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Swansea City 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

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Highlights: Swansea 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Swansea City reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1964 after overcoming Sheffield Wednesday at the Liberty Stadium.

"1964 is a long time ago," said Swans boss Carlos Carvalhal. "I know because I was born in 1965. Swansea have now made the best path in the cup since then so it's a little part of history and we are happy about that. I'm very proud of my players."

In a tie short on quality played out in freezing conditions in south Wales, Jordan Ayew's tap-in after Tom Carroll's fierce drive struck both posts to set the Swans on their way before Nathan Dyer sealed victory with a close-range finish with 10 minutes left.

"After scoring the two goals we closed the house," said Carvalhal. "We closed the doors and we closed the windows."

Swansea will host the winner of Wednesday's Wembley replay between Tottenham and League One's bottom club Rochdale.

Championship club Sheffield Wednesday have been eliminated from six of their past eight FA Cup replays away from home. They have also failed to score an away goal from open play in 2018.

A game neither manager really wanted?

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Carvalhal hails 'important' cup win

Survival for Swansea and the Owls in the Premier League and Championship respectively is the clear priority this season. Carvalal's side are 18th in the top flight while Sheffield Wednesday are only seven points clear of the relegation zone in the second tier.

Fomer Wednesday manager Carvalhal said that this tie should have been settled via a penalty shootout at Hillsborough after the 0-0 draw, to save the aggravation of a replay.

The Liberty Stadium was far from full on a freezing night where the football in the first half did little to warm those in attendance.

Both sides made five changes from their fixtures at the weekend, and the visitors had 13 players injured or cup-tied.

The Swans rested key players like Alfie Mawson and in-form striker Ayew, who came on at half-time, leaving Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham charged with finding the goals.

The visitors, despite having just 33% of first-half possession, looked a threat on the break but only a speculative effort from Jacob Butterfield and a cross-shot from Lucas Joao tested Kristoffer Nordfeldt before half-time.

Swansea did not muster a single effort on target before the break, with wayward strikes from Abraham and Sam Clucas their only efforts before Ki Sung-yueng hit the side netting.

"The main competition for us is the Premier League, but now this competition is important for us as well," said Carvalhal.

"We now have a situation where it could be possible to go to Wembley."

Swansea's squad strength shows

Carvalhal is not a manager to sit on his hands if he feels his side could be producing more, and duly introduced top scorer Ayew and attacking wing-back Martin Olsson in an effort to inject more life into Swansea after their listless first-half display.

"At the break we weren't happy with the score. We needed more energy and intensity, so we brought on Martin Olsson and Jordan Ayew and they had a big impact," Carvalhal said. "Two or three minutes into the second half I thought things would change."

And it was Ayew who duly made the the difference after 55 minutes, keeping his composure to pass the ball into an empty net after Carroll's fierce drive struck both posts.

The quality from the Swans was fleeting, especially when compared to recent home wins over Liverpool and Arsenal, but gaps opened up once Wednesday felt compelled to chase the game.

The deciding moment came 10 minutes from time when Abraham's weighted pass picked out a good run from Dyer, who slipped the ball through the legs of Cameron Dawson.

Wednesday never really did enough to threaten, with Adam Reach failing to get the ball from under his feet in a penalty-box scramble and Jordan Rhodes hit a free-kick straight at Nordfeldt.

Man of the match - Jordan Ayew (Swansea)

Jordan Ayew
BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson chose Ayew as his man of the match

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson: "Jordan Ayew is a clever player. He has an element of class about him. He was head and shoulders above most players on the pitch. He was easily the best player in this game and he only played half of it. He changed the game. He made the back five of Sheffield Wednesday extremely nervous. Nobody came close to doing that in the first half."

'We could not give the pressure we like to'

Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay: "I think the first half was in the balance between the two teams, we had two or three chances to score.

"In the second half we could not give the pressure we like to do and Swansea scored the goal and then it was very difficult to come back into the game.

"We tried after the goal from Swansea, we put on an extra striker, but we could not get in behind because Swansea are strong defensively. They showed good quality."

Stats - Swans yet to lose when Jordan Ayew scores

  • Swansea City have reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 1964 - when they eventually got knocked out in the semi-finals.
  • Swansea have won six successive home games in all competitions for the first time since December 2007.
  • This was the 10th match that Jordan Ayew had scored for Swansea City and they are yet to lose a game he has netted in (W8 D2 L0).
  • Ayew's goal was Swansea City's first shot on target in the match (54:06) and came just nine minutes and six seconds after he came off the bench.
  • Nathan Dyer has scored three goals this month in the FA Cup - it is the first time he has scored as many as three goals in a single month since August 2014.

What's next?

Swansea host relegation rivals West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday (15:00 GMT). Sheffield Wednesday are away to Championship play-off chasers Bristol City at the same time.

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 33Fernandez
  • 27Bartley
  • 52Roberts
  • 4Ki Sung-yuengSubstituted forOlssonat 45'minutes
  • 14Carroll
  • 17Clucas
  • 12DyerSubstituted forBrittonat 83'minutes
  • 10Abraham
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forJ Ayewat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Britton
  • 11Narsingh
  • 16Olsson
  • 18J Ayew
  • 25Mulder
  • 26Naughton
  • 42James

Sheff Wed

  • 25Dawson
  • 46Venâncio
  • 12Loovens
  • 36Pudil
  • 2HuntSubstituted forPalmerat 38'minutes
  • 8ButterfieldSubstituted forNuhiuat 68'minutes
  • 3Jones
  • 20Reach
  • 21Boyd
  • 7RhodesBooked at 65minsSubstituted forAbdiat 81'minutes
  • 18Lucas João

Substitutes

  • 6Fox
  • 16Palmer
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 24Baker
  • 28Wildsmith
  • 32Pelupessy
  • 41Abdi
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
8,198

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Foul by Martin Olsson (Swansea City).

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jordan Ayew (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Almen Abdi (Sheffield Wednesday).

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu tries a through ball, but Liam Palmer is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Jordan Ayew (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

Connor Roberts (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Boyd (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Leon Britton replaces Nathan Dyer.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Almen Abdi replaces Jordan Rhodes.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tammy Abraham with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Boyd.

Jordan Ayew (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Jacob Butterfield.

Foul by Martin Olsson (Swansea City).

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Martin Olsson (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt saved. Tammy Abraham (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.

Tammy Abraham (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Frederico Venâncio (Sheffield Wednesday).

Federico Fernández (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City).

Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Jordan Ayew (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Tom Carroll (Swansea City) hits the right post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.

Offside, Swansea City. Nathan Dyer tries a through ball, but Tammy Abraham is caught offside.

Foul by Connor Roberts (Swansea City).

George Boyd (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jordan Ayew replaces Wayne Routledge.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Martin Olsson replaces Ki Sung-yueng.

Second Half

Second Half begins Swansea City 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Swansea City 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Attempt missed. Tammy Abraham (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ki Sung-yueng.

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