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Martinez Reaction To Shock Cup Upset

Roberto Martinez says they only have themselves to blame after suffering a shocking cup upset tonight at Havant & Waterlooville.

Rocky Baptiste handed the Blue Square South side a third round replay after scoring a late equaliser at the Liberty Stadium.

Despite naming an unchanged side from the one that beat Luton 3-1 last Saturday, the Swans suffered an early setback when Garry Monk headed into his own net after just 4 minutes.

The hosts scored two more in the first half to take a 3-goal lead before Bauza scored a superb goal to make the score 3-1 at the interval.

The Swans came out looking to get back into the game and reduce the deficit. It took us only 3 minutes to score another as Jason Scotland netted from close range.

We struggled to build on our comeback and substitute Joe Jordan scored a fourth for Havant on 65 minutes. Gale's side remained strong at the back as they hung on to their 2-goal lead.

Roberto Martinez was obviously disappointed with the performance and the result and told BBC Sport after the game:

'It was a hard pill to swallow, especially after all the excitement we had in terms of trying to give the fans something they really deserved.

We lost the possibility to get through in the first game, many things have happened over the two games and sometimes football will punish you that way. We have to learn from it and move on.'

'It doesn't matter who you're playing against, if you concede 4 goals out of 5 chances you're going to find it really difficult to win a football game.'

'Sometimes you feel that football has some destiny, it doesn't matter what you do, you're going to get punished.

There are many many things that are dissapointing, two players sent off in the first game, one of them was on the pitch today playing and the other wasn't allowed.'

'There have been certain things over the two games that have been strange, but today we only have ourselves to blame. if you concede 4 goals out of 5 chances you're not going to win a football game.'

'It was important that we were ready for the challenge. We knew how difficult it would be to come into an environment like this, but we've done it before and reacted well.

I understand all the fans were excitable and I guarantee that we will bounce back and take the disappointment in the right way.'


The Swans return to the League this Saturday as they take on Port Vale at the Liberty Stadium.






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Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 17 2008

Time: 12:10AM

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The embarrassment could have been a lot worse - luckily the return of Keven Keegan has taken the headlines.
APG_STFC
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17/01/2008 06:29:00

Every (under) dog has their day... Hard luck Swansea ,, the HAWKs did to you what you would have hope to have done to Liverpool so let them bask in their glory as you no doubt would have - Oh well at least you can now concentrate on the league and push for promotion..
Chix
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17/01/2008 06:39:00

Oh dear!!!! Well done H&W
MFC67
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17/01/2008 09:45:00

Life goes on, the "Cup Final" opportunity is lost but Holy Grail of promotion is still very much within our grasp and control. Well done H&W, despite everything that went on (all forgotten now) you deserve your trip to Anfield.
Jack69
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17/01/2008 12:45:00

Bit disappointed not at the fact we lost but the fact we conceded four goals but maybe this will highlight our need for a decent CB.
barrydoom
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17/01/2008 14:22:00

Well Done Swansea .. you haven't moaned, slagged off your team or manager or referee,.. you have just accepted defeat and gone on with it ... Now concentrate on the league and get promotion.. and let the HAWKs have their day at Anfield.. I just wish more teams were as sporting as you guys... seriously Well Done..
Chix
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