Dyer Warning for Fulham as Swansea's Giant Killers Smell Blood; Having Already Shocked Portsmouth, the Swans Are out to End Roy Hodgson's FA Cup Hopes. David Smith Reports

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Dyer Warning for Fulham as Swansea's Giant Killers Smell Blood; Having Already Shocked Portsmouth, the Swans Are out to End Roy Hodgson's FA Cup Hopes. David Smith Reports


Byline: David Smith

FEAR is one emotion Swansea won't be feeling when they test their Premier League credentials against Fulham tomorrow.

Nathan Dyer scored one of the goals that ended Portsmouth's reign as FA Cup holders in the last round and he is confident his side can claim another top-flight scalp.

Swansea are on a 15-match unbeaten run and Dyer says that is all thanks to their manager Roberto Martinez (below). The Spaniard has won plaudits for Swansea's attractive style of play, which Dyer says the team are determined to show at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow.

The winger, who is on loan from Southampton, said: "This is a big game for us in front of a big home crowd.

We're looking forward to testing ourselves again because there are guys here with the ability to step up.

"We're not a conventional side with a lot of 6ft 4in lads everywhere, but the manager has brought in players with talent. That shows when we play, because of the confidence Roberto has given us. We won't be afraid to show it against Fulham. The gaffer lets us go out and enjoy ourselves rather than putting us under pressure to perform.

That showed against Portsmouth and we know we can beat anyone if we put our minds to it." Although Dyer signed a three-year deal with Southampton last summer this is his second loan spell of the season, having already spent three months at Sheffield United. The 21-year-old will stay with Swansea until the end of the campaign and is grateful for the lifeline thrown by Martinez.

He said: "When you look around our team there are a lot of guys who might not have had chances to show what they can do earlier in their careers.

But the gaffer is prepared to give those opportunities.

"Roberto just tells me to make the full-back worried about me rather than me worrying about him. …

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