Russell Martin | I am pleased with the performance, we just lacked a bit of spark

29th April
First team

Russell Martin was pleased with Swansea City’s performance after they extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a draw at Hull City, but admitted they had lacked a bit of spark in the final third.

The Swans had trailed early in East Yorkshire to a Ben Cabango own goal but grew into the contest and equalised when Luke Cundle finished off a lovely flowing move.

Both sides had chances to find a winner in the second period, but the spoils were shared.

While the result ended Swansea’s outside chances of securing a play-off spot, they remain the Championship’s form team with six wins and two draws from this eight-game sequence.

Head coach Martin was happy with much of the performance against the Tigers, but felt they had just been missing some punch in their attacking play.

“I thought it was a good game between two really good teams who play in a really good style. I enjoyed the game,” he said.

“There was a lot of high quality play, I really like what Liam Rosenior is doing here, and they have had really good home form.

“They had one shot on target and we conceded from it, but I really liked the performance after the first 20 minutes when we just did not have enough energy or aggression out of possession.

“We tried to force things a bit and that was where their goal came from and we were not as front foot and aggressive as we needed to be.

Luke Cundle Hull cele

“The goal we score is of really high quality, so we are really pleased with that. In the second half we were so dominant.

“They had a couple of moments on the counter but we dealt with it well defensively and just did not have that bit of spark or zip in that final action.

“We needed that to really open them up, but they defended in numbers with bodies behind the ball.

“That made it difficult for us, but I much preferred the second-half performance with the energy, intensity and control we had.

“Everyone was connected and the only disappointment is that we don’t quite win the game because of a lack of energy early on.

“But it is what it is, we are unbeaten in eight games with six wins and two draws, and I am so proud of the players for that after the run we had been on.

“They are disappointed in the dressing room, which I think tells you how far they have come as a group in terms of their mentality and what they expect from each other as a group.”