Match Preview

Live Coverage

Match Report

English FA Cup

Saturday, 7 March 2015,

Bradford
0
-
Full Time
Live
-
0
Reading
Kickoff: 13:45 BST, live coverage on BT Sport
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Coral Windows Stadium
  • Attendance: 24,321

      Live on BT Sport. Sign up now >>

      Bradford City

      Half time

      Full time

      Reading

      • Preview
      • Live Commentary
      • Stats
      • Form
      • Teams
      • Report

      Hanson believes in Bradford dream

      Bradford striker James Hanson boasts a rags-to-riches tale fit for any FA Cup romance but his focus is firmly on the future as the Bantams aim to book their place in a Wembley semi-final on Saturday.

      The story of how Hanson rose from stacking shelves in his local supermarket to starring for his home-city club on the biggest stage has had plenty of airing in the course of his side's recent knockout heroics.

      And as he prepares for the big Valley Parade quarter-final against Reading, the 27-year-old Hanson believes the time has come to put his tale of non-league toil behind him and set higher targets for himself and his club.

      Hanson said: "Ever since I started scoring goals for Guiseley in the Unibond League I had the confidence I could play at a higher level and there is no reason why both myself and Bradford can't achieve this.

      "We've shown in recent seasons what we're made of. When I joined in 2009 we were struggling at the wrong end of League Two and since then we've gone to a League Cup final and got promotion and now this.

      "The club is thriving at the moment and with the money the club has made from the cup runs and last year's promotion it should be a massive factor for the club in terms of how it is able to progress in the next few years."

      Hanson is the only member of the current Bradford squad to cost a transfer fee - he was snapped up for B£7,500 with the fee including the guarantee of a pre-season friendly.

      But Phil Parkinson's side have already emphatically proved their credentials in back-to-back wins over Premier League opposition to the extent that many are making them favourites against high-ranked opponents on Saturday.

      Hanson added: "We know there's no reason why we can't do it again after what we did against Chelsea and Sunderland but there is no doubt we are still going in as the underdogs.

      "We're looking forward to another chance to test ourselves against higher-level opposition. They have a lot of players who have played in the Premier League so we know it is going to be a test."

      The game holds particular appeal for Bantams boss Parkinson, who made 361 playing appearances for the Royals and was voted their best ever central midfielder in an online fans' poll.

      "I had a fantastic period there and I'm very honoured to be a part of the club that moved from Elm Park to the Madejski Stadium, and to have seen the club develop over the years," said Parkinson.

      "They've been in the Premier League twice in the last nine years and they're a great model for a lot of clubs to look at."

      Parkinson expects to be able to recall former Chelsea defender Filipe Morais who has missed the last three games with a knee injury, while Gary Liddle is available again after suspension.

      Ayegbeni Yakubu insists he never feared he had missed out on FA Cup glory when he quit English football for China in 2012.

      The Nigeria striker is back in the Championship after a two-and-a-half year global odyssey, and ready to fire the Royals past Bradford.

      Reading can secure their first FA Cup semi-final since 1927 with victory in Saturday's early kick-off at Valley Parade - and Yakubu is desperate to secure a long-overdue first trip to Wembley.

      The 32-year-old former Everton favourite missed the Toffees' 2-1 cup final defeat to Chelsea in 2009 through injury, and is still itching to right that personal wrong.

      "I never closed the door to say I'm not coming back to England: in football you never say never," said Yakubu.

      "I never thought my Wembley dream was over. I had the chance to come back here so I took it.

      "England is one of the best places to play football, so I'm happy to be here, enjoying the moment and hopefully I can do more to help the team.

      "I was going crazy when I couldn't play in that game for Everton against Chelsea.

      "But that was years ago, now we've got another 90 minutes to play, and hopefully we can be there again.

      "If we could get through to Wembley it would be special, every player wants to play at Wembley."

      Yakubu joined Reading in the January transfer window, calling time on a stint at Qatari club Al-Rayyan which followed 18 months at Guangzhou in China.

      Reading boss Steve Clarke jumped at the chance to recruit the Premier League's second-highest African goal scorer of all time - with 95 strikes to Didier Drogba's 103.

      Striker Simon Cox is Reading's only injury doubt due to an ankle problem, but otherwise Clarke can select from strength.

      91'+8

      Adam Federici takes a long goal kick

      91'+8

      Ben Williams (Bradford City) Free Kick at 99'

      91'+7

      Garath McCleary commits a foul on Andrew Davies resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

      91'+7

      Throw-in: Gary Liddle takes it (Attacking)

      91'+7

      Throw-in: Jordan Obita takes it (Defending)

      91'+7

      Michael Hector clears the ball from danger.

      91'+7

      Daniel Williams clears the ball from danger.

      91'+6

      Daniel Williams clears the ball from danger.

      91'+6

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      91'+1

      Stephen Kelly clears the ball from danger.

      91'+1

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      91'+1

      Ben Williams (Bradford City) Free Kick at 92'

      91'

      Offside called on Garath McCleary

      91'

      Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

      91'

      Adam Federici (Reading) Free Kick at 91'

      91'

      Stephen Darby commits a foul on Pavel Pogrebnyak resulting on a free kick for Reading

      91'

      End of the game

      91'

      The referee has signaled the end of the second half

      90'

      Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

      90'

      Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

      90'

      Throw-in: Jordan Obita takes it (Attacking)

      89'

      Hope Akpan clears the ball from danger.

      89'

      Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

      89'

      Hope Akpan clears the ball from danger.

      89'

      Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

      89'

      Stephen Darby clears the ball from danger.

      89'

      Mark Yeates (Bradford City) Free Kick at 89'

      88'

      Yakubu Aiyegbeni commits a foul on Stephen Darby resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

      88'

      Throw-in: Jordan Obita takes it (Defending)

      88'

      Pavel Pogrebnyak clears the ball from danger.

      88'

      Michael Hector clears the ball from danger.

      88'

      Oliver Norwood clears the ball from danger.

      88'

      Hope Akpan clears the ball from danger.

      88'

      Andrew Davies (Bradford City) Free Kick at 87'

      87'

      Garath McCleary commits a foul on James Meredith resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

      87'

      Ben Williams (Bradford City) Free Kick at 87'

      86'

      Offside called on Yakubu Aiyegbeni

      86'

      James Meredith blocks the shot

      86'

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

      86'

      James Meredith clears the ball from danger.

      86'

      Stephen Darby clears the ball from danger.

      86'

      Oliver Norwood crosses the ball.

      86'

      Oliver Norwood (Reading) Free Kick at 86'

      85'

      Gary Liddle commits a foul on Pavel Pogrebnyak resulting on a free kick for Reading

      85'

      Jordan Obita clears the ball from danger.

      85'

      Hope Akpan clears the ball from danger.

      85'

      Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

      85'

      Jordan Obita clears the ball from danger.

      85'

      Mark Yeates crosses the ball.

      85'

      Rory McArdle (Bradford City) Free Kick at 85'

      84'

      Oliver Norwood commits a foul on Andy Halliday resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

      84'

      Jordan Obita clears the ball from danger.

      84'

      Adam Federici takes a long goal kick

      84'

      Reading makes a sub: Hope Akpan enters for Nathaniel Chalobah. Reason: Injury

      83'

      Bradford City makes a sub: Francois Zoko enters for Billy Clarke. Reason: Tactical

      83'

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

      81'

      Stephen Kelly clears the ball from danger.

      81'

      James Hanson crosses the ball.

      80'

      Michael Hector clears the ball from danger.

      80'

      Andrew Davies (Bradford City) Free Kick at 80'

      80'

      Yakubu Aiyegbeni commits a foul on Andrew Davies resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

      80'

      Adam Federici (Reading) Free Kick at 80'

      80'

      Reading makes a sub: Yakubu Aiyegbeni enters for Jamie Mackie. Reason: Tactical

      79'

      James Hanson commits a foul on Alex Pearce resulting on a free kick for Reading

      79'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      78'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      78'

      Stephen Kelly clears the ball from danger.

      78'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      78'

      Ben Williams takes a long goal kick

      77'

      Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

      77'

      Throw-in: Jordan Obita takes it (Attacking)

      77'

      Stephen Darby clears the ball from danger.

      77'

      Adam Federici takes a long goal kick

      76'

      Bradford City makes a sub: Andy Halliday enters for Filipe Morais. Reason: Tactical

      76'

      Andrew Davies hits a good header, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

      75'

      Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

      75'

      Filipe Morais (Bradford City) Free Kick at 75'

      75'

      Jordan Obita commits a foul on Filipe Morais resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

      75'

      Throw-in: Filipe Morais takes it (Attacking)

      74'

      Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

      74'

      Billy Clarke crosses the ball.

      74'

      Nathaniel Chalobah clears the ball from danger.

      74'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      74'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      74'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      74'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      73'

      Ben Williams takes a long goal kick

      73'

      Jordan Obita crosses the ball.

      73'

      Throw-in: Jamie Mackie takes it (Attacking)

      73'

      Stephen Darby clears the ball from danger.

      72'

      Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

      72'

      Adam Federici takes a long goal kick

      71'

      James Hanson hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: miss right

      71'

      Jonathan Stead crosses the ball.

      71'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      70'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      70'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Defending)

      70'

      Michael Hector clears the ball from danger.

      69'

      James Meredith clears the ball from danger.

      69'

      Nathaniel Chalobah crosses the ball.

      68'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      68'

      Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

      67'

      Jordan Obita blocks the shot

      67'

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

      67'

      Michael Hector clears the ball from danger.

      67'

      Billy Clarke crosses the ball.

      67'

      Ben Williams (Bradford City) Free Kick at 67'

      67'

      Pavel Pogrebnyak commits a foul on Andrew Davies resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

      66'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      66'

      Reading makes a sub: Garath McCleary enters for Hal Robson-Kanu. Reason: Tactical

      66'

      Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

      66'

      Adam Federici takes a long goal kick

      65'

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

      65'

      Stephen Kelly clears the ball from danger.

      65'

      Michael Hector clears the ball from danger.

      65'

      Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

      64'

      Billy Knott crosses the ball.

      64'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      64'

      Nathaniel Chalobah clears the ball from danger.

      64'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      64'

      Nathaniel Chalobah clears the ball from danger.

      64'

      Ben Williams (Bradford City) Free Kick at 64'

      64'

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

      64'

      Throw-in: Stephen Kelly takes it (Attacking)

      63'

      Throw-in: Stephen Kelly takes it (Attacking)

      63'

      Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

      63'

      Throw-in: Jordan Obita takes it (Attacking)

      62'

      Adam Federici takes a long goal kick

      61'

      Stephen Darby clears the ball from danger.

      61'

      Stephen Darby clears the ball from danger.

      61'

      Billy Knott crosses the ball.

      61'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      61'

      Jamie Mackie clears the ball from danger.

      61'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      60'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      60'

      Nathaniel Chalobah clears the ball from danger.

      60'

      Alex Pearce blocks the shot

      60'

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

      59'

      Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

      59'

      Adam Federici takes a long goal kick

      59'

      Stephen Darby crosses the ball.

      59'

      Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

      58'

      Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

      58'

      Jordan Obita clears the ball from danger.

      58'

      Michael Hector clears the ball from danger.

      58'

      Alex Pearce blocks the shot

      58'

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

      58'

      Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

      58'

      Adam Federici takes a long goal kick

      57'

      Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

      57'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      57'

      Ben Williams (Bradford City) Free Kick at 57'

      56'

      Pavel Pogrebnyak commits a foul on Rory McArdle resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

      56'

      Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

      56'

      Adam Federici (Reading) Free Kick at 56'

      55'

      Rory McArdle commits a foul on Nathaniel Chalobah resulting on a free kick for Reading

      55'

      Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

      55'

      Filipe Morais (Bradford City) Free Kick at 55'

      55'

      Nathaniel Chalobah commits a foul on Filipe Morais resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

      55'

      Throw-in: Billy Knott takes it (Attacking)

      54'

      Nathaniel Chalobah clears the ball from danger.

      54'

      Nathaniel Chalobah clears the ball from danger.

      54'

      Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

      54'

      Nathaniel Chalobah clears the ball from danger.

      53'

      Nathaniel Chalobah clears the ball from danger.

      53'

      Throw-in: Billy Knott takes it (Attacking)

      53'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      52'

      Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

      52'

      Adam Federici takes a long goal kick

      52'

      James Meredith crosses the ball.

      52'

      Stephen Kelly clears the ball from danger.

      52'

      Jordan Obita clears the ball from danger.

      52'

      Jamie Mackie clears the ball from danger.

      52'

      Stephen Kelly clears the ball from danger.

      52'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      51'

      Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

      51'

      Ben Williams (Bradford City) Free Kick at 51'

      50'

      Offside called on Jamie Mackie

      50'

      Gary Liddle clears the ball from danger.

      50'

      Throw-in: Stephen Kelly takes it (Attacking)

      50'

      Stephen Kelly clears the ball from danger.

      49'

      Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

      49'

      Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

      49'

      Ben Williams takes a long goal kick

      48'

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

      48'

      Billy Clarke clears the ball from danger.

      48'

      Jonathan Stead clears the ball from danger.

      48'

      Throw-in: Stephen Kelly takes it (Attacking)

      48'

      James Hanson clears the ball from danger.

      47'

      James Hanson clears the ball from danger.

      47'

      Stephen Darby clears the ball from danger.

      47'

      Adam Federici (Reading) Free Kick at 47'

      46'

      Andrew Davies commits a foul on Pavel Pogrebnyak resulting on a free kick for Reading

      46'

      Jordan Obita clears the ball from danger.

      46'

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

      46'

      James Hanson crosses the ball.

      46'

      Throw-in: James Hanson takes it (Attacking)

      46'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      46'

      The second half is under way

      46'+1

      Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

      46'+1

      Michael Hector clears the ball from danger.

      46'+1

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

      46'+1

      Throw-in: Stephen Kelly takes it (Attacking)

      46'+1

      James Meredith clears the ball from danger.

      46'+1

      Oliver Norwood (Reading) Free Kick at 47'

      46'

      Gary Liddle commits a foul on Pavel Pogrebnyak resulting on a free kick for Reading

      46'

      Stephen Kelly clears the ball from danger.

      46'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      46'

      Throw-in: Stephen Kelly takes it (Defending)

      46'

      The referee has signaled the end of the first half

      45'

      Jordan Obita clears the ball from danger.

      45'

      Jordan Obita clears the ball from danger.

      45'

      Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

      45'

      Throw-in: Jordan Obita takes it (Defending)

      44'

      Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

      43'

      Ben Williams takes a short goal kick

      42'

      Daniel Williams curls a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: over bar

      42'

      Michael Hector clears the ball from danger.

      42'

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

      42'

      Throw-in: Jordan Obita takes it (Defending)

      41'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      41'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      41'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      40'

      Michael Hector clears the ball from danger.

      40'

      James Meredith crosses the ball.

      40'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      40'

      Throw-in: James Hanson takes it (Attacking)

      40'

      Stephen Kelly clears the ball from danger.

      40'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      39'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Defending)

      39'

      Jordan Obita clears the ball from danger.

      38'

      Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

      38'

      Jamie Mackie crosses the ball.

      38'

      Throw-in: Stephen Kelly takes it (Attacking)

      38'

      Throw-in: Stephen Kelly takes it (Attacking)

      38'

      Michael Hector clears the ball from danger.

      37'

      Oliver Norwood (Reading) Free Kick at 37'

      37'

      Rory McArdle commits a foul on Jamie Mackie resulting on a free kick for Reading

      37'

      Rory McArdle

      37'

      Jordan Obita clears the ball from danger.

      36'

      Gary Liddle crosses the ball.

      36'

      Filipe Morais crosses the ball.

      36'

      Filipe Morais (Bradford City) Free Kick at 36'

      36'

      Michael Hector commits a foul on Jonathan Stead resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

      35'

      Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

      35'

      James Meredith clears the ball from danger.

      35'

      Throw-in: Stephen Kelly takes it (Defending)

      34'

      Throw-in: Jordan Obita takes it (Defending)

      34'

      Michael Hector clears the ball from danger.

      34'

      Jordan Obita clears the ball from danger.

      34'

      Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

      34'

      Jordan Obita clears the ball from danger.

      34'

      Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

      33'

      Jordan Obita clears the ball from danger.

      33'

      Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

      33'

      Jordan Obita clears the ball from danger.

      33'

      Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

      32'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      32'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      32'

      James Hanson clears the ball from danger.

      32'

      Throw-in: Stephen Kelly takes it (Attacking)

      31'

      Jamie Mackie crosses the ball.

      31'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Defending)

      30'

      James Hanson clears the ball from danger.

      30'

      Oliver Norwood crosses the ball.

      30'

      Oliver Norwood (Reading) Free Kick at 30'

      30'

      Rory McArdle commits a foul on Pavel Pogrebnyak resulting on a free kick for Reading

      30'

      Adam Federici takes a long goal kick

      29'

      Throw-in: Filipe Morais takes it (Attacking)

      29'

      Nathaniel Chalobah clears the ball from danger.

      29'

      Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

      29'

      Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Defending)

      28'

      Throw-in: Jordan Obita takes it (Attacking)

      28'

      Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

      28'

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

      28'

      Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

      28'

      Hal Robson-Kanu crosses the ball.

      28'

      Pavel Pogrebnyak hits a good right footed shot, but it is off target. Outcome: hit post

      28'

      Jamie Mackie crosses the ball.

      27'

      Throw-in: Stephen Kelly takes it (Attacking)

      27'

      Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

      26'

      Jordan Obita clears the ball from danger.

      26'

      Michael Hector clears the ball from danger.

      26'

      Jordan Obita clears the ball from danger.

      25'

      Daniel Williams crosses the ball.

      25'

      Throw-in: Stephen Kelly takes it (Attacking)

      24'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      24'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      24'

      Throw-in: Stephen Kelly takes it (Attacking)

      22'

      Jordan Obita clears the ball from danger.

      22'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      22'

      Ben Williams takes a short goal kick

      22'

      Stephen Kelly crosses the ball.

      22'

      Throw-in: Stephen Kelly takes it (Attacking)

      21'

      Throw-in: Stephen Kelly takes it (Attacking)

      21'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      21'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      20'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      20'

      Stephen Kelly clears the ball from danger.

      20'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      20'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      20'

      Michael Hector clears the ball from danger.

      19'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Defending)

      19'

      Andrew Davies clears the ball from danger.

      18'

      Ben Williams (Bradford City) Free Kick at 18'

      18'

      Hal Robson-Kanu commits a foul on Rory McArdle resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

      18'

      Throw-in: Stephen Kelly takes it (Attacking)

      17'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      17'

      Michael Hector clears the ball from danger.

      17'

      Daniel Williams clears the ball from danger.

      17'

      Filipe Morais (Bradford City) Free Kick at 17'

      16'

      Stephen Kelly commits a foul on James Hanson resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

      16'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      14'

      Throw-in: Stephen Kelly takes it (Attacking)

      14'

      Jordan Obita clears the ball from danger.

      14'

      Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Attacking)

      13'

      Adam Federici makes the save (Catch)

      13'

      James Hanson hits a header. Outcome: save

      13'

      James Meredith crosses the ball.

      13'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      13'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      13'

      Nathaniel Chalobah clears the ball from danger.

      13'

      Billy Clarke crosses the ball.

      13'

      Filipe Morais (Bradford City) Free Kick at 13'

      12'

      Pavel Pogrebnyak commits a foul on Andrew Davies resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

      12'

      Stephen Kelly clears the ball from danger.

      12'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      11'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      11'

      Alex Pearce clears the ball from danger.

      11'

      Throw-in: Stephen Darby takes it (Defending)

      10'

      Throw-in: Jordan Obita takes it (Attacking)

      10'

      Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

      10'

      Throw-in: Jordan Obita takes it (Attacking)

      9'

      Gary Liddle clears the ball from danger.

      9'

      Oliver Norwood crosses the ball.

      9'

      Oliver Norwood (Reading) Free Kick at 9'

      9'

      Filipe Morais commits a foul on Jamie Mackie resulting on a free kick for Reading

      8'

      Throw-in: Jordan Obita takes it (Defending)

      8'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Attacking)

      8'

      Stephen Kelly clears the ball from danger.

      7'

      Andrew Davies (Bradford City) Free Kick at 7'

      7'

      Jamie Mackie commits a foul on James Meredith resulting on a free kick for Bradford City

      7'

      Throw-in: Stephen Kelly takes it (Attacking)

      5'

      Throw-in: Jordan Obita takes it (Attacking)

      5'

      Rory McArdle clears the ball from danger.

      5'

      Throw-in: Jordan Obita takes it (Attacking)

      5'

      Stephen Darby clears the ball from danger.

      5'

      Adam Federici (Reading) Free Kick at 5'

      4'

      Billy Clarke commits a foul on Alex Pearce resulting on a free kick for Reading

      2'

      Throw-in: James Meredith takes it (Defending)

      2'

      James Meredith clears the ball from danger.

      2'

      Oliver Norwood crosses the ball.

      2'

      Oliver Norwood (Reading) Free Kick at 2'

      1'

      Billy Knott commits a foul on Jamie Mackie resulting on a free kick for Reading

      1'

      Game on!

      Show all commentary

      Possession

      58%
      42%
      • Bradford City
      • Reading

      Shots

      8
      7

      Shots on target

      1
      0

      Fouls

      14
      15

      Corners

      0
      0

      Yellow Cards

      1
      0

      Red Cards

      0
      0

      Head to Head

      Bradford0 - 0Reading
      Bradford2 - 1Reading
      Reading2 - 2Bradford
      Bradford0 - 1Reading
      Reading1 - 0Bradford
      Bradford4 - 1Reading

      Bradford

      • 12Ben Williams
      • 23Rory McArdle
      • 5Andrew Davies
      • 2Stephen Darby
      • 3James Meredith
      • 20Filipe Morais
      • -> Andy Halliday
      • 8Gary Liddle
      • 11Billy Knott
      • -> Mark Yeates
      • 10Billy Clarke
      • -> Francois Zoko
      • 16Jonathan Stead
      • 9James Hanson
      • Subs
      • 18Christopher Routis
      • 1Jordan Pickford
      • 15Gary MacKenzie
      • 6Alan Sheehan

      Reading

      • 1Adam Federici
      • 15Michael Hector
      • 5Alex Pearce
      • 3Stephen Kelly
      • 11Jordan Obita
      • 9Hal Robson-Kanu
      • -> Garath McCleary
      • 14Nathaniel Chalobah
      • -> Hope Akpan
      • 19Jamie Mackie
      • -> Yakubu Aiyegbeni
      • 6Oliver Norwood
      • 23Daniel Williams
      • 7Pavel Pogrebnyak
      • Subs
      • 10Simon Cox
      • 2Chris Gunter
      • 35Jake Cooper
      • 31Mikkel Andersen

      Another unmissable game only on BT Sport. Sign up now >>

      Bradford hold Reading to goalless draw to set up FA Cup quarterfinal replay

      Bradford and Reading must wait to make history after the two lowest sides left in this season's FA Cup clattered out a goalless lunchtime draw at Valley Parade.

      League One side Bradford had the best of a fractious affair but Phil Parkinson's men could not quite summon the spirit which had swept them past Chelsea and Sunderland in the two previous rounds.

      And despite the Bantams dominating for long periods Championship outfit Reading almost snatched it at the death when Oliver Norwood's free-kick eluded everyone in the box and struck the base of Ben Williams' right-hand upright.

      Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak and Bradford's Gary Liddle also hit the woodwork in the first period in a game big on intent but clearly suffering from the pressure of the momentous prize at stake for both clubs.

      A winner would have sent Bradford into the semi-finals for the first time since they won the trophy in 1911 while the Royals were bidding to end their own 88-year wait.

      The bustling tempo was set in the opening minute as Bradford midfielder Billy Knott barged over Jamie Mackie and moments later a Nathaniel Chalobah challenge left James Hanson stretched out on the turf.

      If such a game was always bound to be short on quality the early tempo was breathtaking with both sides clearly keen to make a mark in front of two sets of raucous supporters in the lunchtime sunshine.

      The urgency even extended to the sidelines where Parkinson reacted with fury to an Alex Pearce foul on Hanson which went unpunished by referee Neil Swarbrick who called the game back for an earlier foul throw.

      Bradford had the first shot on target in the 12th minute but it was a simple save for Adam Federici after Hanson only half-connected with a deep cross from the left by James Meredith.

      Perhaps mindful of their status as favourites in many people's eyes given their heroics of previous rounds, it was the hosts who seemed to be feeling the pressure most as Steve Clarke's men began to take a grip on proceedings.

      Pogrebnyak missed a great chance to snatch the lead for the visitors in the 27th minute when he was put through by Mackie only to fire his low right-foot shot against the post.

      But the home side came equally close nine minutes later when a half-clearance fell to Liddle whose cross from wide on the left eluded everybody in the box and struck the base of Federici's right-hand post.

      Keen to keep up his record of scoring in every round of this season's competition, Jon Stead was close to connecting with another Meredith cross as the first half nudged to a rather gruelling conclusion.

      Bradford looked a better team from the start of the second period, pinning the visitors back and coming close within seconds of the re-start when Filipe Morais got behind the Reading defence to reach a Hanlon cross only to scuff his effort from a tight angle.

      Clarke skewed an effort wide after a neat one-two with Stead on the edge of the box, then Stead himself wriggled through a group of Reading defenders before Stephen Kelly denied him a shooting opportunity with a fine sliding tackle.

      Reading were barely in the game as it ticked past the hour mark and they were lucky to stay on level terms in the 71st minute when Hanson fired just wide from point-blank range after a cross from Stead.

      Bradford came close again four minutes later when the excellent Morais flung in another cross from wide on the right and found the head of defender Andrew Davies, who powered his shot just over Federici's bar.

      Then came Norwood's late free-kick which sprang through a crowded box and sparked a mighty goalmouth scramble as the visitors missed their chance to snatch a place in the last four by a lick of paint.




      Live Sports

      Communication error please reload the page.

      • Football

      • Cricket

      • Rugby

        • Days
        • Hrs
        • Mins
        • Secs

        F1 - Azerbaijan GP

      • OtherLive >>

        Boxing - Nelson v Wilson; Simmons v Dickinson; Joshua v Gavern (Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle)
        Golf - Houston Open
        Snooker - China Open
        Tennis - Miami Open