Friday 18 January 2019

Swans blitz Notts to book Wednesday reunion date for manager Carvalhal

Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal. Photo: PA
Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal. Photo: PA

Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal saw his side thrash Notts County 8-1 in their FA Cup fourth-round replay last night to set up a tie at former club Sheffield Wednesday.

Despite fielding a much-changed side, partly because of injury to the likes of Leroy Fer and Wilfried Bony, Swansea settled any nerves with two goals in the space of as many first-half minutes.

England striker Tammy Abraham put the home side in front from close range on 18 minutes, with Nathan Dyer swiftly adding another on the break.

Dyer made it 3-0 on the half-hour with a low shot from just the edge of the penalty area, before Noor Husin got County on the scoresheet after 36 minutes.

There was, though, to be no fairy-tale comeback for the Sky Bet League Two promotion chasers, as Abraham scored again in first-half stoppage time.

Kyle Naughton, Wayne Routledge and Tom Carroll extended the lead before Daniel James rounded off the rout with a debut goal.

League One relegation battlers Rochdale beat Championship side Millwall 1-0 at Spotland to book a fifth-round home date against either Tottenham or Newport, with captain Ian Henderson getting the crucial strike.

"It's a chance to dream and a chance to play against Premier League opposition if Spurs beat Newport," said Rochdale boss Keith Hill.

Huddersfield came from behind to win 4-1 at Birmingham after extra-time, to set up a home tie against Manchester United.

Irish Independent

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