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24 January 2015

Club News


24 January 2015

Saturday 24 January 2015
F.A Cup Fourth Round
Chelsea 2 (Cahill 22, Ramires 38)
Bradford City 4 (Stead 41, Morais 75, Halliday 82, Yeates 90+4)
Kick Off: 3.00pm
at Stamford Bridge

Phil Parkinson's brilliant Bantams produced arguably one of the greatest shocks in F.A Cup history by coming from two goals down to sensationally defeat Premier League leaders Chelsea 4-2.

In front of a vocal six-thousand strong away following, City stunned Jose Mourinho's all-stars with an amazing showing that dumped the seven-time F.A Cup winners out of the competition.

Despite Andrew Davies forcing Petr Cech into an early reflex save with a header, Parkinson's men found themselves two goals down just before the break through goals from Gary Cahill and Ramires.

Not deterred by that set-back though, the Bantams pulled a goal back in the opening period when Jon Stead slammed home into the top corner from inside the box.

Buoyed by Stead's goal, City started the second half strong, forcing Chelsea back and winning a number of corners in front of a bouncing away end.

City made their impressive second half showing tell fifteen minutes from the end when Filipe Morais pounced to equalise against his former club.

Incredibly, even better was to come when Andy Halliday swooped in the 82nd minute to fire past Cech from just inside the box and send the Bantams' supporters behind the goal into raptures.

With Eden Hazard, Willan and Cesc Fabregas on the pitch by this stage, Chelsea pushed as hard as they could to find a way back into the match.

City held strong and repelled everything Mourinho's men could throw at them before making the tie safe in the middle of seven minutes of injury time.

Playing a one-two with Stead, substitute Mark Yeates found himself through on goal and he completed the move by calmly slotting past Cech.

The stunning result makes City only the second English team in history to beat Mourinho's Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
FT: Chelsea 2 Bradford City 4
90+4min: GOAL!!!!!!! Chelsea 2 Bradford City 4 - Unbelievable! City have a fourth deep in injury time! As City break forward on a counter-attack with Chelsea having men forward, Stead flicks the ball into path of Yeates, who is through on goal and calmly slots past Cech! 
90+2min: Willian curls an effort wide from outside the box.
90+1min: YELLOW CARD - Clarke is booking for catching Hazard just inside Chelsea's half.
90min: There will be seven minutes of injury time added on at the end of the match.
90min: Ramires fires wide of the side-netting at Williams' near post from a wide angle inside the box.
89min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Billy Clarke for Morais, who seems to have picked up a tweak.
87min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Christopher Routis for Halliday.
85min: Ramires' cut-back from the byline finds an unmarked Zouma but the defender fires over the bar from around eight yards out.
84min: Fabregas' cross is flicked on by Zouma but Drogba can't quite get a clean connection on the ball and he can only knock the ball out for a goal-kick.
82min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Chelsea 2 Bradford City 3 - Incredibly, City have the lead! Morais' cross into the box is met by Stead and the striker lays the ball off to Halliday, who rifles the ball past Cech from the edge of the area!
80min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Mark Yeates for Knott
78min: With Chelsea pushing City right back into their own box, Drogba forces Williams into a smart reflex save with a low angled drive deep inside the area.
76min: SUB - Chelsea bring on Eden Hazard for Remy.
75min: YELLOW CARD - Halliday is booked for going into the crowd to celebrate the goal.
75min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Chelsea 2 Bradford City 2 - The Bantams equalise! Meredith's long throw-in into the area is flicked on by Hanson into the path of Knott, who sees his close range strike repelled by Cech. The ball breaks free to Morais and he slams the ball into the empty goal!
74min: Fabregas' wide free-kick is met by Drogba but his powerful header is straight at Williams, who clutches onto the ball.
73min: After receiving Willian's pass, Fabregas flicks the ball into the path of Oscar but the Brazilian's drive from inside the area rolls wide of Williams' near post.
70min: SUB - Chelsea bring on Cesc Fabregas for Mikel, who is unable to continue following his bang to the head. Knott is fine to continue, however.
70min: SUB: Chelsea bring on Willan for Salah.
67min: Mikel and Knott are both down receiving treatment after a clash of heads.
65min: Morais' cross eventually drops into the path of Knott and the midfielder's fierce half volley from the edge of the area hits off Zouma and out for another City corner.
65min: Remy's drive from just outside the area is blocked by McArdle and the ball loops high up in the air for a grateful Williams to gather up.
62min: Salah cuts inside onto his left foot from a wide position but his low drive from outside the box curls wide of Williams' far post.
59min: Stead finds Knott just inside the box but the midfielder's curling drive flies wide Cech's far post.
57min: Salah leads a dangerous Chelsea counter-attack which eventually ends with Oscar's low drive from just outside the box deflected wide of Williams' goal.
55min: James Meredith's low cross into the area eventually finds Morais over by the far side of the box and Portuguese winger's drive has to be tipped over by Cech.
54min: Hanson mets Morais' outswinging corner but the striker's powerful header is held by Cech.
49min: Halliday latches onto the ball around 25 yards out but his rising drive sails over Cech's bar.
48min: Salah flicks the ball into Remy's path but the Frenchman's looping effort on the half-volley from around twelve yards out drops over the far corner of Williams' goal.
46min: The Bantams restart the tie.
HT: Chelsea 2 Bradford City 1
45min: There will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
41min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Chelsea 2 Bradford City 1 - The Bantams are back in it! Morais' deep free-kick from wide is rescued over by the far side by Billy Knott and the midfielder pulls the ball back for Stead, who rifles a fine left-footed finish into the top corner from around twelve yards out. 
38min: GOAL - Chelsea 2 Bradford City 0 - After dispossessing Morais, Ramires leads a dangerous Chelsea counter-attack. Ramires plays a one-two with Salah before slotting the ball past Williams via the inside of the post from around ten yards out. 
37min: Morais' free-kick delivery from wide is met by the head of McArdle but the defender's effort isn't the most powerful and Cech can gather with relative ease.
30min: Halliday gets himself into a crossing opportunity but his centre across the box is too far in front for Jon Stead.
26min: A deflected pass from Drogba looks to have played Remy in with a clear sight of City's goal but a recovering Davies gets back to assert just enough pressure on the French forward and his eventual shot is scuffed straight to Williams.
24min: Drogba turns away from the attentions of Darby and Andy Halliday before curling in a strike from just inside the box that Williams does brilliantly to tip around the post.
23min: YELLOW CARD - Rory McArdle is booked for catching Drogba late around the halfway line.
23min: Drogba tries an ambitious effort on the half-volley just inside City's half but Williams is watchful and gathers easily.
22min: GOAL - Chelsea 1 Bradford City 0 - The Premier League table-toppers take the lead from the resulting corner when Cahill is on hand to flick Oscar's near post delivery past Williams from close range.
21min: YELLOW CARD - Liddle is booked for trying to bring Oscar down as Chelsea break forward. The Brazilian eventually looks to play Cesar Azpilicueta in behind City's defences but Darby is alert and puts the ball behind for a corner.
20min: Arriving on the ball after attempting a one-two with Drogba, Oscar gets a strike in just outside the area but the low angled drive rolls wide of Williams' far post.
17min: Loic Remy moves past Stephen Darby but the French striker's left-footed angle drive from around ten yards out is held low to his right by Ben Williams.
14min: What a save from Petr Cech to deny Davies from the resulting corner! Morais' delivery is met by a thumping header from the City central defender but the effort is kept out by a tremendous reaction save from the Czech shot-stopper!
13min: Filipe Morais' free-kick from just inside's Chelsea half is met by Kurt Zouma ahead of Andrew Davies but the French defender's header only drops out into the path of the lurking Gary Liddle. The midfielder, who is positioned a couple of yards outside the area, fires for goal with menace and his fierce half-volley has to be turned over by the head of Gary Cahill.
8min: Mohamed Salah keeps the ball in play by the near byline and tees the ball back for Didier Drogba but the Ivorian forward strikes high and wide with a first time effort on the half volley from around twelve yards out.
0min: Chelsea kick off the tie. The Bantams will defend the goal housing their six thousand vocal supporters in the first half.

Cech, Christensen, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Ramires, Salah, Oscar, Remy, Drogba

Subs: Courtois, Fabregas, Ake, Hazard, Willian, Terry, Loftus-Cheek

Chelsea changes:
Willan for Salah (70), Fabregas for Mikel (70), Hazard for Remy (76)

Williams, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Liddle, Morais, Halliday, Knott, Hanson, Stead

Subs: Urwin, Sheehan, Clarke, Zoko, Yeates, Kennedy, Routis

Bradford City cautions:
Liddle (21), McArdle (23), Halliday (75), Clarke (90+1)

Bradford City changes:
Yeates for Knott (80), Routis for Halliday (87), Clarke for Morais (89)

Referee: A Marriner
Assistant Referee: R Ganfield
Assistant Referee: M McDonough
Fourth Official: M Russell

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