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
Laudrup says no designated penalty taker – but Dyer missed penalty in training
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) February 24, 2013