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Bradford stun Chelsea with FA win
24 Jan 2015 21:09
Chelsea 2-4 Bradford
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Bradford brilliantly responded from two goals down to win 4-2 at Chelsea and dump the Premier League leaders out of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.
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League One City, who were 2-0 down after 38 minutes, claimed the biggest scalp of their recent giant-killing exploits to advance to the fifth round and end Chelsea's hopes of challenging for an unprecedented quadruple.
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Chelsea reject Filipe Morais levelled the fourth-round tie with 15 minutes to go before Jon Stead, the scorer of City's first, teed up Andy Halliday for the winner eight minutes from time.
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And substitute Mark Yeates, a former Ireland Under-21 international, tucked in a stoppage-time fourth to inflict the Blues' first home loss this season and spark jubilant celebrations from Phil Parkinson's visitors.
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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said it would be a "disgrace" if his side exited the competition to the League One Bantams, who beat Arsenal and Aston Villa en route to the 2013 League Cup final, where they were beaten by Swansea.
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But Mourinho's men were distinctly second best and not even the introduction of Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Willian off the substitutes' bench could rescue the tie.
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It was the first time Chelsea have lost to lower-league opposition at home since 1995 against Millwall.
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Chelsea made nine changes with Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool in mind, but still fielded a team full of talent worth an estimated £98million. The fees for Bradford's starting XI totalled £7,500.
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The Blues must now regroup for their midweek clash with the Reds and next Saturday's Premier League showdown with Manchester City.
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