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Swansea City win English League Cup

Michael Laudrup and team swan to victory in the League Cup final thrashing fourth tier Bradford City 5-0 at Wembley.
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2013 20:47
A jubilant Swansea City celebrate first major trophy in their 101-year history [AFP]

Premier League Swansea City clinically crushed fourth tier Bradford City 5-0 to win the English Capital One (League) Cup final on Sunday and mark their centennial season with their first major honour.

Two goals from Nathan Dyer, one from Michu and a penalty and a late strike from Jonathan de Guzman ended Bradford's fairytale cup adventure in which they became the first fourth-tier team to reach a big English final for more than half a century.

Bradford goalkeeper Matt Duke was sent off early in the second half for a trip on De Guzman before the Dutchman netted the spot kick as Swansea went on to record the biggest ever League Cup final win and secure a place in next term's Europa League.

"I'm very proud... As a manager it's at the very top to win a trophy for the first time in 100 years"

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup

Bradford, whose huge contingent of flag-waving fans made a memorable impression at Wembley, never seriously threatened to score in the very one-sided final having previously dumped out top flight Wigan Athletic, Arsenal and Aston Villa.

Welsh side Swansea, who have only been in the Premier League for two seasons, took the lead when Dyer slid the ball home in the 16th minute and doubled it five minutes before the break when Michu scored with a cool finish.

Dyer ended the match as a contest with a superb curling shot soon after the restart.

De Guzman made no mistake with his 59th-minute penalty after winning a heated row with hat-trick chasing Dyer over who would take the spot kick. The midfielder added another in stoppage time.

"I'm very proud," Swansea manager Michael Laudrup told Sky Sports after winning a trophy in his first season in charge.

"It wasn't easy but after the second goal you could see the difference. I think we played very well. As a manager it's at the very top to win a trophy for the first time in 100 years."

Swansea, who have won the Welsh Cup 10 times and formerly represented Wales in the old European Cup Winners' Cup, will now be one of England's representatives next season on their return to Europe after an absence of more than 20 years.

"Swansea have come so far as a club and a city. The players have worked so hard all week. It's been a great day," Dyer said of a team in the fourth tier 13 years ago when Bradford were in the Premier League.

"I haven't scored in a while, obviously I wanted a hat trick. I thought I should have got the ball (on the penalty) but it wasn't to be."

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