No slip up as Swans sail into round four

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Two goals either side of the break on Saturday ensured the Swans progressed into the fourth round of the FA Cup at the expense of npower League 1 side Colchester United. 32 league places separated the two teams, meaning the Welsh side went into the tie as firm favourites.

The Championship team currently occupy fourth spot in the league having picked up six points from their last three fixtures. While the Essex side went into the game without a victory in League 1 since November.

With Angel Rangel picking up a groin strain prior to kick off, Daniel Alfie was handed his senior début at right back while fellow Welsh teenager Jazz Richards retained his place in the side, earning his second start of the season. TheSwansea back line was further strained when Garry Monk limped off the field moments after heading in the first goal of the afternoon, which left Ashley Williams the only experienced defender on the field.

Despite the enforced changes at the back, the home side went on to keep a clean sheet with both full backs impressing in first team action. As well as the defence looking solid the Swans were able to put four goals past a side for the first time since beating Preston North End by the same scoreline in August.

The Swans will be looking to build on their Cup success as they welcome Crystal Palace to the Liberty on Saturday. Alan Tate will be available for the game after serving his three match suspension and Luke Moore could make his league début after signing for the Welsh club on Friday and playing 83 minutes in the Cup victory.

The Swans will however have to deal without captain Garry Monk as he faces up to three months on the side line having ruptured his medial ligaments.

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