FA Cup: Bradford boss Phil Parkinson eyes historic semi-final

Phil Parkinson
Phil Parkinson led his then League Two Bradford all the way to the 2013 League Cup final

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson says reaching a Wembley FA Cup semi-final would be a bigger achievement than their League Cup final appearance.

League One Bradford will reach the semi-finals for the first time in 104 years if they beat Reading on Saturday.

On their way to the 2013 League Cup final, the then League Two Bantams knocked out three top-flight sides.

"The FA Cup is obviously a level above the League Cup. This is what being in football is all about," Parkinson said.

Bradford have beaten Premier League sides Chelsea and Sunderland on their way to this year's quarter-finals.

"If we can do it this time, it will be the first time since 1911 and this group of players will be remembered," Parkinson added.

"The big teams from the Premier League will be casting very envious eyes on ourselves and Reading playing in an FA Cup quarter-final."

Parkinson stressed Reading - who he played for more than 400 times - will pose a tougher test than their previous FA Cup opponents despite many tipping Bradford as favourites.

"We are under no illusions at all that to get through this game we are going to have to play probably better than we have at any point this season so far," he said.

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