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Martinez: We're The Underdogs And Like It

Swansea City boss Roberto Martinez says his side are the underdogs again on Saturday and he likes it that way.

The Swans host Premiership side Fulham tomorrow at the Liberty Stadium in the FA Cup 5th round.

Despite playing against top flight opposition, the majority of bookmakers have us down as favourites to win.

Martinez disagrees with that, and says he prefers being underdogs, rather than the favourites:

'We are playing against a Premier League side who have been built with a big cheque book and have a lot of experience of world football,'

'They are in a great position in the division above us so it would be a surprise to me if anyone makes us favourites.

'Yes being at home can make a difference in the cup, but we are not the favourites.'

'The reality is that we are the underdogs and that's a tag we will enjoy. Fulham have some fantastic international players and I'm sure they will come here and look to impose themselves.

'I watched them play Wigan last week as well as a couple of other games and they are a special side.

'They have big names in every department and three special strikers, so it would be a big surprise if we won.'

'I'm aware that it's been a long time since we got to the quarter-finals,'

'But what matters to me is that we can be ourselves and we can be competitive.

'It's great that we are getting national media attention because that's a good sign it's a reward for what the players have achieved. But if we go out looking to impress because the are cameras here, we will lose focus.'





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Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 13 2009

Time: 1:24PM

 

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