Swansea man­ager is dream­ing of Wem­b­ley date

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

CAR­LOS Car­val­hal saluted his play­ers and told them to dream of Wem­b­ley af­ter book­ing Swansea’s first FA Cup quar­ter-fi­nal ap­pear­ance for 54 years.

Swansea will be at home to the win­ners of tonight’s re­play be­tween Spurs and Rochdale in the last eight.

Their last ap­pear­ance at this stage of the com­pe­ti­tion came in 1964 when Bill Shankly’s Liver­pool were beaten 2-1 at An­field the year be­fore Car­val­hal was born.

“I have ‘Car­los had a dream’ writ­ten here in my jacket,” Car­val­hal said, point­ing to em­broi­dery in­side his blazer af­ter sec­ond-half goals from Jor­dan Ayew and Nathan Dyer had set­tled the fifth-round re­play.

“All of us have dreams. The peo­ple who don’t have dreams are not happy peo­ple I think.

“The main com­pe­ti­tion for us is the Premier League but we will have a week to pre­pare for the quar­ter-fi­nal, which is im­por­tant, and we are near to the end of the com­pe­ti­tion now.

“We have 90 min­utes to try to get to Wem­b­ley for the semi-fi­nal so let’s see what hap­pens.”

Car­val­hal is con­fi­dent Swansea can bal­ance their bat­tle for Premier League sur­vival, they are in the rel­e­ga­tion zone, al­beit on goal dif­fer­ence, with their FA Cup cam­paign.

This was their sixth suc­ces­sive home win in all com­pe­ti­tions, some­thing they have not man­aged since 2007 and a pro­mo­tion-win­ning sea­son un­der Roberto Martinez.

“I am very happy and very proud of my play­ers,” Car­val­hal said af­ter the vic­tory over his for­mer club.

“I was born in 1965. The club didn’t do bet­ter than this in the cup since 1964, so it’s been a long, long time.

“I am happy we have achieved this. Now we could go to Wem­b­ley, so we are in a very good po­si­tion.”

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