Bradford v Swansea player ratings

TEAMtalk rates the performances of the players involved in Swansea's 5-0 win over Bradford in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.

Last Updated: 25/02/13 at 10:56

Nathan Dyer (right): Star of the show for Swansea

Nathan Dyer (right): Star of the show for Swansea

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BRADFORD

MATT DUKE: Did nothing wrong until flicking out a leg to trip Jonathan De Guzman in the 56th minute to earn himself a straight red card for denying Swansea a clear goalscoring chance. 6

STEPHEN DARBY: One of only a few Bradford players not to appear overawed by the occasion, the right-back looked technically sound and was able to clear the ball when danger arrived. 7

RORY McARDLE: Pulled from pillar to post due to the fine movement of Swansea's front four. Always on the back foot and cut a hesitant figure. 6

CARL McHUGH: Rarely in his short career will the young central defender have come across a forward line as elusive and skilful as Swansea's. Struggled to make up for the gulf in class. 6

CURTIS GOOD: Given a torrid time by first Nathan Dyer and then Pablo Hernandez as Swansea rotated the three players behind Michu to brilliant effect. Replaced by Andrew Davies at half-time. 6

WILL ATKINSON: Willing to get forward whenever the rare occasion arose and an equally willing extra defender. Ran himself into the ground in a bid to stem the white tide. 6

GARY JONES: Out-manoeuvred and out-muscled in the engine room, the veteran midfielder was made to look his age by a side with superior movement and technique. 6

NATHAN DOYLE: Was largely anonymous in midfield but never let his head drop as Phil Parkinson's side chased a lost cause. 5

GARRY THOMPSON: Picked in the starting line-up ahead of Zavon Hines, but had little chance to impress as an attacking threat and forced to operate as an extra defender for long periods. 6

NAHKI WELLS: Looked a little lost on Wembley's big open spaces and too easily muscled off the ball before being sacrificed for substitute goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin. 5

JAMES HANSON: Always offered himself as a way out for his team-mates, but the ball rarely came his way and suffered from a lack of set-pieces. 6

SUBSTITUTES:

DAVIES (for Good, 46 minutes): A quality replacement who was composed on the ball and a steadying influence on his team-mates. 6

McLAUGHLIN (for Wells, 56): Replacement goalkeeper following Duke's dismissal. No chance with De Guzman's resulting penalty or the fourth and fifth goals. 6

HINES 73 (for Thompson, 73): Replaced Thompson on the right wing, but the game was up and he was no match for Swansea left-back Ben Davies on the rare occasions he was in possession. 5

SWANSEA

GERHARD TREMMEL: Spectator for the entire first half and did not have much more to do in the second. 7

ANGEL RANGEL: Held his wide position intelligently to ensure Bradford were fully stretched. 7

SUNG-YEUNG KI: Surprise choice at centre-half but never put under any meaningful pressure until booked for clattering Nahki Wells. 7

ASHLEY WILLIAMS: A stroll for the Swansea skipper, who kept control throughout. 7

BEN DAVIES: Flashed an early header wide and kept Bradford at bay thereafter. 7

LEON BRITTON: Fired shot wide from edge of the area when should have done better, but was part of dominant midfield display. 8

JONATHAN DE GUZMAN: Won penalty and took it, despite Dyer's protests. Added another late on. 8

WAYNE ROUTLEDGE: Impossible to pick up as he floated around Michu and played a key role in Swansea's third. 8

PABLO HERNANDEZ: Played a slide-rule pass to set up Michu and put in an excellent effort, like many others. 8

NATHAN DYER: Squeezed home opener and struck straight after the break. Only battle he lost all afternoon was with De Guzman over penalty which could have secured his hat-trick. 9

MIGUEL MICHU: Posed a threat Bradford defence could not cope with and scored superb second. 8

SUBSTITUTES:

GARRY MONK (for Ki, 62): Emotional appearance for club captain, who has experienced the entire Swansea rollercoaster. 7

ROLAND LAMAH (for Dyer, 76): Just continued in the same way as his team. 6

DWIGHT TIENDALLI (for Davies, 83): Did not need to do much as the game wound down. 6

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lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

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e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

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urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

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