Tuesday January 8, 2013 Semifinal Finished Coral Windows Stadium

Bradford City 3 - 1 Aston Villa

  • Wells 19’
  • McArdle 77’
  • McHugh 88’
  • Weimann 83’

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  1. League Cup - Brilliant Bradford overpower Villa in semi-final first leg

    League Cup - Brilliant Bradford overpower Villa in semi-final first leg

    Bradford will take a two-goal lead into the second leg of their League Cup semi-final after beating Aston Villa 3-1 at home. More

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    • Bradford City
    • Aston Villa
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    • - The second leg is at Villa Park on Tuesday January 22.
    • 90+5' ALL OVER! Bradford win 3-1! Stewards have managed to keep the fans in the stands and we have a respectful celebration.
    • 90+4' There is going to be a pitch invasion as Bradford keep the ball in the corner...
    • 90+3' Jones to have a dig from the edge of the box and it is just blocked.
    • 90+2' McHugh is from the same part of Ireland as Given: Donegal. Fact.
    • 90+1' N'Zogbia shimmying in the box... don't foul him, the home fans are thinking... they don't and he falls over.
    • 90' Four minutes to added on.
    • 89' Amazing scenes! Given was given no chance!
    • 88' THIRD GOAL FOR BRADFORD! 3-1! McHugh with a thunderous header from the corner after leaving marker Benteke for dead!
    • 88' Turgott, only 18, uses all his trickery to reach the byline on the right and win a corner.
    • 87' Good blocks a cross as Villa attack down the right.
    • 86' Duke happy to leap and claim as Villa press for an equaliser.
    • 85' Atkinson with a stepover on the left to cross but cannot find a Bradford man in the middle.
    • 84' He was caught by the keeper and looks a bit shaken up, but will battle gamely on. Lifeline for Villa ahead of the second leg.
    • 83' GOAL FOR VILLA! 2-1 to Bradford now! Benteke flicks on and Weimann latches on to it to finish past Duke.
    • 82' The "sacked in the morning" chant goes up around Valley Parade. One presumes it is for Lambert...
    • 81' Given forced to leave his box to head under pressure from Hanson... Villa fans, what do you make of this horrorshow? Tweet me @symco_eurosport
    • 80' Free-kick in a dangerous position. Wells strikes it low through the wall but Given is down to hold.
    • 78' Cross comes in for Bradford and Hanson's header comes off the bar! He was 10 yards out.
    • 78' Yellow card for Delph for a terrible challenge on Turgott.
    • 77' SECOND GOAL FOR BRADFORD!!!!!!!! 2-0! MCARDLE! When the corner is cleared, Baker is slower than Wells to react and the ball is played back out to Jones... his cross is superb and the defender nods home at the near post!
    • 76' The ball is headed away but Delph is forced to give away another one.
    • 75' Wells now with the silky skills to strike for goal, deflected behind for a Bradford corner...
    • 75' N'Zogbia with a good turn and move before shooting for goal, blocked by Stephen Darby.
    • 74' The home fans loving every minute and this and have contributed a great atmosphere.
    • 73' Of course there is a second leg to come, so Villa do not necessarily need to equalise tonight. Fixtures
    • 72' Lowton with a cool header back under pressure from Hanson.
    • 71' Villa should have scored at least a couple of goals in this half - but credit to Bradford, who are still winning and were the better side in the first half.
    • 69' Bent is teased mercilessly by the home fans. I was harsh on him - he is still limping about. It was the little look he gave before going to hold his leg that did it...
    • 68' Duke caught him afterwards and the striker limps off after a bit of treatment. Trying to save face a little, it seems...
    • 67' Duke down to save a low shot but the ball bounces up and Bent is there to head... over the bar! What a chance from two yards out!
    • 66' Bradford change: on-loan West Ham midfielder Blair Turgott on for Hines, who has not played much recently and is struggling.
    • 65' Weimann a yard offside from a Bent through-ball after a Benteke flick-on... but the flag stays down and Duke has to come out to smack into the Villa attacker - the ball flies to safety.
    • 64' Shot way off target by Hines from some distance.
    • 63' Hines with a dangerous cross from deep after earning a yard of space on the right and the crowd rise to their feet behind the goal, but it is just ahead of Hanson.
    • 62' Delph with a cross from the left and Benteke leaps to loop a header into the air for Bent behind him... the volley from the one-time England striker is over the bar. Awkward height.
    • 61' N'Zogbia crashes into a Bradford man who is looking to counter and is booked.
    • 60' Weimann's cross from the right comes off the elbow of Good. Shouts for a penalty, but there's no way that would be given.
    • 59' Jones to the feet of Wells in a promising position, but he was offside.
    • 58' Whoever wins the competition plays in Europe next season. If Chelsea win but have already secured a berth through the league, the next best Premier League side will qualify for the Europa League, not Bradford.
    • 57' Hines with a lucky break and crosses low from the right byline. Hanson attacks it but Clark's challenge is enough to put him off and win a goal-kick.
    • 57' A daunting sight for the Bantams fans: Darren Bent is on for Agbonlahor.
    • 56' Carl McHugh wins the header at the far post but it is way over.
    • 55' Hines fed down the right flank and looks to cross but Baker is across to block. Corner.
    • 54' Last-ditch tackle to deny Bradford, but it gets the fans going.
    • 52' Benteke wins another header from a free-kick. N'Zogbia loops a poor cross to the far post, but a home defender heads behind to be safe. Duke claims the corner without any pressure from the Villa players.
    • 51' The resulting corner is half-cleared and Benteke takes a couple of nice touches before handballing then shooting,. Webb blows up.
    • 50' Nice move sees Bannan cross again and Agbonlahor volleys for goal from a few yards out - saved again by Duke, who was unsighted!
    • 49' Benteke with another flick-on but Bradford clear. Pressure building on the League Two side though.
    • 48' Bannan down the left and his cross is met by the diving head of Benteke - wonderful save from Duke from the header, which was only six yards out!
    • 47' Ciaran Clark is alone at the far post but looks off-balance and fails to get a shot in!
    • 46' Long ball from the Villans flicked on by Benteke and Duke is out of his goal quickly to block then kick out for a corner.
    • 46' The second half underway with Villa now attacking the goal to our left.
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    • 45+1' Agbonlahor penalised for pushing over Doyle. That brings the half to an end.
    • 45' One minute to be added on. Not long for City to hold out.
    • 44' Now they are: N'Zogbia worms his way to the right byline and along it before getting the ball into the box where Agbonlahor has time to shoot - Duke pulls off a fantastic block!
    • 43' Villa not showing any ambition whatsoever late in the half as they play the ball.
    • 41' Hines wins space on the right flank and whips in a great cross that Hanson heads down and over at the near post! Great header, very unlucky.
    • 40' Weimann passes the ball straight out of play. Paul Lambert stands with arms folded on the touchline. Not impressed - but then his expression doesn't tend to change a great deal...
    • 39' Another corner for the Bantams. When it is cleared, Hines cracks a shot just high and wide from distance.
    • 38' All but two of the seven goals Bradford have now scored in the League Cup this term have come in the 83rd minute or later.
    • 37' Hanson with a thumping header from the set-piece which Fabian Delph has to clear off the line!
    • 36' Atkinson whips a cross in from the left and Villa concede a corner.
    • 34' Hines tricks his way into the area from the right and fires an excellent strike to the near post where Given saves and the former West Ham man almost gets to the rebound before it is cleared scrappily.
    • 33' Possession football from the visitors. Matthew Lowton pings a diagonal ball into the box, but it is just too high for the lanky Benteke.
    • 32' Wells on the right has Hanson in the box but rifles a shot wide of the goal. The angle was against him.
    • 31' Benteke up to win another header from this one, but Rory McArdle puts him off enough and the ball is well over.
    • 30' Benteke wins a corner which comes to nothing, but Villa manage to claim another one on the opposite left side.
    • 29' Hanson with a free header from a long free-kick sent into the mixer - he doesn't get a great connection and Given saves easily.
    • 28' N'Zogbia able to scamper across the box and shoot for the near post where Duke saves at its foot. The defenders were worried about giving away a penalty.
    • 27' Great tackle in midfield and Bradford attack. Hines finds striker James Hanson in the box but his shot does not have power.
    • 25' Barry Bannan with a very naughty kick at Will Atkinson as he sprints over halfway. He somehow avoids a yellow card.
    • 24' Bradford looking more composed now after coming under attack in the early stages.
    • 22' The Villa fans were just beginning their Stilian Petrov tribute in the 19th minute when the goal went in. They went through with it anyway, as you might imagine.
    • 21' Bradford break out and Wells takes the ball over halfway. He has Hines down the middle... but misplaces his pass completely.
    • 20' Villa wanted an offside flag, but Howard Webb's assistant correctly ruled Wells onside.
    • 19' GOAL FOR BRADFORD! 1-0! The corner is headed away by Benteke and Hines volleys into the floor and back into the box... the ball falls to Wells via a defensive deflection and he finishes inside the far post!
    • 18' Bennett looking to shield the ball out for a goal-kick before touching it out under pressure from Hines. Corner.
    • 17' Wells fights for the ball in the corner, but Vilola will have the throw.
    • 16' Bannan's kick is defended and Bradford counter, with Shay Given taking a clean catch.
    • 15' Doyle shoves over Agbonlahor on the left touchline and Villa have a free-kick in the final third.
    • 13' Benteke in behind and looks to finish inside the near post but Duke is down to parry - and Bradford clear. Villa are looking dangerous.
    • 12' Back come Villa, with Agbonlahor's shot after cutting in from the right saved easily enough low down by Duke.
    • 11' Play swings back to the other end in a frenetic start, with Zavon Hines sending in a ball that Villa defend.
    • 10' Benteke completely free this time in front of goal but somehow heads wide!
    • 10' N'Zogbia with another dribble and shot, this time blocked by a defender to earn a corner.
    • 9' Christian Benteke rises to head the resulting corner over the bar! Great chance.
    • 8' A Bradford attack breaks down and away come Villa... Andreas Weimann is free inside the box on the right but his low pass is cut out by Curtis Good, on loan from Newcastle United.
    • 7' Gabriel Agbonlahor, who had a thigh injury before returning at the weekend, with a mazy dribble before giving the ball away in the final third.
    • 6' Charles N'Zogbia shows great strength after receiving the ball from a Joe Bennett throw and hits a hard shot that Matt Duke parries at the near post.
    • 4' Gary Jones with a strike from outside the box which trickles wide. He has a helluva shot on him.
    • 3' Nahki Wells with some skill to attack from the right and shoot from inside the box, but Villa defender Nathan Baker gets a foot out to block it.
    • 2' Early ball for the Villa, who are wearing lime green shirts. City in claret and amber hoops.
    • 1' Off we go, with Bradford kicking from right to left in the first half. Will Villa slip up tonight? Tweet me @symco_eurosport
    • 19:45 So can the Bantams repeat that glorious night against Arsenal? Bradford send poor Arsenal out on penalties
    • 19:43 Out come the players to a packed Valley Parade.
    • 19:40 Phil Parkinson: "The win against Arsenal certainly reminded everybody Bradford City is up and running, and starting to get going again. Another really good performance would be great for the city." Parkinson looking at the long term
    • 19:40 Paul Lambert: "For this club to get to Wembley again this year would be extraordinary. I think every player would tell you that, to get there, would be absolutely phenomenal and, in a one-off Wembley final, you just never know what could happen." Lambert warns of Bradford threat
    • 19:38 Aston Villa have won four and lost just two of their last eight away games in all competitions, though they did lose 8-0 at Chelsea and 5-0 at Man City in this run. Villa fixtures and results
    • 19:35 Phil Parkinson’s side have only lost three of their 17 games at Valley Parade in all competitions this term, with Rochdale (2-4) the only team to win there by more than a single goal.
    • 19:30 Bradford have only once made the semi-finals of a major cup competition, beating Blackburn 3-0 in the last four of the 1911 FA Cup. Darby eyeing repeat of shocks
    • 19:25 The Bantams will become only the fourth bottom-tier side to make the semi-finals of this competition; of the previous three, only Rochdale (1962) have made the final. League Cup fixtures and results
    • 19:20 This will be Aston Villa’s 14th appearance in the League Cup semi-final, equalling the record held by Arsenal and Liverpool. The Villans have progressed through eight of their previous 13 semi-finals, including in their last one against Blackburn in 2010, though they have only won two of 13 first-leg games (D7 L4). Staunton hopes cup can be a springboard to PL survival
    • 19:18 Darren Bent is left on the bench by Villa boss Paul Lambert despite scoring in the FA Cup win over Ipswich at the weekend, when Christian Benteke was rested. Marc Albrighton hurt a metatarsal and does not make it while Ashley Westwood (ankle), Ron Vlaar (calf) and Richard Dunne (knee) are still out. Shay Given keeps his place in goal ahead of regular number one Brad Guzan. Villa v Ipswich details
    • 19:16 Zavon Hines and Carl McHugh are brought in by Bradford boss Phil Parkinson. Ritchie Jones and Ricky Ravenhill drop to the bench while Nathan Doyle moves from defence into midfield. Winger Kyel Reid makes do with a place on the bench. Winger Garry Thompson and Australian defender James Meredith have not made it while defenders Luke Oliver (ruptured Achilles) and Andrew Davies (knee) remain long-term absentees. Doyle to enjoy Villa clash
    • 19:15 TEAMS - Bradford: Duke, Darby, McArdle, McHugh, Good, Hines, Jones, Doyle, Atkinson, Wells, Hanson. Subs: McLaughlin, Ravenhill, Reid, Jones, Hannah, Connell, Turgott. /// Aston Villa: Given, Clark, Bennett, Baker, Lowton, Bannan, Delph, Weimann, N’Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Benteke. Subs: Guzan, Ireland, Bent, Stevens, Lichaj, Burke, Carruthers.
    • 19:10 Aston Villa have won all 19 previous League Cup ties against teams from the fourth tier, scoring 95 in total in 27 games (including replays and second legs) and never failing to net. The Villans and the Bantams have met twice before in the League Cup, with Villa winning both games (Round 1 in 1962 and the Quarter-Final in 1965), scoring 11 goals in the process.
    • 19:05 Bradford have already eliminated Premier League sides Wigan Athletic and Arsenal from the League Cup this year. No fourth-tier side has ever defeated three top-flight teams in the same League Cup competition.
    • 19:00 Welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the League Cup semi-final between Bradford City and Aston Villa at Valley Parade. Kick-off is at 19:45.
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