'Plenty of positives, despite cup stalemate'

27th January 2018
First team

Carlos Carvalhal remained in positive mood despite Swansea City being held to a 1-1 draw at Notts County in the FA Cup.

The Swans will take on the League Two side again after Jon Stead’s goal cancelled out Luciano Narsingh’s first-half strike.

Despite controlling the majority of the tie, Carvalhal’s side failed to capitalise on their opener during a tense affair at Meadow Lane.

The Portuguese made eight changes to his starting XI, though he saw Renato Sanches replaced in the first half with a hamstring injury.

And despite ruing his side’s failure to finish off the Magpies, Carvalhal took plenty of positives from the game.

“After the first ten to 15 minutes we started to control the game,” he said. “We created chances and took the lead against a side that defended very well and in numbers.

“We were prepared for that and we were in total control.

“In the second half we must give credit to Notts County. They played more long balls and were more physical.

“They scored and they deserved it during that period.

“After that, it was just Swansea on the pitch moving the ball.

“They were compact but we created two clear chances to finish the game.

"The negative was not winning the game, but there are lots of positives about this game.

“We are still fighting in this competition. We have another chance to get to the next stage of the competition."

The replay will be held at the Liberty on Tuesday, February 6 (7.45pm).

Ticket details will be announced in due course.