Date: 9th December 2015 at 8:15am
Written by:

Hopes were high that Bradford could land a Premier League side in round three of the FA Cup but it wasn’t to be on this occasion with the Bantams paired with League 1 rivals Bury, which Rory McArdle admitted being ‘a little bit disappointed’ by but he’s pointed to last season and what happened!

Bradford drew Millwall in round three a year ago, that win was followed by wins over Chelsea and Sunderland so McArdle feels Bury could (if that ties won of course) see history repeat itself.

As he told the Telegraph & Argus you’ve ‘got to be in it to win it’ and seeing off the Shakers is his first aim.

‘We were a little bit disappointed not to get one of the big clubs from the Premier League but remember Millwall in the third round a year ago. We thought that was a bad draw but then it worked out brilliantly in the end. We got through that and suddenly you`re drawn away to Chelsea and then playing Sunderland.

‘You’ve got to be in it to win it and we’re in there again.’

On a personal level the defender scored in the two-one win in the league in October so a repeat of that wouldn’t go amiss whereas Bradford boss Phil Parkinson began his career at Gigg Lane so he’ll definitely have fond memories of the club he spent four-years with before moving onto Reading.

McArdle’s enjoyed helping Bradford play their part in a number of upsets in the cup over the years with him looking for more of this again this season.

Bury’s (not by any stretch of the imagination) going to be an easy tie, and as much as the league is the ‘bread and butter’ and the main priority he’s keen on another cup run, adding.

‘Generally when you get to this stage of the FA Cup, we’re the underdogs. With the headlines we’ve had over the years, teams will probably try to put one over us. If it means they raise their games a little bit more that shouldn’t bother us. We’re used to it now because we’ve got that experience of the big cup games.

‘We learn from it and having got to the third round now, we don’t want to waste it. The league’s our bread and butter but it’s always nice to have a cup run.’


Join The Vital Debate