Bradford City v Swansea City - Capital One Cup Final
Bradford’s magical run to the League Cup final ended with a thud. Swansea dominated from start to finish, holding 74% of the possession and not conceding a single shot or corner in the first half. Goals from Nathan Dyer and Michu indicated a rout was coming.

Dyer added a second in the 57th minute to kill any semblance of a captivating final. That was until Matt Duke hauled down JDG2 in the box 12 minutes later.

Jonathan De Guzman is the chief penalty taker for Swansea, and though Dyer sat a goal away from a memorable hat-trick, the Canadian Dutch international stepped up to take the kick.

I’m forgetting something. Right. De Guzman and Dyer performed their long awaited vaudeville act, squabbling over who would take the penalty. As a sheepish Michael Laudrup looked on, Michu played peacemaker. The whole scene was embarrassing. Generalizing is useless, but what other sport sees this kind of garbage happen on a regular basis?

Today is one for celebration. Swansea has methodically cemented themselves as a vanguard of the new wave, making smart buys and relying on a system that allows for positive football. 10 years ago Bradford City was heading for extinction. They’ve come a long way.

In his postgame interview Dyer said he passed the penalty on. Drinks were on the docket, thus the need for hasty lies. Swansea will play in Europe next season yet the stench lingers on.

Update: Good grief

Comments (17)

  1. De Guzman being an asshole? I’m shocked!

    • agreed. Dyer won the penalty, he’s on a hat-trick, the game is effectively over, give him the ball and be happy for your team-mate.

  2. Actually, De Guzman won the penalty.

    • You are correct, Ryan. Thanks.

      • well then I’m off with my comment…misread this while dealing with 2 kids…and obviously let my bias show. Too quick to judge I guess, but I still don’t like the guy.

  3. “Swansea has methodically cemented themselves as a vanguard of the new wave”

    Holy repetitive mixed metaphor, Batman!

  4. we(canadians) give deguzman too much shit. the commentators are the ones who really stirred this shit up, I don’t see it as a big deal.

  5. DeGuzman proves once again how selfish he is.

  6. How many mistakes are in this story? De guzman won the penalty and dyer didnt miss a penalty in training but missed several chances and the reason laudrup didnt pick a taker was because swansea have not had a single penalty all season so he forgot.

    • Rob Harris spoke to Laudrup after the game. That’s why I included his tweet. A massive accomplishment for Swansea, yes, but this sideshow overshadowed the game for me.

  7. One more thing. Who decides thst this story overshadows a great league cup final? You do by only talking about this.

  8. This is a pretty inside-football type of story. I’ve read a couple mainstream non-football sports recaps of the game, and they make no mention of it. The big stories are clearly that it was Swansea and Bradford in the final, and the score line.

    That said…

    Dyer is the one in the wrong on this. I think all the anti-De Guzman comments are just the hold over Canadian resentment (fine, I have that too, but not relevant here).

    Every team should have a dedicated PK taker and a back-up. That is because scoring PKs is a combination of confidence, experience and muscle memory. Generally (Wayne Rooney excepted), the more PKs you take the more you score. On every competitive team I have ever played on (and we’re not talking at any serious level) we have always had a designated kick-taker – it gives you the best chance of scoring and it avoids embarrassing communications breakdowns like this one.

    So what that Dyer already had 2 goals? If the score line had been 2-1, rather than 3-0 would Dyer have still made the argument for his hatrick, or would the designated kicker have stepped in to cement the lead? Wanting to take the kick just because your team is up and you have two goals is selfish and undermines the team. Dyer would be getting a talking to if I were his captain or coach.

  9. They should only (maybe) have fought over it if the PK would have made a difference to the result…now they both look stupid.

    • Anywhere in life, not just the soccer pitch, the petty-ness of a fight is inversely proportional to the importance of the outcome. If this PK really mattered Dyer would not have contested it, he would have just let the designated kicker step up. But it didn’t matter THAT much, so Dyer thought he was justified in undermining team cohesion and embarrassing the manager for his own selfish hat-trick.

      • I love the picture too…Michu plays the role of the father telling little Nathan to share nicely with his brother, and little Nathan looks on the verge of a tantrum.

  10. Ridiculous. I always liked the current Swansea team, but this was embarassing. How about showing some respect for the opposite team?

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