Football: Laudrup’s pride as Swans break 100-year duck

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Swansea manager Michael Laudrup spoke of his pride after seeing his side thrash Bradford 5-0 to win the Capital One Cup at Wembley.

Two goals each from Nathan Dyer and Jonathan de Guzman, one from the penalty spot, and another from Michu saw the Barclays Premier League side clinch the first major trophy in their 100-year history.

Laudrup said: “I’m very proud of my team. I think it was a great performance.”

The 48-year-old Dane, who replaced Brendan Rodgers last summer, also hailed the triumph as the best of his managerial career.

He said: “As a manager it’s absolutely at the top, winning a trophy for the first time in 100 years.”

Fourth-tier Bradford had enjoyed a fairytale journey to the final, including knocking out top-flight opposition in the form of Arsenal, Aston Villa and Wigan, and Laudrup felt getting the first goal would be crucial for his side.

He said: “They had never been behind against Premier League teams, so we had to move the ball at good pace and we have to score the first goal.

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson hailed his players for their success in this year’s competition and only wished they could have made more of a match of the final for their supporters, who he described as “absolutely tremendous”.

He said: “We would have loved to have given our supporters something to cheer about, but we couldn’t. They’re a good side and things didn’t quite go our way, to put it mildly.”

He added: “The highlight was our supporters, throughout the game they kept behind us, they were absolutely tremendous.”

Parkinson also felt the dismissal of goalkeeper Matt Duke after conceding the penalty that De Guzman scored from was “harsh” with his side already 3-0 down.