STUART McCall has ordered City not to let their FA Cup embarrassment throw them off the promotion trail.

The Bantams crashed out in the third round at Yeovil, the lowest-ranked side left in the competition.

It cost them a potential windfall from tonight's draw but McCall insists it cannot be allowed to impact on their push to go up from League One.

He said: "We can't get derailed by what's happened. Yeovil wanted it more, which is a horrible thing to say. Hopefully I won't be repeating that between now and the end of the season.

"But it happens and I've been in good teams where they've had days like this. It's not an excuse but sometimes you get these games and we can't let it put us off.

"We had two or three last season, like Accrington at home, Shrewsbury away. But we always bounced back and I expect us to do that again."

Luke Hendrie is set to sign for Shrewsbury today after City could not strike a deal with Burnley for the on-loan defender, who made 18 appearances.

He had been due to play at Huish Park and his late absence meant McCall could name only six substitutes.

The City boss said: "We're really disappointed as a staff and players. He's shown what a good lad he is in the dressing room and in the training. Luke epitomises what you would like to have at the club.

"He was in the team on Friday and travelled down with us. He had to say his farewells at the hotel because the club couldn't agree a deal with Burnley or the player. He's absolutely gutted.

"But I believe he will be joining another team in our division and it is what it is."

Yeovil, 20th in League Two, are 39 places below the Bantams but bossed the game. Most of the 465 travelling fans had left before the final whistle after two second-half goals.

McCall said: "We were so fortunate to still be in the cup at half-time. We had a second chance.

"We had taken the rollicking on board and were showing a bit more. Then we get done by two breakaway goals.

"There's nobody hurting more than the players and staff at that result and performance.

"We know we lost battles. If you lose more than three or four, you'll lose the game – and I think we lost nearly every single one.

"It was a potential 'banana skin' and it was up to us for it not to happen. We were hugely disappointing.

"We had two left backs out, two right backs out, Nat (Knight-Percival), Killa (Matt Kilgallon) goes off at half-time and the two goalies are missing as well. Defensively we were down to bare bones. That's a fact, not an excuse.

"We had enough players to do better. But it could act as a slap in the face, as it did when we had poor games last season."

Winger Alex Gilliead admitted it will be "a long week" before the Bantams return to league action against Northampton on Saturday.

He said: "You come up against teams from lower leagues in the FA Cup and it's who wants it more. They were more at it in most positions.

"But we can't let it get to us too much. We've got some big games coming up in the league and have to keep firing."

Kilgallon was forced off after taking a whack on the shin and ankle. City will wait for the swelling and bruising to go down before assessing the damage.