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We're ready to go, says Davies

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07:00 21st February 2013

. . . Swans defender insists the squad are raring to go ahead of Sunday's showpiece


Ben Davies aims to fulfill yet another dream when the Swans take on Bradford City in the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley on Sunday.
The 19-year-old’s incredible rise this season has seen him make his Barclays Premier League debut, become a regular in Michael Laudrup’s starting XI and win his first Wales senior caps.
Now the Neath product is set to run out at Wembley in front of 90,000 fans as the Swans target a first major piece of silverware.
There haven’t been many occasions when the Swans have been favourites, but the roles will be somewhat reversed this weekend.
Bradford have stunned the whole of football by reaching the final, beating the likes of Arsenal, Wigan and Aston Villa in what has been one of the stories of the season.
But Davies insists that the Swans squad has what it takes to be able to deal with the tag of being favourites, and believes they are raring to go.
“It’s going to be a big occasion for everyone involved,” he said. “It’s the only thing on people’s minds at the moment.
“We as players are really looking forward to it and I’m sure the supporters are as well. There aren’t many players in our squad that have played in a game like this before.
“It will be a new test for all of us and it is something that we are really looking forward to, and I have no doubt that we’ll be able to deal with the pressure.”
Were the Swans to lift the trophy at Wembley, it would cap a remarkable season for both the club, and Davies himself.
Following a horrific injury to Neil Taylor back in September, the Neath-born defender has made 35 appearances, scoring one goal.
And after he was amongst the crowd the last time the Swans reached Wembley for the Play-Off final two years ago, the 19-year-old will now realise his boyhood dream of walking out at the home of English football with his hometown team.
“Winning it would feel a lot better than just being there,” he said. “I’d have bitten your hand off if you had said at the start of the season that we would be in the top half of the Premier League and in a major cup final.
“But we’re there now and I just hope we can complete the job on Sunday. We can’t underestimate Bradford - we have to go into it as if it is another Premier League game and put in a good performance.
“It would be an incredible feeling to win it. To lift any trophy is incredible, but to do it at Wembley would be unbelievable.
“You always dream of winning trophies with your team and this is our chance to do it.”

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