Parkinson pleased with display

Phil Parkinson had no complaints after a much-changed Bradford bowed out of the FA Cup with a 4-2 replay defeat at Brentford.

Last Updated: 19/12/12 at 10:33

Parkinson: Happy despite cup exit

Parkinson: Happy despite cup exit

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Parkinson's side lost for the first time in 11 cup matches this season, but it took extra time and some of the Bees' big guns to sink Arsenal's Capital One Cup conquerors and earn a place in the third round.

The League One outfit twice came from behind to clinch a game that neither team really wanted. The Londoners will feel justice was done following the Bantams' shock reprieve by the FA after being expelled from the competition and then reinstated.

The West Yorkshire club had fielded ineligible defender Curtis Good, on loan from Newcastle, in the initial tie, which had ended 1-1.

The Bradford manager, who admitted he was surprised by the FA's decision to reinstate his side, said: "We made major changes to the line-up and gave some of our returning players a chance to gain important match fitness.

"Obviously recent events overshadowed the game in more ways than one, but I was absolutely delighted with the performance put in by the side, especially when you consider we made nine changes to Saturday."

Winger Kyel Reid, back from a long-term groin injury, put the visitors ahead in the 34th minute before on-loan Fulham striker Marcello Trotter equalised from the penalty spot for Brentford on the stroke of half-time.

The two teams were then inseparable until Alan Connell converted a 94th-minute penalty to put the visitors back in front, but the Bees struck three times in four minutes with Trotter equalising for a second time and Clayton Donaldson and Harry Forrester both on target.

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