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Blair Turgott takes a short corner.
Gary Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Ciaran Clark. Gary Jones takes a short corner.
James Hanson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Lowton. Ciaran Clark restarts play with the free kick.
Carl McHugh receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Gary Jones takes the outswinging corner, Carl McHugh finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Bradford 3-1 Aston Villa.The assist for the goal came from Gary Jones.
Matthew Lowton sends in a cross, Curtis Good manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Ciaran Clark by Nahki Wells results in a free kick. Nathan Baker takes the free kick.
Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save made by Matt Duke.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Rory McArdle on Christian Benteke. Graham Burke joins the action as a substitute, replacing Darren Bent. Barry Bannan takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Will Atkinson.
Andreas Weimann gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bradford 2-1 Aston Villa.Christian Benteke provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ciaran Clark on Nahki Wells. Shot comes in from Nahki Wells from the free kick, Shay Given makes a comfortable save.
James Hanson takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabian Delph on James Hanson. Fabian Delph booked. Direct free kick taken by Nathan Doyle.
Gary Jones produces a cross, Rory McArdle finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Bradford 2-0 Aston Villa.Assist by Gary Jones.
Corner from left by-line taken by Gary Jones.
Nahki Wells takes a shot. Nathan Baker gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Gary Jones from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Darren Bent.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Matt Duke.
Foul by Christian Benteke on Carl McHugh, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Matt Duke.
Blair Turgott fouled by Charles N'Zogbia, the ref awards a free kick. Matt Duke takes the free kick.
Andreas Weimann crosses the ball, Stephen Darby manages to make a clearance.
Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke. Darren Bent has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
Blair Turgott on for Zavon Hines.
Zavon Hines takes a shot.
The ball is delivered by Zavon Hines.
Christian Benteke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Darby. Free kick taken by Rory McArdle.
Shot from inside the area by Darren Bent clears the bar.
A cross is delivered by Andreas Weimann, clearance made by Carl McHugh.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nahki Wells by Charles N'Zogbia. Charles N'Zogbia shown a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Matt Duke.
Andreas Weimann delivers the ball, Rory McArdle gets a block in. Corner taken by Barry Bannan from the right by-line to the near post, Carl McHugh makes a clearance.
The official flags Nahki Wells offside. Nathan Baker takes the indirect free kick.
James Hanson has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Gabriel Agbonlahor goes off and Darren Bent comes on.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones from the right by-line, Close range headed effort by Carl McHugh clears the crossbar.
The ball is sent over by Joe Bennett, Curtis Good manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Barry Bannan, save by Matt Duke.
Will Atkinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ciaran Clark. Free kick taken by Barry Bannan.
Barry Bannan produces a cross, Gabriel Agbonlahor produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 12 yards. Save by Matt Duke. Barry Bannan takes a inswinging corner. Christian Benteke is penalised for a handball. Matt Duke restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Barry Bannan, Christian Benteke takes a shot. Matt Duke makes a fantastic save.
Unfair challenge on Nathan Doyle by Gabriel Agbonlahor results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Matt Duke.
Christian Benteke takes a shot. Blocked by Rory McArdle. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan played to the near post.
Charles N'Zogbia delivers the ball, volleyed left-footed shot by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Save made by Matt Duke.
Centre by Zavon Hines, Headed effort from deep inside the area by James Hanson misses to the right of the goal.
Zavon Hines produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Will Atkinson delivers the ball, Nathan Baker makes a clearance. Corner taken by Gary Jones from the right by-line, James Hanson takes a shot. Clearance made by Joe Bennett.
The ball is swung over by Charles N'Zogbia, clearance made by Curtis Good.
Charles N'Zogbia fouled by Nahki Wells, the ref awards a free kick. Charles N'Zogbia takes the free kick.
Zavon Hines takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
Effort on goal by Nahki Wells from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Barry Bannan, Christian Benteke produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Christian Benteke takes a shot. Save made by Matt Duke. Barry Bannan takes the inswinging corner, save made by Matt Duke.
Unfair challenge on James Hanson by Ciaran Clark results in a free kick. The ball is sent over by Nathan Doyle, James Hanson takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.
The ball is crossed by Zavon Hines, James Hanson takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Bannan on Will Atkinson. Nathan Doyle takes the direct free kick.
Barry Bannan takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Curtis Good.
Fabian Delph fouled by Nathan Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Bannan restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones, Zavon Hines takes a shot. Blocked by Ciaran Clark. A goal is scored by Nahki Wells from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bradford 1-0 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Zavon Hines.
Gabriel Agbonlahor concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Darby. Matt Duke takes the direct free kick.
Stephen Darby crosses the ball, save made by Shay Given.
Nathan Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Barry Bannan from left wing.
The official flags Christian Benteke offside. Free kick taken by Matt Duke.
Christian Benteke takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.
Effort from 25 yards by Charles N'Zogbia. Save made by Matt Duke.
Zavon Hines delivers the ball, save made by Shay Given.
Zavon Hines produces a cross, clearance by Ciaran Clark.
Charles N'Zogbia produces a drilled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Carl McHugh gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan from the right by-line to the near post, Christian Benteke has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Corner taken by Barry Bannan from the right by-line, Christian Benteke produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Nahki Wells delivers the ball, save made by Shay Given.
Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Matt Duke makes a brilliant save.
Gary Jones has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Nahki Wells takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Nathan Baker.
Parkinson wants to make a statement
Bradford manager Phil Parkinson is hoping the Capital One Cup semi-final clash with Aston Villa will remind the nation that the West Yorkshire club are on their way back up.
The spotlight shone brightly on the Bantams during one of their finest hours last month when the 110-year-old npower League Two club stunned Arsenal in a thrilling penalty shoot-out triumph in the quarter-finals.
It has been a long 13 years since Bradford escaped relegation on the final day of the 1999/2000 season to survive a second campaign in the Premier League after a famous 1-0 home win over Liverpool.
The Bantams were relegated the following season and then followed a calamitous slide into administration (twice) and English football's basement division. From top to bottom in seven forgettable seasons.
But not only were mighty Arsenal conquered in the previous round, top-flight Wigan also succumbed to Parkinson's penalty shoot-out kings, while Gianfranco Zola's Watford were undone by two late goals at Vicarage Road in round two and the former Colchester, Hull and Charlton manager wants to give the whole city something to cheer again.
"That's really important for us," said Parkinson, 45. "It's a big club, a sleeping giant and we're trying to reawaken it.
"The win against Arsenal certainly reminded everybody that Bradford City is up and running and starting to get going again. Another really good performance would be great for the city again."
The Bradford manager accepts a two-legged tie favours Paul Lambert's Villa, but knows what it takes to beat Premier League opposition.
"We've just shown the lads some footage from the Arsenal game, to remind them of the discipline and the shape of the team and how well we worked as a unit in that game," he said.
"But also, when we won the ball back we played with a calmness and that's important because we know that if you keep giving Premier League teams the ball back, it becomes a long night.
"We've got to be up for the game, committed, we've got to use the crowd to take us on to another level, but also we've got to play with that composure and calmness in possession."
Bradford winger Kyel Reid and defender Carl McHugh could return to the starting line-up.
Reid, who returned from a two-and-a-half week lay-off due to a groin injury in mid-December, has been used sparingly by Parkinson in recent weeks, while McHugh returned to the substitutes' bench in Saturday's league defeat at Barnet following a calf strain.
Winger Garry Thompson remains sidelined with knee ligament damage and both striker James Hanson and Australian defender James Meredith are doubtful.
Hanson sustained a knock at Barnet, so Alan Connell is on stand-by, and Meredith is still struggling with the after-effects of the virus that ruled him out at the weekend.
Defenders Luke Oliver (ruptured Achilles) and Andrew Davies (knee) remain long-term absentees.
Meanwhile, Lambert believes reaching a Wembley final this season would be an "absolutely phenomenal" achievement for his young side.
Villa have experienced mixed fortunes so far in what is a transitional first season under Lambert, with top-flight experience at a premium in the Scot's squad.
The starting line-up against Swansea recently had an average age of just 23 years and 120 days with a number of players having been brought through the academy or recruited from the lower leagues.
They currently sit two places and one point above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone, but there remains a feel-good factor around Villa Park, not least with the team in the FA Cup fourth round and two matches away from a possible place in the Capital One Cup final.
They meet Bradford knowing they are heavy favourites to overcome the League Two outfit. Regardless of the level of opposition, though, Lambert knows reaching the final would be huge for the club.
"For this club to get to Wembley again would be extraordinary," he said. "In a one-off game there you just never know what could happen.
"To get there I think every player would tell you would be absolutely phenomenal."
Asked whether it would surpass any of his previous achievements, the former Scotland international said: "I think it would, yes.
"I never view it as any great achievement on my own behalf. It's the players and the fans. I never really look at myself and think `I'm going to do that' because it is irrelevant. The important thing is what happens to this club and the players."
Lambert will be without Marc Albrighton (metatarsal) after his knock against Ipswich while Ashley Westwood, Ron Vlaar and Richard Dunne are still unavailable.
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