Tom Carroll of Swansea City celebrates.
Tom Carroll of Swansea City celebrates.

FA Cup history made, eight gems in thumping

FOOTBALL: Swansea have made club history with a record FA Cup win over Notts County, hitting eight past the League Two high flyers.

The Swans are on a good run of form, having recently beaten Liverpool and Arsenal, and have capped off that with an 8-1 win to progress through to the fifth round.

Goals from Tammy Abraham (x2), Nathan Dyer (x2), Kyle Naughton, Wayne Routledge, Tom Carroll and Daniel James were more than enough for Swansea, who didn't quite come close to matching the all-time FA Cup record win - Preston North End beating Hyde 26-0 back in 1887.

 

Meanwhile, Aaron Mooy has played a part in three Huddersfield goals after they were taken to extra time by Birmingham. The Terriers prevailed 4-1.

In the other game, Rochdale stunned Tim Cahill's Millwall 1-0 to face the winner of Tottenham or Newport County in the next round. Cahill didn't play, but Aussie left back James Meredith started in the loss to the League One side.

With a club-record FA Cup win for Swansea, the revival under new manager Carlos Carvalhal continued.

Swansea City's English midfielder Wayne Routledge (C) celebrates with Tammy Abraham and Nathan Dyer.
Swansea City's English midfielder Wayne Routledge (C) celebrates with Tammy Abraham and Nathan Dyer.

Carvalhal has masterminded a big change of form and against Notts County, a team from England's fourth tier, provided a much easier test and Swansea took advantage by scoring four goals in each half at Liberty Stadium. The teams drew 1-1 in the original match last month.

Carvalhal played a team filled largely with fringe players and two of them - Tammy Abraham and Nathan Dyer - scored twice in the first half. Kyle Naughton, Wayne Routledge, Tom Carroll and debutant Daniel James added more goals after half-time to complete Swansea's biggest FA Cup win.

The reward for Carvalhal is a meeting with the club that fired him in December, second-tier Sheffield Wednesday.

"It is important if it is the best result in the history (of the club), but the most important thing is the attitude of the players that made all the difference," Carvalhal said.

"I spoke to them before the game that we have a challenge tonight. I am very proud of the players as they accepted the challenge."

Huddersfield were forced to extra time against second-tier Birmingham before winning 4-1 to set up a last-16 meeting with Manchester United just three days after losing at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

Huddersfield Town's Philip Billin, left, and Birmingham City's Jason Lowe.
Huddersfield Town's Philip Billin, left, and Birmingham City's Jason Lowe.

Huddersfield came from behind at St Andrew's, needing an own-goal to take the game to extra time at 1-1.

Steve Mounie, Rajiv van La Parra and Tom Ince scored in the extra 30 minutes as the northern club ultimately eased through.

Huddersfield may have lost at Old Trafford on Saturday, but David Wagner's side beat United at home in October.

In the other match, the FA Cup dream is over for Millwall's Australian duo James Meredith and Tim Cahill after the Lions were beaten 1-0 by Rochdale.

Unlike Cahill who was ineligible for the fourth-round replay, Meredith was included in the starting line-up at left back but couldn't prevent Ian Henderson's 53rd minute strike sending the League One side through.



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