Bradford City: Parkinson happy with FA Cup reunion with Reading

Phil Parkinson
Phil Parkinson guided Bradford City to the League Cup final in 2012-13

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson says he is not disappointed that his side have missed out on a FA Cup quarter-final against a Premier League club.

The League One Bantams, who have beaten Chelsea and Sunderland in the last two rounds, will host Championship Reading for a place in the semi-final.

Parkinson spent 11 years with the Royals between 1992 and 2003.

"Any home draw at this stage is a good one and this is a good opportunity for us," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

"I don't think we can complain at all and what an occasion it will be.

"It'll be great for myself and my family to be playing Reading. My kids were born there and I've got some great friends down there.

"Once the dressing room door closes we'll be totally focussed on putting in a great performance."

The Bantams are looking to become the second League One side in the last two seasons to make the semi-finals after Sheffield United achieved the feat last season.

Parkinson believes that being at home again could be vital for his side.

"The team has got plenty of plaudits for Sunday but so have the supporters and rightly so," he said.

"They are going to be absolutely crucial because, if we can get every seat sold out and get the place bouncing again, that will give us an advantage."

Phil Parkinson and Ruud Gullit
Parkinson (left), seen in action for Reading in a pre-season friendly against Newcastle in 1999, made 364 league appearances for the Royals

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