League Cup final as it happened

As it happened

By John Stanton - BBC Sport

In summary

  • Full-time: Bradford 0-5 Swansea
  • De Guzman (2), Dyer (2), Michu for Swans
  • Bradford goalkeeper Duke sent off

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    Right, that's all from me at the end of a busy day of League Cup and Premier League action. Congratulations to Swansea, deserved winners and now European participants in 2013. Commiserations to Bradford, and thanks for the memories.

    That's not the end of the day's football, mind. My colleague Matt Monaghan is up and running with a European text commentary, which has coverage of David Beckham's potential debut for Paris St-Germain against Marseille, as well as the Milan derby. Get involved.

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    League Cup final: Bradford 0-5 Swansea Guy Mowbray - BBC Match of the Day commentator at Wembley

    "A sumptuous Swansea performance - Bradford City were blown away. That was a win for Wales and a win for the Premier League over the League Two club."

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    Thirteen years ago - almost to the day - Swansea were beating Chester City 2-1 in Division Three while Bradford were in the Premier League. How times change.

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    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "It's a great performance and I'm very proud of my team today. We said we had to move the ball with a good pace and score the first goal and we did that. The first trophy is always special and next year in Europe will be a nice experience."

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    Bradford City goalkeeper Matt Duke, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "I am feeling disappointed but all credit to Swansea. We pressed in the second half but the early goal killed us. It is disappointing but this is a massive plus for the football club, a massive achievement and we have to remember that."

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    Swansea captain Ashley Williams: "This is what we all dreamed about as little boys, winning the final at Wembley. We knew they were a dangerous team and we knew we had to do our job. The boys were really professional and tried to score more goals."

  7. Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan: (external) "Swansea ball boy surely gets a winner's medal......."

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    Swansea midfielder Leon Britton: "It's been unbelievable the last 10 years. We nearly dropped out of the Football League and now we're in the Premier League and in Europe. We've done what we've always done and passed the football, Bradford have been brilliant all through the tournament and you feel for their players but European football will be a great adventure for our players and fans."

    Swansea club captain Garry Monk: "It's about the journey we've been on as a club and in the centenary year it puts the icing on the cake. This is for the club, the fans and the city itself. We're on course for a top-10 finish as well and if we can progress and build I'm sure we'll be there for many years to come."


    Paul, via text: "Michu has been brilliant, but will he be this fantastic next season? That will be a true test of his value and 'best signing' status."

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    Nathan Dyer

    Nathan Dyer was named the official League Cup final man of the match, a deserved reward for a brilliant display. Penalty strop aside, of course.

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    Former Bradford manager Paul Jewell on BBC Radio 5 live: "Sometimes you find a home at certain football clubs and Michu seems to have found that at Swansea. He has taken to Swansea like a duck to water."

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    Robbie Savage - BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "Michu has been the bargain of the season, maybe the bargain of the last 10 years. I don't think anyone has had such an impact for such a fee since Eric Cantona went to Manchester United."

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    Swansea goalscorer Michu on BBC Radio 5 live: "It is good. It was a great performance by the team and I think we deserved this. It was good for me too to score a goal. It is difficult to score five goals but we did it and we deserve to win this final. It is a really good season, my first here. We are in a good position in the league and to win this medal is very good."

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    Michael Laudrup, incidentally, now has a hat-trick of wins at Wembley. He was in the Danish team that beat England 1-0 in a European Championship qualifying match in 1983. And in 1992 he played for Barcelona when they beat Sampdoria at Wembley in the European Cup final. Not a bad record at all, that.

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    League Cup final: Bradford 0-5 Swansea

    BBC Yorkshire Sport's Ian Woodcock at Wembley: "Gary Jones leads his Bradford team over to the fans and they're greeted by a wonderful round of applause. They might have been totally outclassed today but the memories they have created on this run have re-invigorated this club. Eight points outside the play-offs they now have to make sure that their faltering promotion push doesn't dwindle away to mid-table obscurity."

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    League Cup final: Bradford 0-5 Swansea

    Swansea defender Ben Davies on BBC Radio 5 live: "This is incredible, to be where we are. Everyone at the club is over the moon. I am in dreamland at the moment. Who would have thought this 10 months ago? The fans have been incredible and they made it easy for us today."

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    League Cup final: Bradford 0-5 Swansea

    Swansea's Nathan Dyer, who scored twice, on BBC Radio 5 live: "It was an amazing day for the boys and I am so happy to have scored two goals. It is what every boy wishes for. Since we came up from the Championship we have been going from strength to strength and this year tops it all.

    "At the end of the day [Jonathan de Guzman and I] are team-mates, I was angry I didn't get the penalty - a hat-trick would have been a historical moment, but you get on with it."


    Fillipe Vasquez: (external) "Congrats to Swansea! After a Sheikh's plaything beat an Oligarch's plaything earlier it's great to see a real club succeed."

    Hishaam Habib: (external) "As I predicted no-one cares about the 5-0 loss last week. I'd rather have these scorelines than have them reversed."

    Mr Football: (external) "You can talk up Bradford and their fans all you like but this League Cup final was a one-sided non-event."

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    League Cup final: Bradford 0-5 Swansea

    Bradford manager Phil Parkinson on what happens next for his club: "We will dust ourselves down. We have enjoyed the whole experience and we will go back up to Bradford and enjoy the last 15 league games. We have a chance of promotion so we will make a go of it."

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    League Cup final: Bradford 0-5 Swansea

    Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson on BBC Radio 5 live: "I am disappointed obviously. We were not able to make a game of it but Swansea are an outstanding team. Conceding goals when we did did not help and we had our goalkeeper sent off. I felt the referee could have given him a yellow card. At 3-0 down I felt he could have used his common sense, but then they scored the fourth and that was it.

    "Everyone watching the game would have felt that was harsh - there was no need to send him off. Were we going to come back and win 5-4? No. We found it tough but a lot of Premier League teams find it tough against Swansea."

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    League Cup final: Bradford 0-5 Swansea
    Bradford fans

    At 5-0 down in a cup final a manager might normally expect a bit of grief to come his way from the fans. No chance of that for Bradford boss Phil Parkinson, whose side were cheered noisily right until the final whistle.

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    League Cup final: Bradford 0-5 Swansea

    Swansea club captain Garry Monk on BBC Radio 5 live: "It has not sunk in, this is what it is all about. I am buzzing for all the boys but this is for the fans. After 10 years of hard work and the long journey we have been on, this is the pinnacle. We have deserved to put a major trophy in the cabinet."

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    League Cup final: Bradford 0-5 Swansea

    Swansea's Angel Rangel on BBC Radio 5 live: "It's a great achievement today for the club and you can hear the fans. I feel Welsh, I have a Welsh wife, so of course now I feel Welsh. It means a lot to be in Europe. To be there is a fantastic achievement. This was a unique opportunity and we deserved it I think."


    Alex, via text: "As good as the Bradford fans have been, I'm sure they would have liked to have seen their team at least have a bit of a go. Bottled it I'm afraid. Excellent Swansea though."

    Sarah, via text: "If this were a Premier League team losing 4-0 and down to 10 men in the League Cup final all their fans would have left by now. Bradford still fans still there, still singing, still supporting their team. Good on them."

    Mike, via text: "Despite their previous heroics, it would have been embarrassing for English football if Bradford had won the cup. Arsenal we're looking at you."

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    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT League Cup final: Bradford 0-5 Swansea
    Swansea lift League Cup

    What a moment for the Swans. Club captain Garry Monk and first-team skipper Ashley Williams share the honours, lifting the trophy together. That's an image that will go down in club folklore.

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