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Bradford City are all set for a money spinning FA Cup 4th round tie at Chelsea after thrashing Millwall at Valley Parade last night. It was a feisty encounter from the first whistle and after just 6 minutes Millwall were reduced to 10 men - Lee Beevers dismissed for a foul on James Hanson. And just 2 minutes later Hanson headed Bradford into the lead. Jon Stead scrambled in the second, before Andy Halliday made it 3 nil before half time. Despite the freezing conditions temperatures were running high and following this rash challenge Bradford manager Phil Parkinson was sent to the stands. Just the one goal after the break - Billy Knott firing in, but Bradford had already done enough to ensure a visit to the Premier League leaders.
Bradford produced another night to remember at Valley Parade and booked a coveted trip to Chelsea by sending 10-man Sky Bet Championship strugglers Millwall spinning to a 4-0 FA Cup third-round replay defeat.
West Yorkshire club Bradford defied the odds to reach the Capital One Cup final two years ago with famous wins against Arsenal and Aston Villa along the way and in their latest cup outing they swept aside the Londoners, who never recovered from the early dismissal of defender Mark Beevers.
Ian Holloway's side were reduced to 10 men in the sixth minute, found themselves 3-0 down at half-time following goals from James Hanson, Jon Stead and Andy Halliday and conceded a fourth when Billy Knott struck early in the second period.
Nobody among the 11,859 crowd was allowed to catch breath in a frenetic opening 45 minutes, which also saw both Bradford manager Phil Parkinson and assistant Steve Parkin sent to the stands for their part in a mass melee.
Beevers was shown a straight card by referee James Adcock for hauling down Bradford striker Hanson, who would otherwise have been clean through on goal as he ran on to defender Rory McArdle's excellent pass.
Millwall were made to pay within two minutes. McArdle flicked on Halliday's corner and Hanson headed home at the far post into the top corner.
The Londoners were dealt another hammer blow with the first half barely 17 minutes old. Bradford winger Filipe Morais swung over a free-kick from the left and Stead pounced on fit-again Andrew Davies' knockdown to side-foot a low left-footed shot beyond Millwall goalkeeper David Forde.
Forde was lucky not to follow Beevers down the tunnel soon after when the game threatened to combust.
Millwall defender Alan Dunne's full-blooded challenge sent Hanson clattering into the advertising boards and triggered a furious exchange between players from both sides, with Forde, who had charged from his area, Parkinson and Parkin all in the thick of it.
Dunne, Forde and Bradford midfielder Billy Knott were all booked for their part, while referee Adcock promptly marched to the home dugout and ordered Parkinson and Parkin to the stands.
Bradford delivered the knockout punch following a sweeping move in the 39th minute when Knott sent Morais clear down the right and Halliday slammed home the Portuguese's fine cross at the far post.
Bradford went straight on the offensive after the break and added to their tally through Knott, who forced the ball home from close range after defender James Meredith's shot had been blocked.
Home substitute Francois Zoko hit the post with a left-footed effort in the 73rd minute and Bradford fans sang 'Bring on the Chelsea'.
For Millwall, third bottom in the table with two wins now from 22 matches in all competitions, it was a night to forget in a wretched season.
Substitute Magaye Gueye's bobbling 86th-minute shot was their first effort on target all evening and it was all a far cry from their own memorable FA Cup run two years ago when they reached the semi-finals.
The West Yorkshire derby between Halifax Town and Bradford City sees the semi-pros from the Conference take on a League One side who played a Cup Final at Wembley only a couple of seasons ago.
Throw in more than a dash of local rivalry, and it has all the makings of a classic, as John Shires reports:
Halifax defender Simon Ainge is looking forward to today's FA Cup clash with Bradford even more than most.
Ainge started his career with the Bantams and described the moment he found out about the draw to our sports reporter Chris Dawkes.
Phil Parkinson is hoping that Halifax Town don't 'do a Bradford City' as his Bantams take on the Shaymen this afternoon.
Being the underdog has brought the best out of Bradford in recent seasons, with Parkinson famously guiding the Bantams to a famous League Cup final appearance back in 2013 as well as a victory over fellow West Yorkshire rivals Leeds earlier this year.
And Parkinson hopes that his side's cup experience will give his side the edge at the Shay today.
Halifax manager Neil Aspin believes that his side are unfazed ahead of their highly anticipated FA Cup clash with West Yorkshire rivals Bradford.
It's the first time the Shaymen and the Bantams have met in the competition and Aspin says that his side are concentrating on getting a result as well as the occasion.
Fans got a close up look at the famous old trophy at the Shay earlier, ahead of Sunday's first round clash between Conference side Halifax Town and their West Yorkshire rivals Bradford City.
A full house is expected for the first ever meeting between the two sides in the Cup.
Danny Wilson makes his return to Bramall Lane as Barnsley boss, 18 months after being sacked as Blades manager.
United are on a high after coming through a tough Capital One tie against MK Dons in midweek.
Elsewhere, Doncaster travel to Bradford and will be hoping to move away from the bottom four.
Chris Dawkes has the build-up:
A man was sent to hospital hospital after being punched in the face following Bradford City's home game against Sheffield United.
Police are appealing for information after the 44-year old was knocked oto the floor and suffered injuries to his jaw.
The attack happened on Midland Road in the centre of Bradford, at about 6.45pm.
This appears to be a totally unprovoked attack on a man who was walking home from the match with his two sons.