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Swansea manager Carvalhal has fond memories of his two previous trips to Tyneside as Sheffield Wednesday boss.

The Portuguese masterminded a League Cup upset there in September 2015 when Steve McClaren was Newcastle manager and he repeated that 1-0 win against Rafael Benitez’s side in a Sky Bet Championship fixture on Boxing Day 2016.

“My record against Newcastle does not mean we have an advantage for this game,” said Carvalhal, who also enjoyed a Hillsborough victory over Benitez last season as the Owls completed a league double over the eventual champions.

“But it is a nice environment, it is one I like and I have enjoyed a lot.

“I don’t think it is intimidating, it is a good ground, and we must look at this game as an opportunity for us.

“Sometimes the fans can stay a little nervous if the team is not in a good way.

“That is normal in strong crowds like Newcastle. But for this to happen you must play with personality and stay with the ball.”



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