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12 February 2015

Club News


12 February 2015

Bantams midfielder Billy Knott hopes City can do themselves proud when they take on Premier League side Sunderland in the F.A Cup Fifth Round.

Phil Parkinson's men welcome the top flight Black Cats to a sold out Coral Windows Stadium this Sunday as the two sides go head-to-head for a place in the quarter finals.

Despite confidence levels being high in the camp after their victory over Chelsea in the previous round, City will be under no illusions as to the size of the task facing them come Sunday afternoon.

Whatever the score come the final whistle though, Knott is sure that the Bantams will have given it their best shot.

Knott said: "We are going into the tie full of confidence and looking to do something if we can in this game.

"As we said before the Chelsea game, we're not just in the F.A Cup now to make up the numbers. 

"Sunderland are a Premier League team and we will give them all the respect they deserve but the game is on our patch and we want to give them a good game.

"Our fans can play a part in that. I'm sure there will be a great following in the Bradford areas and they will be as noisy as ever.

"I have some of my family coming back up from home for the game and it's my girlfriend's birthday this week so hopefully it will be a good weekend for us and the club.

"It is hard work playing against better players - there's no doubt about that - but we do have confidence from taking on higher sides in the cups earlier this season."

Like team-mate Stead, Knott will be coming up against former employers in the shape of Sunderland this Sunday.

Knott made his senior debut with Sunderland as a late substitute in their Premier League game at Tottenham Hotspur back in May 2013.

The midfielder spent three years in total at the Stadium of Light, mainly on loan at other clubs, before eventually leaving last summer to join the Bantams.

Knott added: "If I'm being honest, I perhaps didn't quite take my chance when it was given to me at Sunderland by different managers.

"I was happy that I got my senior debut there though and I had some great times there.

"I respect Sunderland as a club because I was there a long time and they gave me my first professional contract but I'm at Bradford now and I want to do the best for us.

"Two of my mates from Sunderland are coming down to watch the match.

"I also speak with Kevin Ball a bit at Sunderland as well - he was my reserve team manager up there. He looks after the loan players now so he is sometimes about watching Jordan (Pickford).

"The focus this weekend for me will be on us though and trying to do the best we can in the game."

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