- match commentary
- English Capital One Cup
- 8 January 2013, 7:45pm
- The Coral Windows Stadium
- Attendance: 22,245
FULL-TIME: BRADFORD WIN! I cannot believe I'm typing this but League Two Bradford are going to Villa Park with a 3-1 advantage in the Capital One Cup semi-final! Take that in because this is something special. Villa be envious of Bradford's clinical finishing and Matt Duke has put in one of the most brilliant goalkeeping performances I've ever seen! The second leg can't come quick enough! Thanks for joining Orange's live coverage. Stick around for the match report!
90+2 mins: Bradford have a throw-in near the corner flag and Jones' shot then takes a deflection over to the opposite flank. Villa don't look like scoring again here!
90 mins: Four minutes are added on as Bradford close in on another special night.
88 MINS: INCREDIBLE! BRADFORD SCORE! They restore their two-goal advantage at the death! A corner is drilled in from the right and MCHUGH leaps like a salmon to head the ball past a perplexed Given. Cue home fans going crazy!
87 mins: Aston Villa are searching for a equaliser as we reach the dying stages but two crosses from the right are repelled by the dogged defence.
84 mins: Well it appears Bent was indeed injured when he missed that sitter. He hobbles off and Burke comes on in his place.
82 MINS: VITAL GOAL FOR VILLA! WEIMANN gives them a way back into this semi-final! Benteke flicks the ball on and Weimann gets to the ball just ahead of the outstanding Duke to give Villa hope again!
80 mins: Hanson hits the crossbar with his best header of the night! Then, Delph goes in the book as Aston Villa hang on. This is bonkers!
77 MINS: BRADFORD DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Wow! I cannot believe what I'm seeing here! Again from a Bradford corner, Jones whips a delicious cross towards the near post where MCARDLE is left unmarked to head it in!
74 mins:Looks like Bent is destined to score - maybe twice...
Roy, Bury St Edmunds -"Looks like Bent is destined to score - maybe twice... "
72 mins: It's getting a tiny bit desperate for Villa as Delph's long ball sails way over Bent and into the arms of Duke.
69 mins: Before that head-scratching miss, Hines is running on empty and the on-loan Hammer Turgott replaces him.
66 mins: WHAT an astonishing miss from Bent! All he has to do is nod it in with Duke still recovering from N'Zogbia's initial strike. However, he heads it over from four yards! He goes down claiming he was caught by a defender but I think he's just looking for somewhere to hide!
64 yards: Bent plays in Weimann who is clearly offside but the flag stays down! Duke hesitates this time and his clearance strikes Weimann's leg and goes wide. That could've easily gone in!
62 mins: Bent meets Benteke's clever flick on the volley but it's always rising and never troubles Duke.
60 mins: N'Zogbia sees the first yellow card of the night as he commits a silly foul when Bradford were looking to break again.
58 mins: Darby does excellently to prevent Bannan from progressing down the left and then launches Bradford into counter attack mode. The move looks promising until Wells is dragged back for offside.
56 mins: Bradford have Bent to deal with now as the unloved Villa striker comes on for Agbonlahor.
53 mins: Aston Villa continue to press forward but they haven't given Duke anything else to throw himself at. Perhaps they've stopped because they know they aren't going to score!
50 mins: Another save from Duke! Agbonlahor belts a sweet volley inside the area and can only laugh as he watches this goalkeeping monster palm it away.
47 mins: Duke is playing out of his skin here! The ball breaks nicely for Bannan down the left who picks out Benteke with a fine cross. From seven yards out, Benteke makes a clean connection with his head but Duke gets a strong hand to it!
46 mins:Villa come out flying and Duke has to make an awkward double save from Agbonlahor and Benteke within the first ten seconds of the half!
45 mins: Welcome back for what will be another action-packed half at Valley Parade. Aston Villa restart us. Also, Paul has texted in and reckons Villa will turn this around in the second half. Anyone else agree?
HALF-TIME: After one minute of stoppage time, Mr Webb blows his whistle to end another dreamy half of Capital One Cup football for Bradford. They go into the break with a well-deserved lead over Premier League side Aston Villa who have wasted chance after chance in the opening 45 minutes. Can the Bantams take a lead to Villa Park for the second leg? Join me again in 15 minutes to find out.
44 mins: Fantastic save from Duuuuuke! The chance for Villa comes after N'Zogbia leaves Good for dust on the right byline. He drags it back to Agbonlahor whose fierce strike from close range is shunted away from the former Hull stopper.
41 mins: Hines picks out Hanson with a great cross from the right but the striker's header loops over after it bounces into the ground. Are we sure Bradford are in League Two?!
39 mins: Hines cracks one well wide of goal but Aston Villa are continuing to invite pressure on themselves with poor closing down.
36 mins: Off the line! It's nearly double delight for Bradford as Hanson's header level with the right post is hacked off the goal-line by Delph!
Dave, York -"Never underestimate lower league opposition."
34 mins: Then comes former West Ham player Hines, whose low toe-poker has Given scrambling across his line to claw it away.
32 mins: Goalscorer Wells races down the right side before blasting a shot which has probably just landed in Bingley. A rash effort.
29 mins: Duke is called into action again as he pounds away Benteke's long-ranger. He could've actually caught that one but wisely decides to play it safe.
27 mins: Another N'Zogbia chance. Another miss. He has light-green options to his left and right but decides to go it alone and slaps a weak shot straight at Duke.
25 mins:Bradford are in control here! It's showing too as Bannan sticks out a leg to bring down Atkinson just past the halfway line. He's lucky to escape a yellow card from tonight's ref Howard Webb.
22 mins: Aston Villa look a little shell-shocked after conceding the opener. Wells attempts a cross-field pass which would have put an unmarked Hines through one on one but Given cuts it out.
19 MINS: BRADFORD TAKE THE LEAD! The Bantams are at it again! A corner from the right comes back out to Hines whose shot takes a wicked deflection. It lands absolutely perfectly for WELLS to stroke it neatly into the bottom-right corner! Amazing scenes!
Phil, Warrington - "I carnt c villa losin this one villa to win 3-1 agbonlahor to score first"
15 mins: Bradford try to break forward from a poor Aston Villa free-kick but Given is able to pluck Darby's drifting cross out of the night sky.
13 mins: How many chances does Benteke want?! He's played in behind by Delph and sidefoots it straight at Duke from a slightly tight angle.
11 mins: This game is free-flowing and wide,wide open! N'Zogbia gets another shot on target (albeit a tame one) after cutting back inside onto his favoured left peg.
9 mins: Wells and Weimann are both guilty of wasting great chances inside the penalty area. Then Benteke gets two free headers at goal but nods them both wide!
5 mins: N'Zogbia nearly silences the buoyant Bantams with a powerful left-footed shot which Duke pushes out of harm's way.
3 mins: It's another positive start for the Bantams as they implement their punt 'n' chase style early on. Jones then has the first effort of the match which Given allows to run wide of his goal.
Markie, Oxford -"Yeh yeh bradford beat villa and make my boss cry "
0 mins: We're underway at Valley Parade which is unsurprisingly packed to the rafters once again. The hosts kick-off just after a huge roar from the home fans who will eager for a repeat of the heroic perfomance against the Gunners.
Welcome to Orange's live coverage of this Capital One Cup semi-final, first leg at Valley Parade. Another chapter in the story of Bradford's epic season could be written as they face a Villa side attempting to drag itself out of their festive doldrums.
Paul Lambert makes four changes to the side that beat Ipswich in the FA Cup third round and Benteke returns up front for the Villians ahead of Bent. Lowton, Weimann and Agbonlahor also come into the starting eleven.
Bradford boss Phil Parkinson makes two changes from the unfortunate 2-0 defeat to Barnet at the weekend with McHugh and Hines replacing Ravenhill and Jones.
Our scribe Mark Scott will guide you through tonight's first leg from 1945. Send him your predictions, bets and any other banter via the text box above.