Lawn: Bradford will march on

Bradford co-chairman Mark Lawn is backing his FA Cup heroes to beat either Sunderland or Fulham in the competition’s fifth round.

Last night’s draw pitched Chelsea’s unlikely conquerors into a home tie with either Gus Poyet’s Premier League Black Cats or Kit Symons’ Championship side, who are due to replay next week after a 0-0 draw on Saturday.

While most Bradford fans were hoping for a tie with Arsenal or Man United, a home clash will be welcomed and Lawn is of the opinion neither Sunderland nor Fulham will fancy the trip to West Yorkshire on the weekend of February 14/15.

“We’re at home. I think we can win at home,” he said. “I don’t think Sunderland or Fulham will want to come to Valley Parade.”

Bradford were not the only side to cause a shock at the weekend, with Middlesbrough’s 2-0 win at Man City equally worth of praise. Aitor Karanka’s Championsip high-flyers will now head to holders Arsenal, who beat Brighton on Sunday.

League Two Cambridge, who held Man United to a home draw, go to Old Trafford next week with the winners heading for a tie against Sheffield United or Preston. North End boss Simon Grayson has met Manchester United before, knocking them out while with League One Leeds.

In-form Crystal Palace await the winners of the replay between Bolton and Liverpool.


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