Bradford City players will have to miss their Christmas party, but manager Phil Parkinson was delighted to see the Bantams come from behind to earn an FA Cup second-round replay at League One promotion contenders Brentford on Tuesday, December 18.
The replay 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 domestic cup competitions, including a home Capital One Cup quarter-final against Arsenal on Tuesday, December 11, and Parkinson said: "Not many clubs have got as an exciting month ahead as we have."
He went on: "We wanted to win the game tonight 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."
City went behind in the 42nd minute when Brentford's Bradford-born leading scorer Clayton Donaldson gave the visitors the lead before James Hanson fired in an equaliser after 70 minutes.
Parkinson said: "I thought we played well in the first half although the slippery conditions were difficult for both teams. Their goal was against the run of play.
"We then missed our way slightly but the substitutions gave us an extra bit of quality. At that stage we needed two goals to win the match and we nearly got them. Nahki Wells had two really good chances and on another day one of those goes in and we would be talking about a really good victory."
Brentford manager Uwe Rosler said: "Bradford started the game very well and gave us problems with James Hanson up front and we switched to 4-4-2.
"We went in front and in the second half we controlled the game until Phil Parkinson made three great substitutions.
"They gained momentum from that and got the goal. Overall it was a fair result and well done to Bradford. I am not unhappy and we kept our unbeaten run going - now nine games unbeaten."
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