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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Parkinson believes City's Cup odyssey can reach Wembley after skinning Blacks Cats

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson.
Bradford boss Phil Parkinson.

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson (pictured) believes his side have every chance of extending their FA Cup odyssey all the way to Wembley after claiming another Premier League scalp at Valley Parade on Sunday.

Billy Clarke's deflected opener after three minutes paved the way for the Bantams to move within one more win of a place in the semi-finals and former Sunderland striker Jon Stead sealed victory with a 61st minute strike.

While Black Cats boss Gus Poyet was left to launch a bizarre attack on the media in a spiky post-match press conference, Parkinson was left to bask in a performance every bit as impressive as his side's stunning 4-2 win at Chelsea in round four.

Parkinson said: "If we get our approach right we've got a chance against anybody, and we proved that today.

"There was always a danger that because we beat Chelsea everyone would expect us to win today, and we had to guard against that and go in there with the underdog mentality.

"Right from the first whistle we played with great desire and great spirit and we were first to every ball all over the pitch.

"Maybe we took Sunderland by surprise. We made it an uncomfortable afternoon for them. Our second goal was great and we killed the game off in the late stages.

"Today is another terrific day and to have Valley Parade full of 24,000 fans it's like a throwback."

Meanwhile, Poyet was left to round on referee Kevin Friend and the media after a dismal performance that followed hot on the heels of Tuesday night's Premier League capitulation against QPR.

He believed denied Sunderland a clear first-half penalty after Rory McArdle tackled Steven Fletcher in the box. Poyet added: "The referee needed to do his job and he didn't."

Poyet took issue with a question about the absence of Jermain Defoe, responding: "You need to know too many things and we try not to give you too much information. He was injured, he got a little problem on his calf and we don't know how long it is going to take."

 

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