Swansea City ruthlessly demolished League Two Notts County 8-1 to seal their passage to the fifth round of the FA Cup in emphatic fashion.
Tammy Abraham scored his first goal since October to put the dominant hosts ahead and 90 seconds later his through ball set up Nathan Dyer to double their lead.
Dyer added a third with a sweet first-time strike and, although Noor Husin responded for the visitors with a powerful hit, Abraham finished a fine team move to give Swansea a 4-1 half-time lead.
The procession continued after the break with goals from Kyle Naughton, Wayne Routledge and Tom Carroll – whose beautiful curling effort was the pick of the bunch – as well as a memorable debut strike for Daniel James.
Swansea’s biggest margin of victory at the Liberty Stadium sets up a fifth-round tie away against manager Carlos Carvalhal’s former side Sheffield Wednesday.
Swans run riot
Swansea’s priority this season is undoubtedly trying to secure top-flight survival but, given their favourable draw, Carvalhal and his players may be forgiven for thinking they could make an improbable appearance at Wembley.
When the Portuguese was appointed in December, the Swans were bottom of the Premier League table and appeared destined for relegation.
And although they are not safe yet, a run of just one defeat in nine games under Carvalhal has seen Swansea climb out of the bottom three and transformed the mood at the Liberty Stadium.
Their priorities were clear with seven changes from Saturday’s league draw at Leicester, though that did not stop them producing a vibrant attacking display against Notts County on Tuesday.
Abraham opened the scoring as he turned in Luciano Narsingh’s inviting low cross, before threading an excellent through ball to Dyer, who finished smartly in the bottom corner.
The winger scored his second with an even better strike from another Narsingh cross and, after Husin’s firm effort for the Magpies, Abraham restored Swansea’s three-goal cushion with an emphatic finish from a third Narsingh assist.
Naughton struck only his second goal for the Swans early in the second half after a poor punch from the visitors’ goalkeeper Adam Collin, and Routledge got in on the act with a neat low finish.
Carroll added a seventh in spectacular fashion, turning 20 yards out and planting his arcing shot into the top corner, before 20-year-old winger James came on for his debut and marked the occasion with a crisp, swerving effort from the edge of the penalty area.
Magpies turn their attention to League Two
If this competition was a secondary concern for Swansea, the same could be said for a Notts County side third in League Two and aiming to win promotion this season.
The value of an extended run in the FA Cup was clear and the Magpies’ owner Alan Hardy said before the match that a place in the last 16 would earn the club close to £750,000.
However, there was never any scope for an upset as Kevin Nolan’s men were brutally dismantled by their free-scoring Premier League opponents.
They turn their attention back to their League Two promotion bid with a trip to Barnet on Saturday.
Man of the match was Nathan Dyer of Swansea.