Bradford City v Swansea City – 24th February 2013

Bradford City 0 v 5 Swansea City (Capital One Cup Final) – Wembley Stadium

Everyone at Bradford City Football Club, from the Chairman, Manager, Players, Staff and Supporters should be proud of what their football club has achieved in this season’s Capital One Cup.

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Mark Lawn (Joint Chairman)

Bradford City became the first club from the lowest tier in English football to reach a major cup final.  During their run to the Capital One Cup Final, Bradford disposed of premiership Wigan Athletic, Arsenal and Aston Villa as well as championship side Watford away from home.

An army of 32,000 Bradford supporters travelled to the capital to see their team, Bradford City grace the hallowed turf of Wembley.  Despite losing the final, Valley Parade will be at capacity on Wednesday evening to welcome home Phil Parkinson and his players, who have restored pride back to this great city.

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Prior to the game, the team paid their respects to the 56 people who lost their lives in the fire at Valley Parade.  Whilst being presented to the official guest Fabrice Muamba, the team wore a black tracksuit with the number 56 on the chest.

Once the game got underway, it was Swansea City who dominated possession through their controlled football.   In the first 15 minutes, Swansea kept the ball well and made it difficult for Bradford to have any impact on the game.

Ashley Williams (Swansea captain) set the tone for the game, with some excellent controlled passing from the back into midfield for De Guzman, Hernandez and Britton who used the ball well.  Swansea attacked down both the wings with the pace of both Routledge and Dyer who created  chances for themselves and striker Michu.

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Swansea broke the deadlock on 16 minutes, when midfielder Jonathan De Guzman found Michu at the edge of Bradford’s penalty area, his shot was well saved by Matt Duke, who could only parry the ball to Nathan Dyer who scored from 4 yards.

Bradford continued to work hard without having much possession of the ball, then on the 40th minute, a ball from Leon Britton again found Michu at the edge of the Bradford box.  This time the striker curled a shot through Carl McHugh legs into the bottom corner of the net.

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At the start of the second half Bradford made a change at the back with Andrew Davies replacing Curtis Good.  This meant a move for Carl McHugh to left-back whilst Davies took his position at centre-back.

The change failed to improve things at the back, as only 2 minutes after the re-start Nathan Dyer ran at the Bradford defence before cutting into the area and curling a shot passed Matt Duke for Swansea’s third goal of the game.

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The game was finished as a contest in the 57th minute when goalkeeper Matt Duke was sent off for a foul on Jonathan De Guzman.  Swansea were awarded a penalty for the foul, which lead to an argument between Nathan Dyer and De Guzman as to who should take the spot kick.

In the end it was Jonathan De Guzman who stepped up to score Swansea’s fourth goal from the spot in the 59th minute.  This denied Nathan Dyer his chance of scoring a cup final hat-trick.

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Bradford made two more changes during the game, the first was enforced when Nahki Wells made way for Jon McLaughlin who replaced Matt Duke in goal.  The second change was for midfielder Gary Thompson who was replaced by Zavon Hines in the 71st minute.

Bradford captain Gary Jones, had the team’s first real shot on target in the 85th minute, however it failed to trouble Gerhard Tremmel in the Swansea goal.  It was Swansea who finished the game stronger, when Jonathan De Guzman scored his second goal in the 90th minute to complete the rout.

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Match Details

Bradford City  –  Duke, Darby, Good, McArdle, McHugh, Jones, Doyle, Atkinson, Hanson, Wells, Thompson, (Subs) McLaughlin, Davies, Ravenhill, Reid, Connell, Hines, Turgott

Swansea City – Tremmel, Williams, Sung-Yeung, Rangel, Davies, De Guzman, Routledge, Dyer, Britton, Hernandez, Michu, (Subs) Vorm, Monk, Shechter, Tiendalli, Moore, Lamah, Agustein

Goals – (Swansea City) Dyer (16, 47), Michu (40), De Guzman (59p, 90)

Attendance – 82,597

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