Kemar Roofe scored twice as League Two Oxford United enjoyed a famous victory over Swansea, who became the first Premier League casualties of this year’s FA Cup.
This was Alan Curtis’s first game in charge of Swansea since being appointed until the end of the season and, while the FA Cup is not a priority for the Swans given their struggles in the Premier League, a win would have stoked some much-needed confidence.
But Swansea were outfought and outplayed for long periods by an Oxford side brimming with confidence after just one defeat in their previous 15 games.
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Swansea took the lead courtesy of Jefferson Montero, who exchanged passes with Marvin Emnes before finishing neatly. But a dubious penalty was awarded before the break and Liam Sercombe rifled it down the middle.
Oxford flew out of the blocks at the start of the second half and went ahead through Roofe, who raised the roof with a wonderfully curled effort inside the far post.
Roofe added a third shortly after, capping a blistering Oxford counter-attack, before Bafetimbi Gomis pulled one back late on for Swansea. But that goal proved in vain as Oxford held on for this season’s first FA Cup giant-killing.

Oxford United v Swansea City - FA Cup Third Round - Kassam Stadium - 10/1/16

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Are the wheels coming off Swansea’s season? The Swans are sinking like a stone in the Premier League, struggling for goals, conceding too many and are now out of the FA Cup. The league is all they have to play for, and judging by this performance, their top flight status is far from certain.


Kemar Roofe (Oxford) – It’s not hard to see why a few Championship teams are tracking this talented 23-year-old. Took both of his goals superbly, in particular his accomplished first. A young man with a seemingly bright future.

Swansea tombe à Oxford en Cup

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Oxford: Slocombe 8, Baldock 8, Skarz 7, Roofe 9, Mullins 8, Wright 7, Sercombe 7, MacDonald 7, Lundstram 7, Taylor 7, Maguire 8. Subs: O'Dowda 7, Hylton n/a, Hoban n/a.
Swansea: Nordfeldt 7, Shephard 6, Amat 6, Bartley 6, Tabanou 5, Cork 6, Grimes 5, Shelvey 6, Emnes 6, Montero 6, Gomis 6. Subs: Kingsley 6, Barrow 6.


16’ - BIG CHANCE! Oxford go close! Taylor glances Maguire's excellent cross at goal and Nordfeldt makes a superb save, tipping over the bar.
23’ - GOAL! Oxford 0-1 Swansea: Montero scores a beautiful goal for the Swans. The Ecuadorian drives into the box and finds Emnes, whose flick is perfectly into Montero's path, and he finishes smartly inside the near post.
44’ - PENALTY! Oxford have a penalty after Bartley brings down MacDonald.
45’ - GOAL! Oxford 1-1 Swansea: Sercombe buries his spot-kick down the middle and Oxford are level a minute before the break!
49’ - GOAL! Oxford 2-1 Swansea: Roofe scores for Oxford! Taylor finds Roofe, who cuts in from the left and curls a wonderful shot inside the far post. Lovely goal.
59’ - GOAL! Oxford 3-1 Swansea: Roofe scores his second and Oxford are in dreamland! Maguire leads a blistering counter-attack and spots the run of Roofe, who keeps his head and slots it over Nordfeldt, who got a hand to it.
66’ - GOAL! Oxford 3-2 Swansea: Gomis pulls a goal back for Swansea, slotting home coolly after Cork spotted his run.
75’ - BIG SAVE! Slocombe makes himself big to thwart Montero, who had moved into a good position and was about to pull the trigger.


Kemar Roofe has scored three goals in his last two games for Oxford United
Swansea haven't kept a clean sheet in their last 11 away FA Cup games, last shutting out Portsmouth in 2009.


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