Bradford City vs Swansea City

Bradford 0 V Swansea 5

  • FT 90' +4
  • HT 0-2

Capital One Cup Date: Sunday, 24th February Kick off: 16:00 Venue: Wembley

Key events

  • Swansea City Goal Dyer 16'
  • Swansea City Goal Michu 40'
  • Swansea City Goal Dyer 47'
  • Bradford City Dismissal Duke 56'
  • Swansea City Penalty De Guzmán 59' (pen)
  • Swansea City Goal De Guzmán 90' +1

Match details Top

24 February 2013 Updated 18:35

By Phil McNulty - Chief football writer

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Bradford 0-5 Swansea: Swans celebrate League Cup final victory

Swansea City secured the first major trophy in their 101-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.

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Swansea jubilant after League cup win

The victory capped a fine first season in south Wales for Laudrup after he succeeded Brendan Rodgers in the summer. The Dane, along with chairman Huw Jenkins, can now plan for a campaign in next season's Europa League.

It is back to the business of reaching the League Two play-offs for Parkinson and Bradford - but they can still reflect on this achievement with great satisfaction after illuminating the season with one its most heart-warming stories.

Wembley was awash with colour before kick-off, especially the claret and amber of the West Yorkshire contingent as they savoured the sort of occasion that was surely beyond their wildest dreams at the start of the season.

It soon became clear, however, that Swansea were in no mood to suffer a similar fate to Bradford's previous Premier League victims as they passed through and picked off opponents swiftly condemned to 90 minutes of desperate ball-chasing.

The Swans dominated possession and were ahead after just over quarter of an hour. Duke could only push out Michu's shot and Dyer reacted first to score from an acute angle.

Bradford offered nothing as an attacking force, taking until three minutes from time for Gary Jones to bring a save from Gerhard Tremmel, and were never in a position to utilise the expertise at set-pieces that so unsettled Villa over two legs in the semi-final.

Manager Parkinson would have been delighted and relieved to reach the interval only one behind but it was not to be as Swansea went further ahead with a goal superbly created and finished. The outstanding Pablo Hernandez played in Michu, who used Carl McHugh as a shield before passing the ball through the defender's legs and beyond Duke with wonderful precision.

And the contest was finished off two minutes after the restart when Dyer played the ball into Wayne Routledge before taking the return and finishing powerfully past Duke. Even the normally ice-cool Laudrup recognised the significance of the moment with a dance of air-punching delight in his technical area.

Swansea's fourth actually brought the only moment of dissent in what was an otherwise smooth and uninterrupted path to glory.

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Red card was unfair - Parkinson

Referee Kevin Friend had no alternative but to send Duke off for tripping De Guzman as the Dutchman went round the grounded keeper. In the background Dyer, who wanted to take the penalty for his hat-trick, was involved in a furious exchange with designated penalty taker De Guzman, an argument only settled when Michu returned from the technical area with instructions from Laudrup.

De Guzman stayed calm to beat substitute keeper Jon McLaughlin - and he rounded off the perfect afternoon for Swansea with his second and their fifth by bundling in from close range.

The celebrations of the Swansea fans had started long before then and they moved into top gear once the final whistle blew on an outstanding, thoroughly professional performance as captain on the day Ashley Williams and club captain Garry Monk lifted the trophy.

Lineups Top

Bradford starting eleven

  • 0 Duke dismissed at 56 minutes
  • 0 McHugh
  • 0 Darby
  • 0 McArdle
  • 0 Good (substituted for Davies at 45 minutes')
  • 0 Atkinson
  • 0 Jones
  • 0 Thompson (substituted for Hines at 74 minutes')
  • 0 Doyle
  • 0 Wells (substituted for McLaughlan at 58 minutes')
  • 0 Hanson

Swansea starting eleven

  • 0 Tremmel
  • 0 Davies (substituted for Tiendalli at 84 minutes')
  • 0 Williams
  • 0 Ki Sung-yueng booked at 38 minutes (substituted for Monk at 63 minutes')
  • 0 Rangel
  • 0 Routledge
  • 0 Britton
  • 0 De Guzmán
  • 0 Dyer (substituted for Lamah at 78 minutes')
  • 0 Hernández
  • 0 Michu

Bradford Substitutes

  • 0 Connell
  • 0 Davies
  • 0 Reid
  • 0 Ravenhill
  • 0 Turgott
  • 0 McLaughlan
  • 0 Hines

Swansea Substitutes

  • 0 Moore
  • 0 Monk
  • 0 Agustien
  • 0 Lamah
  • 0 Vorm
  • 0 Shechter
  • 0 Tiendalli
Referee
Kevin Friend
Attendance
82,597

Match stats Top

Possession
Bradford 22%
Swansea 78%
Shots
Bradford 2
Swansea 19
Shots on target
Bradford 1
Swansea 10
Corners
Bradford 1
Swansea 8
Fouls
Bradford 3
Swansea 6

Bradford Swansea

Live text commentary Top

  1. Match Finished
    Match ends, Bradford City 0, Swansea City 5.
  2. 90'+4'
    Full Time
    Second Half ends, Bradford City 0, Swansea City 5.
  3. 90'+1'
    Goal!
    Goal! Bradford City 0, Swansea City 5. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Angel Rangel with a cross.
  4. 90'+1'
    Dwight Tiendalli (Swansea City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.
  5. 90'+1'
    Attempt saved. Michu (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Angel Rangel.
  6. 89'
    Foul by Dwight Tiendalli (Swansea City).
  7. 89'
    Zavon Hines (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  8. 87'
    Attempt saved. Gary Jones (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  9. 87'
    Attempt blocked. Gary Jones (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Darby.
  10. 86'
    Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Jonathan De Guzmán.
  11. 86'
    Foul by Garry Monk (Swansea City).
  12. 86'
    James Hanson (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  13. 84'
    Substitution
    Substitution, Swansea City. Dwight Tiendalli replaces Ben Davies.
  14. 84'
    Foul by Roland Lamah (Swansea City).
  15. 84'
    Gary Jones (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  16. 80'
    Offside, Swansea City. Jonathan De Guzmán tries a through ball, but Ashley Williams is caught offside.
  17. 80'
    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Andrew Davies.
  18. 78'
    Substitution
    Substitution, Swansea City. Roland Lamah replaces Nathan Dyer.
  19. 77'
    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Andrew Davies.
  20. 77'
    Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.
  21. 74'
    Substitution
    Substitution, Bradford City. Zavon Hines replaces Garry Thompson.
  22. 73'
    Attempt missed. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
  23. 72'
    Attempt blocked. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán.
  24. 72'
    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Will Atkinson.
  25. 70'
    Attempt saved. Ashley Williams (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a cross.
  26. 70'
    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Carl McHugh.
  27. 67'
    Attempt blocked. Michu (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  28. 63'
    Substitution
    Substitution, Swansea City. Garry Monk replaces Ki Sung-Yueng.
  29. 61'
    Attempt missed. Michu (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.
  30. 59'
    Goal!
    Goal! Bradford City 0, Swansea City 4. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
  31. 58'
    Substitution
    Substitution, Bradford City. Jon McLaughlan replaces Nahki Wells.
  32. 56'
    Dismissal
    Matt Duke (Bradford City) is shown the red card.
  33. 56'
    Goal!
    Penalty Swansea City. Jonathan De Guzmán draws a foul in the penalty area.
  34. 56'
    Goal!
    Penalty conceded by Matt Duke (Bradford City) after a foul in the penalty area.
  35. 54'
    Hand ball by Ben Davies (Swansea City).
  36. 47'
    Goal!
    Goal! Bradford City 0, Swansea City 3. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.
  37. 47'
    Ashley Williams (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  38. 47'
    Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).
  39. 46'
    Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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