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Paul Merson states his prediction for Swansea v Tottenham Hotspur

Paul Merson states his prediction for Swansea v Tottenham Hotspur

Swansea, playing in their first FA Cup quarter-final since 1964, were without cup-tied striker Andre Ayew and his bother Jordan, who was suspended, and offered little resistance as the visitors enjoyed a comfortable 90 minutes.

The midfielder rose to the challenge with a majestic strike to open the scoring early in the first half of the quarter-final.

"The team played so well, 3-0...we deserved more".

Fans were delighted with the victory and progression into the semi-finals, which will be played at Wembley Stadium and were praising of one of their fringe men.

Dele Alli is on the substitutes bench after passing a late fitness test, although Danny Rose failed a fitness test of his own and doesn't make the squad.

"People that understand football very well know that this project is a project that is very exciting because we are not a club that are going to buy trophies, we are a club that is going to deserve trophies".

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The second goal came on the stroke of half-time, and it showed that Lamela is back to his best after his long lay-off and gradual re-introduction into the side. Son Heung-min started as Kane's replacement up front and had a goal disallowed for offside, with the decision being confirmed by the video assistant referee.

Eriksen was proving a real nuisance to Swansea and he nearly doubled his tally seven minutes prior to the break, though this time his long-range, left-footed strike was tipped onto the bar by Nordfeldt. He picked the ball up from Erik Lamela, the Swansea defence looked incapable of getting close to him and he had the time to pick out the top corner.

Tammy Abraham might have pulled a goal back with a rare Swansea opportunity, but when Vorm parried a shot from Olsson, Abraham's diving header flew straight back to the Spurs keeper.

Just past the hour, Spurs sealed the victory.

But Nordfeldt was arguably at fault as Spurs went 3-0 up; he managed to get a touch to Eriksen's low shot from the edge of the area but could not keep it out.


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