Date:Wednesday February 25 2009
The Jackarmy did themselves proud last night, as around 3,000 travelling Swansea fans made the trip to Craven Cottage for our FA Cup 5th round replay at Fulham.
They created a superb atmosphere throughout the game and boosted the rather disappointing 12,300 crowd.
Martinez's side made a good start to the game, and kept the scores goalless at half time, before Scotland gave us the lead just minutes after the restart.
The major turning point and discussion point though was Martinez's substitutions, the first 8 minutes after we scored as Tudur-Jones came on to replace Mark Gower, who got the assist for our goal.
It was a rare tactic from Martinez, who very rarely sits back on a one-goal lead and adjusts tactics defensively.
RhysJack posted his thoughts after the game and said:
'First half was a good half. We settled into the game well, and both teams had chances to take the lead.
Second half, we came out and started playing our usual quick fire passing game which lead to the goal. Cue total mayhem behind the goal! And chants of 'Bring on United!'. Worst thing we could have done - scoring so early in the second half. It just opened the floodgates and made for a frustrating 40 minutes! Although, for the 10 minutes after the goal we looked ok, and continue to play our usual game.
THEN, cue Tudur-Jones. Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear. The boat was completely rocked, and we were all baffled as to why Roberto decided that Tudur-Jones would be a good choice with 35 minutes still left on the clock. With all due respect to the guy, he's not good enough at this level. From this point on, we could have lost 10-1. That's no exaggeration. And then Bauza was taken off for Butler? Dodgy substitutions, to say the least. We stopped competing for balls, we lumped it upfield with no challenge for the ball. We let them run at us. Basically, everything you shouldn't do to try and win a football match!
Everyone behind the goal started getting frustrated because we could see exactly what was coming. The fact that the goals came so late was just an extra kick in the teeth. But to say we switched off is an understatement. I bet Fulham couldn't believe their luck when they realised we'd gone home after an hour. So disappointing.
I thought Dorus was going to stop everything, he seemed to be like a brick wall for most of the game. And thank god they couldn't shoot otherwise it could have been 10. Dyer was absolutely awful. He wasn't really in the game, but when he was he gave the ball away cheaply and was just generally poor. Should have been subbed instead of Bauza.
Fulham fan 'CaptDick' posted:
It was a valiant effort you Swansea lot put on during this FA Cup. You all should be very proud of your efforts. I was really impressed overall by your team, and will probably follow you much closer the rest of the year now. Good luck on promotion, you lot would be a better team to have in the Premiership than Stoke!
You saw Fulham's true class today though, a completely different team then the one you faced at home. It must have been shocking really, we could have put 5 passed you in the second half, and don't forget the 3 we could have put passed you in the first! We are like day and night home and away.
Swans played super in the first half and really took the game to them. If there's one thing I need to take out of this game and the last encounter is the fact that Mark Schwarzer is a quality keeper, was pulling off some top saves at times. Dorus also had a stormer tonight when it came to one-on-ones.
Dyer had a mare to say the least.
He didn't look a tenth of the player that hit our field a couple of weeks ago, I think at the moment the £500,000 that was offered for him was too much.
Well done performances from him in the last three games with last night being dreadful
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Date:Wednesday February 25 2009
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