Aston Villa 2 Bradford City 1 – Bantams reach Capital One Cup final
There amazing scenes at Villa Park on Tuesday night after Bradford City booked their place in the League Cup final after a 4-3 aggregate victory over Aston Villa.
January 22nd, 2013
The Bantams led 3-1 from the first leg at Valley Parade although many thought that the League Two side would be overrun in the second leg and the Villans came out of the traps flying, creating several chances that would lead to a goal in the 21st minute.
Christian Benteke had been the danger man up to that point and the Belgian made no mistake with a close-range volley to reduce the aggregate lead to one goal, although Bradford stood firm and it was still 1-0 on the night by half-time.
City manager Phil Parkinson was fully aware that another defensive performance in the second half could mean curtains for Bradford and the visitors showed a good deal more ambition after the break which led to an unlikely equaliser.
James Hanson powered home a header from a corner which caused riotous celebrations in the away end, with Aston Villa turning desperate for goals which saw them lose all semblance of shape in the process.
Indeed, Bradford looked more likely on the break and Hanson missed a great chance to put them ahead on the night, while the League Two team also hit the crossbar.
The last few minutes were very nervy after Andreas Weimann beat goalkeeper Matt Duke to slot home, although the Bantams were good value for their aggregate win and will play Chelsea or Swansea in the Wembley final.