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Cream Rises to the Top in League Cup Final

By February 24, 2013

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Swansea City won their first ever major trophy after beating Bradford City 5-0 in the League Cup final.

A week earlier they were on the end of a 5-0 reverse at Anfield against Liverpool but one always suspected the Swans had an eye on Wembley.

The gulf in class was evident throughout against League Two Bradford, who had knocked out Arsenal and Aston Villa on the way to the final.

Nathan Dyer and Jonathan De Guzman scored a brace each, while top scorer Michu also got in on the act as Bradford crumbled on the big stage.

Dyer and De Guzman engaged in a heated battle over who should take the penalty to make it 4-0, with Dyer denied the chance to become the first player in history to score a hat-trick in a League Cup final.

This victory will further raise the managerial profile of Michael Laudrup who is starting to attract admiring glances from other clubs after an excellent first season in the Swansea hot seat.

The trophy is just reward for a Swansea side who remained true to their values after promotion to the Premier League in 2011. A little more direct in style under Laudrup this season, the Swans still remain one of the most attractive sides to watch in the Premier League and will have the opportunity to grace Europe in the Europa League next season.

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