Chelsea 2 Bradford 4: We’re on wrong side of miracle, says Petr Cech

Petr Cech accepts Bradford City deserved to progress to next round

Petr Cech admitted Chelsea were on the wrong side of a miracle after the Blues crashed out of the FA Cup following a surprise defeat by Bradford City.

The League One side were 2-0 down inside 38 minutes after first-half strikes from defender Gary Cahill and Brazil international Ramires at Stamford Bridge.

However, Bradford striker Jon Stead halved the deficit in the 41st minute before Felipe Morais netted an equaliser with a quarter-of-an-hour to play.

Former Blackburn Rovers striker Stead edged the visitors ahead and Andy Halliday sealed their fourth-round upset with eight minutes to play in west London.

Cech, who started ahead of first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, accepted Bradford’s shock win was part of the beauty of the FA Cup.

“I thought once we went 2-0 up we had a big advantage but it was a tricky one because we actually scored from almost nothing and they had chances before,” Cech told BBC Sport.

“We knew it would be difficult and as soon as they scored the equaliser we lost control of what we wanted to do. Today they were much more enthusiastic about the game.

“It was a Black Saturday for the Premier League teams. Every year you can see this kind of result in the FA Cup. That is why I always say it is special. It is just unfortunate that today, for the first time, I was on the wrong side of this miracle. Credit to Bradford, they scored four great goals and deserved to go through.”

Chelsea, who are five points clear at the top of the Premier League, face Liverpool in the second leg of their Capital One Cup final at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

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