Bantams beat Villa in first-leg clash

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Bradford produced more Capital One Cup heroics at Valley Parade to see off another Barclays Premier League side as they claimed a 3-1 victory in their semi-final first-leg clash with Aston Villa.

Bermudian striker Nahki Wells coolly despatched a shot from inside the penalty area following a rebound in the 19th minute and defender Rory McArdle headed home Gary Jones' cross in the 77th minute to give the npower League Two side an unlikely two-goal lead.

Bradford almost put the tie beyond their top-flight opponents moments later when striker James Hanson headed against the crossbar, but Villa, who spurned a hatful of chances in either half, grabbed a crucial late lifeline through Andreas Weimann before Carl McHugh restored the home side's two-goal advantage with another header two minutes from full-time.

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Andreas Weimann
James Hanson
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Bradford City
Gary Jones
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Rory McArdle
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