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Martinez joy at Portsmouth scalp

Swansea players celebrate after beating Portsmouth in the FA Cup
Swansea players celebrate after beating Portsmouth in the FA Cup

Roberto Martinez says he is "proud" of his Swansea City players after they knocked FA Cup holders Portsmouth out of the competition.

First-half goals from Nathan Dyer and Jason Scotland sealed a 2-0 win over the struggling Premier League side.

"It wouldn't say it was a fluke, we were the better side over the 90 minutes," Martinez told BBC Wales.

"It was a great performance to the end because we had to hold our concentration and our focus."

He added: "To get the two-goal cushion was important."

Portsmouth lifted the FA Cup last May after beating Swansea's arch rivals Cardiff in the final at Wembley.

But they were undone in the 26th minute by Dyer, a player on loan from their own rivals Southampton.

Scotland doubled the lead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time after Jordi Gomez was fouled in the box.

"The players have worked extremely hard and success in football doesn't come as an accident," added Martinez.

"(The win) was more than anything the positive feeling of being able to come to a Premier League environment and be ourselves.

Peter Crouch could not find a way past Swansea's back-line
Peter Crouch could not find a way past Swansea's back-line

"That's what we were looking for and I'm delighted we've been able to do that because to say we've been the better side against a very good Portsmouth side, I think it tells you a lot about the performance.

"You can see we are getting better and that's credit to everyone at Swansea City."

Martinez also praised his defence for keeping out Pompey's front-line which included England striker Peter Crouch.

"Portsmouth threw everything, they had nothing to lose, they had to chase the game and they've got a player who's been moving around in world football for £26m so you are going to expect them to get chances," said Martinez.

"But the way you defend, the way you make the decisions and the way you take the challenges, I couldn't be prouder of the players, and that's another clean sheet."

Martinez is hoping for a home draw in the fifth round, but is leaving the celebrations to the 3,000 travelling supporters.

He said: "I thought they were fantastic today from the first minute and they were our 12th man on the pitch."

Pompey boss Tony Adams had no complaints with the result.

"In the first half we were outplayed and outfought," said the former England captain.

"I did warn the players we were up against a very good Swansea team who like to pass the ball and that we would be in trouble if we weren't prepared.

"Sadly, I was proved right. Without that fight you go out of this competition.

"We didn't deserve to be 2-0 down at half-time but we didn't play well in the first half either. We were very poor.

"It's disappointing to go out of the FA Cup, no matter what round it is.

"You have to put defeats like this to bed as quickly as possible."



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