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Bradford City stuns Aston Villa to reach Capital One Cup Final

Bradford City became the first fourth-tier club to reach the League Cup final for 51 years as they stunned Barclays Premier League strugglers Aston Villa with a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Villa were unable to claw back the 3-1 deficit from the first leg of the Capital One Cup encounter even though leading scorer Christian Benteke put them in front before half-time.

The Premier League team continued to force the issue in the latter stages of the first period, but it remained 1-0 at the break with Bradford still leading on aggregate.

The away side sensationally levelled on the evening after 55 minutes, however, when James Hanson thumped a powerful header into the back of the net.

Both teams had chances in the latter stages and Villa made it 2-1 on the evening through Andreas Weimann, but it was not enough as Bradford advanced 4-3 on aggregate.

The Bantams held on to reach the final at Wembley where they will face either Swansea or Chelsea on February 24th.

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"It's dreamland," Bradford manager Phil Parkinson told reporters after the match. "We said we had a chance to make history and we've done it. 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."

For Paul Lambert's Villa, it was the latest embarrassment in a disappointing season that has seen them thrashed 8-0 by Chelsea and slip to within one place of the Premier League relegation zone.

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