The Football League Paper - - FA CUP PREVIEW -

PHIL Parkin­son is urg­ing Brad­ford City fans to re­dis­cover the spirit of Stam­ford Bridge and cheer the Ban­tams on to victory against Read­ing to­mor­row night, just as they did against the Pre­mier League lead­ers in the fourth round.

Six thou­sand trav­el­ling sup­port­ers watched Brad­ford elim­i­nate Jose Mour­inho’s team from the FA Cup on that Jan­uary day that will live long in the mem­ory.

And Parkin­son knows his League Two side will need sim­i­lar sup­port if they are to beat Read­ing in their quar­ter-fi­nal re­play at the Made­jski Sta­dium.

The two sides fought out a goal­less draw at Val­ley Pa­rade but now face the dif­fi­cult task of play­ing this fix­ture just two days af­ter their re­spec­tive league games.

Although it will be a sen­ti­men­tal trip for Parkin­son, who spent 11 years with the Roy­als as a player, the 47year-old is des­per­ate to se­cure that all-im­por­tant win which will send his side to Wem­b­ley to face FA Cup hold­ers Ar­se­nal in the semi-fi­nals.

And the Brad­ford boss be­lieves a full away end could prove the dif­fer­ence in mak­ing it a his­toric night for the club.

“Read­ing are go­ing to be crank­ing up the at­mos­phere. Ev­ery­one is telling me that they are try­ing to rein­vent a club an­them,” he said.

“But what a dif­fer­ence a full away end can make, we’ve had it so many times.

“Chelsea was some­thing very spe­cial with that wall of noise sup­port­ing the team.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images


rdCity ON A MISSION: Nathaniel Chalobah, right, seen here cel­e­brat­ing with Simon Cox, wants to help Read­ing reach the last four

PLEA: Phil Parkin­son

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