Bartley: Cup run could boost Swansea

Wilfried Bony scores for Swansea
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Swansea are interested in bringing West Ham forward Andre Ayew back to the club, according to Sky Sports.

Atsu delivered one of his best performances against the Hammers last month as he scored a goal and set up another as Rafa Benitez's side completed a dramatic 3-2 win. "The first leg should have finished there because we were the better team and had the better chances, but we showed again we are ready to compete against anyone".

It was the first goal Norris had conceded in six cup appearances for Wolves this season and it took something extra special to beat him.

At least five defenders were left trailing in the striker's wake as he dribbled through the congested Wolves penalty-area before shooting past keeper Will Norris.

But Swansea held on, and will now face League Two side Notts County on January 27th for a place in the last 16.

Wolves, ten points clear at the top of the Championship and unbeaten in their previous 14 games, were not at the races for the first half hour.

Things might have got better for the hosts.

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He could have struck even sooner when centre-half Kortney Hause slipped on the ball but was unable to get his shot off before Roderick Miranda came across to block.

After Tom Carroll's corner was half-cleared, Roque Mesa unleashed a thumping 20-yard volley which whistled wide of the target.

Despite Wolves' persistence in the latter stages of the game, they struggled to create any real chances of note with the Swans defence holding strong.

The effort encouraged Wolves who ended the half looking brighter and it needed another fearless block by Federico Fernandez to deny Bright Enobakhare.

Ayew who opened the scoring with a wonderful solo effort 11 minutes in, but after Diogo Jota fired Wolves level in the second half, Bony's close range strike settled matters.

There was a scare for the Swans 10 minutes from time, when Jota forced a smart save from Kris Nordfeldt.

Carvalhal said: "In the five games I've been in charge we've won two, drawn two and lost one".

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