Swansea crush Bradford at Wembley

Bradford’s fairytale journey to the Capital One Cup Final had a grim ending when Swansea beat them 5-0 at Wembley. It was a record winning margin in the final of this competition. The gulf in class between the Premier League side and the Division Two underdogs was apparent from the outset and things only got tougher in the second half when the Bradford goalkeeper Matt Duke was sent off.

For Swansea it was a first major trophy for the club, a passport into European competition next season, and a swift success for manager Michael Laudrup, who took over from Brendan Rogers in the summer.

"As a manager it's absolutely at the top, winning a trophy for the first time in 100 years," Laudrup said, referring to the club rather than his own career. "The first trophy is always special and now next year in Europe, it's a nice experience. I don't think I can compare this title, with something I have done before for the simple reason that it's one thing to win a cup with Barcelona, Madrid or Juventus but to win it with a smaller team, like Swansea, is absolutely fantastic. It's the first major trophy ever and it's up there with the best things because it's completely different."

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson admitted his team were outclassed, but believed the referee was wrong to dismiss Duke, and should have "used common sense and a bit of discretion" when Swansea were already leading 3-0.

Laudrup’s team were in the unusual position of being the firm favourites, but never treated the opposition lightly, saving some of their best football in the competition for the final. Laudrup paid tribute to Bradford for the remarkable feat of making it to Wembley. "What they have done this season is absolutely outstanding and I think this final this year will remain in history, a small part because of us and a large part because of Bradford."

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