Aston Villa 2 Bradford 1 (agg 3-4): Hanson header kills off Villans as Bantams secure historic Wembley date
21:38 GMT, 22 January 2013
21:49 GMT, 22 January 2013
James Hanson was the hero for Bradford City who secured a place in the Capital One Cup final despite defeat on the night, courtesy of an aggregate victory over Aston Villa.
The hosts flew out of the traps and seemed to be overwhelming the npower League Two side in the early stages of the first half and took a deserved lead through Christian Benteke in the 24th minute.
The Bantams held on and Hanson's header in the 55th minute sent the masses from South Yorkshire wild, the first team from the fourth tier in 51 years to reach a major final.
Andreas Weimann scored a late goal, but it was a mere consolation for Villa who now only have a relegation battle to face this season.
Phil Parkinson's side will face either Chelsea or Swansea in the final on February 24.
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We're going to Wembley! Hanson's header put daylight between the two teams
Aston Villa: Given, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett (Weimann 70), Ireland, Delph, Bannan (Bent 62), N'Zogbia, Benteke, Agbonlahor.
Subs not used: Guzan, Holman, Stevens, Lichaj, Carruthers.
Booked: Clark, N'Zogbia, Delph.
Goals: Benteke 24, Weimann 89.
Bradford: Duke, Darby, McHugh, McArdle, Good, Hines (Thompson 71), Gary Jones, Doyle, Atkinson, Hanson, Wells (Turgott 87).
Subs not used: McLaughlin, Ravenhill, Reid, Connell, Nelson.
Goals: Hanson 55.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).
Magic moment: Hanson slams home the header to send Bradford through to the final
Too little: Benteke's strike gave Villa hope, but it wasn't built upon
Shaun Teale: I'm embarrassed that these players will walk off the pitch and go home while the fans will be distraught . To many players not good enough
Michael Owen: Villa devoid of ideas. Resorting to knocking it long. No width at all. Bradford fully deserve to be heading to Wembley.
Plenty to ponder: Lambert must now steel his team for a relegation battle