'Let's go again in cup'

18th February 2018
First team

Kyle Bartley believes the Liberty Stadium factor could prove crucial to the Swans’ hopes of reaching the FA Cup quarter-final.

The Swans face a replay in SA1 after being held to a goalless draw by Championship side Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Carlos Carvalhal’s side have already seen off Wolves and Notts County in replays at the Liberty this season, and Bartley feels home advantage could be key when they host the Owls.

“We have been in this situation before and we have got good results when we have done that,” said the centre-back, who captained the Swans at Hillsborough.

“The crowd will be right behind us and hopefully we will play some good football and book our place in the next round.”

In a game which attracted much attention as Carvalhal was returning to his former club, the action on the pitch proved low key.

Mike van der Hoorn went closest to opening the scoring when his first-half header was kept out by keeper Cameron Dawson.

But Bartley was pleased the Swans were able to stretch their unbeaten run to 10 games in all competitions ahead of a key Premier League fixture at Brighton next week.

“We are disappointed not to have won it in 90 minutes, but we kept a clean sheet and that is pleasing,” he said.

“We battled well and the fact we have kept the unbeaten run going is massive for us.

“It keeps building momentum and the longer our unbeaten run continues, the more confidence we will get.”