Capital One Cup semi-final: Aston Villa v Bradford as it happened

Text commentary as Bradford City reach the Capital One Cup final, despite losing 2-1 to Aston Villa in the semi-final second leg.

22 January 2013 Last updated at 22:48 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 2234: 

    Well, what a thrilling night of cup football.

    Bradford upset the odds and the form book to beat Aston Villa and book a place at next month's Wembley final.

    The good news is that we get to do this all again tomorrow night - Swansea take on Chelsea with a two-goal lead.

    Who will take on the Bantams? We'll know this time tomorrow. Please join me. Goodnight.

  2. 2231: 

    Chris on text: "Fair play to Paul Lambert. Extremely honest there... It's been said enough times but he needs some experienced players. Still think he'll keep Villa up."

  3. 2229: 

    Reading striker - and former Rotherham, Rochdale and Stockport striker - Adam Le Fondre on Twitter: "Absolutely buzzing for Bradford!!! Congrats to all of them, they deserve it!! #league2 #neverforgetyourroots"

  4. 2228: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "I know the game. You take it on the chin. I am the manager of the team it is my responsibility to pick them up and get them going."

  5. 2227: 

    Loads of names of restaurants in Bradford flooding in to us on text and Twitter - I'll have to do a recce and try them all I think...

  6. 2226: 
    Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (Agg 3-4)

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "We got the second goal but it was too little too late. It is no good doing that after the horse has bolted. You either lay down and accept it or come out fighting and you have to come out fighting. You will get criticism but you have to pick yourselves up and keep going.

    "Good luck to Bradford and congratulations for going through. It is a great achievement and anything can happen in the final."

  7. 2225: 

    Aydin Saribal on Twitter: "But can Bradford do it on a warm, moonlit, Friday night in Barcelona."

  8. 2223: 
    Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (Agg 3-4)

    More from Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "The first half we played very well and got a good goal, but if we can't defend corners then that is not good enough. We are losing too many goals from set plays, you have to be able to defend a corner and that is the bottom line.

    "You are going to be hurting no doubt but you have to pick yourself up. You have to get going again. That is football for you."

  9. 2221: 

    Very honest words from Paul Lambert, who looks gutted. More to come...

  10. 2219: 
    Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (Agg 3-4)

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "That is the worst day of the season. We had two chances to do it and haven't done it.

    "We've lost four goals from set-pieces over two games which is not good enough.

    "I am embarrassed. We will never have a better chance to reach the final."

  11. 2219: 

    Here comes Paul Lambert...

  12. 2216: 

    Aston Villa's next few games don't make pretty reading - it's Millwall away on Friday night in the FA Cup and then Newcastle at home next Tuesday.

    That is mammoth.

  13. 2214:  
    Three-time League Cup winner Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It's too easy to score goals against Aston Villa, it has been all season. Ultimately that could send them down."

  14. 2213: 

    Del Brown on text: "Bradford to win sports personality of the year team award 2013! Dreams happen."

    Jon, Spurs fan in Eastleigh: "I think I speak for everyone when I say; Tom, what is the name of that curry house in Bradford with the large naans?"

    I'd love to tell you all. I can't remember though, I was guided by a native. Honestly though, the naans were massive. They came out on a trolley-style contraption.

  15. 2209: 

    I'm a bit drained by all this. There's still no sign of Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert by the way. He must be thinking very hard about what he can say about this.

  16. 2208:  
    Mark Pougatch on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I've been doing this job for 20 years. I've never seen anything quite like this."

  17. 2207:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Villa Park:

    "This remarkable story will have a final chapter written at Wembley. Bradford City's fans in no hurry to leave Villa Park. Villa's fans only stayed to vent their anger on Paul Lambert and his players on this glory night for Phil Parkinson's League Two club."

  18. 2207: 

    Adrian Bennion on Twitter: "Surely every neutral will go into the final supporting Bradford? I certainly know I will."

    Thomas Broadley on Twitter: "As a Leeds fan and rivals with Bradford, I can honestly say that they have done Yorkshire proud tonight. Incredible."

  19. 2202: 

    George on text: "This is why English football is still far better than any other country in the world."

    JRP in Brum on text: "Awful from Villa but Bradford were excellent so well done you Bantams. We are heading for oblivion under Lambert...if he isn't sacked after this I will hand my season ticket back."

    Tom, Liverpool on text: "Shelf-stackers put out the Villionaires! Dreamy."

  20. 2200: 

    A few years ago, I had a curry in Bradford. The restaurant's table naans were so big, that if you could finish one you got your whole meal for free.

    To be honest, I didn't think anything from Bradford would ever top that. But Phil Parkinson's men have just done it. They are in the final of the league cup after beating three Premier League sides. Truly incredible.

  21. 2158: 

    BBC Sport's Rob Staton on Twitter: "18 months ago I was sat in a studio with goalkeeper & cancer survivor Matt Duke. He was unemployed. Now he'll play in the League Cup final."

  22. 2157: 
    Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (Agg 3-4)

    BBC Yorkshire Sport's Ian Woodcock at Villa Park: "The lights have gone out in Villa Park, much to the annoyance of Bradford City's fans. This is a day they thought they'd never see and they are savouring every second.

    "Over in the Holte End the clean up has begun. Villa host Newcastle here in the Premier League next week and they'll need to play a whole lot better than tonight if they're going to pull away from the bottom three."

  23. 2156: 
    Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (Agg 3-4)

    Bradford chairman Mark Lawn: "If we get into Europe I'll have to start learning some languages! I don't care who we get in the final, they will probably both batter us. Chelsea will have to declare at half-time if we play them!"

  24. 2155: 

    Bradford City goalkeeper Matt Duke: "This is dreamland, hopefully we will have a great following at Wembley and do the club proud. I am not convinced it will ever sink in. You dream of this as a kid, playing at Wembley, and like I say I just want to do the club proud."

  25. 2155: 

    A last-second penalty has denied Michael Appleton his first victory as Blackburn manager as they drew 1-1 with Brighton at Ewood Park.

    Jordan Rhodes had given the home side a deserved lead in the first half when he scored from the spot for his 16th goal in Blackburn colours.

    It looked like that strike was going to be enough but in the seventh minute of injury time Brighton equalised when David Goodwillie pushed David Lopez in the area and the midfielder stepped up to score the resulting penalty.

  26. 2154: 

    Bradford chairman Mark Lawn has delivered some more good news for the Bradford players, who are spraying the champagne around the dressing room.

    He is taking them all to Las Vegas at the end of the season.

  27. 2153: 

    Steven Levett on Twitter: "Because Bradford WILL play a Premier League team in the final, doesn't that mean that they WILL win?"

    Adam Ward on Twitter: "Chelsea to go through to the final and get beaten by Bradford. Would cap off one of the greatest League Cup's of all time."

    Josh Clark on Twitter: "Could this be the greatest David and Goliath story ever if they win the Capital One Cup?"

    Anees Butt on Twitter: "Love the fact that Bradford have beaten a Premier League team more times than QPR have this season"

  28. 2152:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Bradford manager Phil Parkinson on BBC Radio 5 live: "That was some game. They had us on the rack in all honesty. But after the break we hit the bar and could have scored more.

    "We knew we could hurt them on set plays. We looked at the stats at how many they have conceded and we worked hard on it. It's a moment to saviour, it was an extraordinary feeling when the whistle went. I don't want to think about the final yet - let's just enjoy it."

  29. 2149: 
    SCOTTISH PREMIER- Celtic 4-0 Dundee United

    BBC Sport's Kenny Crawford reports: "Wanted man Gary Hooper stays in the limelight by scoring twice in Celtic's comfortable Scottish Premier League win over Dundee United. The striker scored his 21st and 22nd goals of the season, either side of a Victor Wanyama effort, then set up Scott Brown for the fourth to put Celtic 12 points clear at the top of the SPL."

  30. 2148:  
    Three-time League Cup winner Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "They dared to dream. They were helped by Villa who were very naive in the second half but don't take anything away from Bradford City. They played very good football and have been brilliant at set-pieces. My words aren't god enough for them.

    "There will be questions about Paul Lambert's future but Randy Lerner understands the job he is doing."

  31. 2147: 

    Alex in Bedford via text: "Good result for Bradford. But let's not get too worked up, a few of their players are ex-premier league, and they've a big budget for 4th tier. And Villa? They've got some of the worst players I've seen in a while. Villa down, mark my words."

    Mike via text: "Well done Phil Parkinson, well deserved enjoy the moment, prepare your excuses Paul Lambert!"

    JRP in Birmingham via text: "Villa...time for Lambert to go. He can't do it. We have been disgraced tonight and are heading down. Lambert hasn't go it...Nigel Adkins please."

  32. 2146:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    What a pro James Hanson is.

    The Bradford striker has just said on BBC Radio 5 live that "we can concentrate on the league now."

    Bradford are going for promotion as well this season of course.

  33. 2146: 

    Good news Bradford fans, as if you needed some more. We've been getting some questions about whether the Bantams will qualify for Europe if they win at Wembley. The answer? A definitive yes.

    They are, in fact, one win away from the third qualifying round of the Europa League. Incredible.

  34. 2144: 
    Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (Agg 3-4)

    BBC Yorkshire Sport's Ian Woodcock at Villa Park: "Bradford City are going to Wembley. A journey that started in the afternoon sunshine at Notts County in August will end under the arch at Wembley on 24 February. The fans might be freezing but they won't care a jot. They will be looking for hotels in London when they wake up in the morning.

    "The ground is quickly and quietly emptying apart from 6, 000 Bradford fans who might just be here for a few more minutes yet. Their players are heading to the tunnel now where the celebrations will really begin."

  35. 2144: 

    Will in Liverpool via text: "This is what the magic of the cup is all about. The minnows at the bottom outclassing the giants at the top. Simply magical."

    Stuart in Tewkesbury via text: "If Chelsea reach the final and finish in a Champions League position, does that mean Bradford are in the Europa league?"

  36. 2142: 

    Someone keep Stuart McCall away from the nearest car roof.

    A party is about to start in Bradford. Thoroughly deserved.

  37. 2142: 

    Bradford manager Phil Parkinson: "I thought we had a great chance with the two goals from the first leg. First half Aston Villa were excellent but in the second half we played really well. It is dreamland. The lads were absolutely fantastic and what it means for the club and the city is absolutely tremendous. I think we could fill Wembley on our own. To win it might be going too far but to get to Wembley is great for us."

  38. 2141: 

    Bradford City's Gary Jones: "I am lost for words. To come here and get the result we have is amazing, we played really well. It is a magical day but that is what happens in cups, magic happens. We knew would be on the back foot from the word go but we have some resilience and sprit and it was a fantastic goal from James Hanson."

  39. 2141: 

    Mark in Berkshire via text: "Oh yes, Premier League plastics shown some real football - congratulations Bradford."

    Mason in London via text: "RESULTS LIKE THIS IS WHY I LOVE FOOTBALL"

    Richard in Putney, a "devastated Villa fan", via text: "Well played Bradford City. As soon as they scored Villa went long ball. No shape. Terrible. That is Villa relegated - what confidence there was is now totally gone."

  40. 2139: 
    Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (Agg 3-4)

    Wigan - beaten.

    Arsenal - beaten.

    Aston Villa - beaten.

    An amazing cup run, and Bradford are going to Wembley, where they will face Chelsea or Swansea on 24 February.

  41. 2139: 

    Rishi Verma on Twitter: "Who says cup competitions don't matter? Bradford want promotion, but have played each game as if their lives depended on it!"

    Joe Cox on Twitter: "I've been supporting Villa for years, and that's probably the most depressing game I've ever witnessed."

    Chris Johnson on Twitter: "The sad truth is that, over the two legs, we deserved to lose. Good luck to Bradford. I hope they go on and win it."

  42. 2137: 
    Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (Agg 3-4)

    Extraordinary. Extraordinary win.

    Boos ring out at Villa Park but they are drowned out by the noise from the travelling away fans. Villa's fans look stunned.

    Bradford players celebrate
  44. 2136: 
    FULL-TIME- Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (Agg 3-4)
  45. 2135: 
    Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (Agg 3-4)

    Into the final seconds...

  46. 2134: 
    YELLOW CARD- Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (Agg 3-4)

    Carl McHugh wins a superb header for Bradford and sends Garry Thompson running into the corner. Good play from the striker as Fabian Delph is booked for bringing him down.

  47. 2133: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (Agg 3-4)

    Matt Lowton heads a corner wide for Villa. How the atmosphere has changed!

  48. 2132: 
    INJURY TIME- Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (Agg 3-4)

    Shay Given carries the ball forward as the board goes up. We have FOUR MINUTES of added time.

    Can Bradford hang on? Football is ridiculous sometimes.

  49. 2132: 

    James Hunter on Twitter: "I cannot believe what I'm seeing. If it stays like this, it has to be the greatest cup shock ever"

  50. 2130: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (Agg 3-4) - Andreas Weimann (89 mins)

    Hang on. Hang on! Surely not...

    Darren Bent wins a header, Matt Duke makes his first error of the tie, rushing out and Andreas Weimann rounds him to slot in.

    Villa need one more goal.

  51. 2129: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    I don't think Darren Bent has had more than two touches since he came on. The onslaught I was expecting just hasn't arrived from Aston Villa.

    TWO MINUTES remain.

  52. 2129: 

    Dan in Oxford via text: "Villa fans leaving already! Embarrassing. This is a semi final, stick around and support your club, doesn't send a great message to the players for the final 5 minutes!"

  53. 2128: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    It's 'Ole' stuff now as Bradford make Aston Villa chase shadows. FOUR MINUTES left.

  54. 2128: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    BBC Sport Yorkshire's Ian Woodcock at Villa Park: "For the first time tonight the Bantams fans chant about going to Wembley. To their credit most Villa supporters are still here but these are dark times for this club. On the sidelines Paul Lambert looks like a manager who knows his side are beaten."

  55. 2126: 

    Not much to report in the second halves of the games in League One and League Two. It is as you were in all of the fixtures except for the one at Victoria Park, where Hartlepool trail Bournemouth 2-1.

    Jack Baldwin had cancelled out Bournemouth's first half opener in the 51st minute, but Lewis Grabban scored from the penalty spot 12 minutes later to restore his side's advantage.

  56. 2126: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    SIX MINUTES remain. Bradford counter well and win another corner. I almost wish I was from Bradford, the atmosphere in that away end looks superb. Some Villa fans have had enough and are going home.

  57. 2125: 

    Chris in Southampton via text: "There are many great mysteries in this world. The whereabouts of Lord Lucan, what became of Shergar, how they get the red, white and blue stripes in toothpaste... Surely one of those mysteries is now how on Earth this Aston Villa team won 3-1 at Anfield!"

  58. 2123: 
    YELLOW CARD- Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    Nasty. Aston Villa winger Charles N'Zogbia goes in the book for a nasty stamp on Nathan Doyle, who is fine. "Que Sera" is ringing out in the away end.

  59. 2123: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    Into the last 10 minutes...

  60. 2122:  
    Three-time League Cup winner Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "This game is mirroring the game at the Hawthorns on Saturday for Aston Villa. First half brilliant, second half they look like they have just met on the M6."

  61. 2121: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    Bradford have a corner... James Hanson wins the header AGAIN - but this time he is whistled for a foul by Phil Dowd.

  62. 2121:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Villa Park:

    "Noise levels rising at the Bradford City end of Villa Park. Anxiety everywhere else. One of the most remarkable football stories of recent seasons could be ending at Wembley."

  63. 2119: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    There are 12 minutes left. Twelve minutes for Aston Villa to find two goals.

  64. 2119: 

    Sarah Taylor on Twitter: "As a nation we love to cheer for the underdogs! does that mean I have to cheer for Aston Villa tonight?"

    Matt Sargeant on Twitter: "Worst performance of a centre back I've seen this season #Vlaar"

    Andy Weissenberger on Twitter: "A cheeky Darren Bent hat trick here will do nicely, plus he owes me serious dream team points!"

  65. 2116: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    There are more goals in this for sure - Aston Villa are basically playing 2-4-4, giving Bradford plenty of opportunity to counter.

    It's Villa who go close first though as Andreas Weimann's low cross evades everyone in the middle.

  66. 2116: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    BBC Yorkshire Sport's Ian Woodcock at Villa Park: "Bradford are doing a brilliant job of frustrating Villa here. The back four have been absolutely superb and the midfield are making it near impossible for Villa to get any meaningful possession. The home fans have hardly made a noise since City's goal."

  67. 2115: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    Oh my word! Bradford almost have another as substitute Garry Thompson rattles the crossbar with his first touch, sending in a clipped side-footed shot from 12 yards out.

    Hearts in mouths across Villa Park.

  68. 2114:  
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  69. 2113: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    Villa have four men up front now, with Andreas Weimann and Gabby Agbonlahor out wide and Christian Benteke and Darren Bent in the middle.

  70. 2113: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    We have 20 minutes left.

  71. 2112: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    Andreas Weimann is on as well now for Aston Villa, it's all striking hands on deck. He replaces Joe Bennett.

    Bradford also make a change as Zavon Hines is replaced by Garry Thompson.

  72. 2111: 

    Ander Reese on Twitter: "Notts Co. fan here, love to see Bradford get through, lower league clubs showing England is still the best footballing country!"

    Andrew Gold on Twitter: "Surely Lambert cannot stay at the helm if this scoreline remains. Nigel Adkins on standby?"

  73. 2110: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)
    James Hanson scores for Bradford

    Bradford have caused Aston Villa problems at set-pieces throughout the tie, and James Hanson once again highlighted the Premier League side's weakness at the back by evading Ron Vlaar to head home the equaliser on the night.

  74. 2109: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    It's doable - but you have to take chances like this! Aston Villa spurn a huge opening as Darren Bent squares for Stephen Ireland to side-foot wide from the corner of the six-yard box.

  75. 2108: 

    Matt Storey via text: "Villa are going to have to summon the spirit on '94 here. We'll do this the hard way"

  76. 2108:  
    Three-time League Cup winner Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Matt Duke has not had to make a save in this second half. Aston Villa have not managed a shot on target."

  77. 2107: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    Aston Villa are understandably pushing forwards now, they have 25 minutes to score twice. Still doable Villa fans. Still very doable.

    But the atmosphere is tense now. Frustration grows.

  78. 2106:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Villa Park:

    "As flagged up earlier, Aston Villa simply cannot defend set pieces. Bradford City have almost been waiting for that chance - and how they have taken it. Complete shift in the atmosphere inside Villa Park."

  79. 2106: 

    John Burke, Harrow via text: "Even Barcelona and Real Madrid would be scared of playing Bradford at the moment. All they need is a few corners and they will beat you!"

  80. 2105: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    Oh what a chance!

    James Hanson has the chance to practically confirm the Bantams' place at Wembley, rising unmarked to meet Nathan Doyle's cross from the right, but the ball shaves Ciaran Clark's head and he steers it wide. Massive opportunity!

  81. 2103: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    A huge cheer as Darren Bent comes on in place of Barry Bannan for Aston Villa. This will test the Bradford back line.

  82. 2103: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    Paul Lambert sends for Darren Bent. I think we'll have more goals in this one, it has to open up...

  83. 2102: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    BBC Yorkshire Sport's Ian Woodcock at Villa Park: "The sense of tension around the ground when Gary Jones took those corners was unreal. You could tell how nervous the Villa fans were and with good reason. We all know how poor Villa's defending on set pieces is and Bradford have exploited it once more. Villa Park is silent but for 6,000 very noisy Yorkshiremen and women."

  84. 2101: 

    Edward Watson on Twitter: "Villa struggle to defend from a Bradford corner...AGAIN!! learn from your mistakes....or maybe not?!"

    Rahad Chowdhury on Twitter: "If you want to know why Shay Given has never played for a 'top 4' club in this league, just watch him on that corner!"

    Mark Duffell on Twitter: "Blimey. That's a turn up. Didn't see that coming. Nor did villa see that big centre forward mind. Obviously."

    Sean Sonnekus on Twitter: "Villa could have been out of sight at half time easily. That's what happens if you don't take your chances."

  85. 2100: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    Great movement from James Hanson for that goal. He lost Ron Vlaar - a Netherlands international let's not forget - easily to bury the header. Hanson used to stack shelves in a supermarket. Always good to have a trade behind you...

  86. 2100:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Villa Park:

    "No prizes for guessing the atmosphere among Bradford City's 6,000 travelling fans. Ecstasy doesn't do it justice. They have terrorised Aston Villa at corners over these two games and James Hanson's header was unstoppable."

  87. 2059: 
    Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford (Agg 2-4)

    So Bradford lead 4-2 on aggregate, and their fans chant "you're getting sacked in the morning" at Paul Lambert.

    Villa need to score twice to go to extra-time - away goals can't help them now.

  88. 2058:  
    Three-time League Cup winner Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "That was just an absolute free header. James Hanson was completely unopposed and he heads it into the top corner. Now we have got a game. It puts a completely different spring in Bradford's step. Paul Lambert will be mulling over now whether to make a change straight away. How long will he leave it?"

  89. 2056: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 1-1 Bradford - James Hanson (55 mins)

    Bradford. Corner. Goal! You know the script, but Aston Villa can't stop it!

    Gary Jones' first corner is well defended by Christian Benteke, but Jones' second corner finds big James Hanson six yards from goal, and the striker bullets a header into the roof of the net. Huge moment in this tie.

  90. 2055: 

    Alex Cockle on Twitter: "Bradford are the equivalent of Chelsea with 10 men and no centre half in the Nou Camp last season. Tough ask. But doable."

    Joe Cox on Twitter: "I reckon we'll have one more goal from Benteke then Villa will go through after extra time."

  91. 2053: 
    Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford

    Bradford's Zavon Hines robs Joe Bennett down the right, the Villa man pulls his shirt but referee Phil Dowd waves play on, Fabian Delph then nicks the ball back and Bradford are furious. That would have been a free-kick in a very good area.

  92. 2051: 
    Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford

    Villa have a free-kick 35 yards out, they leave it to skipper Ron Vlaar. He crunches in a shot which is blocked by the midriff of Nathan Doyle - and lays the former Hull man out. Ouch indeed.

    He needs a minute or two to get his breath back as the snow starts to fall.

  93. 2049: 
    Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford

    BBC Sport's Bradford fan Peter Scrivener at Villa Park: "All a bit nervy in the Bradford end. We know we've been outplayed so far but we are still in it and Nakhi Wells's late chance has given us a glimmer of hope."

  94. 2048: 
    Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford

    The gameplan remains the same - hit Christian Benteke.

    The big Belgian wins a header within a minute of the second half, but he can't flick it on target. He has the Bradford back four on toast though.

  95. 2048: 

    Jonathan Warren on Twitter: "The game is set up for one Darren Bent."

  96. 2047: 
    KICK-OFF- Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford

    Game on.

  97. 2046: 

    Stoke striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "I'm seriously impressed with Benteke. What a player. Michu, Van Persie and Benteke are the signings of the season so far in my opinion."

  98. 2045: 

    If the game finishes 2-0 to Aston Villa, then we would have extra-time. After 120 minutes, if the scores on aggregate remained at 3-3 - then Aston Villa would go through on away goals.

    Here come the players though - nobody wants to go out on away goals. We should be in for a gripping 45 minutes.

  99. 2044: 

    The aggregate score, don't forget, is Aston Villa 2-3 Bradford.

    If Bradford can hold on until the last 15 minutes we could have some major fireworks...

  100. 2043: 
    Phil Parkinson

    Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson cut a frustrated figure during the first half. His half-time team talk and the way he sets his side out for the second half may well be crucial in the outcome of this match.

  101. 2042: 

    Michael Blighe on Twitter: "I think suspended Aldershot striker Danny Hylton deserves a mention tonight. Helped clear the pitch so his team could play tonight!"

    He'll probably wish he hadn't bothered - the Shots trail 2-1 to Northampton.

  102. 2042: 

    There are goals in all the games in the Football League and Brentford are currently on course to move up to third in League One as they lead Leyton Orient 2-1. Martin Rowlands had given Orient the lead against his former club but the Bees fought back with strikes by Paul Hayes and Clayton Donaldson.

    Elsewhere, strugglers Hartlepool are trailing Bournemouth 1-0, while Enoch Showunmi has given Notts County a 1-0 lead at home to Oldham.

    In League Two, Northampton have adapted better to the snowy conditions at Aldershot and they have a 2-1 half-time lead. The Cobblers are third in the table as it stands.

  103. 2040: 
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  104. 2039: 

    Aston Villa fan George Dean via text: "Villa really could use and early goal in the second half. Been poor consistently in the 2nd this season."

    Ben in Oxford via text: "Will everyone stop going on about Villa like they're world beaters... I mean they are playing Bradford!"

    Now now Ben...

  105. 2039: 
    Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford

    BBC Yorkshire Sport's Ian Woodcock at Villa Park: "Despite being down on the night the Bantams still lead the tie and their fans gave the players a great reception as they went off. It could be a long second half but that late Nahki Wells shot will have given them hope that there could be a goal for them on the counter attack."

  106. 2038: 

    Conor Jones on Twitter: "Benteke looks sensational, I wouldn't have Delph in the Bradford team though"

    Jackson Slade on Twitter: "This inexperienced Villa defence could concede from a simple set-piece at any time. Villa need to be clinical to finish this off"

    Ewan Clarke on Twitter: "Come on Bradford, one good half and you're in the final"

  107. 2037:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCHAMPIONSHIP LATEST

    BBC Radio 5 live's Ian Brown at Ewood Park: "Blackburn score a penalty so they lead under Michael Appleton for the first time. Morten Gamst Pedersen was pulled inside the area and the penalty was given and Jordan Rhodes stepped up to send the goalkeeper the wrong way. That is his 16th goal for Blackburn and fifth in their last five league games."

    Listen to full match commentary from the game on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  108. 2036: 

    Not for the first time in my life, I find myself agreeing with the sage words of Messrs McNulty and Lawro.

    If Bradford cannot stop the wave of attacks pouring in on their goal, then surely Aston Vila will find at least one more goal. Villa have been very lively.

  109. 2035:  
    Three-time League Cup winner Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It is difficult for Phil Parkinson in terms of what he is going to say to the Bradford players. Does he set his team up to sit deep or try and push them on a bit and get a goal? I feel if Bradford approach the second half like they have the first then Aston Villa will get a second goal."

  110. 2035:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Villa Park:HALF-TIME- Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford

    "Rough first half for Bradford City but they still hold that precious advantage over the two legs. Aston Villa have been so superior, however, that they will feel they can change that in the second half."

  111. 2032: 

    The General in Birmingham via text: "If Villa go on to win this, Lambert must start the same team for the next few games. The win would give them confidence they've been missing, the skill's there."

  112. 2032: 
    Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford
    Christian Benteke

    Christian Benteke's 11th goal of the season has given Aston Villa renewed hope of reaching the Capital One Cup final, but there is still plenty for the Premier League side to do if they are to see off the threat posed by Bradford.

  113. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford
  114. 2031: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford

    Bradford have not spent much time in the Villa half, but Nakhi Wells almost scores a very big goal indeed, curling just wide with his left foot from 20 yards. Lovely effort.

  115. 2029: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford

    What a handful Christian Benteke is! Remember when Papa Bouba Diop was nicknamed 'the wardrobe?' I think Benteke may have to be 'the fitted kitchen.'

    Stephen Ireland stands up a cross, Benteke is way behind the play but beats two men in the air with brute strength, but can only flick the ball past the post. Very nearly the leveller.

  116. 2028:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCHAMPIONSHIP LATEST

    BBC Radio 5 live's Ian Brown at Ewood Park: "Just over 38 minutes gone and Blackburn are edging the game overall. Brighton keeper Tomasz Kuszczak has just had to make another decent save to keep out Morten Gamst Pedersen's shot. One threat from Brighton with Liam Bridicutt's shot deflected off target. Sill Blackburn 0-0 Brighton."

    Listen to full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  117. 2028: 
    Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford

    We are into the last five minutes of the first half here. Strangely, both sides will probably be quite happy with the score if it stays like this at the break. "Come on City" is the chant from those away fans as Bradford manage some possession for the first time in a long time...

  118. 2025:  
    Three-time League Cup winner Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It was a good effort from Stephen Ireland but Matt Duke read it well to flick it away. From Bradford's point of view they will be thinking to get through these few minutes to half-time and keep it at 1-0 because another goal will completely change Phil Parkinson's half-time team talk."

  119. 2024: 

    Bhaumik Dhulia on Twitter: "Villa dishing out what they get in the league to Bradford. Vicious cycle."

    David Mellor on Twitter: "Where has this noisy #villa crowd been all season? They're suddenly screaming and shouting like they're world beaters"

    Phil Robins on Twitter: "Villa are all over Bradford. This could end up being 4 or 5-0 to Villa."

  120. 2023: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford

    This second goal is coming! Stephen Ireland tries a deft chip from the edge of the penalty area which Matt Duke stretches to claw away, before Christian Benteke heads wide from the corner. Fine save.

  121. 2021: 
    Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford

    Nothing is sticking for Bradford up front, they just can't keep hold of the ball at all. Zavon Hines and Nakhi Wells are the danger men out wide but they have seen very little of the ball.

  122. 2019: 
    Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford

    BBC Yorkshire Sport's Ian Woodcock at Villa Park: "The Villa fans were just starting to get a little restless when Benteke scored. The noise level has noticeably risen in Villa Park and Bradford need to keep cool. Phil Parkinson is looking pensive on the touchline."

  123. 2017: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford

    Super stop from Matt Duke, as he gets across to tip Charles N'Zogbia's left-footed drive over the top. Wave upon wave of Villa attacks now as we tick past the half-hour mark.

  124. 2017: 

    Away from the cup action, Newcastle have announced the signing of defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Montpellier for an undisclosed fee.

  125. 2016: 
    Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford

    Bradford have had a strong minute or so after conceding that goal. They are still ahead on aggregate and need to keep their heads. Villa are playing a patient passing game, dragging their League Two opponents around smartly.

  126. 2015: 

    Callum on Twitter: "And that is the result of giving Benteke time in the box. Fantastic cross by Bennett as well!"

    Josh Brigham on Twitter: "Stunning cross, poachers goal for Benteke. Great play from Villa so far. Game on!"

    Trevor Hawkes on Twitter: "Gulf in class very much on display. Villa dominating....haven't said / thought / dreamt that much this season"

  127. 2013:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCHAMPIONSHIP LATEST

    BBC Radio 5 live's Ian Brown at Ewood Park: "It is still Blackburn 0-0 Brighton. Blackburn have had the only significant chance of the game so far, after 20 minutes. There was good play from Jordan Rhodes and then Colin Kazim-Richards, who in turn played a pass to Jason Lowe, but his shot was tipped wide."

    Listen to full match commentary from the game on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  128. 2012: 
    DISALLOWED GOAL- Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford

    Joe Bennett has had a strong few minutes. The left-back jigs between two defenders to play Stephen Ireland into the area, the former Manchester City man buries his shot brilliantly but he was a yard or so offside. Bradford need to hang on in there.

  129. 2011: 
    Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford

    So that's Aston Villa 2-3 Bradford on aggregate then. The momentum definitely with the Premier League side as Villa Park rocks. Paul Lambert's side have been very impressive.

  130. 2011:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Villa Park:

    "Paul Lambert celebrated Villa's goal wildly. He knows how important that breakthrough was - and it always looked like it would come through Christian Benteke."

  131. 2011:  
    Three-time League Cup winner Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "It was a decent ball in but the two centre-backs just went to sleep. It just needed the slightest movement from Christian Benteke and all he did was flick the ball into the net. The simplest of goals for Aston Villa and a poor goal to concede from Bradford's point of view."

  132. 2008: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 1-0 Bradford - Christian Benteke (24 mins)

    Interesting. Very interesting! Aston Villa have the early goal they so craved, and it comes from their most potent threat in the opening exchanges.

    Left-back Joe Bennett is afforded time and space to cross in, Christian Benteke gets between the centre-halves to stretch out a boot and flick a volley into the near corner. Head down, ball out of the net, back to the centre-circle from the Belgian.

  133. 2007: 
    YELLOW CARD- Aston Villa 0-0 Bradford

    James Hanson tries to hold the ball up as he chases a clearance, and he is tripped by Ciaran Clark in the centre-circle. The defender is booked for the foul, much to his annoyance.

  134. 2004: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Bradford

    As we enter the 19th minute, the crowd stand for their customary minute of applause aimed at captain Stiliyan Petrov, who is recovering from leukaemia.

    Gabby Agbonlahor almost keeps them on their feet with a low shot on the turn but Matt Duke makes the stop. Bradford can't clear their lines at the moment though.

  135. 2004:  
    Three-time League Cup winner Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "A bit to the left or right and that would have been 1-0. The worry for Bradford is that was another free header for Christian Benteke, he must have had three or four now."

    Listen to full match commentary from the game on BBC Radio 5 live

  136. 2002: 

    Couple of early goals to report in the Football League, with Leyton Orient taking a surprise lead at Brentford in League One. It is a stunner of a strike though, as Martin Rowlands rifles a free kick into the back of the net from fully 30 yards.

    Meanwhile, in League Two, Aldershot have taken a second-minute lead at home to Northampton, Daniel Lopez tapping in from six yards.

  137. 2001: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 0-0 Bradford

    Christian Benteke wins another header from a cross from the right, that is Villa's hunting ground so far.

    It's a powerful header from the Belgian but it's right at Matt Duke. Fabian Delph then hammers in a shot on the run which clears the crossbar. All Villa.

  138. 2001: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Bradford

    Bradford have seen out the opening 15 minutes. First tick on the checklist for Phil Parkinson and co.

    Gabby Agbonlahor's pace causes problems again though as he bursts inside the penalty area but he can't find a man with his pass. Aston Villa are dominating now.

  139. 1958:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Villa Park:

    "Aston Villa already conceding daft, cheap free-kicks - leading to the sort of set pieces they couldn't defend in the first game."

  140. 1957: 

    Di on text: "Dead right there's a good atmosphere at Villa Park - I am a good 4 miles away and I can hear the crowd!"

  141. 1956: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Bradford

    Bradford continue to cause problems from set-pieces as Big Jim Hanson wins a header but sends it well wide. Very fast tempo to this one.

  142. 1955:  
    Three-time League Cup winner Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "I thought Christian Benteke would have been better heading it at goal. It was difficult for Matthew Lowton to get his head to. Bradford are sat so far back that it is too easy for Villa at the moment."

  143. 1954: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Bradford

    This is very lively from Villa. Gabby Agbonlahor breaks away from a challenge in the middle, opens his legs and powers away before finding Charles N'Zogbia. This time his final ball doesn't come off but Villa are showing their pace up front.

  144. 1952:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Villa Park:

    "Lively start on the pitch and in the technical areas - Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert and his Bradford City counterpart Phil Parkinson already in arm-waving action and dialogue with the fourth official."

  145. 1950: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 0-0 Bradford

    Aston Villa get the ball down and take control of possession for the first time. The first goal is so important - and a chance!

    Again Charles N'Zogbia creates it with a cross, Christian Benteke heads back across goal and Matthew Lowton is perfectly placed in the middle, but can't control his header and it flies over the top. Strong start.

  146. 1949: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Bradford

    Charles N'Zogbia made a huge impact on Aston Villa's first-half showing at West Brom at the weekend, and he creates the first opening of the night for Villa. He wins a yard of space on the right, crosses deep and Christian Benteke floats a header wide of the far post.

  147. 1947:  
    Three-time League Cup winner Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Aston Villa are a team who were two up at home to Manchester United and eventually succumbed, but there is no doubt that when they get it right going forward they are handful, but defensively they can be all over the place."

  148. 1946: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Bradford

    The ball is whipped in by Gary Jones toward James Hanson but he can't control his header. Cracking atmosphere!

  149. 1946: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Bradford

    Fabian Delph makes an aggressive start for Villa, sliding in and catching Zavon Hines. Free-kick for Bradford in a good area...

  150. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Aston Villa 0-0 Bradford

    And we are under way...

  151. 1943: 
    Aston Villa v Bradford (1945 GMT)

    Thousands and thousands of Claret and blue flags are waved as the teams enter the pitch. Everyone is ready, Jonathan Pearce is primed - let's get this on...

  152. 1941:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveLISTEN NOW

    Live commentary from Villa Park then is under way on BBC Radio 5 live. Listen in if you can, or tune across to 5 Live Sports Extra if you need to stay across Blackburn v Brighton.

    You can choose either commentary on the website.

  153. 1940: 

    Mic Medeska on Twitter: "Maybe Sir Alex is eyeing Forster with all the mistakes De Gea is making. And Spurs could use another striker, Hooper?"

    Textbook wild speculation Mic. You'll go far

  154. 1938: 
    Bradford players celebrate in the first leg

    Bradford's performance in the first leg sparked memorable scenes of celebration from both their fans and players - will we be seeing more of the same after the second leg at Villa Park?

  155. 1936: 

    Opta Sports on Twitter: "8 - Eight of the 10 goals that Bradford City have scored in the League Cup this season have arrived in the 77th minute or later. Wait."

  156. 1932: 

    Three games in League One tonight but the pick of the bunch is arguably Brentford at home to Leyton Orient. The Bees are flying high in the division this season, losing just one league game since October and victory tonight will see them move above Swindon into third. In the other fixtures, bottom-club Hartlepool host play-off chasing Bournemouth, while Oldham travel to Notts County.

    Just one game in League Two with Aldershot hosting Northampton. The game is on despite some heavy snow.

    Four wins from their last five games have propelled the Cobblers up to sixth in the table and a win tonight will move them into the automatic promotion places for the first time this season.

  157. 1931: 

    Any other infrastructure issues in the Suffolk area we need to discuss? How's your digital TV reception Arthur....

  158. 1931: 

    Liam in Stockport on text: "I realise Benteke has been good this season, but surely on a night when any chance needs to be poached at all costs, surely it is time to give Bent his start. That's exactly what he is good at!"

    Kev, Bradford fan in Huddersfield: "My nerves are shredded already, just been shovelling snow from the path to calm down."

    Ben from Southend: "Re: 19:13 still don't understand how giving one team 120 minutes to score an away goal and the other team 90 is fair."

    Arthur on text: "Good. I'm not the only one to have experienced wifi problems in Suffolk!"

  159. 1928:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Villa Park:Aston Villa v Bradford (1945 GMT)

    "Bradford City's approach at Villa Park will be fascinating. They got their 3-1 lead from the first leg by being relentlessly positive. How will having the two-goal lead impact on them? They will know Villa have been vulnerable defensively - but manager Paul Lambert will also recall how many chances his team created at Valley Parade."

  160. 1926: 

    Celtic are playing Dundee United in the SPL, and apparently both Andre Villas-Boas and Sir Alex Ferguson are in the stands watching on.

    Who are they scouting then? Gary Hooper? Victor Wanyama?

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon has just told BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound that the club have rejected an "improved" offer from Norwich City for Hooper.

    Follow the latest in the SPL live text.

  161. 1923: 

    Blackburn host Brighton in the Championship with new boss Michael Appleton looking to record his first win since becoming Rovers manager.

    A four-match unbeaten run under caretaker manager Gary Bowyer came to an end in Appleton's first match in charge at the weekend, as Blackburn lost 2-1 to Charlton.

    A win for Blackburn will be enough to see them sneak into the top half of the table, but that will be easier said than done against a Brighton side who have avoided defeat in six of their last seven games, although the home side will be hoping to catch the Seagulls players with their minds on Saturday's FA Cup game against Arsenal.

  162. 1923: 

    Simon Baldwin on Twitter: "RE:1913 Don't bring that rule up, still bitter about the 09 semi final, stopped us Burnley lot reaching the final!"

    Ben Cullen on Twitter: "I haven't felt such apprehension before a villa game in a long time. UTV!"

  163. 1919: 
    Aston Villa v Bradford (1945 GMT)

    BBC Yorkshire Sport's Ian Woodcock at Villa Park: "Defying the Arctic conditions, many Bantams fans have arrived early and are warming up with a few songs. They'll be glad that striker James Hanson has recovered from a toe injury. He caused Villa's backline a lot of problems in the first leg, as did Bermudan strike partner Nahki Wells. Make no mistake, this is a line-up that can score goals."

  164. 1918: 

    Bradford's entire squad is said to have cost the club £7,500 to assemble - which would probably pay a Darren Bent or a Shay Given for a day or two wouldn't it?

    Winning would be a remarkable achievement for the League Two club - but Aston Villa mean business. We are half-an-hour away from kick-off.

  165. 1917:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor on 5 live: "If we can emulate what happened in 1994 when we overturned a deficit then it will be amazing. It is a tough, tough game for us tonight. If we can score early it will make a massive difference.

    "If we don't score early people do start getting nervous and that transmits to the players and with the players being young it can affect them, but hopefully the fans will get behind them and push them on."

  166. 1916: 

    Adam May on Twitter: "The first 30 mins is key. If Bradford can contain Villa up to that point, I can see them winning. Giant killing on the cards? Yes."

    Adrian Tang on Twitter: "Head says Villa but heart wants Bradford."

    Jonathan Brook on Twitter: "As an avid gravy-loving Yorkshireman who's lost in WIFI-less Suffolk, good luck to the Bantams tonight, Wembley beckons I reckon."

    Edward Pearce on Twitter: "Bradford on penalties at 26/1! Most definitely worth a punt!"

  167. 1913: 

    Away goals count after extra-time.

    Andreas Weimann's strike for Villa at Valley Parade may yet prove crucial, but should the game finish 2-0 to the hosts after 90 minutes then we would go into extra-time. After extra-time, if the scores remained at 3-3 on aggregate, then Villa would go through.

    Got all that?

  168. 1912: 

    There's a long chat between Bradford boss Phil Parkinson and Aston Villa substitute Darren Bent in the tunnel as the players head out for a much-needed warm-up. Were those two together at Charlton at all? I don't know.

    Parkinson looks remarkably calm.

  169. 1911:  
    Three-time League Cup winner Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live:

    "Aston Villa will need their experience tonight if they don't score early on. From Villa's point of view it is almost like the point of no return. I felt they played excellent for a half against West Brom and Paul Lambert will be hoping if they play like that for the full 90 minutes then they will go through."

  170. 1909: 
    Aston Villa v Bradford (1945 GMT)

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "I don't think you can use the word revenge. The players know they're hurt by it and they know they've got the chance to rectify it and get through. It could be a fantastic night. We have to come out of the blocks and if we do that, and we do what we did in the first half on Saturday, hopefully we will go through."

  171. 1909: 

    The hordes of Bradford fans are making a right din already.

  172. 1908: 
    LINE-UPS- Aston Villa v Bradford (1945 GMT)

    Aston Villa: Given, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, Ireland, Delph, Bannan, N'Zogbia, Benteke, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Bent, Holman, Weimann, Stevens, Lichaj, Carruthers.

    Bradford: Duke, Darby, McHugh, McArdle, Good, Hines, Gary Jones, Doyle, Atkinson, Hanson, Wells. Subs: McLaughlin, Ravenhill, Reid, Thompson, Connell, Nelson, Turgott.

    Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

  173. 1907: 

    Richard Coulson on Twitter: "Curtis Good has the chance to be the first Newcastle player to reach a cup final in over a decade- playing for Bradford."

  174. 1905: 

    Bradford magician Dynamo there - he was in the queue when tickets went on sale for this game and did some of his jiggery-pokery with the trophy…

    City may need some of his magic touch later on this evening.

  175. 1905: 

    Magician and Bradford fan Dynamo on Twitter: "Shout out to all my Bradford City fans out there! #ComeOnBradfordCity"

  176. 1904: 

    Aston Villa have been 3-1 down to lower-league opposition in a League Cup semi-final before though.

    In 1994, they lost the first leg 3-1 at Tranmere, only to win the second leg 3-1 at Villa Park, with Dalian Atkinson netting a vital 87th-minute leveller.

    Villa then won 5-4 on penalties before beating Manchester United 3-1 in the final. Omen?

    Bradford are decent at spot-kicks though - they've won their last nine!

  177. 1902: 
    Aston Villa v Bradford (1945 GMT)

    Bradford manager Phil Parkinson: "We know it is only half-time in the tie. Aston Villa will still be the favourites to progress, but if we give it our best shot in the second leg, regardless of whether we go through to the final or not, at least we can say that we have given it everything.

    "If Villa are to eventually get to Wembley, we have to make sure that we really make them earn it."

  178. 1901: 

    Bradford have tasted cup final glory before, they won the FA Cup in 1911 by beating Newcastle 1-0 in a replay at Selhurst Park, with Jimmy Speirs the goalscoring hero.

    Their best run before this year in the League Cup was reaching the quarter finals in successive seasons - 1987-88 and 1988-89.

    Aston Villa have won this competition on five occasions, most recently in 1996, and were last in the final in 2010.

    You may recall James Milner scoring a very early penalty to put Villa ahead in that final, but goals from Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney won the cup for Manchester United.

  179. 1900: 
    Aston Villa v Bradford (1945 GMT)

    Aston Villa make three changes to the side that drew with West Brom at the weekend as Paul Lambert's side bid to overturn a two-goal deficit and give themselves a chance of reaching the Capital One Cup final.

    Shay Given replaces in Brad Guzan in goal, while Stephen Ireland and Barry Bannan come into the side, with Nathan Baker and Ashley Westwood making way.

    Meanwhile, Bradford manager Phil Parkinson keeps faith with the same starting 11 that secured the 3-1 first-leg win at Valley Parade earlier this month.

  180. 1858: 

    Carla on text: "Would love to see Villa overturn the deficit if only to let Stiliyan Petrov lead the team out at Wembley."

  181. 1856: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Aston Villa v Bradford (1945 GMT)

    Bradford are unchanged from the side which beat Villa 3-1 in the first leg.

  182. 1855: 

    Luckily for Bradford fans, none of us are Phil Parkinson. And he has settled on the "attack is the best form of defence" approach.

    "Villa carry a real threat going forward but their weakness is defensively," Parkinson told BBC Radio Leeds.

    "It would be foolish for us to go there to defend for 90 minutes.

    "We have to carry a threat ourselves and we certainly will. The best way for us to progress is to score and we will endeavour to do that."

  183. 1854: 

    If you were Bradford boss Phil Parkinson for the day, how would you approach this game?

    Do you shut up shop and try to grind out a 0-0? Defend deep and know that a 1-0 defeat would still be enough? Or come out swinging and try to nick a goal against a defence that has shipped 44 goals in the Premier League?

  184. 1852: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Aston Villa v Bradford (1945 GMT)

    Aston Villa make three changes from the side which drew 2-2 with West Brom. Stephen Ireland, Shay Given and Barry Bannan replace Brad Guzan, Nathan Baker and Ashley Westwood.

  185. 1851: 

    Tim in Wales on text: "I'm a Villa fan and must say I'm not confident at all that we will turn this around, defence has been shambolic all season."

    Dave on text: "Come on the Villa. This is the moment for our kids to shine and show we have the fight to turn our season around. We are behind you. Make us proud!"

  186. 1849: 
    Aston Villa v Bradford (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Bradford fan Peter Scrivener at Villa Park: "How about this for a friendly cup tie? Two random Villa fans show me where to park my car, take me to the Barton Arms, buy me a pint and wish me good luck. Who said the spirit of football is dead?"

    Great scenes! If we hear later from Scriv that his car has been vandalised, I'll be terribly disappointed...

  187. 1847: 
    Aston Villa v Bradford (1945 GMT)

    There are 61 league positions between the two sides. It should be a formality that the Premier League side wipe out that two-goal advantage early doors and then record a comfortable win.

    But that would be boring wouldn't it? And that would also dismiss Villa's flaky defending and Bradford's storming first-leg showing. The first goal promises to be crucial.

  188. 1845: 

    It's times like this that you need your manager to come out fighting, and that is exactly what Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert did in his press conference yesterday.

    "I don't sense any apprehension at all," he said. "We are ready for it and we know what we have to do.

    "I am pretty sure everyone will make us favourites to turn it around."

  189. 1844: 

    Dan Willatt on Twitter: "On paper this should be a Villa win, but paper means nothing in football anymore."

    Rory Smith on Twitter: "I'm a neutral, but I want to see a giant-killing here! Wells is on blistering form and I can see him grabbing an early goal!"

  190. 1843: 
    Aston Villa v Bradford (1945 GMT)

    BBC Yorkshire Sport's Ian Woodcock at Villa Park: "While much has been made of Villa's poor form, the Bantams have not enjoyed the best start to 2013 themselves. A disappointing 2-1 home defeat by Oxford came four days after their first leg heroics against Villa before they lost 4-1 at Crewe in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Northern Section semi-final. Their winless run to the New Year has seen them drop out of the top seven in League Two.

    "The defeat at Crewe came with a much changed team to the one Phil Parkinson is likely to select tonight and many of his key players will have had a 10-day rest since their last match after Saturday's game at Port Vale was postponed."

  191. 1842:  
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at Villa Park:Aston Villa v Bradford (1945 GMT)

    "Bitterly cold at Villa Park but 6,000 travelling Bradford City fans will warm things up. Can Phil Parkinson's side successfully protect their 3-1 lead from the first leg and become the first side from the fourth tier to reach the final of this competition since Rochdale in 1962?"

  192. 1840: 

    Stefan from Lichfield on text: "Just on the train. Trains being delayed hasn't helped the nerves to begin with! Very worried about tonight."

    Let us know if you are having any travel problems. I can see Villa Park and the surface is immaculate. No worries on that front.

  193. 1839: 
    Aston Villa v Bradford (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Bradford fan Peter Scrivener at Villa Park: "On Saturday 28 November 1987 I went to Valley Parade for the first time. Bradford lost 4-2 to Aston Villa and I couldn't have been more gutted. However, if we can replicate that defeat tonight I'll be one happy Bantam!"

  194. 1838: 

    Bradford have apparently ferried 6,800 fans across the M62 and down the M6 to Villa Park this evening. We should be on for a special atmosphere.

    Can they do it?

  195. 1837:  
    BBC Radio 5 live's Robbie Savage

    "Soooo Villa v Bradford tonight, I'm going for a Villa win 4-1"

  196. 1835: 

    Can Bradford pull this off? Or will Aston Villa flex their Premier League muscles and make it through to Wembley for the second time in four years?

    Any Villa fans at the game? Nervous? Confident? Any Bantams fans among the huge away support?

    I can't wait for this one. But it will be all the better with your views.

    Text us on 81111 (UK Only) with your name and allegiance, and Tweet us using the hashtag #BBCFootball. Cheers

  197. 1832: 

    Goals from Nahki Wells, Rory McArdle and Carl McHugh gave Bradford that famous 3-1 win in the first leg a fortnight ago.

    Aston Villa were overrun and out-fought for the majority of the game, though they did batter West Brom in the first half of their Premier League derby at the weekend.

    Which Villa side will show up this time? The answer to that is probably going to be the key to the game...

  198. 1830: 

    The 26th of April, 1962.

    Hank Marvin and The Shadows were at number one with the classic instrumental 'Wonderful Land', The Ranger 4 spacecraft crashed into the Moon, and even more unlikely, Rochdale reached the League Cup final.

    It's been 50 years and counting since a team from the fourth division reached the final, and perhaps there has never been a better chance than tonight.

    Bradford head to the second leg of their semi-final with Aston Villa with a two-goal lead. Can they do it?

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