Two goals down at Stamford Bridge. That should have been the end for the Bantams in this season's FA Cup. Well it wasn't and they are now looking forward to a quarter final tie with Reading.
The big question is, why is it not on BBC? The broadcaster unwisely took the decision not to televise their fifth round clash with Sunderland, a match which the League One side won 2-0 and City chairman Mark Lawn has voiced criticism about the corporation following confirmation that the clash with Reading will not be covered by them.
Bradford’s comeback from two goals down against Chelsea in West London resulted in one of the biggest giant-killings for many a year and the reward for that unexpected victory was another clash with Premier League opposition in the form of Sunderland.
A step too far for Bradford? Not a bit of it as the side went on to humiliate the Black Cats with a 2-0 win, thus setting up a quarter-final meeting with Reading.
Nevertheless, these victories have failed to register much interest at the BBC and the clash with the Championship side will not be broadcast at the Beeb. The corporation decided to cover Manchester United v Arsenal in the quarter-finals and following BT Sport’s decision to show Liverpool v Blackburn, Bradford were snubbed once again in favour of Aston Villa v West Brom.
Mark Lawn has been less than impressed by this, stating “I can understand them picking the games they picked. They can do what they want but don’t be hypocrites.
“The hypocritical thing is when you sell the competition and advertise your product as if you are doing it for the underdog and talk about the magic of the cup that is only the case until the big clubs come in.
“Then the smaller ones can bugger off. As soon as they have got a chance to go to the Premier League teams, they do.”
Bradford will be eager to show the BBC what they are missing by managing yet another upset with Bet365 offering 5/4 that the Yorkshire side reach the semi-finals.
All odds were correct at time of posting.