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FINAL SCORE: Bradford 0 Swans 5

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15:22 24th February 2013

. . . all the action from the Capital One Cup final at Wembley


Swansea City created history by winning the Capital One Cup for the first time in the club’s history with a resounding 5-0 win over Bradford City at Wembley.

Goals from Nathan Dyer and Michu earned the Swans a deserved 2-0 lead at the break before Dyer struck again.

Then a Jonathan de Guzman penalty, awarded after he was taken down by keeper Matt Duke – who was dismissed – ended the contest just before the hour mark.

And there was time for de Guzman to tap home another in added-on time to make it a record-breaking winning score in the competition - passing Manchester United's 4-0 win over Wigan in 2006.

It ends the club’s run without a major piece of silverware, with this trophy coming in the Swans’ 100th-year, and almost ten years on from the day they beat Hull City to ensure their Football League status.

And it victory also means the Swans will compete in the Europa League next season.

It proved another day to remember at Wembley – two years on from that unforgettable Championship Play-Off win over Reading - with the League Cup trophy heading across the Severn Bridge to Wales for the first time.



The Swans made seven changes to the starting XI for the final.
As promised, Michael Laudrup handed Gerhard Tremmel after the German impressed throughout the competition, while there were three changes in defence.
Angel Rangel, Ashley Williams and Ki Sung-Yueng - a midfielder being deployed at centre-back - made up the defence along with the ever-impressive Ben Davies.
Nathan Dyer returned on the wing with Pablo Hernandez on the opposite flank and Wayne Routledge operating as the attacking member of the midfield trio.
Up front, Michu led the line as he looked to continue his fine form in front of goal.

Bradford: Matt Duke, Stephen Darby, James Hanson, Garry Thompson (Zavon Hines, 74), Will Atkinson, Carl McHugh, Gary Jones (capt), Nahki Wells (Jon McLaughlin, 58), Rory McArdle, Nathan Doyle, Curtis Good (Andrew Davies, ht).
Subs: Ricky Ravenhill, Kyel Reid, Alan Connell, Blair Turgott.

Swans: Gerhard Tremmel, Angel Rangel, Ki Sung-Yueng (Garry Monk, 63), Ashley Williams (capt), Ben Davies (Dwight Tiendalli, 84), Leon Britton, Jonathan de Guzman, Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer (Roland Lamah, 78), Pablo Hernandez, Michu,
Subs: Michel Vorm, Kemy Agustien, Luke Moore, Itay Shechter.

The Swans set the pace with the early possession and territory as both sides looked to settle into the game.
The first chance of the game after 15 minutes, Angel Rangel's high cross being won by Ben Davies, who's header bounced just inches wide of the post.
But the Swans did strike a minute later, Wayne Routledge pushing on after Jonathan de Guzman found him, and when he touched left to Michu, the Spaniard's low angled drive was parried by Matt Duke and Nathan Dyer reacted quickest to tap home from a yard out.
It was the perfect start for the Swans, and the lead was almost doubled when Leon Britton's thunderous volley from a half-cleared corner whistled past the top corner.
The lead was doubled, however, in the 40th minute - just as the Jack Army were about to stand and clap in memory of former player Besian Idrizaj.
Pablo Hernandez's fine pass found Michu in space in the Bradford box, and the Spaniard controlled before firing through the legs of Carl McHugh and past Duke.
They may have been 2-0 up, but the Swans were looking for another goal and a third almost came when Routledge latched onto a through ball. But his powerful volley was swatted wide for a corner by the Bradford stopper.
It was just the half the Swans would have asked for, with a two-goal lead and denying the Bantams a shot at goal.

Half-time: Bradford 0 Swans 2

Bradford made a change at the break, Andrew Davies replacing Curtis Good as they looked to get themselves back into the game.
But it was the Swans who made the early breakthrough as Dyer picked up possession in his own half before racing on and collecting a return pass from Routledge. He then cut onto his left foot and fired into the top corner in the 47th minute for his second goal of the afternoon.
Then Bradford's chances appeared to vanish for good in the 56th minute. A sublime passing move including Hernandez, Routledge and Michu sent de Guzman in on goal. And when the Dutchman was brought down by Duke, referee Kevin Friend awarded the penalty and dismissed the keeper.
It was de Guzman who stepped up, and he made no mistake and beat sub keeper Jon McLaughlin despite him diving the right way.
Michael Laudrup then made a change, Garry Monk coming on for Ki Sung-Yueng, who was on a yellow card for a challenge in the first half.
Michu then saw his effort blocked following Rangel's low cross before Ashley Williams got onto the end of Hernandez's cross but McLaughlin kept it out.
Hernandez was the next to threaten, his shot deflecting off the head of sub Davies as the game moved into the final ten minutes.
And the Swans capped off a perfect day as de Guzman tapped home in added-on time to make it a historic day for the club and the competition.

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