Russell Martin | I take responsibility, the last few minutes were inexcusable

16th August 2022
First team
Russell Martin Millwall

Russell Martin admitted the manner in which his Swansea City side relinquished a two-goal lead in stoppage time against Millwall was inexcusable, and said he and his coaching staff took responsibility.

The Swans had looked to be on the way to a routine home win after early goals from Ryan Manning and Michael Obafemi had rewarded a fast start from the hosts.

They had chances to further extend their lead, with Bartosz Bialkowski making a string of saves as the Swans had 17 shots on goal, with nine on target.

Millwall mustered just one shot on target, but when Ben Cabango and Nathan Wood put through their own net during five minutes of time added on, they were able to salvage a point.

And head coach Martin could not hide his disappointment after seeing his side miss out on recording back-to-back wins following the weekend win at Blackpool.

“At this moment in time it is difficult to look past the last few minutes of the game,” he said.

“I can try, and we will when we watch the game back as a whole, but for 93 minutes we were far and away the better team and the dominant team.

“We were aggressive and everything we were rightly criticised for not being against Blackburn.

“We put a lot of those things right tonight, the ball speed, the purpose in our play. They have had one shot on target before two of our players score own goals.

“We spoke about how they put the ball in the box from crosses and set-pieces, and how they are one of the best in the league at it. We managed it fairly well, we showed real resilience to defend our box and had a couple of big blocks, which you need.

“We were so pleased with so much of the performance, but it is inexcusable that last three or four minutes, and I take responsibility for that, I am in charge of the mentality of the team.

“We have to do better than we did. We will be honest with the lads, they will need to honest with us and we will find a solution to that problem, as we did after Blackburn.

“We should be sitting here talking about two really good performances and good results.

“It really hurts at the moment, but you cannot throw away a 2-0 lead with four minutes to go. It’s not a fair result, we should be out of sight. But it’s our job to take responsibility and help the players through it.

“The players are devasted, as we are, that’s the overriding emotion. No-one is as devasted as we are."