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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 November 2007, 10:59 GMT
Martinez pleased with fightback
Roberto Martinez (Huw Evans Agency)
Martinez was left frustrated by some of the refereeing decisions
Roberto Martinez hailed 10-man Swansea's second-half comeback to draw 1-1 with lowly Gillingham, but admits it is a game they should have won.

Striker Warren Feeney was sent off for a lunge on 23 minutes and substitute Andy Robinson missed a penalty deep into injury time.

But Martinez said: "I don't give much importance to the penalty, the reaction at half time was important.

"There are evenings that are not going your way."

Martinez refused to get too drawn into the performance of rookie referee Stuart Atwell who made some bizarre decisions throughout the match.

"I think we were unfortunate with some of the decisions, sometimes with this kind of environment as a referee you want to make a point," he said.

"But sometimes you are a bit too harsh on certain decisions just because you don't want to show you are intimidated in this kind of atmosphere.


"But I don't want to talk about the referee's decisions because I hope and believe that's going to level out in the rest of the season.

"I think it (the red card) was a bit harsh. We've had a look at the videos and t get a red card you need some kind of intent or be malicious. Warren clearly got the ball."

What pleased Martinez most was they way his side reacted to coming from behind to Delroy Facey's thunderbolt strike after 10 minutes.

"You can see that we adapted tactically and the boys found an extra responsibility and extra desire to be winning the second half and I think everyone should be very, very proud because that kind of reaction will get us a lot of points over the course of the season.

"If you look at the stats in the second half, we had 10 attempts, five on target and we limited Gillingham with an extra man to one."

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