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Lineker defends BBC decision not to show Bradford FA Cup tie live on TV

Gary Lineker claims the BBC would have screened Bradford's FA Cup fifth-round clash if their opponents had been known when the TV picks were made, before the fourth-round replays.

The BBC was criticised for overlooking the League One club after their giant-killing of Chelsea. Of the eight fifth-round ties played this weekend, Bradford's was one of three not shown live by either the BBC or BT Sport.

The Bantams made the broadcasters regret their decision by beating Sunderland 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 1976.

Sunderland had needed a replay to get past Fulham in the fourth round and Lineker claimed on Twitter that that was a key factor in the BBC picking Aston Villa's clash with Leicester and Man Utd's trip to Preston on Monday night instead.

Parkinson: Given a chance we can beat anyone

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson has praised his team's cup exploits after they beat Premiership opposition Sunderland 2-0 at Valley Parade.

Parkinson: Given a chance we can beat anyone

Parkinson said his players' commitment and pride in the shirt was key to their success.

"We can't win every game but every time we play we give it everything we've got and the supporters and the people of Bradford have responded to that." "Nobody expected us to beat Chelsea but we did that, and today was a bonus. Now the excitement intensifies because we're one game away from Wembley."

"I'd like a home draw, because the way the atmosphere was today I would love to sample that again for the players and the people of Bradford. But, at this stage, any draw is a good draw really."

The Bantams will find out tomorrow who they play in the next round and Parkinson said he would prefer a home tie.

"If we're given a chance we can beat anyone and I think we've proved that. All I can say to our supporters is that whoever we draw we'll give it everything we've got. We'll play in the way we do, in a positive fashion and look to attack at every opportunity."


Poyet: I know what this means to Bradford fans

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has congratulated Bradford City for their FA Cup win over his Black Cats side.

Poyet: I know what this means to Bradford fans

He said his team tried their best and that it was a great cup tie. The former Spurs midfielder said he has no regrets.

"This is why the cup is the best competition in the world. I know what it means to Bradford fans."

Goal: Bradford 2 - 0 Sunderland


Team news: Bradford City v Sunderland

Bantams get philosophical ahead of FA Cup clash

Bradford City have taken one of life's great philosophical questions and turned it on its head.

For years the great minds have pondered "Why?" - but today, Bantams fans are asking "Why not?" as they face up to Premier League side Sunderland.

Bradford miraculously came from 2-0 down at Stamford Bridge to beat Chelsea 4-2 in the last round.

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