Russell Martin | It's another tough test, but we'll be ready

17th August 2021
First team
Russell Martin Sheffield United

Russell Martin is confident his Swansea City squad will be ready for another tough challenge when they host Stoke City this evening (7.45pm).

It has been a whirlwind start to Martin’s tenure as head coach at the Stadium, with the Championship clash with the Potters his fourth game in just 17 days at the helm, and another three fixtures to follow in short order before the September international break.

Nevertheless, there have already been promising signs already as the 35-year-old looks to implement his style of play.

There have been positive aspects to all three performances so far, including the weekend draw with Sheffield United as the Swans went toe-to-toe with a side many are backing to be promotion contenders.

It does not get any easier against a Potters side also among those fancied to be in the hunt for the top six and beyond.

Martin in the dugout SWASHE

But Martin is confident his players have the attitude and application to front up again.

"Stoke have added to their squad a lot. They have a lot of strength, depth, players who know the league and an excellent manager," he said.

"They're very well organised. We've watched some of them already from last week's game. It'll be another tough game. We've got a tough start to the season, there's no doubt about it.

"Hopefully, if we can approach it in the same way as we did against Sheffield United, and add again and improve like I feel we have over the three games, then hopefully we'll be feeling positive about it after.

"The squad is a little bit thin with injuries and stuff. We're hoping to get them back in time, so we have to recover really well and make sure we're ready for another tough one on Tuesday."