Thursday 18 April 2019

Welsh wizard James stings Bees

Swansea City 4 Brentford 1

Swansea City's Matt Grimes in action with Brentford's Nikolaj Kirk. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
Swansea City's Matt Grimes in action with Brentford's Nikolaj Kirk. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

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Dan James inspired an amazing second-half comeback as Swansea reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 4-1 victory over 10-man Brentford.

The Bees controlled the first half to deservedly lead thanks to Ollie Watkins' 28th-minute strike but Swansea equalised through goalkeeper Luke Daniels' own goal before James, Bersant Celina and George Byers found their way on to the scoresheet.

Brentford's Said Benrahma in action with Swansea City's Connor Roberts. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
Brentford's Said Benrahma in action with Swansea City's Connor Roberts. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Brentford's misery was completed by the dismissal of Ezri Konsa and a yellow card for manager Thomas Frank following a touchline altercation with Swansea striker Oli McBurnie.

It was an incredible turnaround and one which Wales winger James - who almost joined Leeds on transfer deadline day last month - was right at the heart of.

Swansea pulled the plug on the Leeds deal late on but James showed a fine attitude yesterday and won the free-kick which went in off the back of goalkeeper Daniels.

His searing pace also took him 70 yards to blast Swansea 2-1 ahead and he was also involved as Konsa was sent off.

Brentford's Ezri Konsa Ngoyo is shown a red card by referee Stuart Attwell. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
Brentford's Ezri Konsa Ngoyo is shown a red card by referee Stuart Attwell. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
Brentford's Neal Maupay in action with Swansea City's Kristoffer Nordfeldt. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
Brentford's Neal Maupay in action with Swansea City's Kristoffer Nordfeldt. Photo: Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
Swansea City's Oliver McBurnie (left) and Brentford's Julian Jeanvier battle for the ball. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Swansea City's Oliver McBurnie (left) and Brentford's Julian Jeanvier battle for the ball. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

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