We're not down and outs, says Brits
6th January 2013
Midfield maestro Leon Britton believes the Swans will never be "down and outs" after snatching a late equaliser against Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium to keep their FA Cup hopes alive and kicking.
Having taken the lead through top scorer Michu, two goals in quick succession from Lukas Podolski and Kieran Gibbs looked to be enough to earn the Gunners a fourth round tie at Brighton.
But Danny Graham pounced three minutes from time to earn a replay at the Emirates on Wednesday, January 16 (7.45pm).
It was the second late equaliser from the striker, his third goal in three games, after he earned the Swans a 2-2 draw against Aston Villa on New Year's Day.
"This Swansea team, even when we are losing, is never down and out,'' declared Britton. "We've shown that a few times this season.
"The boys showed great character to come back and grab the equaliser when it looked like we were out of the cup. We looked dead and buried and it could have been easy to drop their heads and feel sorry for themselves after conceding two goals in a couple of minutes. Instead they showed great team spirit and character and we are happy with a draw in the end.
"It was an exciting game, especially in the second-half. The first was a bit cagey with both teams feeling each other out. As a result there weren't too many chances, but we probably had the better of them.
"But it really opened up after the interval with lots of goals and chances. Once we got the first goal we probably dropped a bit deeper. When you do that against a team like Arsenal, with the quality they've got, it probably invites pressure and they are very good at that.''
With club captain Garry Monk among the substitutes and stand-in skipper Ashley Williams given a rare day off, Britton led the team out for the first time in nearly 10 years at the club.
"It's taken me over 400 games to get the armband, so it's about time,'' joked Britton. "To captain the team in such a big game against a team like Arsenal, where I started my career at the age of nine, makes it even sweeter for me.
"It was a very proud moment for me today.''
As for the replay at the Emirates, Britton added: "It's going to be tough, but we showed just over a month ago what we can do because we deserved to win there that day.
"We've got a busy schedule ahead of us this month. But we'll go there and do our best and hopefully make the next round.''
Having already played twice in January, Michael Laudrup's side face another six games this month, with a seventh thrown in against Brighton if they beat Arsenal in their replay.