Russell Martin | This game means so much more than three points
Russell Martin will tell his Swansea City players to go out and express themselves as they look to claim early bragging rights in the south Wales derby this afternoon (12pm).
The Swans host Cardiff in SA1 in the first derby of the season, with both teams locked on the same points in the Championship table.
Supporters will be in attendance at the Swansea.com Stadium for the derby for the first time since October 2019.
And Martin wants to see his players deliver a performance worthy of the occasion.
“The build up has been for the last two weeks because of the international break,” said the Swans boss.
“Everyone talks about it, and the best thing is that everyone supports Swansea City here.
“This means a lot to everyone, and we’re aware of that. We have to make sure the players don’t feel the weight of that pressure – it’s about them going out and expressing themselves.
“Any derby game you have an interest in, the emotion can take over and they’re exciting to watch, sometimes they can be cagey.
“We say it to the guys, they have a real opportunity to show a lot of people how they can handle a big occasion. The better you handle occasions like this the more chance you have of showing people what you’re capable of.
“They know what it means, we’ve spoken a lot about it. The game is worth three points in the league, but for supporters, players and staff it’s worth so much more. I’ve been involved in many derbies as a supporter and player, and they’re massive occasions.
“I’m really looking forward to the game and seeing the stadium full. Derbies don’t have the same edge without supporters, and everyone can’t wait to hearing the Jack Army roar.”