Swans Earn Portsmouth Date
Tuesday, 13th Jan 2009 21:39
Swansea City will face Portsmouth in the FA Cup 4th Round after they got past Histon at the Glass World Stadium
The Swans pretty much finished the tie off in the first half with goals from Gorka Pintado and Guillem Bauza and could even afford the 'luxury' of a missed penalty before Histon pulled one back before time.
Swansea advanced to face holders Portsmouth in the FA Cup fourth round after surviving a late rally at Histon.
Gorka Pintado opened the scoring when the non-leaguers gave him excessive space, the Spaniard having time to turn and tee-up a 25-yard right-foot blast.
Andrea Orlandi tormented debutant Marlon Patterson on the flank, and his cross let Guillem Bauza stroke home.
Pintado missed a late penalty, and soon after Josh Simpson struck to give the Swans a nervous last few minutes. (continues below)
Mat Mitchell-King directed his header back across goal and Simpson stole a yard in front of his marker inside the six-yard box before smashing the ball past Dorus De Vries.
There were plenty of worried Swansea supporters, their club having gone out to non-league Havant and Waterlooville in last year's third round.
But Roberto Martinez's men held out to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games and to set up a fourth-round trip to Fratton Park.
The build-up to the match at the Glass World Stadium had been controversial as the original date had been postponed due to a frozen pitch.
Blue Square Premier side Histon - in the third round for the first time - accused Swansea of putting pressure on the Football Association to make the decision, although they later apologised.
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