Bradford star hopes to meet Sunderland – so he can come up against familiar faces

SUNDERLAND HOPE ... Andrew Davies, right.
SUNDERLAND HOPE ... Andrew Davies, right.

BRADFORD City defender Andrew Davies is hoping Sunderland set up a fifth round encounter between the clubs so he can come up against two former team-mates.

Should the Black Cats win at Fulham in a replay next Tuesday, they will travel to Valley Parade in the fifth round of the competition.

Bradford reached that stage with their incredible 4-2 win at Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday, and the League One side are on their second remarkable cup run in three seasons.

In 2013, they reached the final of the League Cup, beating the likes of Arsenal and Aston Villa along the way, and that has given them added confidence, says Davies, who now wants to claim another Premier League scalp.

He told the Telegraph and Argus: “I’d like Sunderland because I’ve got friends who play for them.

“Adam Johnson was obviously at Middlesbrough with me and Danny Graham, so it would be good to get them.

“It’s nice to be at home and get as many fans as possible in the stadium. I don’t think many teams will want to come here, especially if it’s full.

“If we do play Sunderland, they are going to bring a lot of fans and if we can get 15,000 or more it’s going to be a great atmosphere.

“We’ve proved a couple of years ago that we can beat anyone at Valley Parade in the cup and that Chelsea game has opened everyone eyes to how good we can be this season.”

Meanwhile, Bradford manager Phil Parkinson was also happy with the draw.

He said: “I think it’s a good draw for us all round. I’m happy to be at home and either Sunderland or Fulham will be a terrific cup tie

“We’ve had two trips down to London and enjoyed them but I’m pleased to have a home game now. There were some lot less attractive draws in there.”