The FA Cup - Third Round
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Millwall 3-3 Bradford City

Ricardo Fuller's late goal earned Millwall an FA Cup third round replay with Bradford City as they shared a six-goal thriller at The Den.

Billy Knott's powerful shot put the visitors ahead before Scott McDonald equalised with a diving header.

Fuller steered in McDonald's cross to put the Lions in front but an own-goal from Sid Nelson and Knott's volley gave Bradford the lead once more.

Some fine work from Magaye Gueye then set up Fuller to slot home a leveller.

Ian Holloway's struggling Millwall side went into the match with just two wins in 19 Championship games, while by contrast the visitors were unbeaten in eight games in League One.

The lack of confidence was evident for Bradford's opener as the home defence failed to clear Alan Sheehan's corner and Knott pounced to fire the ball home from eight yards.

Fuller had a goal disallowed for the hosts on the quarter-hour mark after Danny Shittu was flagged offside but Bradford almost doubled their lead as Andy Halliday volleyed James Hanson's knock-down over the bar.

Scott McDonald
Former Celtic man McDonald equalises for Millwall with a neat header at the near post

Millwall eventually worked their way back into the match and their pressure was rewarded as Lee Martin whipped in a fine cross from the left which the diving McDonald neatly nodded in at the near post to equalise for the first time.

After the break the hosts began to take control and Jamaican striker Fuller made it 2-1 with a low shot into the bottom left corner following a pacy counter-attack.

But the Bantams levelled in fortunate circumstances when Hanson's shot was deflected on to the bar, bounced off defender Nelson and into the net.

The visitors soon found themselves 3-2 up as Knott placed Filipe Morais's cross into the far corner with a well-controlled volley.

Yet just as Bradford looked like they might pull off a cup upset, substitute Gueye made a powerful run and teed up Fuller who coolly placed a shot into the bottom left corner.

Former Everton winger Gueye then almost won it for the hosts, but his stinging left-foot volley was saved by Ben Williams.

Millwall manager Ian Holloway said:

"It's just the way things are going. We showed terrific character to come back, the sort we haven't had for the last couple of games. As long as they give me what they did here then we can go the right way."

On buying and selling players during the January transfer window, Holloway added:

"I'm going to have to swap and wheel and deal. We will probably have a completely different set of players at the end of January because I cannot let it slide like this."

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson said:

"We are still in the hat and we look forward to the replay. It was a test to see how we looked against a Championship team, an interesting benchmark to see where we stand as individuals in the team, and we went toe-to-toe with them.

"Billy Knott has real class in and around the opposition's box and those players are hard to find but he took his two goals well.

"When we got to the Capital One Cup final in 2013 the benefit for the city was immense and the financial benefit for the club helped galvanise everyone. We now take every cup competition as seriously as every league game."

Line-ups

Millwall

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Forde
  • 2Dunne
  • 35Nelson
  • 3Shittu
  • 14Briggs
  • 15UpsonBooked at 23minsSubstituted forWoolfordat 89'minutes
  • 26Abdou
  • 30ChaplowBooked at 51minsSubstituted forGueyeat 81'minutes
  • 7Martin
  • 27McDonald
  • 19Fuller

Substitutes

  • 8Easter
  • 11Woolford
  • 18Gueye
  • 22O'Brien
  • 23Powell
  • 31Martinez Cervera
  • 41King

Bradford

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 12Williams
  • 2Darby
  • 23McArdleBooked at 54mins
  • 6Sheehan
  • 3Meredith
  • 8Liddle
  • 20Morais
  • 25HallidaySubstituted forKennedyat 77'minutes
  • 11KnottSubstituted forMcBurnieat 90+5'minutes
  • 9Hanson
  • 16SteadSubstituted forZokoat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Zoko
  • 17Kennedy
  • 18Routis
  • 19McBurnie
  • 22Urwin
  • 32Wright
  • 36Mottley Henry
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
5,470

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home18
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 3, Bradford City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 3, Bradford City 3.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Oliver McBurnie replaces Billy Knott.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ricardo Fuller (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Danny Shittu (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Darby (Bradford City).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Filipe Morais (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Martyn Woolford replaces Ed Upson.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Bradford City. Francois Zoko replaces Jon Stead.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Magaye Gueye (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lee Martin (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Alan Dunne (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Millwall 3, Bradford City 3. Ricardo Fuller (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Martin.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Danny Shittu.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Magaye Gueye replaces Richard Chaplow.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Filipe Morais (Bradford City).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jason Kennedy (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Filipe Morais (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.