Sunderland will see familiar faces if they beat Fulham to earn Bradford trip


SUNDERLAND will face several familiar faces in the FA Cup, if they progress in their fourth round replay against Fulham.

The Black Cats were tonight drawn away at League One Bradford City in the fifth round of the cup, should they successfully navigate next week’s replay at Championship Fulham.

Bradford caused the biggest upset of the fourth round when they came from 2-0 down to win at Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday – a result which Jose Mourinho described as the most embarrassing of his career.

But the tie – to be held on the weekend of February 14-15 – would also pit Sunderland against a couple of their old boys.

Former Sunderland striker Jon Stead, who scored Bradford’s first goal at Stamford Bridge, will renew acquaintances with the Black Cats after a miserable 18-month spell at the Stadium of Light where he scored just two goals.

Ex-Sunderland youngster Billy Knott is also a key member of the Bradford side after joining the Bantams on a free transfer during the summer.

But promising Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford will not be able to face his parent club, despite joining Bradford on a season-long loan last summer.

Pickford is not eligible for the cup competitions, with Sunderland boasting a 24-hour recall clause on the 20-year-old.