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Swansea’s Bafétimbi Gomis scores twice in FA Cup rout at Tranmere

To add insult to six-goal injury, Tranmere slipped into the relegation zone as a result of inactivity on third-round day. This could be the season when league football disappears from Birkenhead but otherwise the magic of the Cup was conspicuous by its absence at Prenton Park.

It was clear from the start that even a barely recognisable Swansea side had too much quality for their hosts. Garry Monk – “I love the FA Cup, it’s what I was brought up watching” – made nine changes from the lineup that earned a draw at Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day. It was Nathan Dyer, one of the few regulars on show, who gave the Premier League side the lead after half an hour, but Tranmere had been struggling to contain Swansea’s precise passing game and penetration down the flanks for some time before that. Tranmere probably knew their luck could not last after Bafétimbi Gomis and Marvin Emnes missed early chances, and nor did it. Though Marcus Holness managed to block Dyer’s first shot after the winger had taken Tom Carroll’s pass and neatly made space for himself, the ball rolled straight back to the Swansea captain and he found the target at the second attempt.

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