Carlos Carvalhal focused on positives


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Swansea were held to a 1-1 draw by Notts County in the FA Cup on Saturday but boss Carlos Carvalhal was pleased to see returning players pick up some much needed gametime.

The Premier League side failed to get the job done against the League Two promotion hopefuls at Meadow Lane, despite taking the lead on the stroke of half time through Luciano Narsingh.

County showed a great fighting spirit in the second half and levelled just after the hour mark courtesy of veteran frontman John Stead to claim a draw and a replay back at the Liberty Stadium for a place in round five.

Carvalhal made eight changes from the side that beat Liverpool in the Premier League earlier in the week with the likes of Narsingh, Tammy Abraham and Kyle Bartley coming into the frame.

The Portuguese was keen to focus on the positives after the draw and believes it is a boost for his squad to see the likes of Abraham and Bartley getting some valuable minutes after returning from injury, although Renato Sanches limped out of the tie with a hamstring issue.

Carvalhal said: “We put a lot of players in who have not been involved in games recently.

“Most of the players will be ready to play against Arsenal on Tuesday, which is good for my selection.

“They have got some minutes, and that will help them come into selection for Tuesday.”

Swansea, who are priced at 1.44 to be relegated, return to action on Tuesday when they host top-four hopefuls Arsenal.

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