Russell Martin | It's up to us to find the solutions to the challenge we will face

24th November 2021
First team
Russell Martin

Russell Martin has urged his Swansea City side to find the right response to their weekend disappointment when they face Barnsley at Oakwell tonight.

The Swans face the Tykes on the back of a 1-1 draw against Blackpool on Saturday, where a late equaliser denied them all three points at the Stadium.

Head coach Martin felt his side had lacked energy and intensity in their second-half showing against the Seasiders, and he knows there cannot be a repeat against a Barnsley side who have not made the start to the season they would have wished for.

Having faced the Swans in the play-offs last term, the Tykes currently sit 23rd in the table, only ahead of a Derby side who have been deducted 21 points.

They have just two wins to their name and will have former Sweden Under-21 coach Poya Asbaghi in charge for the first time tonight following the departure of Markus Schopp.

Martin is fully aware of how desperate the hosts will be for a result, and expects a tough assignment, but one he believes Swansea are more than capable of finding the solutions to deal with.

“It will be a difficult game, they will be desperate to impress the new manager for what will be his first game in charge,” said the Swans boss.

“So, it will be a tough test, and they have been a very tough team to play against in the last couple of seasons, especially when they have been at home.

“They have managed to do that under different managers, which shows they have a way of playing and it will be a really good test for us as we look to bounce back from the weekend.

Russell Martin and Luke Williams

“We need to respond very quickly, there will be some problems we will have to solve in playing a side who like to be very aggressive without the ball.

“We will analyse them, but we will also analyse ourselves and where we need to improve ourselves and what the important aspects will be for us if we want to get a result on Wednesday.

“We are away from home, but we know we can perform as effectively away from home as we do at home.

“You look at the Derby game; where we were outstanding and I think we would win if we played it now.

“Then we were excellent at Coventry and Bournemouth is what it is.

“We feel we should have more points on the board away from home, I don’t think it’s a problem for the guys to replicate how we play at home when we go away.

“It’s about making sure we find the solutions to the problems we will face.”