Carlos Carvalhal does not seem like the kind of man who embraces the concept of vengeance but he has the chance to settle a score at least in the next round of the FA Cup.
Swansea’s rout of Notts County has set up an encounter with Sheffield Wednesday and a return to Hillsborough for Carvalhal less than two months since leaving the Championship club.
Carvalhal insisted his parting on Christmas Eve was by mutual consent but there were supporters who called for his dismissal and it is clear the Portuguese feels they were misguided.
Defender Kyle Naughton is mobbed by team-mates after notching a rare goal for the Swans
His impact in guiding Swansea out of the relegation places all while thinking up amusing analogies in his second language suggests he is correct, and this remarkable victory provided another sign of his credentials.
Tammy Abraham and Nathan Dyer got a brace each in the opening half, while four further goals after the break culminated in Daniel James marking his senior debut with a fine strike.
It was a chastening night for Notts manager Kevin Nolan, who can at least now focus on trying to gain promotion from League Two.
The scoring got underway in the 18th minute when Abraham found the net for the first time since October.
Luciano Narsingh exchanged a one-two with Kyle Naughton and then pulled back his cross to Abraham, who complemented his clever run with a cute finish.
On-loan Chelsea striker Abraham found the back of the net twice in the first period on Tuesday
Tom Carroll finds the top corner to score Swansea’s seventh of the night in the second-half
The hosts waited only 83 seconds to double their advantage. Mike van der Hoorn stole possession to set in motion a slick counter that saw Abraham produce a defence-splitting pass.
Dyer raced onto the ball and slipped his shot beyond Adam Collin.
The composure spoke of a seasoned scorer but Dyer’s last goal had come when heading a dramatic winner for Leicester against Aston Villa in September 2015, a match pivotal to the club’s shock title win.
Not content, Dyer got another ten minutes later, arriving perfectly onto Narsingh’s cut-back 25 yards out to hit a precise first-time shot that arrowed into the corner.
It had been a torrid opening for Nolan’s team but on 35 minutes his team got one back in spectacular style.
Swansea only partially cleared a long free-kick and Noor Husin hit a brilliant strike that curled wickedly and brushed the post on its way in.
But the gap opened again on the stroke of half-time. Narsingh sprinted onto a fabulous pass by Kyle Bartley and pulled back once again to Abraham, who finished with aplomb.
Swansea stepped on the gas after the break. Naugton slashed home Swansea’s fifth after a poor punch at a corner from Collin and before the hour Wayne Routledge seized the ball following more dodgy defending to find a confident finish.
Soon after Tom Carroll adorned the game with his own terrific effort, curling in from the edge of the area.
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