Swansea City dominated Wolverhampton Wanderers, beating them 4-0 in a comfortable tie.
Wayne Routledge scored the game’s first goal after 13 minutes, a corner wasn’t cleared as Nathan Dyer’s cross found his opposite winger who controlled the ball with his chest before slotting the ball in the top corner.
Fullback Kyle Naughton then doubled the lead just before the hour mark, linking up well with Routledge before skipping past two defenders and beating Ikeme.
The third goal came minutes later, Andre Ayew freed Modou Barrow on the right hand side, who then found Routledge with acres of space in the box, where he tapped the ball home.
Substitute Oliver McBurnie scored the Swans’ fourth, finishing a slick move with his right foot inside the penalty area.
Lively first half
Kristoffer Nordfeldt was called into action early, as he parried a shot round the post after Jack Cork lost the ball just outside of this area.
Routledge took the ball round Ikeme but wasn’t able to find a Swansea man in the box to tap the ball home.
Routledge’s goal came in the 12th minute, flicking Dyer’s cross up with his chest before volleying a superb strike into the far corner.
Cork freed Dyer with a lovely pass into the channel, the winger than beat his man twice but was unable to find the back of the net as his shot curled just wide.
Federico Fernandez brought down Niall Ennis just outside of the Swansea penalty area following a long ball, the Argentine could have seen a red card in the Premier League for that challenge, but wasn’t given a card today.
Nordfeldt acrobatically palmed the subsequent shot over the bar, a free kick that James Henry will be disappointed not to see hit the back of the net.
The Swedish keeper was called into action again, pushing Jed Wallace’s shot wide just before the half time whistle blew.
Second half full of goals
An early chance in the second half fell to Wales international Dave Edwards, who met Henry’s cross at the far post but his header was saved by Nordfeldt with ease.
Naughton doubled the Swans’ lead just before the hour mark, after he beat two defenders before calmly slotting the ball past Ikeme.
Routledge then got his second and Swansea’s third just moments later, firing into an empty net after Barrow broke away down the right.
The day was just about over before McBurnie could score Swansea’s fourth, slotting in after a nice move from the away side.
A day in Wolves’ history
The game was a special tribute to Sir Jack Hayward, former Wolves chairman and owner who passed away last year. He bought the club in 1990 for £2.11m.
I was also the first game under new Wolves ownership group Fosun International, who bought the club for £30m from Steve Morgan and his investment group.
New manager Walter Zenga watched the game from the stands, after news this morning that he would replace the departing Kenny Jackett, who also previously managed Swansea and got them promoted out of League Two.
Swansea first half XI: Nordfeldt; Naughton, Fernandez, Amat, Kingsley; Britton, Cork; Dyer, Fer, Routledge; Ayew.
Swasnsea second half XI: Nordfeldt; Rangel, Fernandez (van der Hoorn, 70), Amat, Naughton; Britton (Fulon, 70), Cork; Barrow, Fer, Routledge (Montero, 60); Ayew (McBurnie, 70)