Nathan Dyer’s mini tantrum after not being allowed to take a penalty in the Capital One Cup final may have been a bit overboard, but it’s hard not to believe that Jonathan De Guzman was not more selfish than his Swansea teammate at Wembley.
After all, history beckoned for Dyer, as no player has still ever scored a hat-trick in any of the 53 League Cup finals, with some of the earliest instalments also played over two legs.
Furthermore, even if Dyer wasn’t the strongest penalty taker, there was not any real danger of Swansea losing the game, as Bradford were already 3-0 down and had just had their goalkeeper Matt Duke rightly sent off.
Claude Makelele was probably bottom of the list of Chelsea’s probable penalty takers in 2005, but that did not stop the Blues allowing him to step up against Charlton in the club’s final home game of the Premier League season.
Fair enough the title was already sewn up, but the game was 0-0 in the final minute and it would have been easy for Frank Lampard to demand the penalty in his battle to be the club’s top scorer with Eidur Gudjohnsen.
However, Makelele was an unsung hero in Chelsea’s title charge, so the penalty was the chance to get him some added recognition.
Rewind back further to 2002 and Arsenal decided to bring goalkeeper Stuart Taylor on for the closing minutes against Everton on the final day of the season to ensure he fulfilled his appearance quota to earn a Premier League winners’ medal.
There was nothing wrong with Richard Wright here and bringing on Lauren for either a midfielder or a striker would have made more sense in protecting Arsenal’s lead.
But again, this was a nice gesture and in all honesty the right thing to do.
Having not been awarded a penalty all season, Swansea didn’t have a designated spot-kick taker at Wembley.
De Guzman may have been the most lethal from the spot in training, but there are certainly grounds that he put his own wants first of a cup final goal.
Football is a team game, but sometimes a player deserves their own spotlight and Dyer should have been given his at Wembley.
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