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Swansea 1-1 Fulham

Mark Gower and Jason Scotland celebrate Swansea's leveller
Mark Gower and Jason Scotland celebrate Swansea's leveller

Jason Scotland's 12th goal in as many games earned Championship side Swansea City an FA Cup fifth round replay at Craven Cottage.

Fulham had taken the lead, against the run of play, on the stroke of half time when Paul Konchesky's corner went in off Swans captain Garry Monk.

But the dominant Swans levelled in the 52nd-minute through Scotland.

Mark Gower fed the Trinidad & Tobago international who turned brilliantly and fired into the bottom corner.

It was no less than the Swans deserved as they extended an impressive unbeaten record in all competitions to 16.

During that run, they claimed the scalp of FA Cup holders Portsmouth in the last round and were fancied for another against a Fulham side who had not won away in the Premier League and scored just three times on the road.

And the Swans almost took a fourth-minute lead through former Southend midfielder Gower.

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Scotland linked up well to lay off to Gower who skipped into the box and beat Mark Schwarzer only to be denied by the far post.

Gower, who has yet to score since his summer switch, was denied again on 25 minutes.

Jordi Gomez found Angel Rangel on the right to put a low cross in which the unmarked Gower met at the far post, but he could not get a proper connection and Schwarzer saved well.

Swansea dominated possession, as they have done so much in the Championship this season, and soon after Alan Tate tried his luck from 25 yards.

But as the first half drew to a close, Fulham started to get closer to goal and Swansea keeper Dorus de Vries had to be quick to beat Andrew Johnson to Erik Nevland's flick-on.

Fulham midfielder Simon Davies beats Swansea's Joe Allen to the ball
Fulham midfielder Simon Davies beats Swansea's Joe Allen to the ball

The visitors did break the deadlock on the stroke of half-time when Konchesky's corner hit Monk and bounced into an empty net.

It was harsh on the home side but they stuck to their principles and Gower was denied again six minutes after the break as they upped the tempo.

Scotland again was the supplier as Gower raced into the box and Schwarzer had to pull off a fine save to keep his shot out.

The Swans duo then made their presence count a minute later with the equaliser.

Gower fed Scotland who brilliantly turned and struck left-footed into the corner to claim his 12th goal in as many games.

It was no less than the Welsh side deserved and they continued to look threatening on the attack.

Gomez and Rangel both came close as Fulham created little leaving de Vries very much a spectator.

And with five minutes remaining, Scotland found substitute Andrea Orlandi on the overlap, he squared across the face of goal and Nathan Dyer fired just wide.

Now the Swans face a tough return trip to west London still in search of a place in the quarter-final for the first time since 1964.


Swansea manager Roberto Martinez:

"We created the better chances, we were very disappointed with the goal that we conceded, so overall I'm proud of the players.

"Today was a big test playing against a Premier League side.

"The goal came at the wrong time but the reaction we had, we controlled things, we created good chances."

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson:

"We certainly weren't at our best. I thought it was a jaded performance from our side.

"All credit to Swansea, I thought their performance was excellent.

"Their high energy passing and movement was very good and we really had to dig in very deeply and rely heavily on our defensive organisation to keep our heads afloat."


Swansea: De Vries, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Tate, Britton, Gomez, Allen (Bauza 81), Gower (Orlandi 71), Dyer, Scotland.
Subs Not Used: Cornell, Tudur-Jones, Bessone, Serran, Butler.

Booked: Williams.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Stoor, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Nevland (Zamora 75), Gera, Murphy, Davies, Dacourt (Dempsey 60), Johnson (Gray 85).
Subs Not Used: Zuberbuhler, Pantsil, Milsom, Kallio.

Booked: Dacourt.

Att: 16,573

Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).



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