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Bradford City 3 Aston Villa 1

8 January 2013

Tuesday 8 January 2013
Capital One Cup Semi-Final First Leg
Bradford City 3 (Wells 19, McArdle 77. McHugh 88)
Aston Villa 1 (Weimann 82)
Kick Off: 7.45pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium

Attendance: 22,245 (4,313 visitors)
Pictures kindly provided by Gintare Karpaviciute

City did their chances of progressing into the Capital One Cup Final no harm whatsoever with a truly memorable victory over Aston Villa in a pulsating semi-final first leg at the Coral Windows Stadium.

Backed by a hugely vocal home support, Phil Parkinson's men produced a simply brilliant display to ensure they have a two goal advantage to take to Villa Park for the second leg in two weeks time.

A first half effort from Nahki Wells, plus second half headers from Rory McArdle and Carl McHugh either side of an away goal from Villa's Andreas Weimann, were enough to secure a magnificent victory for City on a magical night of cup football.

With chances galore on offer and the match played out in front of an amazing atmosphere, the victory will probably go down as one of City's most memorable cup wins in their history.

Having survived a few of early scares after Christian Benteke was guilty of missing more than one promising opening, City stunned their top-flight hosts when Wells latched onto a deflected Zavon Hines shot to slot home past Shay Given.

Paul Lambert's Villa still carried their early attacking threat after the goal, but Wells' opener seemed to give Parkinson's men the license and the confidence to go for even more.

Hines saw an angled drive shovelled away by Given at his near post, while James Hanson was only denied a goal on the line when Fabian Delph kicked clear his bullet header from a Gary Jones corner.

Villa thought they were in for an equaliser on the stroke of half time when Charles N'Zogbia pushed the ball back to the lurking Gabriel Agbonlahor but Duke was on hand to repel the effort with a stunning reaction save - not the last eye-catching save the Bantams 'keeper would make on the night.

Duke was equally impressive after the restart when he kept out further efforts from Agbonlahor and Benteke early into the second half.

Darren Bent was called for by Lambert off the bench as the hour mark approached, but the England international striker proved to be wasteful early on when he volleyed wide from close range before heading over from yards out later on after Duke had struggled to hold onto a N'Zogbia fizzer.

After doing a commendable job of keeping Villa at bay, City proceeded to send their fans into dreamland when Rory McArdle amazingly doubled their advantage with thirteen minutes to go.

Up for a Jones corner that was initially cleared, McArdle was in the right place to power home a header past Given from close range following Jones' second delivery into the box.

With Valley Parade truly rocking at this stage, Hanson could have made the scoreline even more unbelievable for a now-delirious home support when his header from substitute Blair Turgott's cross clipped Given's bar.

The game wasn't completely over, however, when Villa got themselves off the mark in the tie seven minutes from the end. Andreas Weimann latched onto Benteke's flick on and just beat the on-rushing Duke to dink it past the 'keeper and into the net.

City weren't finished themselves though as they managed to restore their two-goal advantage a minute before the end of normal time when Carl McHugh sent a thumping header past Given from a Jones corner.

FT: Bradford City 3 Aston Villa 1
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
89min: YELLOW CARD - McHugh is booked for celebrating with the crowd after his goal.
88min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 3 Aston Villa 1 - McHugh grabs a third for the Bantams when he powers home a header from a Jones corner - City in dreamland!
85min: SUB - Bent, presumably carrying an injury, is taken off for Graham Burke.
82min: GOAL - Bradford City 2 Aston Villa 1 - The visitors have a goal back when Weimann just beats Duke to a header on from Benteke to dink the ball past the 'keeper from close range.
80min: Wells' low free-kick across the ground from around 25 yards out is straight at Given.
78min: Hanson clips the top of the crossbar with a header from a Turgott cross.
78min: YELLOW CARD - Delph is booked for a late tackle on Turgott just inside Villa's half.
77min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 2 Aston Villa 0 - City double their lead through Rory McArdle! After Jones' initial delivery from a corner is cleared, the midfielder whips the ball back into the mix and an unmarked McArdle is on hand to power home a header past Given from around the six yard box.
67min: Duke falls to hang onto a fierce dipping drive from outside the area by N'Zogbia but Bent can only head the rebound over the bar from barely yards out and right in front of goal.
66min: SUB - City bring on Blair Turgott for Hines.
65min: Duke just beats Weimann to Bent's through ball before blasting the ball out against the Austrian for a goal-kick.
63min: Hines fires comfortably over the bar with a shot from distance.
62min: Bent volleys narrowly over the bar around six yards away from Duke's near post after Benteke's hanging header had dropped into his path.
61min: YELLOW CARD - N'Zogbia is booked for a catching Wells late just outside City's area.
57min: SUB - Villa bring on Darren Bent for Agbonlahor.
56min: McHugh heads over from Jones' corner.
50min: Agbonlahor's low drive at the near post is saved by Duke following another Bannan delivery.
48min: Benteke's diving header from close range is kept out by Duke following Bannan's teasing cross into the middle.
46min: Agbonlahor's shot from inside the area is turned away by Duke after the attacker had raced onto Benteke's flick on. Benteke is on to the rebound but Duke kicks that effort away for a corner. Ciaran Clark nearly has a promising sight of goal from the resulting corner but the unmarked defender's touch lets him down at the far post and City can eventually clear.
46min: Villa restart the tie.
HT: Bradford City 1 Aston Villa 0
45min: There will be one minute of time added on at the end of the first half.
44min: N'Zogbia's cut back from the byline eventually finds Gabriel Agbonlahor but the Villa attacker is denied a goal when his fierce drive from inside the area is pushed out by a stunning reaction save from Duke.
41min: Hines' cross into the area is met by Hanson but his downward header bounces up and over Given's crossbar.
39min: Hines drops the shoulder to cut inside Delph but the winger's effort outside the area thereafter rises harmlessly high and wide of Given's goal.
37min: Hanson's bullet header from a Jones corner is kicked off the line by Fabian Delph!
34min: Brilliant wing play from Hines gives the winger the space within Villa's area to fire for goal but his drilled effort is kept out by the chest of Given at the 'keeper's near post.
31min: Wells is released into space down City's right flank thanks to a neat flick from Hines but the Bermudian's fierce rising effort from outside the area sails wide of Given's near post.
30min: Benteke's fierce drive from outside the area is pushed around the post by Duke.
29min: Jones' free-kick to the far post is headed down into the mix by Hanson but Given is on hand to gather.
28min: N'Zogbia drives forward with menace at City's defence but with the winger being pushed further away from goal all the time, the Frenchman's relatively weak low shot is kept out by Duke.
27min: Hines springs forward down City's right flank and delivers into the mix. Hanson beats Baker to the low cross but his weak toe-poke for goal is easy for Given.
19min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Aston Villa 0 - City take the lead of the tie! After Villa can only half-clear a City corner as far as the edge of the area, Hines shoots into a crowd of players with a low drive and the ball deflects into the path of Wells, who slots past Given from around ten yards out.
13min: Duke makes an important save with his legs after Benteke had been found in space well inside City's area by a clever ball from N'Zogbia. Benteke tried to drill the ball through Duke's legs from a tight angle at the near post but the Bantams 'keeper was up to the task to repel the effort.
12min: N'Zogbia cuts inside past Good from a wide position but his low drive is comfortably gathered by Duke.
10min: Benteke narrowly misses the target again. This time the Belgian striker heads just past Duke's near post following a Barry Bannan delivery from another Villa corner.
8min: Christian Benteke heads over from a decent position inside the area from the resulting corner.
8min: Wells turns away from the attentions of Joe Bennett to leave him in plenty of space down City's right flank. He tries to find a man in the middle with a clipped cross but Given gathers. Seconds later at the other end Andreas Weimann is played into plenty of space inside City's area but Curtis Good comes across to block out the danger for a corner.
6min: Charles N'Zogbia runs with intent at City's defence before letting rip with a fierce drive from just inside the area that Matt Duke beats away.
3min: Gary Jones drags his shot wide of the target after the ball had fallen into his path on the edge of Villa's area following a half-cleared long throw-in from the Bantams.
3min: Nahki Wells cuts inside Barry Bannan but his low angled effort for goal from just inside is blocked away by the out-stretched boot of Nathan Baker before it can reach Shay Given.
0min: The Bantams kick off the tie. They will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first half.
Duke, Darby, McHugh, McArdle, Good, Hines, Doyle, G Jones, Atkinson, Hanson, Wells
Subs: McLaughlin, Ravenhill, Reid, R Jones, Hannah, Connell, Turgott

Bradford changes:
Turgott for Hines (66)

Bradford cautions:
McHugh (89)

Bradford dismissals:

Given, Lowton, Baker, Clark, Bennett, Bannan, Delph, N'Zogbia, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke
Subs: Guzan, Ireland, Bent, Stevens, Lichaj, Burke, Carruthers

Aston Villa changes:
Bent for Agbonlahor (57), Burke for Bent (85)

Aston Villa cautions:
N'Zogbia (61), Delph (78)

Aston Villa dismissals:

Referee: Howard Webb
Assistant Referee: Michael Mullarkey
Assistant Referee: Sian Massey
Fourth Official: Neil Swarbrick

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