Bradford chairman has no fear of Sunderland or Fulham

Jon Stead celebrates at Chelsea
Jon Stead celebrates at Chelsea

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

Tonight’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 Manchester United, a home clash will be welcomed and Lawn is of the opinion that 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. “They won’t want to come down here and get this lot (the fans) bouncing. I don’t think Sunderland or Fulham will want to come to Valley Parade.”

City’s 4-2 win at Chelsea - having been 2-0 down to the Premier League leaders - is already one of the cup’s greatest upsets and another feather in the cap of manager Phil Parkinson.

The former Charlton boss oversaw Bradford’s run to the League Cup final in 2013 and earlier this season took the scalp of Leeds in the same competition.

Lawn, though, is confident that his man will stay at the helm despite the interest he is likely to generate.

“He’s got 18 months left to run and we don’t want him to go anywhere,” he added. “I think he’s a bit rubbish, so all the other teams, keep your hands off!”

City last faced Sunderland back in December, 2003, when they lost 3-0 with a side containing the likes of Wayne Jacobs and Dean Windass.