Villa Park, England

Referee: P Dowd | Attendance: 40193

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Aston Villa

  • Christian Benteke 24'
  • Andreas Weimann 89'

2 - 1


2nd leg: 3 - 4 (Agg)

Bradford City

  • James Hanson 55'

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    What a night for Bradford. What an amazing outcome. Bradford. In a cup final. At Wembley. Bradford for the Europa League?


    The story should be about Bradford, but the dismal nature of this Villa capitulation cannot be forgotten either.


    Bradford's only ever previous Cup final appearance was in 1911 when they beat Newcastle in the FA Cup. And now they will face Chelsea or Swansea in the final of the League Cup 102 years later.

  • 94'


  • 94'

    30 seconds

  • 94'

    Villa get out and Given thumps it upfield.

  • 93'

    Bradford take it short, 60 seconds.

  • 92'

    90 seconds - and Bradford win a corner.

  • 92'

    Bradford break and Atkinson runs into the corner. Delph races across the pitch and flies through Thompson

  • 92'

    Two and a half minutes left.

  • 92'

    Corner to Villa, it's headed on but flashes across the box and behind for a goal-kick.

  • 91'

    Four minutes to be added on

  • 90'

    Signs of panic in the Bradford defence for the first time in half an hour.

  • 89'

    Weimann gets on the Bent flick on, rounds Duke and fires into the open net. Now we have a finish, out of nowhere

  • 89'


  • 89'

    No sign of the alamo from Villa, no plan, no shape, no idea, no fight, no hope.

  • 88'

    This is one of the most amazing stories in English football history, for a fourth tier team to reach a final. Beat Arsenal. Beat a Premier League team over two legs. Amazing.

  • 87'

    Blair Turgott is on for Wells.

  • 87'

    James Hanson's header restored Bradford's two-goal advantage

  • 86'

    More and more Villa fans stream out of the ground, disgusted, bemused and embarrassed.

  • 86'

    Bradford happy to see the clock tick away as they keep possession in the Villa half.

  • 85'

    Another great corner from Jones, again aimed at Hanson but Vlaar beats him to it.

  • 85'

    Bradford move up the other end and win a corner. It looks like they are going to be in the final.

  • 84'

    Terrible cross from Ireland, intercepted by Jones and he has the time to stride forward and bring it away!

  • 84'

    "You're getting sacked in the morning," the Bradford fans sing again at Lambert. "We can see you sneaking out," at the Villa fans.

  • 83'

    N'Zogbia is booked for his challenge on Doyle.

  • 82'

    Bradford's wall of a defence continues to stand strong, repelling every attack. Villa don't look like they think they can batter a way through.

  • 81'

    Jones takes the corner again and this time the whistle goes against Hanson for a push - but Villa looked all at sea from a set-piece once more.

  • 80'

    Wells' shot is blocked by Vlaar. Corner to Bradford.

  • 80'

    Benteke thinks he's through on goal but the flag is up for offside. Replays suggest it is the correct call.

  • 79'

    Villa look bereft of ideas, downtrodden, beaten.

  • 78'

    This result will quite simply be unbelievable if it happens.

  • 77'

    The loose ball runs to Delph, and he barely makes contact with the shot.

  • 77'

    Agbonlahor's cross, headed away by McHugh

  • 76'

    But if Villa can find a goal, we are going to have one almighty finish to this game.

  • 75'

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  • 75'

    Villa are ALL OVER the place. If anything you fancy Bradford to get another!

  • 74'

    Great move, Darby picks out Thompson 12 yards out and his shot cannons back off the bar!

  • 73'


  • 73'

    Hanson is penalised for a foul on Vlaar, a finger in the eye from the big Bradford man.

  • 72'

    Villa passes now getting longer and no more accurate.

  • 71'

    Zavon Hines has run his race and is replaced by Garry Thompson

  • 71'

    Striker number three comes on as Andreas Wiemann replaces Joe Bennett.

  • 70'

    Delph shoots from 35 yards and it hits the back of Agbonlahor and drifts wide of the post. Wasteful.

  • 68'

    Villa fans struggling to raise their team - in disbelief at what they are seeing.

  • 67'

    Lowton, to Bent, to Ireland and it's fired just a yard wide on the edge of the six yard box. Fluid, but no end product.

  • 66'

    Hines runs after Villa players hunting the ball down, giving them not a second to pick a pass.

  • 65'

    Villa back on the front foot.

  • 64'

    The cross came in from the right, Hanson was left completely unmarked but he mis-timed his header and the ball bounced off his shoulder and away. Oh my. That would surely have been that.

  • 64'

    James Hanson misses a free header six yards out! Bradford should be in front!

  • 64'

    Bradford have the ball in the Villa half, taking their time over a throw in.

  • 63'

    So Lambert puts on a second striker in desperate search for a way back into this tie.

  • 62'

    Darren Bent comes on for Barry Bannan

  • 62'

    Bradford break again and have three gold shirts in the box, but the cut-back evades all of them. The Bantams fancy another!

  • 61'

    Benteke goes up to win the header from the corner, McArdle beats him to it and knocks it behind - amazingly the referee awards a goal-kick. Clear corner.

  • 60'

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  • 60'

    Superb cross from Bennett, fired across the six-yard box and Good helps it behind for a corner.

  • 59'

    4-2 on aggregate now then, Villa no longer have any kind of away goals cushion to look to. They have 31 minutes to rescue this somehow.

  • 58'

    It is crucial that Bradford do not concede in the next few minutes, they need to keep that two-goal lead intact and keep Villa's spirits down.

  • 58'

    "You're getting sacked in the morning," the Bradford fans sing at Paul Lambert.

  • 57'

    Hanson has not played since the first leg after suffering a broken toe. It's his head that Villa can't handle.

  • 57'

    Villa park has been silenced, but for the noise from a few thousand West Yorkshire voices in the distance.

  • 56'

    Brilliant work from Hines as he wins a corner for Bradford. They win two in succession and from the second Gary Jones fines the steaming run of Hanson who heads into the roof of the net. Amazing scenes!

  • 55'


  • 54'

    Needless foul by Benteke on Darby, the defender was facing his own goal on the touchline.

  • 53'

    Shot from N'Zogbia, charged down by Jones.

  • 52'

    The decision goes against Hines for a foul on Delph when Bennett was pulling his shirt all over just before that.

  • 51'

    Benteke almost gets onto the end of another ball into the box, it runs though and Good slices a clearance into his keeper's hands.

  • 50'

    Vlaar smashes a shot ... into the wall

  • 49'

    Free-kick to Villa 35 yards out.

  • 48'

    I've had a few Twitter questions so just to confirm, away goals do NOT count on 90 minutes. Only after extra-time.

  • 47'

    A chance straight away for Benteke, but his header is too glancing and it goes away from goal.

  • 46'

    Villa kick off the second half.


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    It's been Villa, Villa, Villa but they still need two more goals to win this - or one more to force extra-time. More backs to the wall from Bradford on the way.

  • 45'

    And there goes the half-time whistle.

  • 45'

    Awful shot from Delph 25 yards out, sliced wide and almost out for a throw-in

  • 45'

    One minute to be added on.

  • 45'

    Ooooooh! Wells fires in a shot and it goes a few yards wide. Villa fans had their hearts in their mouths.

  • 44'

    Good run from N'Zogbia, who feeds Ireland on the right. His cross to the back stick hits Benteke and goes inches wide of the post. McArdle got away with a mis-kick there.

  • 43'

    Bradford just need to get one set-piece right and get a goal of their own, put a spanner in Villa's works.

  • 42'

    Agbonlahor rolls Good and goes down looking for a free-kick, Phil Doed says no.

  • 41'

    Bradford looking a little more comfortable at the moment.

  • 40'

    Benteke heads Villa in front.

  • 39'

    The corner comes in, Benteke wins the header at the near post but it goes a yard wide.

  • 38'

    Duke tips Ireland's chipped effort over the bar just when it seemed to be dropping over the top of Duke.

  • 37'

    Brilliant play from Will Atkinson, bring the ball away on the left after it dropped wide from the free-kick.

  • 36'

    Free-kick to Villa 35 yards out.

  • 35'

    It was indeed lumped into the box, Hines tries a snap shot with the loose ball but it's blocked.

  • 34'

    Delph needlessly trips Doyle as he goes back to his own goal. Chance to lump one into the box.

  • 33'

    Villa win back to back corners. Neither come to anything.

  • 32'

    Ooooh! Fine effort by N'Zogbia, thwacked towards the corner from 15 yards out. Duke does brilliantly to palm it over.

  • 31'

    Opta stat: Aston Villa have won five and drawn three of the eight games (all comps) that Christian Benteke has scored in before tonight.

  • 30'

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  • 30'

    Lowton crosses from the right, McArdle gets there first to head behind. Bannan's corner is poor.

  • 29'

    It really feels like a matter of time.

  • 28'

    Pressure building and building on Bradford.

  • 27'

    Bennett feeds in Ireland, who finds the back of the net - but this time the flag is rightly up for offside.

  • 26'

    Wells turns and shoots from 25 yards out, well wide and filed under "hopeful".

  • 25'

    So, Villa halve the deficit in the 24th minute, the crowd is alive now. One more needed to level on aggregate.

  • 24'

    Bennett with the fine cross, Benteke is left alone by his marker and he just helps it into the back of the net from eight yards out.

  • 24'


  • 22'

    The last team from outside the top flight to win a major trophy was Sheffield Wednesday in 1991.

  • 21'

    Clark goes through the back of Hanson and sees yellow.

  • 20'

    Good spin and shot by Agbonlahor, Duke gets down well and holds.

  • 19'

    This time Lowton's pass has too much weight on it and it goes out for a goal kick.

  • 18'

    Villa enjoying all the ball, Bradford sitting and waiting for the next assault.

  • 17'

    Delph opens his stride and motors towards go. He has options but goes for the right-footed shot from 20 yards but it dips over the bar.

  • 16'

    Beneteke heads into the grateful hands of Duke from another fine N'Zogbia ball. That looks like a useful outlet for Villa.

  • 15'

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  • 15'

    Ireland does well to feed in Agbonlahor but his square ball across the box only finds McArdle.

  • 14'

    Another poor pass, this time from Vlaar, as the ball goes directly out of play.

  • 12'

    Bradford manager Phil Parkinson would have targetted getting through the first 20 minutes with their lead intact, all good so far.

  • 11'

    Gary Jones whips in the free-kick right footed, Hanson leaped highest but headed way off target. Villa still look suspect on set-pieces against this Bradford team.

  • 10'

    Bennett barges into the back of Hines, another chance to deliver into the box.

  • 10'

    Barry Bannan's passing has been wayward so far tonight.

  • 9'

    Benteke does brilliantly to beat his man in the box and tries to find Agbonlahor with the square ball - excellent defending from former Sheffield Wednesday defender Rory McArdle to intercept.

  • 8'

    Aston Villa should be expected to beat a League Two side by three goals at home. But this Aston Villa team are bereft of confidence.

  • 7'

    Villa have got hold of this game now, a long night is ahead for the Bantams.

  • 6'

    The cross from N'Zogbia is again met by Benteke, he heads towards goal and Lowtown attempts to flick it on into the net put only heads over.

  • 5'

    Doyle brings down Benteke, ref Phil Down as a word but Villa can't make anything of the set-piece.

  • 4'

    Cross from N'Zogbia finds Benteke, the Belgian gets a looping header on goal but it drops a yard wide. Duke wasn't concerned.

  • 3'

    This is a great start from Bradford and are on top, Hanson almost winning a corner off Vlaar.

  • 2'

    The free-kick comes in from the right, there's a good run from Hanson but Villa are able to bring the ball away.

  • 1'

    In the first 20 seconds Fabian Delph goes flying through Zavon Hines. The ref has a word with the Bradford-born Villa man.


    And it's Bradford to kick off.


    In contrast, some Bradford fans wave their shirts above their heads.


    Villa fans have been given the plastic flags to wave. Never a good thing.


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    Bradford striker James Hanson returns to the side after missing the last two games with a broken toe.


    Aston Villa to win, with bet365  
    Bradford City to win, with bet365  


    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert makes three changes. Goalkeeper Shay Given, who has recovered from a hamstring injury, and midfielders Stephen Ireland and Barry Bannan replace Brad Guzan, the injured Nathan Baker and cup-tied Ashley Westwood.


    Bradford: Duke, McHugh, Darby, McArdle, Good, Atkinson, Doyle, Hines, Jones, Wells, Hanson.


    Aston Villa: Given, Vlaar [c], Clark, Bennett, Lowton, Ireland, Delph, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Bannan, Benteke.


    Away goals will only count at the end of extra-time, not at 90 minutes. So if the scores are level on aggregate at full-time we will definitely have another 30 minutes.


    Aston Villa go into this game 3-1 down but still favourites to book a date with either Swansea or Chelsea at Wembley on February 24.

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Aston Villa

  • 17(5)

  • -

  • 7

  • 56%


  • Bradford City

  • 6(1)

  • -

  • 9

Bradford City

POS No Name


12 Matt Duke


2 Stephen Darby


16 Carl McHugh


23 Rory McArdle


27 Curtis Good


14 Will Atkinson


18 Gary Jones


24 Nathan Doyle


9 James Hanson


20 Zavon Hines
11 Garry Thompson


21 Nahki Wells
26 Blair Turgott
POS No Name
G 1 Jon McLaughlan
D 22 Michael Nelson
M 4 Richard Ravenhill
M 7 Kyel Reid
M 11 Garry Thompson
M 26 Blair Turgott
F 17 Alan Connell

Match Stats

  • Aston Villa
  • Bradford City
17(5) Shots (on goal) 6(1)
7 Fouls 9
6 Corner kicks 5
3 Offsides 0
56% Time of Possession 44%
3 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
1 Saves 4

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