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8 January 2013
• Coral Windows Stadium, Bradford, West Yorkshire
Referee: H. Webb
• Attendance: 22245
N. Wells 19'
R. McArdle 77'
C. McHugh 88'
A. Weimann 82'
90' + 5'
FULL-TIME: Bradford 3-1 Aston Villa - A truly remarkable story here at Valley Parade as Phil Parkinson's West Yorkshire outfit take a two-goal lead to Villa Park for the second leg of this Capital One Cup semi-final. A first-half goal from Nakhi Wells got the ball rolling and having weathered a heavy storm from the visitors, they found a second through Rory McArdle's bullet header. Andreas Weimann pulled what looked to be a crucial away goal back for Paul Lambert's side but against all the odds Carl McHugh buried another superb header in the dying minutes to show the quarter-final win over Arsenal last time out was no fluke. A memorable night all round for everyone associated with Bradford City Football Club. For Villa and Paul Lambert, this was the worst possible outcome after a torrid run of league form.
90' + 4'
And they almost do grab another as Jones rifled effort deflects just wide of Given's left-hand post. This is fairytale stuff from Bradford, who have fully deserved this advantage.
90' + 1'
The Bantams are still looking for more on the counter with Villa heads visibly dropping here at Valley Parade. Phil Parkinson's men are nearly there now.
Yellow Card Carl McHugh
Assist Gary Jones
Goal Carl McHugh
Villa go in search of another to level the tie but need to be wary of the counter attacking threat posed by the home side.
Goal Andreas Weimann
Bradford pegging Villa back as they look to grab a third, and almost do, when Hanson stoops to meet a right-wing centre, but sees his superb header come crashing off the bar. Desperately unlucky for the Bantams.
Yellow Card Fabian Delph
Assist Gary Jones
Goal Rory McArdle
Bradford trying desperately to get back into the game but are still withstanding the relentless Villa pressure.
Phil Parkinson will be so proud of his men, who are hanging on manfully here but seem prone to the long ball into Benteke. They are just over 15 minutes plus stoppage time away from another massive scalp.
An absolutely astonishing miss from Bent, and somehow Bradford are still ahead. After N'Zogbia's daisycutter proves too hot to handle for Duke, Bent followed up with what appeared to be a routine header into the back of the net but inexplicably heads over with the goal seemingly at his mercy.
Andy Weimann almost finds the leveller as he gets on the end of a ricochet - albeit in an offside position - and watches on agonisingly as Duke's punt rebounds off him and out for a goal kick.
Villa still hunting for a breakthrough but cannot get through a resilient rearguard of Bradford. They're holding on for dear life, the Bantams.
Yellow Card Charles N'Zogbia
Bradford are searching for an outlet up front every time they get the ball as Villa pour forward, but it is unable to stick. Wells is given offside with Villa fans, who presumably thought Bradford's goal was offside too, making ironic jeers at the officials.
Darren Bent is introduced for Agbonlahor as Lambert goes in search of the equaliser but it is Bradford that create the next chance as Hanson swings at Hines' cross but cannot divert it goalwards.
Villa have really begun to dominate proceedings now, with Bradford unable to get the ball back in their possession. N'Zogbia lifts a teasing cross across the face of goal but to no avail.
Bradford are having to weather a storm at the start of the second half here and Duke is once again the saviour as he makes a stunning stop to deny Agbonlahor with a low stop. The former Hull stopper is keeping his side in this right now.
You get the impression Lambert has got into his men at the break as they have started the second half impressively. Benteke's flick-on leads to problems in the home side's backline but Duke eventually managed to clear for a corner. But Duke's best contribution would come moments later as he somehow clawed Benteke's diving header off the line to rescue his side.
Aston Villa get us back underway here.
HALF TIME: Bradford 1-0 Aston Villa - Nakhi Wells' assured strike seperates the sides at the break, with the Bantams on the cusp of a second successive cupset against a Premier League side. They have been well worth their lead here, with Zavon Hines a constant thorn in the away side's defence. Villa have had a few chances through Charles N'Zogbia and Christian Benteke, but have been largely wasteful.
You would normally say this is astonishing, but after the Bantams performance against Arsenal in the last round, nothing should really surprise you. Hanson again goes close but his header from the superb Hines' cross is down into the ground and bounces over.
The home side, in contrast to Villa, do not want the break to come. They sense fear in the away side's rearguard and Hines once again fires an effort in on goal after jinking his way inside.
Paul Lambert will be focusing on set pieces in training, you suspect after watching this performance at the back. Hanson almost gets in on the act but he cannot muster a finish from the set piece.
Bradford all of a sudden causing Villa some serious problems at the back as Hines tricks his way into the box once more but he can only fire straight at Shay Given when well placed. Villa really need the break, here.
Villa are starting to turn the screw but are still not finding a way through as Duke denies Benteke again before a succession of corners come to nothing. Phil Parkinson's men are working very hard to maintain this well-deserved lead.
A half-chance apiece in the last few moments as James Hanson nearly gets on the end of the tricky Hines' cross before N'Zogbia tests Duke again after weaving his way through the defence.
Villa are trying to reassert some calmness into their game by trying to control possession but the goal has got Villa rocking here.
Villa appear stunned by what has happened and it could have been worse but Wells' pass was too far in front of Hines, who had the freedom of the right flank to deliver another crushing blow to the visitors.
Goal Nahki Wells
Villa still trying to turn the screw here but they are unable to find that elusive goal and will need to be patient if they are to find a way through.
Benteke is proving very profligate for this Villa side who could do with the opening goal to ease any fears. FIrst he somehow steers a free header wide from close range before being slipped through on goal, but he could only shoot straight at the alert Duke.
To say this game is an end-to-end affair just wouldn't be doing it justice. Villa have three opportunities to open the scoring but Andreas Weimann, Christian Benteke and N'Zogbia all waste presentable openings.
Aston Villa begin to get back into the game and force Matt Duke into a useful stop when Charles N'Zogbia lets fly with a fizzing effort from just outside the box. A good start here.
The home side have started brightly and have put the Villa defence under the cosh from an early stage but Gary Jones' effort which went just wide was all that they could muster.
Bradford get us underway here at Valley Parade.
Aston Villa: Given; Lowton, Clark, Baker, Bennett; Bannan, Delph; Weimann, N’Zogbia, Agbonlahor; Benteke. subs: Guzan, Ireland, Bent, Stevens, Lichaj, Burke Carruthers.
Bradford: Duke; Darby, McArdle, McHugh, Good; Hines, G Jones, Doyle, Atkinson; Hanson, Wells. Subs: McLaughlin, Ravenhill, Reid, R Jones, Hannah, Connell, Turgott
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of Bradford v Aston Villa. This Carling Cup semi-final first leg could be a tight affair with the League Two outfit having seen off Arsenal in a remarkable result in the previous round and the Premier League side's poor form. Roll on a cupset!
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