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Martinez: We should have won

Martinez: We should have won (©PAphotos)
Martinez: We should have won (©PAphotos).

Swansea manager Roberto Martinez had mixed feelings following his side's 1-1 draw at home to Premier League Fulham in their FA Cup fifth-round clash at the Liberty Stadium.

The Championship side should have booked a quarter-final place for the first time since 1964 but the conquerors of holders Portsmouth will have to try again in London on Tuesday, February 24 after failing to turn superiority into goals.

Martinez said: "I have mixed feelings. I am delighted with the performance and the way we reacted to the disappointment of our own mistake in conceding a goal and disappointed that we didn't win the game."

He added: "Sometimes you don't get the results your performances deserve and it was one of those days. We were the better side by miles.

"We scored a good goal and can take a lot of positives from a game against a side from the Premier League that is in the right end of the table. But you need to win when you play like that, no matter who you are playing against."

Winger Mark Gower had two great first-half chances but hit a post with one and failed to beat goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer with the other and the Swans needed a second-half strike from Jason Scotland - his 12th in as many games - to cancel out an unlucky own goal by skipper Garry Monk.

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson admitted his side had been second best but was confident it would be a different story in the replay.

He said: "It was a jaded performance from our side and a very good one from them. We had a lot of players away on international duty this week and that showed a little bit but all credit to Swansea, they played very well.

"I am pleased with my team in the sense that when things are not going your way it is very important that you rely on your defensive organisation to keep the opposition at bay and we did that reasonably well.

"I can only hope that in the replay we can show a bit more of the form we have had this season because we were not at our best."

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Topics:
Portsmouth
Fulham
Mark Schwarzer
Mark Gower
Football
Championship
Premier League
FA Cup
Jason Scotland
Garry Monk
Swansea City

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