Friend of the blog Dan Levene summed up perfectly today's FA Cup third round replay between Bradford City and Millwall early on in the first half: "Time to put away your copies of The Football Factory, guys. Millwall a man down and a goal down after nine mins." Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson was also sent to the stands, but it got worse only for Millwall as the home team piled on three more goals, one of which was assisted by former Chelsea youth prospect Filipe Morais.
But the Chelsea connection many had hoped to see was a derby day against Millwall in the FA Cup, a tie not seen since 1995. Alas, that shall not pass. Too bad; Millwall have just two wins in all competitions since the start of September.
Instead, we get League One Bradford City, who are currently fifth in England's third tier. On paper, they are still one of the easiest teams left in the competition; hopefully that will result in opportunities given to some of our promising youngsters when we contest this tie ten days from now, in-between the two legs of the League Cup semifinal against Liverpool.
Kick-off will be at 3pm on Saturday, the 24th, but there will be no live television coverage.