FT: Aston Villa 2 Bradford 1 (Agg: 3-4)

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The League Two club win 3-4 on aggregate to book their place in the final against either Swansea or Chelsea. They weathered the storm and they've got their rewards.

It's all over! Bradford are going to Wembley!

Understandably nervy defending from Bradford as they scramble to clear another Villa ball into the box...

There's a late Bradford corner which is taken short but Villa get it away, with Given lofting a long ball up the pitch.

A scissor tackle from Delph on Thompson earns him a booking as tensions run high.

McHugh deals with another Villa ball into the box as the hosts are frustrated again.

The corner very nearly falls to Bent who might've been able to slot it home from a tricky angle but it just slips past the striker.

Four minutes of stoppage time are added - not what Bradford will be wanting to hear. Villa win a corner on the left.

Turgott's risky move proved costly as it allowed Given's long kick to find Weimann, who rounded the Bradford defence to slide home into an empty net.


Turgott storms off on a run down the right and unleashes a cross but there's no-one there to greet it and it goes to Given.

Weimann charges up the pitch for Villa but is held up inside their own end. N'Zogbia takes over and slots a ball through but Duke slides out to snatch it up.

Another change for Bradford as Wells makes way for Blair Turgott, on loan from West Ham.

Villa are still trying to find something in these dying minutes as Clark lifts a long ball into the box but it's seen off by the Bradford defence.

Some of the Villa supporters are off home as Bradford prepare to take the corner. Vlaar does his job to deny Hanson this time.

Jones cuts out Ireland's ball in from the left to set up another Bradford break and Wells wins another corner.

Doyle gets gingerly to his feet as the Bantams prepare to take a free-kick in midfield but Clark is there to meet the long delivery towards the Villa goal.

N'Zogbia gets a booking after sliding in on Doyle.

Lowton blasts a cross into the box but Doyle gets it away at the second attempt. Vlaar tries again but it's Darby there this time to clear.

Jones lifts the corner in and Hanson dives in for it but he can't repeat his heroics as the Villa defence hold firm.

Wells wins a corner for Bradford off Vlaar and there's another opportunity for the visitors in these late stages.

Weimann gets away down the right for Villa as he brings some fresh impetus to their attack but his cross is a wayward one.

Benteke charges into the Bradford box but McArdle gets there first to ease the pressure. Villa are beginning to ramp up the heat again.

Agbonlahor beats Darby to plant a cross into the box from the left but it's hacked away by McHugh. Hanson and Vlaar battle to win a long ball into the Bradford end.

Lowton gets the ball away from Bradford to diffuse another attack but a lovely turn by Jones allows the visitors to get forward again.

A chance for Bradford as Thompson pings a strike off the crossbar following a great free-flowing move from the hosts, with Darby playing creator.

Benteke won't let Darby see the ball out in the left corner and hoofs it into midfield. Hanson catches Vlaar in the face and the defender goes down but is soon back on his feet.

A quick line from Sky Bet - Aston Villa are now 7/2 to make the final with substitute Darren Bent 7/2 to make the desired impact by netting next.

Bradford make their first swap as Garry Thompson comes on for Hines.

Villa make a change as Weimann comes on for Bennett.

Delph tries his luck with a shot from range but it takes a deflection and doesn't trouble Duke in goal.

Hines almost gets away near the Villa box but Vlaar eventually cuts out the threat after some fumbled defending.

Still on the ball in midfield, Villa keep pushing forward but Agbonlahor can't keep a long pass from going behind.

More passing build-up from Villa but they'll be aware they don't have much time. Ireland pounces on Bent's ball but can't quite wrap his foot around a shot from close range.

Vlaar skips through midfield and picks out Agbonlahor but he's forced to turn back on himself. Bradford are holding firm.

Lowton and N'Zogbia pair up on the right wing but are frustrated again. On the other flank, Bennett looks for a breakthrough.

Villa are pressing again but can't find a way through as they're pushed back into their own end, with Bradford finding some fresh energy since their goal.

Bradford get another sniff of an attack as Darby's throw sets up a Doyle cross and Hanson hints at deja vu but his header is lacking the direction of his earlier one.

Bannan makes way for Darren Bent as Lambert tries to inject some firepower to his Villa side.

Hines tries his luck with an optimistic shot from far out which prompts a low and fairly comfortable save from Given.

Bradford try to mount something at the other end and Wells wins a throw on the right. The visitors are looking a bit more confident.

Bennett plants a great ball into the box for Villa which McHugh does well to deal with. Benteke leaps to reach the resulting corner but it goes behind for a goal-kick.

Bennett scuffs a rushed ball towards the box and it's a wasted chance as it goes behind.

'You're getting sacked in the morning' is the chant ringing out through Villa Park as the pressure increases on Villa boss Lambert.

Villa have a big job on their hands once again now. Bradford win a throw in midfield and are in no hurry to take it after restoring their advantage.

Bradford restore their two-goal lead! After that dubious clearance of the first corner, the Bantams make the second one count as Hanson climbs and nods his powerful header past the helpless Given.


Benteke steams in and heads the ball out for another Bradford corner...

Bradford win their first corner of the match and there's a buzz of excitement among the visiting supporters, who are in good voice.

Jones is there to block N'Zogbia's ball in. Benteke fouls Darby on the other wing with a needless challenge and Bradford get some relief.

Hines gets punished after a tussle with Delph and Villa are back on the ball. Vlaar slots a ball through for N'Zogbia down the right.

Lowton and Atkinson battle for the ball as the latter tries to build something on the break but the Villa man wins the scrap.

Doyle looks to be struggling and there's a lull in play as he recovers. It appears there's a flurry of snow trying to come down.

After a bit of discussion it's Vlaar that eventually does the honours but smashes his effort into the wall.

Benteke goes to ground under pressure in midfield and Villa win a free-kick from range, which Bannan looks like taking.

An early chance for Villa and it's Benteke again with a dangerous header from Lowton's cross in from the right, but he can't quite get it on target.

A long diagonal ball finds it's way up the pitch towards Benteke but the Bradford defence intervene.

We're back in action at Villa Park, with the hosts getting things started this half.

Many thanks for all your feedback, sorry I couldn't publish them all but it's almost time to get back underway. Time to find out if Bradford can hold on...

@sam_vercellotti - "go on Bradford! You can do it lads! Just defend, defend, defend, and break when it's time!"

@willsimmons_98 - "Bradford need to hold off this pressure and just remember what they could achieve by winning this."

@ccharleswilson tweeted - "hoping for 3-0 villa after that first half, lambert should bring Bent on? Natural goalscorer."

Lynn Edmonds says of Villa - "I Just Hope that they don't blow a good first half with a second half inept display as I witnessed at West brom. They need to start playing for 90mins not 45."

Nick Cary has been underwhelmed with Bradford so far - "Really hoping to see Bradford at Wembley. Playing like they are, I cannot see that. Really poor defending and unable to really clear the ball."

An update from Sky Bet - Aston Villa are the slight favourites to progress now with Bradford drifting 5/4 to qualify for the final, while Christian Benteke is 3/1 to add to his opener by scoring next.

@carlos_11 - "villa need to win this game. For morale if nothing else! And so the guys at work leave me alone for a week!"

@mattsnow96 tweeted - "Urging Villa to win 3-0 if they play good"

Mark Carr has written in - "Come on the villa, this may build some confidence that we need. Also one more step closer for silverware!!"

Got something to say on the opening 45 minutes? You can Tweet me @SkySportsRachG or email rachel.griffiths@bskyb.com.

The whistle blows for half-time and Villa lead 1-0 thanks to Benteke's headed goal, with Bradford still 2-3 ahead on aggregate. It's been one-way traffic as Villa took control in that half but the Bantams are holding on.

Just a minute of stoppage time is added this half. A rushed attack from Villa has Lambert less than pleased on the touchline.

A glimpse of something for Bradford as they also get a late chance this half, with Wells' effort going just wide and prompting Given to take action.

There's a late chance for Bradford as Benteke attacks the ball from point-blank range and is barged by McArdle, who gets away with it.

Alan Pardew is in the stands watching with interest, knowing his Newcastle side will take on Villa in the Premier League in the near future.

Villa are on the ball as the minutes trickle down this half. Ireland and Lowton team up, seeking a way into the box.

Agbonlahor goes to ground trying to suggest he's been fouled by Good but the ref is unmoved. A goal-kick from Duke goes straight back to Ireland.

Ireland loses out to Atkinson down the right to subdue another Villa attack. Bradford are working hard but can't get a foothold on the game.

Good takes a throw for the Bantams on the left of the Villa end but the visitors struggle to bring the ball down and Vlaar eventually sees the ball away.

Wells gets away for Bradford and plants a cross into the box from the right but there's no-one there to pick it up except Given.

Duke has an answer again in the Bradford goal as he gets his fingertips to Ireland's shot. Benteke climbs to meet the resulting corner but nods it wide.

Wells continues Atkinson's run on the counter-attack but some solid defending from Lowton and Bannan diffuses the threat.

The referee spots a push from Doyle and Villa earn a free-kick from far out which Bradford manage to deal with before Atkinson breaks.

Bennett pursues Darby down the left wing but the Bradford defender wins the battle and a throw-in from the corner.

Doyle takes a tumble under pressure in midfield and the visitors win a free-kick. Clark does well to clear the long delivery into the box.

Another corner for Villa is lifted in by Bannan but it goes behind for a Duke goal-kick. Bradford enjoy a rare attack as Hines makes some ground.

Duke makes a fantastic save as N'Zogbia lets fly with a powerful drive and the keeper leaps to palm it over the crossbar.

Delph manages to keep a long Ireland ball inside as Villa try to build something on the left of the Bantams' box.

Bradford win a throw in their own end as they try and take some control but a push from Hanson gives possession back to the hosts.

Bannan digs the corner in but it's not the best delivery and Benteke can't repeat his goalscoring heroics as he rises to meet it.

N'Zogbia tries to get a cross away but he runs into a wall of Bradford defenders. A great ball in from Lowton wins Villa a corner.

Lowton and Ireland pair up on the edge of the box but Jones is there to chip in with the crucial clearance.

Bennett makes inroads again as he weaves through with a great mazy run and picks out Ireland - but the Villa man is offside as he blasts home.

Villa aren't letting up after that opener as they hunt for a way through again, with Delph skipping forward in midfield.

Benteke has been climbing to meet crosses throughout the opening minutes and now he's seen his reward. That will have injected some confidence into the home side.

It's a quality ball in from Bennett which Benteke has no trouble latching onto as he rises and nods decisively into the back of the net.


Villa are still looking for a way through as Lowton gets forward down the right channel, crossing towards Bannan.

Delph battles to win the ball in midfield and earns Villa a throw. It's the home side that are in control but are yet to reap rewards for their efforts.

Clark earns the first booking of the match for a dubious challenge.

Vlaar lifts a ball into the box looking for Benteke but it's hacked away.

Agbonlahor and N'Zogbia pair up in the box and the former gets a shot away which prompts a quick-thinking low save from Duke.

The Stiliyan Petrov support is in full force as the match reaches the 19th minute, with the crowd applauding for the skipper.

Lowton plants an impatient diagonal ball into the Bradford box which comes to nothing as Villa's frustration continues.

Darby gets off lightly after going unpunished following his charge into the back of Agbonlahor, which leaves referee Dowd unmoved.

Another opportunity for the hosts as Delph makes a charge from midfield before pulling the trigger with a decent shot from range but his effort is a rising one and it floats over the woodwork.

Chance for Villa as N'Zogbia's well-placed cross once again finds the head of Benteke but the Belgian nods his effort straight at goalkeeper Matt Duke.

A nicely-weighted ball is threaded through to Agbonlahor by Ireland on the right of goal but his cross is cut out by McArdle.

Given trades passes with his defenders before the hosts win another throw in the middle of the park. Ireland lifts a long ball towards the box but it's seen off by the Bradford defence.

It's Villa's turn for a throw as Hines puts it out in the home side's end. Vlaar tries to slot a ball through for Lowton down the right but overhits his pass.

Good takes a throw for the Bantams inside their own half but the loose ball rolls back to Given. Villa have seen 75% of the possession so far.

Hanson climbs well above Vlaar to get his head to the delivery from the right but he can't direct it at goal as it goes behind for a goal-kick.

Villa come close as Benteke is denied by McArdle's last-ditch tackle in front of goal. Villa give away another needless free-kick at the other end as Bradford get a chance.

Bannan gives the ball away in midfield, with Hines pouncing on the opportunity, but Bennett is there to produce some damage control in the right corner, winning it back.

Villa are still pressing, with Bannan drifting a long ball into the box which Clark can't quite latch on to. Bradford win a throw in their own end.

Benteke lets Clark's ball run and Villa momentarily lose possession but Lowton picks it back up. He starts a move down the right, allowing N'Zogbia to get forward and find Benteke in the box. The strikers nods onto Lowton but the full-back can't get his header on target as it loops over.

Bannan's long delivery is dealt with by the Bantams' defence. Back on the ball, Villa trade passes at the back, seeking a way through.

Benteke and Doyle tussle in midfield and the latter earns a ticking off from the ref as he concedes a free-kick, which Bannan steps up to take.

Villa get their first look-in as N'Zogbia lifts in a cross from the right and Benteke climbs to meet it but it drifts wide.

Bradford continue their bright start as Hanson bombs forward but it goes behind for a Shay Given goal-kick for Villa.

Villa deal with the set piece from far out on the right and snatch up possession in midfield but it's gifted back to Atkinson.

Bradford make a quick start as Zavon Hines draws a crazy challenge from Fabian Delph, who gives away a needless free-kick.

We've kicked off at Villa Park and it's visiting Bradford that get things rolling in their gold strip, with Villa in the usual claret and blue.

A late word from Dan Joyce - "Can't wait for tonight's game, from a neutral point of view I'd love to see Bradford reach the final, this is what cup competitions are all about! I think/hope villa to win 2-1 to see Bradford through, they deserve it after seeing off Wigan and Arsenal already!!"

It's almost time to get underway - enjoy the game!

Villa Park is rocking tonight as the teams come out, with 6,500 Bradford fans having made the trip.

Enjoying your feedback, keep it coming at half-time. Just five minutes to go until kick-off - should be a good one tonight, for the neutral as well.

@Nicibean tweeted - "Can't say I have complete confidence we'll pull off the upset but it's a massive achievement regardless!"

Brian A Cook wrote to say - "Glad to see Stephen Ireland starting, one of our most experienced players. I have mixed feelings tonight. If we win it is a trip to Wembley but will we do a 'Blues' and not concentrate on the important thing the league. Obviously, conversely if we lose we can concentrate on the league although we will have the shame of going out to a 2nd division side. Villa Supporter over 60 years."

@br0hank tweeted - "definitely going for the Bantams here. 1-1 with Bentleke and Wells scoring. Duke to be the motm."

Thomas Armitage has written in - "My name is Thomas I'm going with 1-0 Aston villa but bradford qualifying."

A word from our friends at Sky Bet - Aston Villa are attracting the majority of the backing tonight with the Premier League side 1/3 to win and 10/11 to qualify. Bradford are 13/2 to progress in style with a win while a betting is also available on either side progressing in extra-time or on penalties.

Richard Moore, writing in all the way from Australia, says - "I've followed the Bantams from my teen years and have endured a multi-decade roller coaster ride between winning promotion out of the lower levels, the horrific fire, the top flight and back down again. Bradford can do it today as they have the belief and Villa are shaky. I'll go for an in-form lower level team against a struggling premier league mob any day. Go the Bantams."

Jon Crutchley has been back in touch - "Looking for big start from three villans agbonlahor to be motm and will defo score tonight!"

In terms of recent form, the worry for Bradford is that they've lost their two games since their first leg success, while Villa drew with local rivals West Brom at the weekend.

Not many of you backing the Bantams to see the upset through. Anyone think they'll do it?

Jon Crutchley - "Don't ya wish your striker was benteke!"

@_thescore tweeted - "a Blues fan with my Bradford shirt on tonight! Still reckon Villa will sneak through though, think they may get early goal."

Peter Robinson wrote in - "Ex-pat Villa fan checking in from a freezing cold Chicago. Going for Villa to some how keep a clean sheet and win 2-0 and go through on away goals after extra time. Well I hope anyway. UTV."

There's plenty of feedback coming in from both sides. Here's what you've had to say...

Defeat in the first leg at Bradford increased the heat on Villa boss Paul Lambert and redeeming this tie could be just the boost the flagging Midlanders need - with either Swansea or Chelsea awaiting them in the final.

The Bantams have a chance to make history tonight - if they do the business they'll become the first club from the bottom tier of the Football League to reach Wembley in a major cup final.

Refereeing tonight's encounter is Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

Right, without further ado, here's some team news for you...

The teams are in and I'll be winging them your way in just a second but beforehand why not get in touch with your thoughts on the match? League Two Bradford boast a 3-1 aggregate lead from the first leg - can they get the job done? You can Tweet me @SkySportsRachG or drop me an email - rachel.griffiths@bskyb.com.

The Villa Park clash is live on Sky Sports HD1 from 7.30pm but for those of you not watching I'll be bringing you minute-by-minute updates so you don't miss any of the action.

Good evening and a very warm welcome to our live coverage of the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg between Aston Villa and Bradford.

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