League Two Bradford City completed their dream run in the Capital One Cup last night by progressing past Aston Villa in the semi-final of the competition, losing 2-1 at Villa Park in the second leg of their tie but progressing 4-3 on aggregate.
Villa looked like they meant business in the first half and could quite easily have clinched victory in the first period.
The visitors produced a spirited start, but the home side soon took a hold of the game. Charles N’Zogbia was a lively presence in the first period and set up the first chance of the game for Christian Benteke and the Belgium striker headed wide.
The Bantams threatened through a James Hanson header, as the visitors exposed Villa’s weaknesses at set-pieces. Benteke headed straight at Matt Duke when well-placed, but in the 24th minute the young striker did hit the target.
Joe Bennett’s cross was prodded home by the former-Genk forward. The goal seemed to set the confidence flowing throughout the Villa team. Stephen Ireland had a goal ruled out for offside, before Duke produced a superb save from a fierce effort from N’Zogbia.
The Bradford keeper also denied Ireland, when the Irishman attempted to lob the Bantams keeper. Villa’s onslaught was put to a stop in the 55th minute. Gary Jones’ corner was headed home by target man James Hanson. The goal meant that the visitors regained their two-goal aggregate lead.
The goal took the wind out of the home side. Bradford went close to taking the lead on the night Garry Thompson hitting the bar with a fierce effort. Villa did get back into the game on 89 minutes though. Christian Benteke headed on to Andreas Weimann and the Austrian striker fired home.
However, the goal was too little too late for the Premier League side, as the League Two side continued their dream run in the competition. The Bantams will now face either Chelsea or Swansea in the final.
Can Bradford now go on to win the Capital One Cup?
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