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GIANT-THRILLER; Stead's on a special replay mission to dump Swans just like he humbled Mourinho's Chelsea at the Bridge.



Stead 62


Narsingh 45

GOALDEN oldie Jon Stead says beating Swansea in the replay would be as sweet as his Stamford Bridge heroics.

Stead struck for the sixth successive game in 2018 in League Two County's draw against the Premier League's basement side.

The veteran has scored every round of this season's competition and has love affair with the FA cup.

Just ask Jose Mourinho after Stead smashed in Bradford's opener when they came from 2-0 down to win 4-2 at Champions-elect Chelsea in 2015.

But Stead reckons a potential victory in the replay for Kevin Nolan's men at the Liberty would compare very nicely.

The 34-year-old said: "It would definitely be as big a deal, yes.

"It's going to be a massive task for us and we know it is going to be difficult but we've matched them for most parts.

"There is no reason why we can't go and do that again. It will be more difficult at their place rather than being at home with the fantastic support we get.

"But we'll go there to enjoy it like we did here.

"Scoring with just a tap-in like that is more pleasing than rifling one for me because it means I'm in the right place at the right time."

Stead pounced from Jorge Grant's superb low cross to equalise Luciano Narsingh's stinging right-foot drive.

Stead knew County were getting back into the game when he noticed Swansea defender Alfie Mawson rollicking his team-mates.

He said: "Mawson was getting hold of a few and making sure they were doing the right things and getting in the right positions.

"They had been quite comfortable up to that point, so when you sense a change in their demeanour and body language it's time to try and turn the screw and put them under pressure.

"We did that and came out with a goal."

Magpies boss Nolan went for experience up front with Stead and Shola Ameobi, 36.

Stead smiled: "We don't mention our ages.

"Shola takes a bit off my shoulders and I think we work in tandem quite well.

"It lets the defenders worry a bit more about him and less about me."

STAT IS AMAZING NOTTS COUNTY Collin 8, Hunt 7, Duffy 7, Brisley 7, Dickinson 7, Grant 8, Hewitt 7, Husin 7 (Smith 90), Hawkridge 7, Stead 8, Ameobi 7 (Alessandra 84) SWANSEA Nordfeldt 6, Roberts 6, Van Der Hoorn 7, Bartley 7, Mawson 7, Carroll 6, Sanches 6 (Ki 32, 6) Fer 6 (Clucas 63, 7), Narsingh 7, Bony 5, Abraham 6 (Ayew 70, 6) MATCH STATS 26% POSSESSION 74% 1 SHOTS ON TARGET 9 2 SHOTS OFF TARGET 5 194 TOTAL PASSES 533 60% PASSING SUCCESS 89% 2 CORNERS 6 3 OFFSIDE 3 8 FOULS 11 10 CARDS 0 2 REF: Mike Jones ATT: 9.802 MAN OF THE MATCH JON STEAD (NOTTS COUNTY) Total Passes s Assists Mins P on Pitch 90 73 1 THE FACTS Notts County's starting XI for this match had a combined number of Premier League appearances of 517 - their Premier League opponents' starting XI had just 468 between them. Luciano Narsingh has scored twice under Carlos Carvalhal for Swansea in five appearances - he failed to score in all 26 of his matches for the Swans before Carvalhal's appointment. THE REACTION..Kevin Nolan: The lads' workrate was brilliant, and the togetherness, and the communication - we were magnificent. NOTTS COUNTY Next Fixtures Saturday Crewe (h) Lg2 Feb 6 Swansea (h) FA Cup Feb 10 Barnet (a) Lg2 SWANSEA Next Fixtures Tuesday Arsenal (a) Prem Sat Leicester (a) Prem Feb 6 Notts County (h) FA Cup


STEADY PROGRESS Jon Stead's two Prem scalps - scoring against Chelsea (above) and Swansea (below)

BONY'S BEATEN County keeper Adam Collin gets the better of Wilfried Bony. Left: Boss Kevin Nolan BEA Ada W Ke
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Date:Jan 29, 2018
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