Parky delighted to earn replay

Phil Parkinson: Delighted Bradford earned cup replay

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Bradford's players will have to miss their Christmas party, but manager Phil Parkinson was delighted to see the Bantams earn an FA Cup replay.

The Bantams came from behind to earn an FA Cup second-round replay at League One promotion contenders Brentford.

City went behind in the 42nd minute when the Bees' Bradford-born leading scorer Clayton Donaldson gave the visitors the lead before James Hanson fired in an equaliser after 70 minutes.

The replay on Tuesday, December 18 means the Christmas party has been cancelled and Parkinson said: "The players will be disappointed that the Christmas party is off, but a few years ago I was out of work at Christmas time. I missed the football - it is great to be involved at this time of the year."

Bradford are still involved in all three cup competitions, including a home Capital One Cup quarter-final against Arsenal on December 11, and Parkinson said: "Not many clubs have got as an exciting month ahead as we have.

"We wanted to win the game and we tried everything to win it. Winning is the best outcome, but a replay is second best, we are pleased to be in the third-round draw and we will see if the club chairmen will allow us to fly down for the replay."

The Bantams face a gruelling spell in December with eight league and cup games in 25 days and Parkinson added: "The board have got to do everything we can to get the best out of these players. Our sports scientist will be very important in helping us through."