Date: 17th February 2018 at 2:49pm
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Following today’s clash between Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Sheffield Wednesday hosted Swansea City at Hillsborough in the FA Cup for a 12.30pm kick off on Saturday February 17, with sides playing out a scoreless draw on the day.

Although the visitors more dominated possession across the game, chances both on and off target were identical, so the game now goes to a replay in the week beginning February 26 at the Liberty Stadium to decide who goes through to the next round.

Teams:

Sheff Wed:

Dawson, Venancio, Pudil, Fox, Hunt, Butterfield (Pelupessy 70), Jones, Reach, Boyd, Wallace (Lucas Joao 80), Nuhiu.

Substitutes:

Loovens, Baker, Wildsmith, Kirby, Nielsen.

Swansea:

Nordfeldt, Naughton, Bartley, van der Hoorn, Roberts, Ki Sung-yueng, Carroll, Olsson (Clucas 79), Narsingh (Dyer 64), Abraham (Ayew 67), Routledge.

Substitutes:

Mulder, Fernandez, Maric, James.

Speaking to the BBC’s cameras a short time after match day referee Paul Tierney blew the final whistle, Sheffield Wednesday head coach Jos Luhukay explained.

‘We didn’t want a replay because we have so many games and lots of injuries. But we are still in the FA Cup and have a chance to get to the next round. First half we were the better team and in the second half Swansea were better so in the end it is a draw which both teams must enjoy. I’m proud of my team. We played the first 25-30 minutes good and we were direct from the beginning. The first half we played good football but couldn’t score a goal. We have a difficult situation and a very small team now (because of injuries). Most of the time it is difficult, getting 20 players day to day but we have positive thinking.’

Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal in his comparative interview explained.

‘Let me say thank you to the way the fans received me, the players and the staff. It’s the nice part of football and the football I dream of. I’m very happy, very proud to say thank you for one more time.’

He added about needing a replay now.

‘It’s a score nobody wants. I also believe that’s the case for Sheffield Wednesday – the same one more game. Maybe in the future we can think that if the managers and referee agree after the first game we can go to penalties and we can finish the game today. I believe if you had asked us and the Sheffield Wednesday manager, we’d have gone to penalties.’

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