Russell Martin | It was great to get the win, but there is plenty more to come

20th August 2021
First team
Russell Martin Bristol City

Head coach Russell Martin was delighted to see his Swansea City side secure victory at Bristol City, but has vowed there is plenty more to come.

Joel Piroe’s third goal of the season saw the Swans claim a first Championship win of the 2021-22 campaign, and taste victory at Ashton Gate for just the second time in 28 years.

In an entertaining content, Piroe had chances to add to his tally, while Jamie Paterson and Matt Grimes were unable to convert other opportunities in a 1-0 success.

Steven Benda made a handful of important saves, while Ryan Manning and Brandon Cooper again excelled in defence.

But, while happy with the three points, Martin knows there is still much work to be done in these early stages of his tenure.

"Being brutally honest, I didn't like some of it, I think it's the worst we've been with the ball," he said when asked for his assessment of the performance.

Russell Martin Bristol City

"We turned it over too much, we didn't take enough care of it. We were anxious. There was a lot of tension.

"I understand that. We've got a lot of tired players, we're on the TV and people are desperate to get that win.

"Listen, we're going to improve in that. I think that'll shed a lot of the tension and anxiety we had tonight.

"On the other hand of it, I thought we battled so well, they stayed together and we had the better opportunities on the counter attack.

"In the second half especially, I don't think they threatened our goal too many times because the guys defended diligently.

“They worked really hard, they had a real mentality of protecting what we had but I would have liked us to enjoy the ball a little bit more.

"But I understand it. I said to the guys 'we are going to get better'.

"Tonight will be brilliant for them and the supporters. But we are going to get better, and hopefully, the next time we're in front it won't be quite as tense as that was."