Birmingham Mail: Manager Paul Lambert's ability to lift his players will be tested to the limit after struggling Villa's hopes of a morale-boosting Capital One Cup Final appearance at Wembley were sensationally dashed by Bradford. Villa's 2-1 win on the night at a packed Villa Park was not enough to claw back the 3-1 deficit from the first leg of the semi-final.
Birmingham Mail: Paul Lambert has vowed to "come out fighting" after telling the Villa Park faithful he shares their pain following Villa's embarrassing Capital One Cup catastrophe. Lambert appeared shellshocked after last night's 4-3 aggregate defeat to Bradford left the League Two underdogs partying as the claret and blues were booed off the field.
Setanta Sports: Paul Lambert is determined to come out fighting and prove that he is the right man to lead Aston Villa following the club's exit from the Capital One League Cup. Despite beating Bradford City 2-1 in Tuesday's second leg at Villa Park, the Premier League side went out of the competition 4-3 on aggregate but they have only a few days to regroup as they are due to face Millwall in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday, while Newcastle are next up in the league.
ESPN: Paul Lambert remained defiant in the face of questions about his future at Aston Villa, despite missing out on a place in the Capital One Cup final to League Two side Bradford. Lambert, whose side are just one point above the Premier League relegation zone after a torrid run of form, was asked whether he will remain in charge following the 4-3 aggregate defeat.
Guardian: It would be easy to say that the damage was done at Valley Parade but a Premier League club, playing on their own soil in front of 40,000 spectators, should be capable of turning around a 3-1 defeat against a team from the lowest tier of English football. It looked as though that would be the case during a first half when Villa took the lead through Christian Benteke and laid siege to the Bradford goal, but the set-piece weaknesses that Phil Parkinson's side identified in the first leg were punished once again.
Daily Telegraph: Christian Benteke appeared to settle the nerves after 24 minutes and then Villa dominated the remainder of the first half. Charles N'Zogbia, such a disappointment since his £9.5 million move from Wigan Athletic last season, continued his recent renaissance while Stephen Ireland impressed in a free role, but both were frustrated by the brilliance of Bradford goalkeeper Matt Duke. Bradford's defending was also typically resolute and there was always a feeling that Villa's failure to make their supremacy count would come back to haunt them. So it proved.
Mirror: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert admitted his side had thrown away a golden chance to reach Wembley as they were knocked out by League Two side Bradford in the Capital One Cup semi-finals. After losing the first leg 3-1, Villa looked on course to turn things round when Christian Benteke gave them a first-half lead at Villa Park.
Daily Express: Christian Benteke scored for Villa in the 24th minute, making the aggregate score 3-2, but Hanson's goal proved the key.
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