Bournemouth showcased a commanding performance, defeating Swansea 5-0 and becoming the first team to secure a spot in the FA Cup fifth round. The victory was fueled by David Brooks’ exceptional display, with the Wales international scoring one goal and providing two assists.
In a game where both teams made several changes, Bournemouth took control early, storming into a 3-0 lead within the first quarter of an hour. Lloyd Kelly, Alex Scott, and Luis Sinisterra all found the net, capitalizing on defensive lapses from Swansea.
Brooks continued his stellar performance, adding a fourth goal before the break, while Dominic Solanke secured the home side’s fifth goal a minute before halftime. The 5-0 lead marked Bournemouth’s most significant halftime advantage since 1971.
The second half saw Bournemouth maintain their dominance, although they eased off, securing their place in the last 16. Swansea’s manager, Luke Williams, acknowledged the difficult night, expressing regret for the team’s performance against an outstanding Bournemouth side.
The result highlighted the clear gap in quality between the Premier League and Championship sides, contrasting with their previous encounter in the League Cup. Bournemouth’s progression to the fifth round sets the stage for upcoming matches scheduled for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in the FA Cup’s last 32.