Top five Capital One Cup Final conclusions: Bradford City 0-5 Swansea City
1. This was distinctly the Capital Swan Cup Final. The ginormous Wembley pitch and Swansea’s passing game did for Bradford.
2. In the battle of the birds, the Swans were unsurprisingly more powerful than the Bantams. Perhaps Bradford will consider becoming the Ostriches ahead of any future Wembley exploits.
3. Nobody at Swansea wanted Nathan Dyer to become the first player to score a hat-trick in a League Cup Final. It’s a conspiracy!
5. It’s a good job referee Kevin Friend guarded against a controversial Bradford comeback and sent-off Matt Duke when he conceded the penalty for Swansea’s fourth. It was touch and go for a while there.
6. We loved Bradford’s brief spell of ‘ole’ football in the closing stages. We also loved that Sky commentator Alan Parry was happy to accept this, the cheers for a free-kick and the cheers for a corner at face value. Only when a throw in was cheered did he suspect the Bantams faithful had resorted to “gallows humour”.
7. It was probably a relief to Bradford in the end. This way they get to avoid getting their name put in Michel Platini’s little black book for snubbing the Europa League.
8. Somebody told Chico Flores that the Wembley dress code is fancy dress.
9. You don’t get enough celebratory pile-ons in top level football.
10. After they eventually ditched talk of a possible Bradford comeback, you sensed Sky were pining for the more familiar hype of a final featuring the big boys. There’s always next year.