Meredith's giant killers hunt another FA Cup scalp

Aussie James Meredith says his Bradford City team will be the underdogs when they take on fellow Australian Adam Federici and Championship club Reading in the FA Cup quarter-final.

Bradford City and Reading meet at Valley Parade this Saturday.

The Bantams have reached the quarter-final stage after sensational upsets against Premier League opponents.

“It should be a good game,” Meredith told FourFourTwo.

“Even though we’ve beat Chelsea and Sunderland I still think we’re the underdogs, I don’t think we’re the favourites. They’re a strong and pacey team as well.

“I know they’re league form hasn’t been very good but I think they’ll be really up for this game. I think it’ll be a really good, competitive match.”

Bradford City defeated Chelsea 4-2 in the fourth round of the Cup, coming back from a 2-0 deficit, before backing it up with a 2-0 win over Sunderland in the fifth round.

Meredith said the Chelsea victory remains one of the highlights of his career.

“I think it got voted by Sky Sports as the biggest upset ever,” he said.

“It was really a fantastic win, especially coming down from 2-0. To get back in the game and put four past them on their own turf, it was really good for the fans and everyone.

“It gave us the confidence and the belief to go out and give a good performance against Sunderland, and hopefully we can do the same on Saturday.”

The Melbourne raised left back will come up against Socceroo goalkeeper Federici on the weekend.

The 30-year has been a consistent presence between the posts for the Royals in 2014-2015.

“I don’t know him personally, obviously I know of him because he’s had a good career over here,” Meredith said.

“He’s well known and he’s another Aussie – you always look out for the other Aussies playing in England. Hopefully we can put a few past him. I’ll just to do my best Saturday and try and get the win.”

Bradford City is currently in eighth position in League One on 48 points, one point behind sixth-placed Doncaster with 48. Reading is in 18th place in the division above and has not won in its past three matches.

Meredith has made 36 appearances in all competitions this season, winning his spot back in defence after a disrupted period last year.

“I was in and out of the team at the start of the term, mainly out,” he said.

“Then I managed to work my way back in and put in some good performances, some consistent performances and build up a good run of games. My health and my fitness have been very good.

“The last two seasons I haven’t managed to stay fit the whole season, so this season touch-wood, hopefully, I’ll go the distance like any professional should really.

“Hopefully we can achieve a few things like we did a couple of years ago when we were in the League Cup final and when we got promoted.

“I feel like this season, we’ve got a good, strong set of lads and we should be able to achieve something.”

The 26-year was a part of the Bradford City squad that got promoted into League One in 2013 and reached the Capital One Cup final.

Meredith said that past experience has been useful in the current campaign, as they push for another Cup final and further promotion.

“We’ve got the same back four as we did in League Two,” he said.

“We all know how we play and we work well together. And we’ve brought in a lot of players, a lot of good flair players.

“They’ve got a lot experience and quality, players like Jon Stead as well, and they’ve played a big part in the team.”