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IT'S GREAT TO BE IN THE DRAW

8 March 2015

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson says City can take encouragement from the fact that they have made it through to this Monday's FA Cup Semi Final draw.

City and Reading will both be in the hat for the last four after the Championship side held out for a goalless draw at the Coral Windows Stadium in this Saturday's quarter final tie between the two sides.

The Bantams and the Royals are now scheduled to meet again a week on Monday (16 March 2015) in a replay at the Madejski Stadium.

Parkinson said: "It is great to be in the draw.

"The target always was to get into the draw and stay in the competition if we couldn't win it here.

"Obviously we'd have preferred to have won the match outright now but this is the next best thing.

"I am really pleased with the lads. Reading made this a really tough and challenging game and the players stood up to it all and kept going.

"There was probably some expectancy for us to win given that we had already beaten Chelsea and Sunderland but I felt we handled the pressure really well.

"The onus and expectancy will now be on Reading when we go there a week on Monday.

"We'll go there and play in a positive fashion because we are at our best when we do that.

"I'll look forward to going back there on a personal level but my main focus on the night will be on making sure we play well and give ourselves the best chance possible of progressing."

After dominating the second period, City had their moments to win Saturday's tie but Parkinson feels his side still have plenty to be extremely proud of given their efforts throughout the match.



Parkinson added: "We were the team in the ascendancy in the second half but it was always going to be a mistake or a moment of brilliance that would win the match.

"We have to give Reading some credit. They had obviously looked at our match with Sunderland in the previous round and tighten their midfield up as a result with that extra man in there.

"They did all of the basics very well and made it a scrappy affair at times.

"It wasn't really until the second period when the game opened up a bit and we managed to get our key players on the ball.

"We probably deserved to win it on the balance of play in that half. Some people will think Reading have done the hard work now but we can go down to the Madejski Stadium and look to really give another good account of ourselves.

"Everybody was telling us that we were the favourites going into this match, probably forgetting the fact that Reading are a team in a division higher than us and with a lot greater resources than we have here at Bradford.

"I felt the lads really acquitted themselves well in a different way to the Sunderland match.

"Sunderland game was an open game - this one was a tight match and we showed real professionalism with our approach.

"It was a really honest and hard-fought tie - there were two teams out there giving it their all and showing great levels of endeavour and determination.

"It was a great occasion and a great atmosphere around the ground today (Saturday) and I'm sure it will be again at Reading for the replay."

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