Millwall and Bradford City will go again at the Coral Windows Stadium next Wednesday after a 3-3 draw at The Den this past weekend.
Scott McDonald added to Ricardo Fuller’s brace for the Lions, whilst Sid Nelson’s unfortunate own-goal, coupled with Billy Knott’s brace, ensured that it would all be on the line in the replay next week.
Despite their disadvantage in the pyramid, the visitors started the better and had chances to score before they eventually did in the 6th minute. Alan Sheehan’s corner was unable to be cleared by the Millwall defence – a trait often seen this season – allowing Billy Knott to smash the ball home.
The Lions looked to get back into the game straight away and had a goal disallowed on the quarter-hour mark; Danny Shittu was deemed to be offside as he headed the ball back to Ricardo Fuller, who fired past Bradford ‘keeper Ben Williams in vain.
City nearly doubled their lead shortly after as an innocuous cross into the Millwall box was fumbled by David Forde – fortunately for the home side, Alan Dunne was on hand to take the ball away from James Hanson, who would have had an easy tap-in. Bradford’s number nine was a thorn in the side of inexperienced centre-half, Sid Nelson, all afternoon and Hanson almost assisted a second Bradford goal, but Andy Halliday fired over the bar as the pressure on Ian Holloway was cranked up a notch.
Nine minutes from the end of the first half, the home side got themselves back on level terms, thanks to a move that was started and finished by McDonald. A neat passing move saw the ball find its way out to Lee Martin, whose whipped cross was glanced home by the Aussie.
Millwall attempted to take charge of the game after the interval and on 66 minutes, edged their noses in front. Richard Chaplow dispossessed ex-Millwall man, Filipe Morais, in the middle of the park and sent goal-scorer McDonald away. With the outside of his boot, the Aussie found Fuller unmarked in the box. The Jamaican made no mistake, slotting the ball home underneath the grasp of Williams.
The Championship side should have then seen the game out, but just four minutes later, the Bantams were back level in the most fortunate of circumstances. James Hanson’s shot was deflected and looped up over the stranded David Forde. As the ball came back down to Earth, it struck the bar and onto the legs of Nelson, trickling home.
Six minutes after that, Bradford took the lead once more. Morais’ low cross found Knott in the area and the West Ham fan made no mistake, steering a well-controlled volley into the bottom corner of the net.
This see-saw battle was not over, however. Ian Holloway introduced Mageye Gueye into the game in the 81st minute and the former Everton man made an instant impact, having a heavy influence in the sixth goal of the game. Gueye’s burst down the right and subsequent ball across the box found Fuller – unmarked, again – who calmly shot home, despite the impending presence of a couple of Bradford defenders.
Gueye could have won the game for the hosts shortly after, but his stinging volley found the gloves of Ben Williams.
Both teams must go again in Yorkshire on Wednesday, January 14th, for the right to play in the FA Cup Fourth Round. For the winner, the riches of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge await. No pressure…
Millwall: David Forde; Alan Dunne, Danny Shittu, Sid Nelson, Matthew Briggs; Nadjim Abdou, Richard Chaplow (Gueye, 81), Ed Upson (Woolford, 89); Lee Martin, Scott McDonald; Ricardo Fuller. Subs: Tom King, Jermaine Easter, Martyn Woolford, Mageye Gueye, Aiden O’Brien, Jack Powell, Angel Martinez.
Bradford City: Ben Williams; Stephen Darby, Rory McArdle, Alan Sheehan, James Meredith; Filipe Morais, Gary Liddle, Andy Halliday (Kennedy, 77), Billy Knott (McBurnie, 95); Jon Stead (Zoko, 89), James Hanson. Subs: Matt Urwin, Francois Zoko, Jason Kennedy, Christopher Routis, Oliver McBurnie, Sam Wright, Dylan Mottley Henry.
Cautions: Millwall: Upson, Chaplow. Bradford City: McArdle.
Bradford City advanced to the FA Cup Fourth Round on Wednesday night (January 14th) with a thumping 4-0 win over Millwall at the Coral Windows Stadium.
The club asked the fans to ‘#bethedifference’, but the difference between the two sides was evident even before Mark Beevers’ sending-off in the sixth minute for bringing down James Hanson whilst on goal.
It was the number nine that opened the scoring just two minutes later, as Andy Halliday’s corner was flicked on by Rory McArdle into the path of Hanson, who had peeled away from his marker and had the easiest of tasks to nod home.
Indecision in the Millwall defence on 17 minutes allowed the Bantams to double their lead, with Jon Stead pouncing on the loose ball to score. It was 3-0 on 38 minutes, as ex-Millwall man, Filipe Morais, tormented his former employers once more, swinging over a cross that was met by Halliday, who volleyed past David Forde.
The fourth and final blow came in the second half. More disastrous defending from the visitors allowed Billy Knott to sneak in and poke the ball past the Irish ‘keeper.
The game wasn’t without drama, as a first-half brawl saw Forde booked for Millwall, Knott booked for Bradford and Phil Parkinson and his assistant, Steve Parkin, sent to the stands. Furthermore, in the aftermath of the game, Millwall chairman, John Berylson, stated that he would refund 456 of the 611 travelling fans that bought their tickets in advance.
Bradford City will now travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, January 24th, looking to pull off a giant-killing and take their place in Round Five.
Bradford City: Ben Williams; Stephen Darby, Rory McArdle, Andrew Davies, James Meredith; Filipe Morais, Gary Liddle, Andy Halliday, Billy Knott (Yeates, 73); Jon Stead (Zoko, 69), James Hanson. Subs: Matt Urwin, Alan Sheehan, Reece Webb-Foster, Jason Kennedy, Mark Yeates, Francois Zoko.
Millwall: David Forde; Alan Dunne, Danny Shittu, Mark Beevers; Lee Martin (Gueye, 62), Nadjim Abdou, Richard Chaplow, Matthew Briggs; Ed Upson (Webster, 46); Ricardo Fuller (Woolford, 23), Lee Gregory. Subs: Tom King, Sid Nelson, Byron Webster, Jack Powell, Martyn Woolford, Mageye Gueye, Scott McDonald.
Cautions: Bradford City: Davies, Halliday, Knott. Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Abdou, Chaplow.
Sent Off: Millwall: Beevers.
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