CARLOS CARVALHAL had his Christmas ruined by Sheffield Wednesday – however the Portuguese supervisor has the right likelihood to rub his former employers’ noses in it.
The Portuguese supervisor’s transformation of Swansea has been one of many extra unlikely tales of the season and it’s now only one defeat in 10 for the membership which sacked Paul Clement.
Carvalhal was definitely a curious appointment on December 28, 4 days after he was given the boot by Wednesday with the workforce 15th within the Championship.
Yet he’ll return to Hillsborough for the fifth round tie on February 17 which shall be proven on BT Sport.
The station’s bosses shall be hoping the sport is way nearer than final night time’s BBC televised match which was over after 30 minutes and ended up extremely embarrassing for Kevin Nolan’s League Two promotion chasers.
As the objectives saved flying in, the viewing figures will need to have fallen faster than the FTSE 100 earlier within the day, not that Carvalhal could have cared.
This season regarded sure to be the tip of Swansea’s seven 12 months journey within the Premier League however a run of nice outcomes – together with wins over Liverpool and Arsenal – means there may be each likelihood the membership may keep up.
And it might be an much more exceptional second half of the season if Swansea find yourself within the FA Cup ultimate at Wembley.
On present kind, you’d anticipate them to achieve the final eight, regardless of some dangerous luck with accidents.
Swansea have been hit with the information that each Wilfried Bony and Leroy Fer shall be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
Yet Bony’s damage is sweet information for Tammy Abraham and he scored his first objectives since he performed for England in opposition to Germany and Brazil in November.
Before the sport, Carvalhal used Ronaldo for example of a participant who has labored arduous and bought one of the best out of his expertise.
The Swansea boss has instructed Abraham to comply with this strategy regardless that, it’s honest to say, that the participant won’t ever win the Ballon D’Or.
He won’t even get near the Swansea City participant of the season accolade this time period however at the very least he remembered the place the goal is for his first strikes since scoring a brace in a 2-zero win over Huddersfield in October.
Yet an extended waits go, that was nothing in comparison with Nathan Dyer. He had not scored since discovering the web for Leicester in a three-2 win over Aston Villa in September 2015.
Yet after a two-and-a-half 12 months barren run, he scored twice in 10 first half minutes.
The opening goal within the 18th minute was no shock with Luciano Narsingh, who was excellent albeit in opposition to decrease League opposition., crossing for Abraham to attain from shut vary.
Notts wanted to remain organised and calm to climate this storm however as an alternative they fell aside.
Abraham delivered a nice cross although a flat again 4 and Dyer used his tempo to dash away from centre-backs earlier than delivering an assured first-time end previous Collin.
Dyer continued the battering on the half hour and it was one other first rate end, from exterior the world, through the submit.
Noor Husin delivered a nice end through the submit for three-1 from the sting of the field. Referee Martin Atkinson used VAR for the primary time within the recreation as three visiting gamers had been in an offside place however they didn’t try and play the ball.
Abraham accomplished the primary half rout with one other goal, a low first-time shot, with Narsingh once more the supplier.
Just eight minutes into the second half and Kyle Naughton struck on the half volley after a horrible punch from keeper Collin. It was his first goal since final May in a win over Sunderland.
Wayne Routledge capitalised on some extra poor defending to attain from simply inside the world and all of it develop into a bit embarrassing.
The greatest goal of the night time got here with 25 minutes left, Tom Carroll sending an impressive effort into the highest left-hand nook.
Over 17,000 Notts County followers watched their workforce batter Crewe four-1 on Saturday, which is an impressive gate whatever the reality it solely price two quid to get in.
There was solely a small band of them appeared in south Wales final night time and people who stayed at dwelling in Nottinghamshire made a clever choice.
Daniel James added the eighth late on.