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Bradford City 0-0 Reading

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FA Cup: Bradford 0-0 Reading highlights
  • Capacity crowd at Valley Parade for last-eight tie
  • Uneven pitch led to just one shot on target
  • Bradford knocked out Chelsea in fourth round
  • Replay on Monday, 16 March

Bradford and Reading must meet again for a place in the FA Cup semi-finals after playing out a tense and scrappy goalless draw at Valley Parade.

Both sides hit the post but it was a game of few clear chances on a testing and uneven surface.

Pavel Pogrebnyak saw his effort strike the woodwork for the visitors while Bradford's Gary Liddle was denied by the frame from a speculative shot.

The replay at Madejski Stadium is scheduled for Monday, 16 March.

Bradford came into the tie having knocked out Premier League Chelsea and Sunderland en route to the last eight and named the same starting line-up that beat the Black Cats 2-0 in the fifth round.

Reading had beaten three Championship sides on their way to the quarter-finals and made two changes from the side that drew 1-1 against Bolton on Tuesday.

In front of a capacity crowd the hosts from League One put in some determined tackles on their Championship opponents as they sought to press in the early stages, although a weak header from James Hanson was their only chance in the opening 15 minutes.

It fell to the Royals to create the first clear opening when Russian striker Pogrebnyak struck a post with a right-footed shot after latching on to Jamie Mackie's cross.

Bradford hit the woodwork themselves when midfielder Liddle's speculative cross almost crept past the stranded Adam Federici.

Bradford had the better of what chances there were in a second half that proved more listless than the first.

Felipe Morais found space moments after the restart but chose to square the ball across goal rather than shoot, while Hanson's side-footed effort flashed agonisingly wide and Andrew Davies headed just over the bar.

Reading almost snatched a late winner when Oliver Norwood floated a free-kick into the box, but a combination of the post and some desperate defending kept the ball from crossing the line with Pogrebnyak loitering.

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson: "We're still in the hat so we're pleased with that. You've got to give Reading credit - they came and made it difficult. It was a cagey old affair.

"I thought our lads did excellently in a different type of way than against Sunderland. We had to be very professional and wait for the moment to arrive. Unfortunately it didn't. In the second half we had the momentum but we didn't have that touch of class in and around the box.

"We look forward to the replay. Everyone will be expecting Reading to win that one but you never know what can happen on the night. We know they'll approach it differently and look to open up."

Reading manager Steve Clarke speaking to Match Of The Day: "For both teams, today was a proper old-fashioned Cup tie. There were plenty of physical challenges with both sides determined not to go out. We hit the woodwork twice, they hit it once. In the second half, they pinned us back more than we would have liked, but we still looked a threat coming forward.

"This is still a dangerous tie for us as they've knocked two Premier League teams out. It's still 50/50 as I see it. Both sides can keep the dream going and see who they might get in the semi-final when the draw is made on Monday."

Teams line up for the start at Valley Parade
A capacity crowd were in position at Valley Parade for the first FA Cup quarter-final of the weekend
Bradford manager Phil Parkinson
Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson remonstrates with assistant referee Mike Mullarkey in the early exchanges
Adam Federici watches on as Gary Liddle's shot hits a post
Bradford City's Gary Liddle struck a post with a speculative shot in a tight first half
Yakubu goes close for Reading
Reading substitute Yakubu got involved in a late goalmouth scramble
Reading defender Jordan Obita clears under the watch of Bradford striker Jon Stead
Jordan Obita clears from the Reading defence under the watchful eyes of Bradford striker Jon Stead

Line-ups

Bradford

  • 12Williams
  • 2Darby
  • 23McArdleBooked at 37mins
  • 5Davies
  • 3Meredith
  • 8Liddle
  • 20MoraisSubstituted forHallidayat 76'minutes
  • 11KnottSubstituted forYeatesat 83'minutes
  • 10ClarkeSubstituted forZokoat 83'minutes
  • 9Hanson
  • 16Stead

Substitutes

  • 1Pickford
  • 6Sheehan
  • 13Zoko
  • 14Yeates
  • 15Mackenzie
  • 18Routis
  • 25Halliday

Reading

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 5Pearce
  • 15Hector
  • 11Obita
  • 19MackieSubstituted forAiyegbeniat 80'minutes
  • 23Williams
  • 14ChalobahSubstituted forAkpanat 83'minutes
  • 6Norwood
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forMcClearyat 66'minutes
  • 7Pogrebnyak

Substitutes

  • 2Gunter
  • 10Cox
  • 12McCleary
  • 16Akpan
  • 20Aiyegbeni
  • 31Andersen
  • 35Cooper
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
24,321

Match Stats

Home TeamBradfordAway TeamReading
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home1
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Bradford City 0, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bradford City 0, Reading 0.

Andrew Davies (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Alex Pearce (Reading) because of an injury.

Offside, Reading. Pavel Pogrebnyak tries a through ball, but Garath McCleary is caught offside.

Foul by Stephen Darby (Bradford City).

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Stephen Darby (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Yakubu (Reading).

James Meredith (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

Offside, Reading. Oliver Norwood tries a through ball, but Yakubu is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Gary Liddle (Bradford City).

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Andy Halliday (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Hope Akpan replaces Nathaniel Chalobah because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Francois Zoko replaces Billy Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Mark Yeates replaces Billy Knott.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nathaniel Chalobah (Reading) because of an injury.

Andrew Davies (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yakubu (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Yakubu replaces Jamie Mackie.

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

Alex Pearce (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Andy Halliday replaces Filipe Morais.

Attempt missed. Andrew Davies (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Filipe Morais with a cross following a set piece situation.

Filipe Morais (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

Attempt missed. James Hanson (Bradford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jon Stead with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Filipe Morais (Bradford City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jon Stead.

Andrew Davies (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

Attempt missed. Billy Clarke (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gary Liddle following a corner.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Stephen Kelly.

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