CAPITAL ONE CUP

Coral Windows Stadium, England

Referee: Howard Webb | Attendance: 22245

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Bradford City

  • Nahki Wells 19'
  • Rory McArdle 77'
  • Carl McHugh 88'

3 - 1

FT

Aston Villa

  • Andreas Weimann 82'

Well keen to retain underdog tag

Bradford forward Nahki Wells said his side are now favourites to reach the Capital One Cup final after their semi-final first-leg win over Aston Villa, but would prefer it if they remained as the underdogs.

Wells scored the first goal as City won 3-1 to produce another memorable cup result - the League Two side beat Arsenal in the quarter-finals - and will head to Villa Park for the second leg in the box set.

Bermudan Wells knows they will now be expected to finish the job and hopes they can do just that.

"We may well be the favourites now, but we want to be the underdogs,'' he told Sky Sports 1. "To get this far is great but we now want to make sure we get through.

"We showed our quality and that we can compete with Premier League teams. We were resilient, it was a tough match and we showed what we are capable of. To have a two-goal cushion is great.

"We would have taken a draw but 2-1, 3-1 is amazing. It's a good deficit to take with us to the away tie.''

Rory McArdle made it two after Wells' opener, but Villa looked to have made a game of it when Andreas Weimann made it 2-1.

Carl McHugh had other ideas, though, with his late header putting Bradford into dreamland.

"It shows the team spirit we have,'' said goalkeeper Matt Duke. "We've all put a shift in, credit to the boys in front of me, we caused them problems, scored three goals and we can go to Villa Park with a lead. We are playing a class team and we need to be on our game. It's a cliche but it's half a job and we have a bigger task ahead.''

Manager Phil Parkinson had said beforehand he would have taken a draw, but was left knowing that his side are on the brink of what would be a quite sensational final appearance.

"To score three against a Premier League team is an outstanding achievement,'' he said. "We played so well. They had an attacking line-up and left space, so we passed it well. They had chances but so we did we. All round, the lads were magnificent. "But let's not get carried away, we will be respectful and go to Villa Park and do it all again.''

Wolves manager, Dean Saunders, who played for both clubs, said on TV that Parkinson deserved to be managing at a higher level as a result of his own performance.

"We go into every game to win,'' Parkinson said. "I said a draw wouldn't be the worst result, but we can go there with a full house, with 6,000 of our own fans, and enjoy it.

"Villa will be favourites and people will expect them to beat us. We'll try and replicate what we did tonight in two weeks' time.''

Villa manager Paul Lambert was left to lament his side's failure to deal with balls into their box.

"We are really disappointed we have lost the game. We're in one now, that's for sure,'' he said.

"We knew the set-pieces were coming, we have not defended them well at all. It's hurt us and wasn't good enough.

"We had a lot of the game but their set-pieces.. We have another chance to retrieve this. We will have to see what happens in a fortnight's time.

"We will be at home and we know what we have to do. We have to play a lot better than that.''

Scoring Summary

  • Bradford City
  • Aston Villa

Match Stats

  • Bradford City
  • Aston Villa
17(9) Shots (on goal) 17(12)
7 Fouls 10
8 Corner kicks 9
1 Offsides 2
47% Time of Possession 53%
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
12 Saves 7

Teams

  • Bradford City
  • Aston Villa
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Carl McHugh (89')