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Welsh clubs' FA Cup Third-Round Draws

  • Stoke v Wrexham
  • Oxford or Tranmere Rovers v Swansea
  • Cardiff v Colchester

Wrexham face a tough game against Premier League side Stoke in the third round of the FA Cup. The matches will take place over the first weekend of January, and sees the Premier League and Championship sides join the competition.

The draw was held at 'The Deep' aquarium in Hull

West Ham United 3 - 1 Swansea City

West Ham's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring his team's equaliser in the 3-1 win over Swansea Credit: PA photo

Andy Carroll won the battle of the strikers at the Boleyn Ground, as West Ham wrapped up all three points against 10 man Swansea City.

All the talk in the build up had been about the battle between the opposing forwards, with Hammers' manager Sam Allardyce admitting he'd opted to sign Carroll over Swans' hitman Wilfried Bony in the transfer market. But it was Bony who put the visitors ahead after 19 minutes after Jefferson Montero's pull back.

But, as the game approached half time, West Ham made the most of their aerial threat, Carroll rising highest to head home from Carl Jenkinson's diagonal.

The Hammers' second also came from a Carroll header, although it took Swansea's Leon Britton - a player somewhat shorter in stature - to divert the ball into the net rather than the intended target of over the bar.

Swansea's hopes were effectively extinguished moments later, when goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was adjudged to have brought down Diafra Sakho as he bore down on goal.

The resulting red card was compounded on 81 minutes, when Sakho profited from a Carroll flick on to bury the ball in the top corner and put the result beyond doubt.

Full time (90 + 6): West Ham 3 - 1 Swansea (HT 1-1)

West Ham - Carroll 41', 66', Sakho 81'

Swansea - Bony 19'


Swansea City face fellow high-flyers West Ham

Swansea City travel to West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday lunchtime, with both sides flying high after strong starts to the season.

West Ham are fifth, while Swansea are just two points back in eighth, and could leapfrog their hosts with a win at Upton Park.

The game has been billed as a battle of the two big centre forwards, after West Ham manager Sam Allardyce admitted to having turned down the chance to sign Wilfried Bony in favour of Andy Carroll.

Swansea striker Wilfried Bony has scored 18 Premier League goals in 2014. Credit: PA

A 2-0 defeat in east London in February proved to be Michael Laudrup's last game as Swansea manager, with Garry Monk stepping into the hotseat.

Monk is promising his side will play with no fear this afternoon, despite only picking up one away win so far this season.

Swansea defender Federico Fernandez is still absent with a calf injury, while full back Neil Taylor is suspended.


Swansea City win appeal against Fernandez red card

Swansea Manager Garry Monk has announced that the club has won an appeal against defender Federico Fernandez's red card in the Capital One Cup defeat at Liverpool.

'There's no reason we can't win' says Monk

Swansea take on Liverpool in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup. Credit: Lynne Cameron/EMPICS Sport

Swansea manager Garry Monk says there's no reason his side can't win tonight's cup clash against Liverpool, but concedes it will be 'extremely tough.'

Monk, who was club captain during now-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodger's two-year stint at the helm of the Swans, believes his players can upset the odds at Anfield tonight.

They've stuttered a little bit but they're still a good team, you go through periods of form like that in your career as teams but they're more than good enough to bounce back.

It will be difficult to give the players the best detail we can. We have to get enough over to them so they understand what we want and go there with a plan to give a good go of it.

There's no reason we can't win but it's going to be extremely tough. It's Anfield, we haven't got as big a squad as them or as a number of teams in this league.

– Garry Monk

Swansea won 3-1 at Liverpool in the same round of the Capital One Cup two seasons ago and went on to claim the club's first major trophy at Wembley.

Garry Monk praises Wilfried Bony after Leicester win

Swansea City manager Garry Monk has praised the performance of striker Wilfried Bony who scored twice to help the Swans beat Leicester City 2-0.

The win ended the club's five-match winless run and lifted them to sixth in the table.

Monk said the Ivory Coast international, who joined for a club-record £12 million fee in 2013, is contributing more than just goals this season.

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