Sunday 15 February 2015
F.A Cup Fifth Round
Bradford City 2 (Clarke 3, Stead 62)
Kick Off: 2.30pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium
Attendance: 24,021 (4,253 visitors)
Phil Parkinson's super City moved to within one win of another trip to Wembley after deservedly defeating Premier League Sunderland to secure their spot in the F.A Cup Quarter-Finals.
Roared on by a colourful and vocal capacity crowd, Parkinson's Bantams swept aside their North East opponents thanks to a deflected early strike from Billy Clarke and a second half effort from Jon Stead that squirmed under the body of visiting shot-stopper Vito Mannone.
Clarke's goal may ultimately go down as a John O'Shea own goal after the attacker's shot hit off his fellow Irishman but there was no doubting Stead's effort - a goal which keeps the forward's run going of scoring in every round so far.
The victory - played out in front of the biggest attendance seen at the Coral Windows Stadium in its current configuration - means City have now got the better of five out of the six Premiership sides they have faced in cup competitions under Parkinson.
It is also the first time since 1976 City have reached the quarter-finals of the world's most famous domestic cup competition.
FT: Bradford City 2 Sunderland 0
90min: There will be three minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
89min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Francois Zoko for Stead.
86min: SUBS - Sunderland Santiago Vergini and George Honeyman for Jones and Alvarez.
86min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Mark Yeates for Clarke.
80min: Wickham rises highest to met Larsson's corner delivery but his header for goal is held by Williams.
79min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Andy Halliday for Knott.
77min: Knott fires for goal from a direct free-kick from around 25 yards out and his effort goes just over the crossbar.
76min: McArdle is back on the pitch to bring City up to eleven players once more.
75min: McArdle's head wound has opened up again, forcing him off the pitch to get more treatment and leaving City down to ten men once again for the time being.
73min: Hanson plays the ball across to Stead and the forward's low angled drive from just outside the box trickles towards Mannone as the 'keeper dives to his right.
70min: As Meredith pressures Johnson after Mannone had pushed a Clarke cross down into the box, ball runs free to Stead, who fires over with a first time rising strike on the turn.
69min: Stead tees up Knott for a shot from just outside the box but the midfielder's rising drive is straight at Mannone.
67min: YELLOW CARD - Billy Jones is booked for catching Clarke late from behind midway into Sunderland's half of the pitch.
62min: GOAL!!!! Bradford City 2 Sunderland 0 - The Bantams double their lead! A poor attempted clearance from Johnson only finds Hanson on the edge of Sunderland's box and the forward's header towards strike-partner Stead plays him in with a sight of goal. Stead takes a touch before firing in a strike that squirms under the body of Mannone and over the line.
59min: A ball hooked in behind City's back-line as Johnson interested and the winger's attempted lob over Williams from just outside the box is deflected just over the top of the 'keeper's bar.
57min: Williams has to make a couple of brave punches to repel a Larsson corner and then a Johnson delivery back into the box. The pressure is finally relived on City's goal when Williams pushed into by Wickham as the ball tangle for another high ball and a free-kick is given.
50min: Johnson fires a cross-come-shot from inside the area high and wide of Williams' near post.
46min: The Bantams restart the tie.
HT SUB: Sunderland bring on Connor Wickham for Graham just before the start of the second half.
HT: Bradford City 1 Sunderland 0
45+1min: Johnson takes aim with a free-kick from narrowly outside the box but his direct effort for goal goes over Williams' bar.
45min: There will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
42min: Johnson takes aim from distance but his low drive bounces into the arms of Williams.
39min: Ricardo Alvarez plays the ball across the area to van Aanholt, who sees his goal-bound shot take a little deflection on its way through to Williams. The Bantams shot-stopper does well to keep out the spinning shot but City can hook the ball away from danger.
37min: Morais sends the resulting free-kick narrowly wide of Mannone's near post.
36min: YELLOW CARD - Larsson is booked for bringing down Billy Knott a couple yards outside Sunderland's penalty area.
34min: Stead beats Mannone to Clarke's lofted forward pass into the area. Stead's touch takes the ball out of play but the striker is also caught by Mannone at the same time. There are some mild appeals for a penalty from the home sections but only a goal-kick is given.
31min: YELLOW CARD - Clarke is booked for catching Patrick van Aanholt with a late tackle midway into City's half.
27min: Johnson's inswinging cross is met by the head of Graham but the striker's effort on goal from inside the area is straight at Williams.
24min: Clarke turns away from John O'Shea and Billy Jones before firing in a low drive from just inside the box that is pushed away by Mannone.
22min: Johnson tees up the ball for Larsson but the Swede's drive on the half-volley from just outside the box takes a slight deflection on its way over Williams' bar. The 'keeper himself then comes out and confidently claims Johnson's resulting corner delivery.
18min: What a tackle from McArdle! Sebastian Larsson's delfected drive drops into the path of Fletcher deep inside the box. Nearly every player in the ground stops thinking the Scot is offside but play continues, leaving the striker with only Williams to beat. As Fletcher steadies himself to fire for goal from close range, however, McArdle makes a superb recover tackle to nip the ball off his toes.
17min: Fletcher plays Adam Johnson in with a sight of goal deep inside City's penalty area but the attacker's first strike from a tight angle is blocked by a diving tackle from McArdle before Johnson's follow-up is gathered up by Ben Williams.
16min: James Meredith's near post cross is glanced across goal by the head of Jon Stead, narrowly missing a diving Hanson in the middle!
13min: Complete with his own head bandage, Graham is now back on the pitch to bring both sides back up to eleven.
10min: YELLOW CARD - Steven Fletcher is booked for not retreating as City look to take a free-kick from just inside their own half.
9min: Following a brief spell with Gary Liddle covering at centre half, McArdle is now back on the pitch with a head bandage on.
7min: Both sides are temporarily down to ten men as Danny Graham and Rory McArdle clash heads. Graham goes down the tunnel for stitches while McArdle is bandaged up pitch-side.
3min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Sunderland 0 - City take an early lead through Clarke! Filipe Morais' wide free-kick into the box eventually finds Clarke lurking over by the far side and his deflected drive off John O'Shea from around fourteen yards out flies past a helpless Mannone.
1min: Billy Clarke shoots for goal from just outside the box but his low drive trickles wide of Vito Mannone's far post.
0min: With the stadium bouncing and full to capacity, Sunderland kick off the tie. The Bantams will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first period.
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Williams, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Liddle, Morais, Knott, Clarke, Hanson, Stead
Subs: Urwin, Sheehan, Zoko, Yeates, MacKenzie, Routis, Halliday
Bradford City cautions:
Bradford City changes:
Halliday for Knott (79), Yeates for Clarke (86), Zoko for Stead (89)
SUNDERLAND LINE UP:
Mannone, Jones, Brown, O'Shea, van Aanholt, Alvarez, Larsson, Bridcutt, Johnson, Graham, Fletcher
Subs: Pantilimon, Wickham, Gomez, Coates, Vergini, Honeyman, Agnew
Fletcher (10), Larsson (36), Jones (67)
Wickham for Graham (46), Vergini for Jones (86), Honeyman for Alvarez (86)
Referee: K Friend
Assistant Referee: S Beck
Assistant Referee: L Betts
Fourth Official: C Kavanagh