Ex-Saint plays down penalty row

Daily Echo: NATHAN DYER NATHAN DYER

Nathan Dyer declared his penalty row with Jonathan de Guzman ''done and dusted'' following Swansea's emphatic 5-0 Capital One Cup final victory over 10-man Bradford at Wembley.

Former Southampton player Dyer took home the Alan Hardaker Trophy for his man-of-the-match performance which included scoring the first and third in Swansea's rout of their League Two opponents, with Michu and De Guzman (2) grabbing the other goals.

Dyer had put Swansea 3-0 up when De Guzman was felled as he attempted to round Bradford keeper Matt Duke, who was sent off by referee Kevin Friend.

While Bradford readied substitute keeper Jon McLaughlin, Dyer and De Guzman were involved in a furious row over who was to take the spot-kick, with Swansea not having a designated penalty taker due to not being awarded a single spot-kick previously this season.

Dyer felt De Guzman should pass him the responsibility to allow him to complete his hat-trick, and the debate was only resolved once Michu separated the pair having headed over to the touchline to take instructions from manager Michael Laudrup.

De Guzman eventually scored and shared an embrace with Dyer as they returned to the halfway line.

Dyer said: ''I had two goals and it's not every day you get the chance for a hat-trick at Wembley so I wanted the third but I didn't get the chance and that was that.

''It was disappointing but the most important thing was that we scored the goal and won the match. It's all done and dusted now.''

Victory saw Swansea claim their first major trophy in their centenary year, and Dyer was overjoyed to experience Wembley glory again, after playing in the play-off success against Reading in 2011.

He said: ''We knew history was on the cards. We tried to approach the game as we do every game and in the end we delivered with a great performance, one of the best we've had this season.

''It feels amazing to be part of history. Every year since I've come to the club we've progressed each year. We keep growing and I see no limit to where we can go given the players we keep bringing in and the steps we keep making.

''With the quality we have hopefully we can have a decent run to the end of the season and finish as high as we can and then we can look forward to the Europa League next year.''

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10:16pm Sun 24 Feb 13

st.thomas says...

Dyer should have nicked the ball off De Guzmann.
Dyer should have nicked the ball off De Guzmann. st.thomas
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