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Swansea advance to quarters for first time in 54 years


Swansea City on Tuesday reached the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 54 years with a 2-0 win over second-tier Sheffield Wednesday as goals from Jordan Ayew and Nathan Dyer settled an attritional fifth-round replay.

Swansea — who face a last-eight home tie against Tottenham Hotspur or Rochdale, who were yesterday to play their replay — were lifeless in front of a sparse crowd at the Liberty Stadium until Ayew tapped home a rebound from close range in the 55th minute.

Dyer then settled the contest against his manager Carlos Carvalhal’s former club with 10 minutes left, slipping the ball through goalkeeper Cameron Dawson’s legs after being played in by Tammy Abraham.

Swansea last reached the sixth round of the competition in 1964, when they were known as Swansea Town. That year they went one stage further before losing to Preston North End in the semi-finals.

Swansea’s Portuguese manager Carvalhal said: “1964 is a long time ago, I know because I was born in ’65.”

“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,” he added.

However, Carvalhal would have seen little to be proud of in the first half, as Swansea struggled to create chances against their Championship opponents.

Swansea, battling to avoid relegation from the Premier League, dominated the ball, but would have fallen behind but for two smart saves in quick succession by Kristoffer Nordfeldt from Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes.

Their breakthrough arrived when midfielder Tom Carroll let fly with an unstoppable drive that ricocheted off both posts before halftime substitute Ayew slotted in the rebound.

As Wednesday pushed forward, space opened up for Swansea and Dyer made the game safe.

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