Last night’s Capital One Cup clash between Premier League side Aston Villa and League Two side Bradford City was always going to be dramatic. After trouncing Premier League powerhouse Arsenal in penalties Bradford were a side surpassed expectations hailed as this year’s ‘giant slayers’. While no doubt the game will be a painful memory to any Arsenal fan, the game reiterated what these cup ties are all about which is giving the lower league teams a chance to shine. Enter Aston Villa is a side in free-fall after a catastrophic run of results in the league seeing them ship a woeful 15 goals in three games. The problems started after an 8-0 drubbing at Stamford Bridge by a Chelsea side who tore Villa to shreds; problems then intensified for Lambert’s team with back to back home defeats against Tottenham and Wigan. A side that is a pale shadow of the players who beat Liverpool 3-0, the tie against Bradford was their chance to shine, while Bradford had knocked out Arsenal in their previous tie Villa were still favourites to walk away with a victory.
This was not meant to be as the League Two side finished the game with an impressive 3-1 victory against the struggling side. Bradford’s goals were not pure luck but impressive the first goal from Bermuda international Nakhi Wells was notably impressive and an 82nd minute consolation goal from Villa player Weimann was not enough for Villa to make an almighty comeback. Instead they slumped to yet another defeat against a side who have no beaten more teams than both QPR and Reading, and while the future seems bleak for Villa who sit a mere point above the relegation zone Bradford’s future in the cup is looking bright.
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