Moore’s brilliant brace secures Swans’ Capital One Cup progress
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Luke Moore scored a brace and assisted with Danny Graham’s opener to ensure Swansea City overcame Barnsley to reach the third round of the Capital One Cup at the Liberty Stadium.
Graham nodded home the first goal on 25 minutes. The striker benefited from Angel Rangel’s cross to Moore at the back stick, which headed across the box for Graham who scored with ease.
Moore doubled the Swans’ lead on 59 minutes, instinctively turning in the box to fire in the roof of the net for a neat finish. The scoring opportunity was teed-up by substitute right back Ashley Richards’ low cross from the right.
Ten minutes later and the visitors’ pulled a rather soft goal back to keep them in the cup-tie. Defender Bobby Hassell unmarked in the box at a corner headed past Gerhard Tremmel. Minutes later and Hassell hit the crossbar with a vicious right-foot drive shot from outside the 18-yard box.
Finally, Moore put the cup-tie beyond doubt two minutes from full time, scoring with a cheeky goal from the tightest of angles.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup was pleased to see his side reach the next round.
“I’m always satisfied when we win,” he said. “The first 25 minutes were not good for us, we played too many missed passes and we didn’t have the ball too much.
“I was pleased with the second-half performance because we had a lot of players out there who played 90 minutes after not having many minutes under their belt.”
Laudrup handed debuts to defender Kyle Bartley and new signing Ki Sung Yueng. The South Korean midfield player only received international clearance earlier in the day.
“I’m encouraged,” said Tykes’ boss Keith Hill. “Especially after the performance at the weekend (losing 5-1 against Brighton), but having said that I don’t think the result reflected our performance.
“We created a couple of good chances but we have been guilty of shooting ourselves in the foot and we did that again tonight.
“I thought all three goals were avoidable but we were up against a very good side who keep possession so well.”
Swansea City: Gerhard Tremmel, Kyle Bartley, Alan Tate (Captain), Danny Graham, Nathan Dyer, Luke Moore, Jonathan De Guzman, Angel Rangel, Ki Sung Yueng, Kemy Agustien, Ben Davies. Substitutes: Michel Vorm, Ashley Williams, Michu, Stephen Dobbie, Leroy Lita, Mark Gower, Ashley Richards.
Barnsley: Ben Alnwick, John Stone, Bobby Hassell, Scott Golbourne, Stephen Dawson, Craig Davies, Chris Dagnall, Scott Wiseman (Captain), Tomasz Cywka, Jacob Mellis, Martin Cranie. Substitutes: Lukas Lidakevicius, Lee Collins, Stephen Foster, Marlon Harewood, Kelvin Etuhu, Jordan Clarke, Danny Rowe.
Referee: S. Hooper.
Assistants: D. Eaton and M. Perry.
Fourth Official: R. Martin.