Swansea win League Cup, end Bradford's run
By Steve Douglas ,APLONDON -- Swansea denied Bradford the perfect end to its fairytale run in the League Cup by thrashing the fourth-tier club 5-0 in the final, capping its centenary season with a first major trophy.
February 26, 2013, 12:15 am TWN
Manchester City hasn't given up on winning silverware this year, either, after reviving its faint Premier League title hopes with a 2-0 win over Chelsea. The champions stayed 12 points behind Manchester United.
While City needed second-half goals by Yaya Toure and Carlos Tevez to wear down the European champions, Swansea's victory at Wembley Stadium was never really in doubt from the moment Nathan Dyer scored the 16th-minute opener.
Dyer and Jonathan de Guzman both finished with two goals and Michu grabbed the other in the largest winning margin in the final of English soccer's second-tier knockout competition. Swansea will play in the Europa League next season.
“The first trophy is always special and next year in Europe will be a nice experience,” said Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, the Denmark great.
Bradford was looking to add the Welsh club to a list of Premier League conquests that already included Arsenal, Aston Villa and Wigan in its unprecedented run to the final.
However, the team currently ranked 79th in English soccer's league pyramid was blown away by Swansea's renowned passing game, with goalkeeper Matt Duke's straight red card for tripping De Guzman in the 56th summing up their day.
”The early goal killed us,” Duke said. “It is disappointing but this is a massive plus for the football club, a massive achievement and we have to remember that.”
Bradford was the first fourth-tier team to reach a major final since 1962, when the competition was in its second year and the country's major teams didn't take it seriously.
City produced one of its most assured and convincing displays of the season to issue a reminder to United that the fight for the title remains on.