Russell Martin and Swansea City savour derby double delight
Russell Martin savoured a place in history and hopes Swansea City’s emphatic derby dismantling of Cardiff City served as a reward for the patience and backing the club’s supporters have shown.
The Swans sealed the first league double in the 110-year history of the south Wales derby with a magnificent 4-0 win at Cardiff City Stadium, with that success their biggest in an away game against their fierce rivals.
Michael Obafemi bagged a brace to take his tally to nine for the season, with eight of those coming in his last 11 games.
Ben Cabango and Hannes Wolf were also on the scoresheet as the delirious away supporters began celebrations that will doubtless go on for some time.
Players and backroom staff went over to share the moment with the travelling Jacks at full-time, and head coach Martin admitted he had felt emotional watching the joyous scenes.
“I have not felt as emotional as this after a game, I am incredibly proud of the players and what they have done,” he said.
“It was a big build-up to the game, we were written off by a lot of people and to do that and show that courage is fantastic.
“They took the atmosphere out of the game with the way they controlled the game in that first 15 minutes, and everything we had worked on over the last two weeks was put into practice.
“They showed everything they can be, we had young men out there who showed they can grow in a tough situation.
“Cardiff had been in really good form under Steve and we have come here and limited to them and were a real threat.
“We were clinical, that is something we have not always been this season, but we really were here. We showed the team we can be and I hope it is a small reward to the supporters for the patience they have shown us.”