Bartley: Home advantage key

18 February 2018 10:59:10 EST

Kyle Bartley says that he feels home advantage could be key when Swansea host Sheffield Wednesday in an FA Cup fifth round replay.

The teams played out a goalless draw at Hillsborough on Saturday in Carlos Carvalhal's reunion with the Owls after leaving the Championship side shortly before joining the Swans.

We battled well and the fact we have kept the unbeaten run going is massive for us.

Kyle Bartley

The extra game is part of a trend in Swansea's cup run this season; they progressed after home replays against both Wolves and Notts County and Bartley feels that getting Wednesday back to the Liberty Stadium could be crucial as they seek to progress through to the quarter-finals.

Bartley said: "We have been in this situation before and we have got good results when we have done that.

"The crowd will be right behind us and hopefully we will play some good football and book our place in the next round."

Not that boss Carvalhal was delighted with the extra game, saying that the draw at Sheffield was the "score nobody wants."

They went closest to settling the original tie, Mike van der Hoorn seeing his header well saved by Cameron Dawson who was the busier of the two keepers.

Bartley said he was determined to take the positives from a result which did take the Swans to 10 games unbeaten in all competitions.

"We battled well and the fact we have kept the unbeaten run going is massive for us," he added.

"It keeps building momentum and the longer our unbeaten run continues, the more confidence we will get."

Swansea are 3/4 to win through to the quarter-finals in a little over a week's time with Wednesday priced at 19/4.

Swansea meanwhile have renewed hope of Premier League survival after their good run. They are out of the bottom three, sitting in 16th place in the table.

They are 5/1 to go down while they are 1/8 to survive for at least another season.

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