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Notts suffer defeat at Swansea

Premier League side progress to fifth round

6 February 2018

Notts County were beaten 8-1 by Premier League side Swansea City in an Emirates FA Cup fourth-round replay at the Liberty Stadium.

Noor Husin bagged the Magpies' goal, curling home a lovely effort to reduce the deficit to 3-1 in the first half.

But goals from Tammy Abraham (2), Nathan Dyer (2), Kyle Naughton, Wayne Routledge, Tom Carroll and Daniel James overpowered Kevin Nolan's men.

The Notts boss made three changes to the side that beat Crewe Alexandra at the weekend.

Dan Jones and Shola Ameobi dropped to the bench, while Elliott Hewitt was absent through illness. Carl Dickinson, Matty Virtue and Terry Hawkridge came into the side.

Notts were facing an uphill task against Premier League opposition and, after a string of half-chances, the Swans took the lead when Luciano Narsingh was released to the byline. He cut the ball back for Abraham to finish neatly at the near post.

It was 2-0 shortly afterwards, Abraham playing a perfectly-weighted through ball for the pacey Dyer to race on to. He finished superbly beyond the onrushing Collin.

Dyer added his second on the half-hour, Narsingh cutting the ball back for him to curl into the bottom corner with aplomb from 20 yards.

It could have been four when Mike van der Hoorn headed the ball over after meeting a corner unmarked six yards out.

Chances had been hard to come by for the Magpies but they capitalised on the first when it came their way, Husin curling the ball into the bottom corner superbly after it had squirmed his way on the edge of the area.

It was the start of a strong spell of Notts pressure towards the end of the half, during which Jorge Grant was denied by Swans keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt who had to palm the midfielder's powerful snapshot away.

The Magpies had to remain alert at the other end, however, and shortly after Virtue had made an excellent covering challenge to deny Sam Clucas, the hosts reestablished their three-goal cushion.

It came in first-half stoppage time when Narsingh was released down the right before cutting the ball back for Abraham to finish superbly.

Notts reemerged unchanged and had a half-chance shortly after the restart when Stead robbed Van der Hoorn in the area. He couldn't bend the ball beyond the keeper, however.

Collin made a good save to deny Routledge at his near post following strong link-up play with Dyer, but there was nothing the keeper could do from the resultant corner when Naughton's heavily deflected effort found its way into the back of the net.

Not to be denied a goal of his own, Routledge added his side's sixth when he picked up the scraps following Dickinson's excellent challenge to halt Dyer. He curled the ball into the bottom corner expertly.

Nolan's first changes saw Lewis Alessandra and Husin replaced by the returning Rob Milsom and Jonathan Forte shortly before Alan Smith came on for Stead.

But the new trio's presence couldn't prevent the Swans from adding their seventh of the evening, Carroll picking out Collin's top corner with a phenomenal snapshot.

Swansea's eighth went to senior debutant James, who came off the bench to volley the ball home from the edge of the area.

Two minutes were added on at the end of the match, during which Virtue was booked for a foul on Kyle Bartley - the final action of note on a difficult night for the Magpies.

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