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FA Cup Reaction: Horsham vs Swansea

Roberto Martinez and John Maggs share their views after last night's FA Cup game at the Atspeed Stadium.

Horsham are exactly 100 places below Swansea in the Football pyramid though manager Roberto Martinez said the Ryman Premier League side were favourites going into the FA Cup second round tie.

Guillem Bauza opened the scoring for the Swans 5 minutes before the break when he netted from Feeney's low cross.

The Swans continued to dominate in the second half but they were punished for failing to win the game convincingly as Tate conceded a penalty with 5 minutes left to play.

Taylor converted from the spot and Horsham will now enjoy a trip to the Liberty Stadium in a replay to be played on Tuesday December 11th.

Horsham manager John Maggs was obviously delighted with a draw and said:

'I am absolutely thrilled with it. There were big performances out there all over the pitch.

'The goalkeeper has made three brilliant saves but for the whole side it was a workmanlike performance and I am proud of all of them.

'They put us under a lot of pressure early on and in the second half but for a Non-League side we battled and battled.

'In those conditions and at times we had to keep the ball and we had to play a bit. And they are the top seeds - they are the biggest team we could have been drawn against us.

'Lee Farrell got into the box and got the penalty and that's no more than we deserved.

'They are legless now and they will be allowed to go out tonight.'


Roberto Martinez said:

'When you come to a Non-League team it's hard and obviously it is a special day for their club.

'We had enough chances to win the game but this is the magic of the cup and it is more about Horsham, not Swansea and we will take the punishment of a replay.

'Everyone came and made it a very hard environment.

'I am proud of my players in the way they adapted really well and showed a great responsibility.'





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Date:Saturday December 1 2007

Time: 1:00PM

 

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