Russell Martin hurt to concede from a set-piece

20th November 2021
First team
Russell Martin

Russell Martin admitted it hurt to see Swansea City concede from a set-piece against Blackpool, given how well they have defended from them this season.

Joel Piroe opened the scoring for the Swans in the 35th minute with a terrific right-footed effort, the Dutchman's 11th goal of the season. 

But the visitors pulled a goal back four minutes from time through Keshi Anderson, who netted when a corner was punched out to him, to ensure the spoils were shared at the Stadium. 

“We were just hoping that Joel’s goal was enough because we weren’t where we needed to be in the second half," said Swans head coach Martin. 

“To concede the goal we did was really poor, I don’t think they threatened our goal at all.

“I talked about the momentum swinging in the second half, but they weren’t really threatening. I think Ben had one save to make.

Russell Martin and Luke Williams

“In the two set pieces at the end, one was scored and the other one was a little bit scary, which was their second chance.

“To concede that goal is nowhere near good enough, we’ve been really good at set pieces, but today has outdone us and the guys should be hurt by that, I’m hurt by that.

“But we’ll take the positives, there are plenty, especially from the first half.

“We have to take some responsibility as coaches, we have to look at everything, not just put it all on the players.

“I think teams are aware of what the guys can produce here, we have created an expectation around what we are capable of, and they work so hard to stop the guys getting into any rhythm or flow."

Martin's Swans are next in action Wednesday night, away to Barnsley in the Sky Bet Championship.