Dyer v De Guzman penalty fiasco: footballers have their say

Wembley Stadium
Wembley… Where it all went down (Img: Billy Hicks)

You may by now have got wind of the fact that Nathan Dyer wasn’t best pleased at being denied the chance to convert a penalty of his own winning – thereby completing a hattrick – in yesterday’s 5-0 League Cup final win over Bradford City.

Designated penalty taker Jonathan De Guzman refused to be swayed by Dyer’s prospective personal landmark, grabbing the ball and dispatching it with aplomb to put Michael Laudrup’s Swansea City side four goals to the good.

Should De Guzman have stepped aside and let Dyer have his glory? There seems to be a divide in opinion between those currently playing and their retired elders. Here’s what the current crop had to say…

Peter Odemwingie, West Bromwich Albion

Give Dyer the ball !!!

— Peter Odemwingie (@OdemwingieP) February 24, 2013

Chris Samba, Queens Park Rangers

I’m really shock Nathan dyer never tookthat

— Samba Christopher (@cs4christsamba1) February 24, 2013

James McArthur, Wigan Athletic

cant believe he aint letting dyer take it.

— james mcarthur (@jamesmcarthur16) February 24, 2013

Elliott Bennett, Norwich City

“@shallypne: @ebenno88 @nathdyer87 its not selfish at all” are you sure? Your team mate is on a hat-trick in a cup final, it unwritten rule

— Elliott Bennett (@Ebenno88) February 24, 2013

Ross McCormack, Leeds United

Absolute disgrace from de Guzman!!!!!!!!

— Ross McCormack (@Rossmccormack44) February 24, 2013

Aaron Cresswell, Ipswich Town

De Guzman is the biggest bellend ever..How could u not let him have that? The games over…

— Aaron cresswell (@Aaron_Cresswell) February 24, 2013

Kyle Bennett, Doncaster Rovers

Poor from De-Guzman. Hat-trick hero denied #poorform #selfish

— kyle bennett (@kbennyb) February 24, 2013

David Cotterill, Doncaster Rovers

What am I seeing here de Guzman let him have the pen u bell. #CapitalOneCup

— David cotterill (@cotterill_david) February 24, 2013

Myles Weston, Gillingham

I hope @nathdyer87 scores his hat trick and celebrates in his face!!!

— Westy (@mylesweston) February 24, 2013

Luke Garbutt, Everton

Soo poor from his team mates not to let dyer take the pen for his hatrick #justsaying

— Luke Garbutt (@luke_garbutt) February 24, 2013

Now look what the elder statesmen had to say…

Robbie Fowler, ex-Liverpool, Leeds United and Manchester City

@amorgan94 not they shouldn’t morgo… Team comes first,not personal glory.

— Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) February 24, 2013

Jody Morris and Jason Cundy, ex-Chelsea

@morriskid spot on. This is a cup final not a kick about. Showed class and respect by doing that as well

— Jason Victor Cundy (@jasoncundy05) February 24, 2013

Neil Ruddock, ex-Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and West Ham United

Keep your mouth shut, Dyer. Don’t lose the plot, you’ve got another half an hour to get your hat-trick. #SWANS #BCAFC #CapitalOneCup

— Neil Ruddock (@RealRazor) February 24, 2013

Franny Lee, ex-Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Derby County

Silly argument over the pen. Disrespectful to the opposition. The cup is won you have scored two goals, put a smile on your face Dyer!

— Franny Lee (@FrannyLee7) February 24, 2013

Where do you stand on the Dyer v De Guzman penalty fiasco? Have your say in the comment section below…