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Hines means Swansea are full of beans after own goal halts Boro run

Swansea celebrated reaching the semi-finals of the League Cup for the first time but it was with a limp rather than a strut against gutsy Middlesbrough. For an hour, it was the Championship team who provided the touch of class until a crucial substitution and an own goal turned this quarter-final tie on its head.

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Michael Laudrup admits 'tense' Swansea toiled hard to break new ground

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James Lawton: The 'beautiful game' is at a crossroads: can anyone out there provide the answers?

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Gary Jones and James Hanson of Bradford celebrate following their victory in the penalty shootout

Bradford spike Arsene Wenger's big guns as Arsenal crisis deepens

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Arsene Wenger anxious for Arsenal to avoid penalty shoot-out against Bradford

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