Russell Martin eyes opportunity to respond

19th August 2021
First team
Russell Martin.

Russell Martin and his Swansea City players face their fifth game in 13 days at Bristol City on Friday night, but he is confident they will rise to the challenge at Ashton Gate.

The Swans go in search of their first league win of the season against a Robins side seeking their first home victory since Nigel Pearson’s appointment.

It has been a hectic period for head coach Martin, his coaching staff and his players after a disrupted pre-season and the Swans boss’ appointment almost on the eve of the start of the competitive action.

Martin has admitted a period of transition is inevitable under the circumstances.

But, up against fierce rivals in front of the Sky cameras and a large contingent of away fans, Martin is sure motivation will be no issue.

“It’s been so hectic and intense. There has not been a lot of time on the training pitch, but it is what it is,” he said.

Russell Martin

“It’s tough but I think our players will be energised with the game being on Sky, we also know we are going to have a lot of our supporters making the trip and we are motivated to deliver for them because they give us such fantastic backing home and away.

“It’s another quick turnaround but that’s the good thing about football is that we’ve got a quick opportunity to set the record straight.

“We’ll go there and try and impose our own game and see where it takes us.

“We know it’ll be tough. They are a good side with an excellent manager who has plenty of experience at this level, and the level above.

“We went there pre-season with my previous club so I know what to expect.

“One thing is we need to be more threatening at the top end of the pitch. Hopefully we’ll see an improvement in all areas.”