Carlos Carvalhal has showered praise on Swansea City, after they made club history with their 8-1 thrashing of Notts County, during Tuesday night’s FA Cup fourth-round replay game at the Liberty Stadium.
The 52-year-old, who took over from Paul Clement was hired by the Swans back in December, four days after he left Sheffield Wednesday of the Football League Championship.
Swansea were bottom of the Premier League table and appeared destined for relegation when the Portuguese took over.
Since then the priority has been to secure top-flight survival, but now their biggest margin of victory has set up a fifth-round tie away against Carvalhal’s former side Sheffield Wednesday, giving them an unexpected chance of appearing at Wembley.
Tammy Abraham who Carvalhal had called to show a marked improvement after 14 goalless games, opened the scoring in the 18th minute and went on to score a brace.
Abraham then turned provider threading an excellent through ball to Nathan Dyer who finished smartly in the bottom corner.On the half-hour mark Dyer also scored a brace this time from the edge of the box.
Noor Husin pulled one back for Notts in the 35th minute but Kyle Naughton, Wayne Routledge, Tom Carroll and Daniel James also got their names on the scoresheet.
“I’m very happy and very proud of my players,” Carvalhal said after beating the Sky Bet League Two side.
“I talked to them before the game and said play with a high motivation as we did against Arsenal and Liverpool.
“Our challenge is to motivate the players when we play teams below us, because surprises appear when you are not completely focused and teams from another division take the game very serious.
“They are not a weak team, they are doing very well in their league, and put Brentford out of the cup away and played a difficult first game against us.
“But we played like we did against Liverpool and Arsenal and this makes all the difference.”