson crosses the ball.

    17'

    Rory McArdle blocks the shot

    17'

    Adam Johnson hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: blocked

    17'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Attacking)

    16'

    Jonathan Stead hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

    16'

    James Meredith crosses the ball.

    15'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Defending)

    14'

    Andrew Davies (Bradford City) Free Kick at 14'

    13'

    Liam Bridcutt commits a foul on Jonathan Stead resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

    13'

    Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

    13'

    Liam Bridcutt crosses the ball.

    13'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Attacking)

    12'

    Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

    12'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Attacking)

    12'

    Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

    12'

    Steven Fletcher clears the ball from danger.

    12'

    Wes Brown clears the ball from danger.

    11'

    Patrick Van Aanholt clears the ball from danger.

    11'

    Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

    11'

    Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

    11'

    Rory McArdle (Bradford City) Free Kick at 11'

    10'

    Steven Fletcher

    10'

    Steven Fletcher commits a foul on Gary Liddle resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

    10'

    Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

    10'

    Vito Mannone (Sunderland) Free Kick at 10'

    10'

    Offside called on Jonathan Stead

    9'

    Liam Bridcutt commits a foul on Billy Knott resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

    9'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Attacking)

    9'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Attacking)

    9'

    Stephen Darby clears the ball from danger.

    8'

    Wes Brown (Sunderland) Free Kick at 8'

    7'

    Rory McArdle commits a foul on Danny Graham resulting on a free kick for Sunderland

    6'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Defending)

    6'

    Vito Mannone takes a long goal kick

    5'

    Billy Knott crosses the ball.

    5'

    Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

    5'

    John O'Shea clears the ball from danger.

    5'

    James Meredith crosses the ball.

    4'

    Throw-in: Billy Jones takes it (Attacking)

    4'

    Throw-in: Billy Jones takes it (Defending)

    3'

    1 - 0

    Oh no! That was a bit unlucky, John O'Shea has just scored on his own net! Sunderland now trails 0 - 1

    3'

    Billy Clarke hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

    3'

    Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

    3'

    Filipe Morais (Bradford City) Free Kick at 3'

    2'

    Wes Brown commits a foul on Jonathan Stead resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

    2'

    Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

    2'

    Vito Mannone takes a long goal kick

    2'

    Billy Clarke hits a good left footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

    1'

    Sebastian Larsson clears the ball from danger.

    1'

    Billy Knott crosses the ball.

    1'

    Throw-in: Patrick Van Aanholt takes it (Defending)

    1'

    Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Defending)

    1'

    Game on!

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    Possession

    52%
    48%
    • Bradford City
    • Sunderland

    Shots

    12
    10

    Shots on target

    5
    4

    Fouls

    8
    16

    Corners

    0
    0

    Yellow Cards

    1
    3

    Red Cards

    0
    0

    Head to Head

    Bradford2 - 0Sunderland
    Sunderland3 - 0Bradford
    Bradford0 - 4Sunderland
    Sunderland0 - 0Bradford
    Bradford1 - 4Sunderland
    Sunderland0 - 1Bradford

    Bradford

    • 12Ben Williams
    • 23Rory McArdle
    • 5Andrew Davies
    • 2Stephen Darby
    • 3James Meredith
    • 20Filipe Morais
    • 8Gary Liddle
    • 11Billy Knott
    • -> Andy Halliday
    • 10Billy Clarke
    • -> Mark Yeates
    • 16Jonathan Stead
    • -> Francois Zoko
    • 9James Hanson
    • Subs
    • 18Christopher Routis
    • 15Gary MacKenzie
    • 6Alan Sheehan
    • 22Matthew Urwin

    Sunderland

    • 25Vito Mannone
    • 2Billy Jones
    • -> Santiago Vergini
    • 16John O'Shea
    • 5Wes Brown
    • 3Patrick Van Aanholt
    • 20Ricardo Álvarez
    • -> George Honeyman
    • 7Sebastian Larsson
    • 4Liam Bridcutt
    • 11Adam Johnson
    • 9Steven Fletcher
    • 19Danny Graham
    • -> Connor Wickham
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    Bradford City 2-0 Sunderland

    League One Bradford claimed another Premier League scalp to book their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 39 years amid uproarious scenes at Valley Parade on Sunday.

    Billy Clarke's deflected third-minute effort - which goes down as a John O'Shea own goal - and a cool 61st-minute finish from Jon Stead saw the Bantams build on their stunning fourth-round win over Chelsea by dispatching Gus Poyet's Sunderland with embarrassing ease.

    From Clarke's effort on, the underdogs seized control of the game in front of a sell-out crowd of over 24,000 and heaped more woe on a Black Cats side already reeling from Tuesday night's dismal top-flight loss to QPR.

    At times it seemed like throwback football - a frenetic pace, a muddy pitch cutting up more by the minute, a pair of players swathed in thick white headbands after an early head clash, and a controversial lack of television cameras present to show the action live.

    The roar released by the home fans at the final whistle could probably be heard in the offices of TV executives across the land as Phil Parkinson's men confirmed their richly deserved place in the last eight for the first time since 1976.

    The latest chapter in the Bantams' extraordinary recent tale of cup success began with just three minutes on the clock as a free-kick from Filipe Morais was only half-cleared to Clarke whose lashed effort was deflected by hapless Sunderland captain O'Shea into the net.

    The massed ranks of Sunderland fans who were accommodated down one entire side of the ground might have feared the worst when they arrived at the ground to discover recent saviour Jermain Defoe had been left out of the matchday squad.

    And while, Defoe apart, the seven changes made by Poyet might have been construed as a team-strengthening exercise in light of their dismal midweek exploits, the hosts were in no mood to be fazed by the big occasion in light of their extraordinary success at Stamford Bridge.

    Bradford were simply rampant in the early stages. Clarke had already dug a shot wide before he sent in his effort for the opener, and James Hanson went agonisingly close to connecting with a Stead flick-on to make it 2-0 with barely a quarter of an hour played.

    Sunderland belatedly stirred, Adam Johnson bringing the first save out of Bradford keeper Ben Williams and then Steven Fletcher inexplicably hesitating with the goal at his mercy and the bandage-swathed Rory McArdle getting back with a brilliant tackle to preserve the home side's lead.

    Sebastian Larsson had a shot deflected narrowly over the bar in the 21st minute but the danger was mostly coming from Bradford, their sweeping counter-attacks making the Black Cats stars look sluggish and clueless.

    Clarke brushed aside Johnson and Billy Jones to bring a save out of visiting keeper Vito Mannone, then Hanson again went inches away from connecting with a Morais cross as the home side ended the first period well on top.

    Any home fears the break could work in favour of shell-shocked Sunderland proved unfounded as the end-to-end action continued to swing mostly in Bradford's favour in the early stages of the second half.

    And it was no real surprise when Stead maintained his remarkable record of scoring in every round of this season's competition as he squeezed an effort under Mannone after being gifted his chance following a mistake by Johnson.

    The home side played out the final half-hour of the game with the minimum of fuss, to the extent that by the time referee Kevin Friend blew the final whistle, the home fans had already started celebrating another great achievement.

    While Bradford's players basked in the richly deserved ovation of their fans, Sunderland slunk off to face the music from Poyet after another humiliation in a season which is quickly turning into another one to forget.

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