Bradford City and Reading will meet again for a place in the FA Cup semi-finals as the two sides could not be separated in a tense affair at The Coral Windows Stadium on Saturday. Both teams came close to taking the lead in the first half but were denied by the woodwork. In the 28th minute, Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak found some room and hit the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.
Phil Parkinson’s charges also hit the upright in the 36th minute, after a cross from the left wing was looped in by Gary Liddle into the penalty area, evading Adam Federici and hitting the frame. The first half ended goalless at Valley Parade. The Bantams, who knocked out Premier League Chelsea and Sunderland in a remarkable run to the quarter-finals, came back in the second half and immediately dominated possession.
Their efforts were almost rewarded in the 70th minute when Jon Stead picked up the ball down the inside right and pulled it back for James Hanson, who was forced to stretch every sinew to hook the ball inches wide of the right upright. Oliver Norwood’s curling free-kick from the left found Pogrebnyak who headed at the far post, in an attempt that could have possibly won the match for The Royals. Referee Neil Swarbrick drew proceedings to a goalless close and the two sides will now have to meet again for a replay at the Madejski Stadium.
They will both be in the hat for the final four draw and one of them will be going to Wembley. The FA Cup semi-final draw will take place at Old Trafford on Monday evening, immediately after the Sixth Round tie between Manchester United and Arsenal.