Hodgson thrilled at late show

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Roy Hodgson watched his side score twice in three second-half minutes to dump battling Swansea out of the FA Cup, then admitted Fulham would have felt "very sorry for ourselves" had they missed out on a quarter-final date with Manchester United.

Swansea took the lead shortly after half-time as Jason Scotland took advantage of some lethargic defending to poke home, but Fulham laid siege in the last half hour and were rewarded with goals from Clint Dempsey and Bobby Zamora.

"There were a lot of goal chances and they were mainly at one end of the field, there wasn't much at the other end," said the Cottagers' boss. "Before we scored we must have had 10 chances. Had we not won the game we'd have been sitting here feeling very sorry for ourselves after giving such a good performance."

He added: "It was a very fast, very intensive game and I have to praise Swansea who did very well to live with us.

"You are always nervous when you go one goal down because you need to score two goals and you know how difficult two goals are to come by at any level of competition. It doesn't matter whether you're playing a Premier League team or a top Championship team.

"But two goals, I think, was scant reward for our goal chances."

Hodgson was also delighted with the physical resilience showed by his side after being forced back into action after just one day's rest.

"I was really surprised with the players' energy tonight," admitted Hodgson.

"Their energy levels were fantastic. I thought we showed incredible energy just one day after playing a tough Premier League tie against West Brom and I can't praise the team enough for the way they prepared for this game and the way they've gone about their business from the very first minute.

"They also showed great character to come back from 1-0 down, albeit it was against the run of play."

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