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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

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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