Date:Thursday January 22 2009
24th January 2009
Swansea City aim to cause a FA Cup upset this weekend when they travel to Fratton Park on Saturday to face Tony Adams' Premiership side Portsmouth.
The club sold out their allocation of just over 3,000 in 2 days as Martinez's side will be backed by a strong Jack following.
Tony Adams and his side have had plenty of experience playing against Championship opposition, and they recently beat Bristol City in a replay to reach this stage.
The former Arsenal skipper has praised the Swans ahead of Saturday's tie, and is predicting a tough match. After last week's 2-0 win over Reading, confidence will be at an all time high and we'll go into the game thinking a win is possible.
Our last four ties in this competition have all been against non-league opponents, and at last we've been drawn a top flight club, an opportuntity at last to prove how we cope against Premiership opposition.
'I think we've been very unfortunate in the draw, but now this makes up for all the hard work,'
'I thought this moment would never arrive.
'It is a glamorous tie to play the Cup holders. It's an extra excitement to look forward to.
'We know it's going to be difficult because they are playing at home, they are a Premier League side, they are full of wonderful players, they've played in Europe this season and they are the Cup holders.'
'In the FA Cup, it's always completely different,' he said. 'Form doesnt bring anything into it.
'We are 11 games unbeaten and that brings confidence and allows the players to be themselves and that's what I'm looking for is just being ourselves in a difficult environment.
'Over the 90 minutes, we will see if we deserve anything out of the game or not, but we have to remember we are the underdog for once which we need to enjoy.'
'Swansea play a 4-3-3 very well. Little Leon Britton is an ex-West Ham player, and they`ve got Darren Pratley from Fulham - good little players there who know how to play their system and know how to pass the ball.'
'They`re a good outfit, who pass the ball very well and have lots of possession.'
'And, hopefully, we won`t get frustrated by the amount of possession Swansea have, because they will have plenty because they can pass it.'
'That`s my fear, that we`ll be all getting frustrated because the fans will be demanding that we turn them over easily.'
'But this is by no means an easy game for us - they are a good side.'
Pompey will be boosted with the arrival of Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant, who signed this week on loan.
Thankfully for the Swans the hosts will be missing Glen Johnson as he serves a one-match ban.
Difficult to choose between them but Pennant on right wing could cause problems for Alan Tate. He has pace and skill and we'll need to prevent him from getting crosses into Crouch.
Roberto Martinez has no new injury worries but he is likely to make a few changes as we play 3 days later against Preston at home.
Andrea Orlandi and Gorka Pintado will be looking for an opportunity to impress while Leon Britton is available again after missing the Reading game through suspension.
Another winger, he had a superb debut last Saturday and he'll relish the opportunity to impress again against a Premiership club.
Head to Head: Portsmouth wins - 10, 13 draws, Swansea wins - 6.
Swansea City will be looking for their first win away at Portsmouth in nearly 50 years. Our last win against Pompey was in the 1977/78 season.
Tuesday 27th January
Swansea vs Preston (7:45pm) League.
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