Cup not the only goal for Knott


Published: Monday 16th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Bradford midfielder Billy Knott is prepared to put his Wembley dream on hold to boost the Bantams’ hopes of promotion to the Championship next season.

Knott starred against his former club Sunderland as goals from Billy Clarke and Jon Stead moved the League One underdogs within one more win of an FA Cup semi-final.

But the 22-year-old admitted celebrations at the club’s second consecutive giant-killing in the competition would be cut short by preparations for Wednesday night’s league visit to Leyton Orient.

Knott said: “It is everybody’s dream to play at Wembley and we’ll work hard like we do in every game to make that happen.

“If you don’t go into every game thinking you can win there’s something wrong. We’ve had a great Cup run but more important is Wednesday night and climbing the league.”

And Bantams boss Phil Parkinson acknowledged his main task in the build-up to the quarter-finals will be keeping his side’s hopes of muscling into the League One play-off zone intact.

Three games undefeated in the wake of the famous fourth round win over Chelsea suggested his side has what it takes to shut knockout glory out of their minds and focus on league success.

Parkinson said: “It’s going to take playing down over the next few weeks. We travel to Leyton Orient on Wednesday and we have got to make sure we focus on the league games.

“But it is great for everybody connected to the club. We are enjoying every minute and it is great to have the name of Bradford City on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

“I think if we get our approach right we have a chance against anybody. It is about doing the right things in the right areas and keeping the honesty in our performances.”

Meanwhile Sunderland boss Gus Poyet will have plenty to ponder this week after his side’s embarrassing defeat at the hands of the League One outfit.

Poyet is showing all the signs of a manager under serious pressure and will have to face the backlash from a bizarre post-match press conference in which he singled the media out for blame.

The Uruguayan bridled at a series of relatively innocuous questions – even responding to a query about the absence of Jermain Defoe by saying: “You need to know too many things and we try not to give you too much information.”

He went on to stress he had “no regrets” over the manner of his side’s performance, adding: “Everybody put their best effort and their best ability to play under the circumstances.”

The massed ranks of away supporters begged to differ and made their feelings abundantly clear to Poyet, who went on to dismiss the suggestion that the defeat represented the lowest moment of his Sunderland career.

Poyet snapped: “I was bottom (of the table) for eight months last year so I think you need to check your notes.”

Published: Monday 16th February 2015 by The News Editor

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