Date: 25th January 2015 at 6:33pm
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What was it Jose Mourinho said going into Bradford’s FA Cup meeting with Chelsea on Saturday? Defeat for his side against us would ‘be a disgrace!’

In fairness to Mourinho, who despite what I said about him at times, he showed plenty of class in defeat because as much as he backed up his pre-match thoughts with post-match rationale to what he meant and as Phil Parkinson revealed to the media after the game he came into our dressing room and shock every member of our squad by the hand to congratulate us on our incredible four-two win at Stamford Bridge.

Even with us four-two up, deep into injury-time and the game effectively over, it might have been seen that Parkinson brushed aside Mourinho when he attempted to shake his hand so he (as is his custom) could make his getaway down the tunnel before the final whistle….

Parkinson insisted that he meant no offence by refusing the handshake he was merely focused on seeing the game out with his class shown with the gesture, as mentioned above, shown later.

He said: ‘At that point there was three and a half minutes left. I wasn’t getting drawn into that. Two goal leads are great, but they can be quickly reduced. We just wanted to stay focused on the result until the whistle went.

‘If Chelsea had got one back, even at that late stage, with the world-class players they had on the pitch, they could easily have got a second.

‘We wanted to concentrate on what we had to do and see the game through. I was just focused on getting the team right and making sure the lads weren’t getting carried away.

‘I don’t think he meant to be disrespectful. He came into the dressing room afterwards and shook everyone’s hand. That was a real touch of class.’

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