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Aston Villa Can Take Heart from League Cup History
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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert endured an agonizing night at Bradford City.

Aston Villa are facing a potential exit from the Capital One Cup at the semifinal stage to Bradford City from the fourth tier of English football.

The League Two side claimed a stunning 3-1 win over Paul Lambert's team in the first leg of their tie at Valley Parade.

Nahki Wells, Rory McArdle and Carl McHugh scored for the West Yorkshire minnows, while Andreas Weimann hit the only goal for the Premier League side.

Bradford have enjoyed a stunning run to the last four, conquering Premier League sides Arsenal and Wigan Athletic in previous rounds.

It was an awful night for Villa and manager Lambert, whose first season at the club is rapidly turning into a nightmare for the former Scotland midfielder.

Villa are a club synonymous with the League Cup. The team have won the trophy five times—a record shared with Liverpool until 2001.

If Lambert and his team are looking for a sliver of hope ahead of the second leg against Bradford on January 22, a quick history lesson may help to restore some positive thinking.

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