FOOTBALL: Wembley? We're not saying a word
9:00am Saturday 16th February 2013 in Exclusive By Dan Barnes
NATHAN Dyer says he and his Swansea City teammates’ best way of preparing for their second Wembley outing in three years has been to simply not talk about it.
Premier League ace Dyer, who grew up in Trowbridge, has made it to the home of football with Swansea once again and is looking ahead to the final of the Capital One Cup on February 24.
The 25-year-old winger was part of the Swans side that secured promotion to the top flight by winning the 2011 Championship play-off final at Wembley.
And he joked that his teammates began worrying about the prospect of their summer holidays being cut short as soon as they booked their place in this month’s final against League Two giant-killers Bradford City.
“I think that was the first thing that a lot of the lads thought about if we were to win and get in to the Europa League,” Dyer told the Wiltshire Times.
“We’re looking forward to it and it’s going to be a great day but, to be honest, around the ground the boys have tried to not really speak about it.
“We’ve had other games to think about before that and not thinking about it has been the best thing for us.
“Everybody wants to see the underdog win and Bradford have obviously done brilliantly to get the final. But we’ll still treat them like any other team and we’ll carry on as if we’re the underdogs, like we were in the semi-final against Chelsea.
“We’ve been to Wembley before recently too so we know what to expect – the crowds will be absolutely massive.”
Swansea’s 2-0 aggregate semi-final triumph over giants Chelsea last month was overshadowed by the controversial incident involving the Blues’ Eden Hazard and City ball boy Charlie Morgan.
Dyer says that he didn’t mind that his team’s success was swept under the carpet as the spotlight was turned on the ball boy incident but is glad that the sideline clash is now a thing of the past.
“It was a 50/50 thing – the ball boy probably shouldn’t have laid on the ball like he did and Hazard probably shouldn’t have kicked the ball from under him,” said the former St Laurence School pupil.
“But we knew that we had a great chance against them at our stadium because teams like Manchester United and Arsenal have struggled there – it came off.”
- Read part two of Dyer’s Wembley preview in next week’s Wiltshire Times.