Bradford 0 - 5 Swansea
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.
"A sumptuous Swansea performance. Bradford City blown away. A win for Wales and a win for the Premier League over the League Two club."
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.
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.
Thirteen years ago - almost to the day - Swansea were beating Chester City 2-1 in Division Three while Bradford were in the Premier League.
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.
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.
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Sunday, 24 February 2013
|Home Team||Score||Away Team||Time|
- 12 Duke red card
- 02 Darby
- 16 McHugh
- 23 McArdle
- 27 Good (Davies 46)
- 11 Thompson (Hines 73)
- 14 Atkinson
- 18 Jones
- 24 Doyle
- 09 Hanson
- 21 Wells (McLaughlin 57)
- 01 McLaughlin,
- 05 Davies,
- 04 Ravenhill,
- 07 Reid,
- 26 Turgott,
- 17 Connell,
- 20 Hines
- 25 Tremmel
- 06 Williams
- 22 Rangel
- 33 Davies (Tiendalli 84)
- 07 Britton
- 09 Michu
- 11 Pablo
- 12 Dyer (Lamah 77)
- 15 Routledge
- 20 De Guzman
- 24 Ki Sung-Yeung yellow card (Monk 62)
- Bradford 40%
- Swansea 60%
Attempts on target
- Bradford 3
- Swansea 10
Attempts off target
- Bradford 0
- Swansea 5
- Bradford 1
- Swansea 8
- Bradford 3
- Swansea 4
- Final Result
- Full Time
- 90:00+3:13 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
- 90:00+1:01 The assist for the goal came from Angel Rangel.
- 90:00+1:01 GOAL - Jonathan de Guzman:Bradford 0 - 5 Swansea Jonathan de Guzman finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bradford 0-5 Swansea.
- 90:00+0:42 Leon Britton takes a shot.
- 90:00+0:28 Miguel Michu takes a shot. Save by Jon McLaughlin.
- 88:19 Foul by Dwight Tiendalli on Zavon Hines, free kick awarded. Nathan Doyle takes the direct free kick.
- 86:45 Carl McHugh takes a shot. Save by Gerhard Tremmel.
- 86:32 Gary Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Garry Monk.
- 85:38 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary Jones from the left by-line to the near post, Ashley Williams makes a clearance.
- 85:07 Garry Monk gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Hanson. Nathan Doyle restarts play with the free kick.
- 83:30 Substitution Dwight Tiendalli joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ben Davies.
- 82:57 The ball is swung over by Wayne Routledge.
- 79:54 The referee blows for offside against Ashley Williams. Indirect free kick taken by Jon McLaughlin.
- 79:11 Short corner taken by Wayne Routledge from the right by-line.
- 76:57 Jonathan de Guzman decides to take a short corner.
- 76:57 Substitution Roland Lamah joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nathan Dyer.
- 72:43 Substitution Zavon Hines is brought on as a substitute for Garry Thompson.
- 72:06 Effort on goal by Nathan Dyer from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
- 71:33 Short corner taken by Jonathan de Guzman from the right by-line.
- 69:37 Ashley Williams takes a shot. Save made by Jon McLaughlin.
- 68:58 Jonathan de Guzman takes a short corner.
- 66:03 Miguel Michu takes a shot. Andrew Davies gets a block in.
- 64:51 Centre by Wayne Routledge, save by Jon McLaughlin.
- 61:48 Substitution Garry Monk joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sung-Yeung Ki.
- 60:00 Miguel Michu has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
- 58:25 GOAL - Jonathan de Guzman:Bradford 0 - 4 Swansea Placed penalty scored by Jonathan de Guzman. Bradford 0-4 Swansea.
- 55:41 Substitution Nahki Wells goes off and Jon McLaughlin comes on.
- 55:41 Sent off Matt Duke receives a red card.
- 55:32 Penalty awarded for a foul by Matt Duke on Jonathan de Guzman.
- 53:43 Will Atkinson takes a shot. Pablo Hernandez gets a block in.
- 53:16 Ben Davies handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Nathan Doyle takes the free kick.
- 47:00 The assist for the goal came from Wayne Routledge.
- 47:00 GOAL - Nathan Dyer:Bradford 0 - 3 Swansea Nathan Dyer finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Bradford 0-3 Swansea.
- 46:14 James Hanson challenges Ashley Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leon Britton takes the direct free kick.
- 45:32 Unfair challenge on Pablo Hernandez by Stephen Darby results in a free kick. Gerhard Tremmel restarts play with the free kick.
- 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
- 45:01 Substitution Andrew Davies is brought on as a substitute for Curtis Good.
- Half Time
- 45:00+1:07 The players leave the pitch at half time.
- 43:07 Sung-Yeung Ki takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.
- 42:22 Wayne Routledge takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke. Corner from the right by-line taken by Jonathan de Guzman, clearance made by Curtis Good.
- 39:39 The assist for the goal came from Pablo Hernandez.
- 39:39 GOAL - Miguel Michu:Bradford 0 - 2 Swansea A goal is scored by Miguel Michu from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bradford 0-2 Swansea.
- Correction - 37:19 Free kick taken by Gary Jones.
- 37:19 Direct free kick taken by Carl McHugh.
- 37:19 Booking Sung-Yeung Ki is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
- Correction - 37:12 Sung-Yeung Ki gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nahki Wells.
- 37:12 Sung-Yeung Ki concedes a free kick for a foul on Nahki Wells.
- 32:06 Ben Davies crosses the ball, Carl McHugh makes a clearance.
- 30:26 Leon Britton has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
- 29:57 Jonathan de Guzman takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Carl McHugh.
- 29:29 The ball is sent over by Wayne Routledge, clearance made by Rory McArdle.
- 27:06 The assistant referee signals for offside against Garry Thompson. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the indirect free kick.
- 26:39 Curtis Good fouled by Angel Rangel, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matt Duke.
- 23:38 Jonathan de Guzman delivers the ball.
- 23:03 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonathan de Guzman, Rory McArdle manages to make a clearance.
- 22:49 Centre by Angel Rangel, clearance made by Curtis Good.
- 15:40 Assist by Miguel Michu.
- 15:40 GOAL - Nathan Dyer:Bradford 0 - 1 Swansea Nathan Dyer gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bradford 0-1 Swansea.
- 15:15 Miguel Michu takes a shot. Save by Matt Duke.
- 15:02 Garry Thompson delivers the ball, clearance by Sung-Yeung Ki.
- 13:25 A cross is delivered by Angel Rangel, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Ben Davies misses to the right of the target.
- 10:49 Curtis Good produces a cross, Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.
- 9:34 Centre by Angel Rangel, save made by Matt Duke.
- 6:12 The referee blows for offside. Matt Duke takes the indirect free kick.
- 3:01 The ball is delivered by Wayne Routledge.
- 1:56 The ball is delivered by Ben Davies, Rory McArdle makes a clearance.
- 1:05 The ball is crossed by Nathan Dyer, Carl McHugh makes a clearance. Corner taken by Jonathan de Guzman from the right by-line to the near post, Carl McHugh makes a clearance.
- 0:00 The referee gets the match started.
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