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Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Swansea City

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
FA Cup: Blackburn 3-1 Swansea highlights
  • Swansea finish game with nine men
  • Blackburn start with Gestede and Rhodes on bench
  • Swans take lead despite Bartley red card
  • Gestede and Conway secure Rovers win

Blackburn Rovers scored two late goals to knock Premier League Swansea out of the FA Cup at the fourth-round stage.

The visitors had Kyle Bartley sent off for fouling Josh King after just seven minutes but took the lead when Gylfi Sigurdsson powered in a 25-yard strike.

Rovers equalised quickly when Chris Taylor sent in a shot on the turn.

Rudy Gestede bundled the ball in and Craig Conway added a third for Blackburn before Sigurdsson was the second Swansea player to be red carded.

Gestede has been linked with a move to the Premier League in January and he will have enhanced his reputation after coming on to help turn the tie in his side's favour.

He had surprisingly started the match on the bench alongside fellow forward Jordan Rhodes, but both ended the match on the pitch as the Championship side capitalised on their numerical advantage to secure their progress.

The only shame for Rovers was that only 5,928 fans, of which 590 were visiting supporters, turned up to watch the match at Ewood Park.

Swansea had been keen to put the 5-0 thrashing by Chelsea last week behind them as quickly as possible but their predicament has only got worse with this loss as they now have just one win from their last six games.

The visitors suffered an early setback with Bartley's dismissal. Rovers striker King looked set to overtake the defender to a ball over the top from Matt Kilgallon before Bartley put an arm across the forward and brought him down.

Swansea defender Kyle Bartley (right) was sent off for this challenge on Josh King
Blackburn striker Joshua King (left) was a constant threat with his pace

Referee Craig Pawson ruled that centre-back Bartley was the last man and sent him off, leading to Swans manager Garry Monk bringing on defender Federico Fernandez for midfielder Tom Carroll.

A rattled Swansea almost found themselves behind when Tom Cairney had a free-kick parried by keeper Lukasz Fabianski and King put the rebound wide.

However, the visitors took the lead against the run of play when Sigurdsson was not closed down and he scored with an impressive long-range effort.

Swansea had barely finished celebrating when Blackburn equalised. Marcus Olsson crossed to the far post where Cairney headed the ball across goal for Taylor, who controlled before volleying in on the turn.

Swansea were comfortably soaking up Blackburn's pressure in the second half but that changed with the introduction of Gestede and Rhodes.

Olsson was again Blackburn's provider as his cross was headed down by Gestede before he fired in from close range.

Conway's 20-yard shot found its way in after Fabianski clumsily failed to deal with an effort which bounced in front of him, before Swansea's misery was compounded with Sigurdsson's dismissal for a crude challenge on Taylor late on.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer: "I thought the sending off [Bartley's] was a bit harsh but the referee has to follow the letter of the law. Was it really that much of a foul? I'm not so sure.

"It was always going to be a tough challenge but I thought we showed good character in the way we responded to going 1-0 down so quickly."

Blackburn scorer Craig Conway: "I thought we played really well today and matched their work rate. It was a great win against a very good team, a great display all round."

Swansea manager Garry Monk: "We were always up against it going down to 10 so early. It makes it more difficult.

"I spoke to the team at half-time, we regrouped and I didn't think Blackburn were too much of a threat. The plan was to get to the last 10 minutes and we were containing them - but to concede a second goal as we did from a set-piece, it was poor defending from us. The goals we conceded, we could have defended a lot better."

Swansea defender Kyle Bartley was sent off for a challenge on Josh King
Bartley's sending off was Swansea's seventh red card this season in all competitions
Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson gave his side the lead at Blackburn
Sigurdsson's strike could not stop Swansea exiting the cup to a lower division side for the first time since 2011
Chris Taylor equalises for Blackburn Rovers against Swansea
Blackburn midfielder Chris Taylor has scored three goals in two FA Cup outings so far this season



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 13Eastwood
  • 2Henley
  • 22Duffy
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 14Olsson
  • 19Taylor
  • 17WilliamsonBooked at 29minsSubstituted forDunnat 41'minutesSubstituted forRhodesat 77'minutes
  • 6Lowe
  • 32Conway
  • 10Cairney
  • 7KingSubstituted forGestedeat 60'minutes


  • 5Hanley
  • 8Dunn
  • 9Brown
  • 11Rhodes
  • 12Marshall
  • 30Steele
  • 39Gestede


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fabianski
  • 22Rangel
  • 2Amat
  • 27BartleyBooked at 7mins
  • 19Tiendalli
  • 14CarrollSubstituted forFernandezat 9'minutes
  • 8Shelvey
  • 12DyerBooked at 85mins
  • 23G SigurdssonBooked at 90mins
  • 58BarrowSubstituted forMonteroat 62'minutes
  • 18GomisSubstituted forOliveiraat 77'minutes


  • 11Emnes
  • 17Oliveira
  • 20Montero
  • 25Tremmel
  • 26Naughton
  • 33Fernandez
  • 56Fulton
Craig Pawson

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Swansea City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Swansea City 1.

  3. Dismissal

    Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) is shown the red card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City).

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Blackburn Rovers 3, Swansea City 1. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Markus Olsson.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Dwight Tiendalli (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nélson Oliveira (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

  11. Post update

    Dwight Tiendalli (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Booking

    Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Dyer (Swansea City).

  15. Post update

    Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Nélson Oliveira (Swansea City).

  17. Post update

    Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Federico Fernández (Swansea City).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Federico Fernández.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Swansea City 1. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner.