The FA Cup - Sixth Round

Bradford City 0-0 Reading

  • 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



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


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


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


  • 2Gunter
  • 10Cox
  • 12McCleary
  • 16Akpan
  • 20Aiyegbeni
  • 31Andersen
  • 35Cooper
Neil Swarbrick

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bradford City 0, Reading 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bradford City 0, Reading 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Darby (Bradford City).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Yakubu (Reading).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Gary Liddle (Bradford City).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).

  20. Substitution

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

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