Report - Tranmere Rovers 2-6 Swansea City
3rd January 2015
Bafetimbi Gomis netted a brace and Modou Barrow also scored his first goal of the season as Swansea City enjoyed a thumping 6-2 win at Tranmere Rovers to get their FA Cup campaign off to a flying start.
Garry Monk made 9 changes to the side that drew 1-1 at QPR just two days ago, with Nathan Dyer - captain for the day - and Bafetimbi Gomis the only two players keeping their places.
The Swans dominated the first half but were unable to create many clear cut chances. Gomis had the visitor's best chance but his close range effort was brilliantly tipped over the bar.
Modou Barrow was left frustrated when he was denied his first Swansea goal when his decent strike - heading for the bottom corner was blocked out accidentally by his own player - Jay Fulton.
Tranmere worked very hard as they looked to close the Swans down and to limit their time and space on the ball, but you wondered how long they'd be able to keep it up as Swansea's passing was quick and accurate.
Swansea City took a deserved lead with 11 minutes remaining until half time. Carroll picked out the stand in skipper on the left hand side, cutting in on his preferred right foot - Dyer's first shot is blocked but it falls back to him and after an accidental hand ball, he finds the net.
The second half was when Swansea City really took control and started to bang the goals in, as Tranmere started to tire.
The home side pushed forward as they looked to get back into the tie, but this played into Swansea's hands as they looked dangerous with every counter attack.
Despite Swansea's dominance and superior quality, Tranmere still managed to net two goals of their own. The first was a poor error from goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel, copying Fabianski at Liverpool and kicking a clearance against an opposition player as it rebounded into the net.
The second was poor defending under a long ball. Jordi Amat failed to win the aerial challenge, the ball was headed across the 6-yard area and then again into the net from close range.
Meanwhile, Swansea's second early in the second half came after Tranmere lost possession just inside their own half. Marvin Emnes picked up the ball and released Modou Barrow down the right. The flying winger picked out Spurs loanee Tom Carroll - who did well to get past a defender before finding the net. An excellent finish from the young midfielder who looked delighted to score his first goal this season.
The third saw Barrow net his first for the club. Emnes switched the ball out to the right and Gomis squared the ball across the face of the goal and Barrow had the simple task of tapping the ball into an empty net.
Tranmere really should have got a goal back before Tremmel's error. Another long ball from a free kick wasn't dealt with in the air, but after a goalmouth scramble - Jazz Richards and Kyle Bartley made excellent tackles on the line to keep the ball out.
Swansea's fourth came from a swift counter attacking move when Jazz Richards played a long pass along the floor to Emnes. His raced forward before picking out the unmarked Gomis - who shifted inside onto his left foot to pick out the bottom corner.
Stockton made it 4-2 however, following the Swansea defence's failure to deal with the long ball. It was disappointing to see a defence consisting of Jordi Amat and Kyle Bartley - both League starters this season - concede such a simple goal against League Two opposition.
Emnes and Gomis linked up again for Routledge to slot home Swansea's fifth, before Gomis got his second and Swansea's sixth after weaving in and out inside the box before finishing.
A routine win for the Swans and after making 9 changes to his side, Garry Monk will be very pleased with such a comfortable win with the likes of Gomis, Barrow and Carroll all getting on the scoresheet.