Swansea 2 Preston 1
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Third Division battlers had not found the net since clinching their place in the fourth round, but, in striker Lee Trundle, they have a genuine crowd pleaser who continued his fine record of scoring in every round of the competition.
Preston had looked to be successfully negotiating a tough-looking tie when midfielder Dickson Etuhu powered home a header from David Healy's corner in the 58th minute.
However, Andy Robinson flashed home a stunning free kick after Trundle was fouled by Etuhu to level matters on 80 minutes before, soon afterwards, the visiting defence stood like statues as Trundle noncholantly chested down a James Thomas centre and nervelessly struck the killer blow.
It was sweet revenge for a player who was rejected by Preston nine years ago, and it turned up the volume at Vetch Field.
The Swans began brightly with Trundle forcing a save out of Jonathan Gould inside the first minute and livewire Leon Britton volleying off target.
Veteran Roger Freestone earned his pay at the other end with smart stops from Eddie Lewis and Healy, but highly-rated Ricardo Fuller was unable to add to his impressive goal tally.
It was left to Trundle, almost predictably, to confirm his hero status among the Swansea faithful, and he will feel he should have had a penalty after tangling with Claude Davis before his ice-cool finish steered Brian Flynn's men into the next round.
|Shots on target (Inc Goals)||4||7|
|Shots off Target||4||7|