Football - Bantams beat Villa in first-leg clash

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.

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Football - Bantams beat Villa in first-leg clash
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Nahki Wells, left, was on target in the first half for Bradford

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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