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Sun: Paul Lambert has accused Bradford of being 'disrespectful' ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup semi-final clash. Phil Parkinson's Bantams stunned Lambert's Aston Villa by winning the first leg 3-1 a fortnight ago. The League Two club's PA announcer then taunted Villa at the final whistle, suggesting to home fans that they could look at booking their hotel rooms for a Wembley final. That has not gone down well at Villa Park and Lambert slammed the remarks as showing a lack of respect, with the second leg still to come tonight.
Mirror: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert will look for divine inspiration in the Capital One Cup - after getting into an unholy row with a vicar. Clergyman Paul Deo was on League Two Bradford's public address mic in their 3-1 semi-final, first-leg win over Villa and could not resist a few cheeky comments at the defeated Premier League side's expense. He even suggested Bantams fans may want to consider booking hotel rooms for the final at Wembley next month. And, ahead of the second leg tonight at Villa Park, Lambert says the comments may come back to haunt Deo and Bradford.
Guardian: From match officials to opposition players and members of the press, Premier League managers have numerous targets for their anger over the course of a season but it is difficult to remember another occasion when a member of the clergy has been on the receiving end of a ticking off. That was the bizarre scenario that unfolded on Monday, when Paul Lambert, the Aston Villa manager, quite unwittingly, accused a vicar in Yorkshire of being "disrespectful". Lambert was speaking before Tuesday night's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Bradford City, when Villa are attempting to overturn the humiliating 3-1 defeat they suffered against the League Two club in the first leg. It was pointed out to Lambert that a fortnight ago at Valley Parade, amid raucous scenes at the final whistle, the stadium announcer had urged Bradford's supporters to "book hotel rooms for London". Although Lambert had no knowledge of the comments at the time, he made it clear that he was unimpressed when told about them. Later in the day it transpired that the man clutching the microphone at Valley Parade, on a night that will go down as one of the most memorable in Bradford's history, is more often found with a hymn book in his hand. Paul Deo is vicar of Heworth Christ Church, in York, and has been Bradford's club chaplain since 2009.
Telegraph: Paul Lambert has accused Bradford City's stadium announcer of disrespecting Aston Villa by urging supporters to "book their hotel rooms for London" in the wake of their Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg win. Lambert is urging his struggling side to erase the memories of their lowest ebb this season by using the comments, made by the Rev Paul Deo moments after the final whistle at Valley Parade, as inspiration as they seek to overturn their 3-1 deficit in tonight's second leg.
Daily Mail: Paul Lambert has set the scene for a revenge mission by Aston Villa tonight after accusing Bradford City of showing his club a lack of respect following the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final. The Scot reacted to reports that the stadium announcer at Valley Parade urged supporters of the west Yorkshire club to start booking their hotel rooms as emotions spilled over following the Bantams 3-1 victory. The tannoy announcer also mis-pronounced some of Lambert's players' names and reacted wildly to each of Bradford's three goals. Irate Villa supporters complained to the police on the night, believing the behaviour to be unnecessarily over-the-top.
Independent: Paul Lambert, the Aston Villa manager, last night said that the Bradford City stadium announcer who told fans they could "book hotel rooms for London" after the 3-1 win they carry into tonight's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg had been "disrespectful" to his own team - and that the League Two side may have become carried away with their own success. Phil Parkinson's Bradford team will attempt to become the first from the fourth tier to reach the final of the League Cup since Rochdale in 1962 when they take on Lambert's struggling side, who have striker Andreas Weimann fit again. But Lambert, who has only ever been to Wembley to watch a game, drew on the comments of the distinctive Valley Parade announcer to give motivation to his team.
Daily Star: Paul Lambert accused Bradford of disrespecting Aston Villa ahead of tonight's semi-final clash. The Bantams' stadium announcer taunted Lambert's Villa following the League Two club's shock 3-1 first-leg win a fortnight ago, urging fans to book their hotel rooms for Wembley. Lambert admits the humiliating Capital One Cup defeat was his team's lowest point of the campaign - even worse than their 8-0 drubbing by Chelsea last month. But he insists the tie is very much alive and has predicted a backlash from his pumped-up team in tonight's return leg at Villa Park.
Birmingham Mail: Bradford's over-enthusiastic stadium announcer has apologised to Villa after Paul Lambert accused him of being disrespectful with his premature celebrations. Paul Deo has denied telling Bantams fans to "book their Wembley hotels" over the loudspeakers after the first leg win at Valley Parade. But he insists he is sorry if his excitable post-match comments were misconstrued as taunting Villa supporters.
Mirror: Christian Benteke is determined to atone for misfiring at Bradford by propelling Aston Villa to Wembley as he aims to fulfil a boyhood dream. Belgium international striker Benteke was an unused sub when they played England at the iconic London venue before Euro 2012. But the 6ft 3in striker is now the first name on the Villa team-sheet after a successful £7.5m switch from Genk in August. Benteke smashed in his 10th goal for Paul Lambert's side in their televised 2-2 draw at neighbouring West Brom on Saturday. His goals include three in the Capital One Cup this term, but he fired blanks at League Two Bradford as the Premier League side surprisingly lost the first leg of the semi-final, 3-1. And the ace is now extra pumped up for Tuesday, when the Bantams visit to decide who will walk out at Wembley to face Chelsea or Swansea on February 24.
Daily Star: Gabby Agbonlahor wants one more chance to put right the wrongs of his two Wembley appearances with Aston Villa. The jet-heeled striker will face League Two side Bradford in tonight's Capital One Cup semi-final as the only player left from the team that Martin O'Neill took to the final in 2010. And he has more reason than most to focus on overturning the two-goal deficit from their shock first-leg defeat at Valley Parade two weeks ago. Agbonlahor was left with a sense of injustice after the 2-1 defeat by Manchester United at Wembley three years ago. He was brought down when clean through on goal in the early minutes of the final - but United's Nemanja Vidic only got a yellow card rather than red. In that season's FA Cup semi-final, again at Wembley, Villa lost 3-0 to Chelsea - and Agbonlahor felt he was denied a penalty shortly before the Blues scored at the other end.
Guardian: It was Paul Lambert's press conference but it was easy to imagine the team talk following a similar thread in Aston Villa's changing room on Tuesday night. "You have to grab this chance because you just don't know when this could happen again. The best players make sure that they grab it," the Villa manager said. "In football, you can't have any regrets because you'll look back over your career and say 'if only' and 'I should have'. The ones who actually succeed are the ones who do it." Lambert was speaking before Tuesday's second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final against Bradford City, when Villa hope to extinguish the memory of their embarrassing defeat at Valley Parade a fortnight ago, when a club who are outside the play-off places in League Two defeated their Premier League opponents 3-1 to give themselves a great chance of reaching the final. It was, by Lambert's own admission, the most depressing result of a hugely disappointing season. The tie, though, is far from over.
Independent: When Ron Atkinson remembers "the most dramatic football match" of his managerial career, it is not the night in 1984 that his Manchester United side overturned a two-goal first-leg deficit against Diego Maradona's Barcelona in the European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final, but rather a victory over Tranmere Rovers. It was the League Cup semi-final of 1994 and then as now, Aston Villa found themselves 3-1 behind after 90 minutes against lower-league opposition. The comeback that followed - in front of the ITV cameras on a Sunday afternoon - remains the only time any team have reached the final of the competition after a first-leg loss by two goals or more. And though Villa went on to beat United at Wembley, denying them a domestic Treble, getting through that incident-packed semi-final provided the bigger test of nerve.
Goal.com: Bradford City joint-chairman Mark Lawn sees his side's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Aston Villa as an occasion as big as a "Wembley final". The Bantams take a 3-1 aggregate lead to Villa Park, having already secured wins over Premier League sides Arsenal and Wigan on their incredible run thus far. The Gunners and Latics both succumbed to penalty-shootout defeats to Bradford and Lawn is confident that his side will have the nerve to win a 10th consecutive shootout if required on Tuesday.
Daily Star: Phil Parkinson insists there is no danger of burn-out for his hard-working Bradford heroes. The buzzing Bantams have their hearts set on clinching an historic Wembley final spot in the Capital One Cup. But tonight's semi-final second leg against Aston Villa is amazingly their 41st game of a gruelling campaign. The League Two giant-killers hold a 3-1 lead after stunning Premier League Villa at Valley Parade a fortnight ago. Parkinson knows the job is nowhere near done, despite the handy advantage heading into the Villa Park clash.
Sun: Paul Lambert is banking on a Capital One Cup comeback transforming Aston Villa's season. Villa trail League Two side Bradford 3-1 going into the second leg of their semi-final encounter. But Lambert believes home advantage will help his struggling side see off the Bantams at Villa Park.
Birmingham Mail: Manager Paul Lambert has appealed to the Villa Park crowd to roar the players to a thrilling Wembley recovery victory over Bradford tonight. Lambert reckons the backing of the claret and blue faithful is crucial to the hopes of beating the Bantams and progressing to the Capital One Cup final.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert reckons getting to the Capital One Cup final at Wembley could transform Villa's season of struggle.
Birmingham Mail: Fabian Delph is facing a fitness race to boost Villa's meagre midfielder options - but Andi Weimann's return will add to their firepower.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert is refusing to criticise ten-goal Christian Benteke for the slack marking which has contributed to Villa's corner curse.
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