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English League Cup Final: Bradford 0-5 Swansea, Nathan Dyer is Man-of-the-Match

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Nathan Dyer opens the scoring

Swansea City secured the first major trophy in their 111-year history as League Two Bradford City were thrashed in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.

The Bantams had beaten Premier League trio Wigan Athletic, Arsenal and Aston Villa on the way to becoming the first side from English football’s fourth tier to reach this final since 1962.

But Swansea proved a step too far and there was to be no storybook ending to this remarkable campaign as Bradford were taken apart by Michael Laudrup’s side en route to the biggest win in the final of this competition.

The Bantams were swiftly out of their depth and goals from Nathan Dyer and Michu gave Swansea a comfortable half-time lead that was no more than their ordered passing game merited…

Dyer’s second goal just after half-time removed any remaining doubt about the destination of the trophy and a thoroughly chastening experience for Bradford was encapsulated by Swansea’s fourth on the hour. Goalkeeper Matt Duke, a hero of the run to Wembley, was sent off for bringing down Jonathan de Guzman, who scored from the spot.

De Guzman added his own second in stoppage time – not that this stopped Bradford’s supporters rising to acclaim the team that has given them and their city so much to be proud of as they went up to collect their runners-up medals.

I can only echo remarks in the article by Phil McNulty. We all hoped against hope for Bradford City to continue their tale of performances well above their station in the English Leagues. That was not to be.

The polish and professionalism of Swansea City was too much. Their strength and skill capable of scoring at any reasonable chance. Good and ready enough to lift the silverware. Bravo!

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Written by Ed Campbell

February 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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  1. The music died the day they renamed this particular competition the ‘Capital One Cup’. Seriously it used to be called the Milk Cup. Back in the day…

    trixfred30

    February 24, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    • When the Milk Board sponsored the Milk Race, too. Nostalgia…

      eideard

      February 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      • You know you know a lot of stuff considering you’re from the States. I’m starting to think maybe you aren’t from the States, at least in a previous life…

        trixfred30

        February 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm

        • Most of my North American kin are still in Canada.

          Used to take off several weeks from work [straight commission for decades] and travel UK and Europe, Caribbean, beaucoup directions every other year.

          First football match was an Auld Firm derby in 1971..!

          eideard

          February 24, 2013 at 5:46 pm


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