FA Cup: Bradford City thrash Millwall and land plum Chelsea tie in fourth round
Last Updated: 15/01/15 7:42am
Bradford City will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup fourth round after thrashing 10-man Millwall 4-0.
Millwall were reduced to 10 men in the sixth minute and found themselves 3-0 down at half-time following goals from James Hanson, Jon Stead and Andy Halliday. They conceded a fourth when Billy Knott struck early in the second period.
Nobody among the 11,859 crowd was allowed to catch breath in a frenetic opening 45 minutes, which also saw both Bradford manager Phil Parkinson and assistant Steve Parkin sent to the stands for their part in a mass melee.
Mark Beevers was shown a straight card by referee James Adcock for hauling down Bradford striker Hanson, who would otherwise have been clean through on goal as he ran on to defender Rory McArdle's excellent pass.
Millwall were made to pay within two minutes. McArdle flicked on Halliday's corner and Hanson headed home at the far post into the top corner.
The Londoners were dealt another hammer blow with the first half barely 17 minutes old. Bradford winger Filipe Morais swung over a free-kick from the left and Stead pounced on fit-again Andrew Davies' knockdown to side-foot a low left-footed shot beyond Millwall goalkeeper David Forde.
Forde was lucky not to follow Beevers down the tunnel soon after when the game threatened to combust.
Millwall defender Alan Dunne's full-blooded challenge sent Hanson clattering into the advertising boards and triggered a furious exchange between players from both sides, with Forde, who had charged from his area, Parkinson and Parkin all in the thick of it.
Dunne, Forde and Bradford midfielder Billy Knott were all booked for their part, while referee Adcock promptly marched to the home dugout and ordered Parkinson and Parkin to the stands.
Bradford delivered the knockout punch following a sweeping move in the 39th minute when Knott sent Morais clear down the right and Halliday slammed home the Portuguese player's fine cross at the far post.
Bradford went straight on the offensive after the break and added to their tally through Knott, who forced the ball home from close range after defender James Meredith's shot had been blocked.
Home substitute Francois Zoko hit the post with a left-footed effort in the 73rd minute and Bradford fans sang 'Bring on the Chelsea'.