Football

'It's like beating Barca'

Bradford still in dreamland after Chelsea win

WHAM, BAM, THANK YOU, BANTAMS: Bradford's players celebrate Filipe Morais' (No. 20) goal. - PHOTO: REUTERS

Bradford co-chairman Mark Lawn believes Saturday's 4-2 FA Cup fourth-round victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was "the ultimate" achievement.

The League One side, two divisions below the English Premiership, were on their way out after Gary Cahill and Ramires gave Chelsea a 2-0 lead after 38 minutes.

However, Jon Stead gave the visitors hope by halving the arrears shortly before the break. Filipe Morais, a former Chelsea youth player, equalised and Andy Halliday gave them a shock lead.

Chelsea, the EPL leaders, pushed for a late leveller, but Bradford ensured their place in today's fifth-round draw through Mark Yeates' injury-time strike.

"This is an ultimate, to beat Chelsea, who I think will go on and win the Champions League - it really is," said Lawn.

"I've been saying it's like beating Barcelona. Someone texted me and they said the side they put out against us was worth about £100 million ($201m) and ours was worth £7,500.

"I am a bit stunned still, I'm not pinching myself in case I was dreaming.

"Man United, Liverpool (in the next round), that would be nice."

Jose Mourinho conceded defeat when Bradford's fourth goal went in early in the six minutes of stoppage time, offering his counterpart Phil Parkinson a handshake, which was refused.

Parkinson said: "At that point, there were three-and-a-half minutes left. I wasn't getting drawn into that.

FOCUS

"Two-goal leads are great, but they can be quickly reduced. We just wanted to stay focused on the result until the whistle went.

"If Chelsea had got one back, even at that late stage, with the world-class players they had on the pitch, they could easily have got a second."

"I don't think he meant to be disrespectful. He came into the dressing room afterwards and shook everyone's hand. That was a real touch of class."

Parkinson now wants to take on Manchester United in the fifth round, if they can get past Cambridge in the replay.

Ahead of today's fifth-round draw, Parkinson told the Football Association: "I'm sure if we went to Old Trafford, we'd probably have about 15,000 fans there, and it would be nice to give all the ones who couldn't get tickets today another day of Cup football."

- PA Sport.