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Swans move into Capital One Cup semi-finals

By Sport_Steve  |  Posted: December 12, 2012

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SWANSEA City are one step away from Wembley after beating Middlesbrough to move into the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.

A Seb Hines own goal ten minutes from time settled the tie as he headed past Jason Steele from a Jonathan de Guzman corner.

The match had looked destined for extra-time before that, with an impressive Boro outfit proving difficult to break down.

There were few opportunities in the opening period, but the best fell to Tony Mowbray's side.

Boro skipper Grant Leadbitter went close on three occasions, his best effort beaten away by Gerhard Tremmel in the 36th minute.

Swansea had barely threatened, but upped the ante after the interval when Michael Laudrup introduced Luke Moore and Ki Sung-Yueng from the bench.

Moore looked to be hauled down by Andre Bikey when through on goal just before the hour, and with 15 minutes remaining Steele tipped Jonathan de Guzman's free-kick onto the bar.

Then, with time running out, a flurry of Swansea corners ended with Hines nodding into his own net under pressure from Garry Monk.  

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  • Hadoken666645  |  December 13 2012, 11:39PM

    Borofan, we only called names in retalliation, as soon as the game started your end started giving it large while everyone from swansea just wanted to watch the game. I guess you forgot about that vital element though. Had you not mouthed off swans fans would have given you a round of applause for giving us a game in our back yard. I dont care about the sheep comments, as they are so stupid and untrue, and ironically it seems its the english into this side of things.... http://tinyurl.com/6s9l6c My only intention was to stir the pot and highlight the sheer idiocy and bias in football about racism, that goes on. While swansea do **** off cardiff, I said that about boro in relation to them mouthing off in general. It just seemed like they were at war with the world. I guess I am spoiled by the majority of swans fans. And lets not people, most, if not all of their fans were paid by capital one to be there. My advice for your club when playing the bigger fish is a little less mouth and a bit more respect. But I would still cheer you on over cardiff!

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  • CroJack  |  December 13 2012, 8:04PM

    I don't think it is going to be Chelsea in semi. They will be back from World Club Cup monday night or tuesday morning. Tired after two games played in three days, and traveling from Japan. Leeds is going to give 150 %, and it is going to be a tough game for Chelsea.

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  • bennyhill4  |  December 13 2012, 7:41PM

    hadoken666645, You are such an hypercrite, the swans fans are always singing they hate cardiff.And when they sing that they will never be mastered by no english bast**rd i suppose that is'nt racist. Double standard or what? You need to get a life and if you are that easily offended you need to stay away from watching football

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  • mabl9  |  December 13 2012, 7:11PM

    Lets have Chelsea in the semis with us at home in second leg! A good scalp to beat them.

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  • mabl9  |  December 13 2012, 7:10PM

    Good that Boro fan had a good time. I must admit they must be true supporters to travel all that way! Personally I find the banter a bit irksome anyway - takesthe concentration off the game. Good to be in semis. I hope its Chelsea home and way and we win at home!

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  • macman  |  December 13 2012, 1:48PM

    I am just saying your expectations have to match reality, and the reality is you cannot play the best XI every time without wearing them out. Swansea does not have 2-3 times XI like the top teams. Chelsea f.ex. or Liverpool are total flops considering how much money has been spend on the teams. That's what I am talking about.

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  • boro1987  |  December 13 2012, 1:19PM

    I am a boro fan who was at the game last night and am just coming on to say I had a great night and found stewards police and swansea fans to be exceptional and friendly one point I would like to make is @Hadoken666645 was it not swansea fans that were calling our fans pi*dos and scruffy c--ts throuhout the game its called banter pal and another thing what was the song when you took the lead 1-0 to the sheep sha--ers cant be that offensive can it overall though a great night at a very impressive stadium and on another night I may have had a little more to shout and celerbrate but since I dont the very best of look In the Semi Final and hopeully the final it would be very refreshing for the game to see a club like swansea win a cup bit like ourselves in 2004 very best of look and will hopefully be back at the librty next season in the premiership

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  • Hadoken666645  |  December 13 2012, 12:20PM

    Swans fans chant it only because of reverse psychology and because they were called it first and saw how nothing was done about it from the authotities. So if I do monkey impression I get arrested, but I could do a sheep ******** impressuin "use imagination" nothing happens. My aim is to simply expose in the inconsistencies around racism and expose it for what it is, a con.

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  • Hadoken666645  |  December 13 2012, 12:17PM

    I think Tiendalli is injured, I was sitting close to him when I think he grabbed his hamstring in the last few mins. Dunno why we are not playing michu u front on his own, last two games have been dubious.

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  • Lynbaz  |  December 13 2012, 11:52AM

    Let's not kid ourselves; this was not a good performance. Boro matched us all over the field apart from the last 20 minutes when we started to play like a Premier League side. There was a complete lack of intensity and desire and, early on, we were playing as though it was our right to expect the win. Some players out there needed to show a lot more urgency. It was telling that we failed to breach their defence with our own efforts, although they should have been down to ten men and we were denied a nailed on penalty. I thought Tiendalli did ok but his lack of match fitness caught up with him in the latter stages. He could be a good player for us when he achieves that. We badly need to up our tempo as a team and the need for new players is becoming ever more apparent as the season wears on. Still, a win is a win and I'm sure we won't play as badly as that again.

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