Russell Martin | It is frustrating, we didn't make enough of our chances in the final third

17th January 2023
First team

Head coach Russell Martin was left frustrated his Swansea City side had not made more of their opportunities in the FA Cup third-round replay defeat to Bristol City.

The Swans bowed out of this season’s competition after a 2-1 extra-time loss to the Robins at the Swansea.com Stadium.

After a goalless first half, the visitors broke the deadlock on 62 minutes as Mark Sykes broke clear to slot home the opening goal.

However, the Swans fought back and deservedly levelled when substitute Ollie Cooper turned the ball home from six yards out within a minute of coming off the bench.

Martin’s side pressed for a winner in normal time but Bristol City held firm, with Nigel Pearson’s side going on to seal their place in round four in the second half of extra-time as Sam Bell raced clear of the Swans defence to fire past Andy Fisher.

Martin felt there had been so many positives in how his much-changed side performed - having made seven alterations from the weekend win at Sunderland - but admitted they had not made enough of the positive positions they got in to.

“I’m frustrated and disappointed,” said the Swans boss.

“We were so dominant just before they scored their first goal, so on top, but it’s probably the same problem we’ve probably had a lot really where we don’t show enough in the final third for what we have.

“The goals we concede are from losing the ball twice in the middle of the pitch, which shouldn’t happen.

“It probably sums up where we are as a squad really – we just need a bit more in that final third. We just didn’t have enough to show for our dominance and that’s the most frustrating thing.

“We were in their box so many more times than they were in ours, we were in the final third so many more times, and there was a big difference between the two teams.

“They have set up well, they have come for a counter-attack and got two (goals). We’ve given them two opportunities and it’s really frustrating.

“We have to work so hard to score our goals and break teams down, dominate the ball, move the ball and we give them two poor goals.

“I’m proud of the players, they gave everything. The performance wasn’t a bad one at all.

“We managed the squad, a few people were really nursing knocks and niggles from the weekend and a few people needed an opportunity after not playing for a while, and I thought those guys did great, so in terms of that it was good.

“When we look at it like that, with some of the players who haven’t played for a long while, and some really young players on the pitch, there’s loads of positives to take, it’s just disappointing to lose.”

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