Nordfeldt: Cup success gives selection boost
Kristoffer Nordfeldt believes Swansea City’s Emirates FA Cup win over Notts County has given Carlos Carvalhal a selection boost.
The Swans ran riot at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night, hammering their League Two visitors 8-1 in a fourth-round replay.
Tammy Abraham and Nathan Dyer bagged braces while Kyle Naughton, Tom Carroll, Wayne Routledge and debutant Daniel James also struck.
Carvalhal made seven changes to his starting XI for the tie, and Nordfeldt felt the players who came into the team took full advantage of their chance to shine.
“The cup gives an opportunity for some players who aren’t playing so much to prove that they should be in the team,” said the Swedish international. “I think the lads showed in their performance that they are ready to play if the manager needs them.
“The most important thing was getting through to the next round, but it was very good to score so many goals and to bring through the young players like Daniel James and Adnan Maric. It proved a very good evening.
“Attitude is key when you are playing a League Two side. We showed that and also got the result we needed.”
The Swans host Burnley on Saturday as the focus moves back to the Premier League.
Carvalhal’s side sit above the relegation zone on goal difference after picking up eight points from their last four games.
And Nordfeldt praised the Portuguese’s influence on the team, with the Swans rising from the bottom of the table since his appointment after Christmas.
“We are in a better state now compared to where we were just over a month ago," said the keeper.
“We need to keep the run going and push on.
“With the change of manager, there have been a lot of new ideas.
“He has approached it in a different way and we have made a good start. The job now is to maintain that until the end of the season.”
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