Russell Martin eager to continue Swansea City's strong home form
Swansea City head coach Russell Martin is looking for his side to continue their fine home form at the outset of a key period of the season against Peterborough United on Saturday.
The Swans host the Posh at the Swansea.com Stadium looking to bounce back from defeat at Birmingham last time out.
They have lost just once on home turf all season, and have won their last three in SA1 as well as keeping clean sheets in four of their last five.
And that is a sequence Swans boss Martin is keen to extend against one of his former clubs.
“Our home record is something to be proud of, we came out on the wrong side of it once early on against Stoke, but we enjoy being there,” he said.
“The support we get is fantastic, as was the case with the away following at Birmingham with the way they responded to the guys even after a defeat.
“That means a lot to us and we cannot wait to get back home and we are looking forward to being in front of our crowd and hopefully putting on a performance to match the last two we have put on at home.
“We have to focus on training and preparing and taking it one step at a time, but I am pleased with the progress we have made.”
The clash with Peterborough is followed by trips to take on Coventry and Bournemouth before the final international break of the calendar year.
And Martin acknowledges that the busy period between now and the turn of the year will be a key one when it comes to deciding where Swansea can set their sights heading into the final months of the campaign.
“I think if we are serious about being competitive this season and seeing where that takes us, then between now and Christmas will really shape what you are able to go and do,” he added.
“So it is an important period for every team. We have one more international break and – after that – there is not really any break until March.
“It is full on, and we know we have a big week this week before the break.
“We then have another chance to get some hard work in on the training pitch and, after that, it’s about bringing that to the pitch and making sure the results reflect the performances.
“Our performances have been consistent over a period of time, and if we continue to produce that I am confident results will follow."