Russell Martin | Let's go there and look to be the team we want to be

30th April 2022
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Russell Martin has said it will “take everything we have got” from his Swansea City side if they are to claim a notable scalp and dent Nottingham Forest’s automatic promotion hopes at the City Ground.

Liverpool are the only team in the top four divisions in better form than today’s hosts over the last 10 games. Forest have lost just five league games since mid-September and are now firmly in the hunt for automatic promotion after they closed the gap on second-placed Bournemouth in midweek.

But the Swans are in good form too and currently boast the longest unbeaten run in the division, while their away form over the last six games on their travels is also among the best in the league.

Swans head coach Martin knows his side will face a stern test in the east Midlands, but has challenged his team to round off their away fixtures with a strong performance and give the travelling fans something to cheer and a reward for their backing and patience over the season.

“We have a really tough game on Saturday against a team with so much momentum,” he said.

“I’m sure the atmosphere will be rocking because they’re really starting to believe they can reach automatic promotion so it’s a brilliant challenge for our players.

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“We’ll have to see how brave we can be, and we’ll need to be willing to run as hard as we did on Tuesday night. Our physical stats have been improving game on game throughout the season which is brilliant.

“It’s going to take everything we’ve got to go there and be the team we want to be.

“It’s our last away game, we want to repay the supporters because they’ve been outstanding away from home this season. The numbers who’ve travelled, the noise they make, the positivity even when it doesn’t quite go our way; that’s been massive for us and the players.

“Our away form, I think, is among the best in the league over the last six games so we want to go there and maintain that.

“From where we were at Sheffield United, it’s been an incredible turnaround and I think that’s down to the players, their mentality and courage.

“So, with that away form, and how it’s been, let’s try to go there and finish it off in the proper way.”