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Played
February 24, 2013 11:00 AM EST
Wembley Stadium — London
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 82997‎
 
 
Nathan Dyer 16′
 
Michu 40′
 
Nathan Dyer 48′
 
Jonathan De Guzmán 59′ (PG)
 
Top of the Match
Nathan Dyer
Nathan Dyer
Swansea City
Nathan Dyer
Nathan Dyer
Swansea City
Flop of the Match
Curtis Good
Curtis Good
Bradford
Sung-Yong Ki
Sung-Yong Ki
Swansea City

Bradford 0-5 Swansea: Dyer and De Guzman doubles seal Capital One Cup for Laudrup's side

The Swans lift English football's first silverware of the season as gulf in class between Premier League side and League Two opposition shines through in Wembley showpiece

By Josh Clarke

Swansea City got its hands on a first-ever major trophy courtesy of a romping 5-0 Capital Cup final win over Bradford City at Wembley.

The gulf in class between the two sides was evident from the off and, having already put the Premier League’s Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa to the sword, the challenge of Michael Laudrup’s Swansea proved a step too far for League Two 's Bradford.

Nathan Dyer’s close-range finish and Michu’s fine strike gave the Swans a seemingly insurmountable lead at the interval before Dyer stroked home and Jonathan De Guzman scored from the spot, then from the near post to ensure Laudrup laid claim to the first major silverware of the English season.

After being rested against Liverpool last weekend, Swans’ top scorer Michu and captain Ashley Williams were welcomed back into Laudrup’s starting XI along with Angel Rangel, Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge. In the absence of Chico Flores, Ki Sung-Yueng was called on as a makeshift center back.

Phil Parkinson made just one change to the side that started both legs of the semi-final against Aston Villa, with Garry Thompson replacing Zavon Hines.

The game quickly set into the pattern that was to define the entire 90 minutes, with Swansea entirely dictating matters and after a period of sustained pressure, the Premier League club found itself a goal to the good on 17 minutes.

Wayne Routledge drove with intent through the middle before sliding the ball to Michu. The Spaniard’s effort was well saved by Matt Duke, though the Bantam goalkeeper could only palm the ball into the path of the onrushing Dyer, who poked in from close range.

A second goal always threatened and eventually came five minutes before the interval, off the back of another period of patient build-up play.

However, Bradford wZ made to pay for allowing Michu the same kind of space they had granted Swansea’s deeper-lying players, as the striker notched his 19thgoal of the season by collecting Hernandez’s measured pass and whipping an unchallenged left-footed strike just inside the far post.

Swansea effectively ended the tie just two minutes after the interval with Dyer adding a third after some intricate play around the edge of the area, finishing emphatically after cutting back in on his left foot.

Bradford’s misery was further compounded 10 minutes later when a flowing Swansea attack was prematurely ended as Duke tripped De Guzman in the box. The Bantams keeper was duly sent off and after protracted talks between Dyer and De Guzman, the Dutchman nonchalantly tucked home a penalty to make it four.

Michu passed just wide of the post and Williams kneed straight at substitute keeper Jon McLaughlin as a horribly one-sided affair reached its latter stages. Michu hit the post before De Guzman fired in at the near post to hand the Swans the biggest winning margin in League Cup final history.

The result proved a resounding culmination of an impressive Capital One Cup campaign for the Swans, adding to the fine body of work achieved by Laudrup in an eye-catching first term at the Welsh club that will have already ensured Europa League football for next season.



Bradford

12
Matt Duke
Goalkeeper
56′
1.50
2
Stephen Darby
Defender
2.50
16
Carl McHugh
Defender
2.00
23
Rory McArdle
Defender
2.00
33
Curtis Good
Defender
46′
1.50
11
Garry Thompson
Midfielder
73′
2.50
31
Will Atkinson
Midfielder
2.50
18
Gary Jones
Midfielder
2.00
24
Nathan Doyle
Midfielder
2.00
9
James Hanson
Striker
2.00
-
Nahki Wells
Striker
57′
2.00

Swansea City

3.00
25
3.00
6
4.00
22
3.50
33
Ben Davies
Defender
84′
3.50
7
Leon Britton
Midfielder
4.00
9
Michu
Midfielder
40′
4.00
11
4.50
12
Nathan Dyer
Midfielder
16′ 48′ 78′
3.50
15
4.00
20
2.50
4
Sung-Yong Ki
Midfielder
38′ 62′

Substitutes

1
Jon McLaughlan
Goalkeeper
57′
3.00
-
2.00
8
 - 
7
Kyle Reid
Midfielder
 - 
-
Blair Turgott
Midfielder
 - 
17
 - 
41
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
1
Michel Vorm
Goalkeeper
2.00
21
 - 
26
Kemy Agustien
Midfielder
2.50
14
Roland Lamah
Midfielder
78′
 - 
9
 - 
8
Luke Moore
Striker

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