Russell Martin | The players showed real belief and are getting the rewards

5th October 2022
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Russell Martin Watford

Swansea City head coach Russell Martin praised the belief of his players and feels they are now getting their rewards after making it three wins in a row thanks to a 2-1 triumph at Watford.

The Swans backed up their victory over West Brom at the weekend with another come-from-behind success at Vicarage Road.

Having trailed to a Ismaila Sarr goal at the break, despite showing real control and fluency on the ball, the visitors hit back through Olivier Ntcham’s deflected strike.

A lengthy delay due to a communications system failure between the match officials ensured there were 17 minutes of stoppage time.

But the Swans held their nerve and struck the decisive blow when Ben Cabango headed home Ryan Manning’s free-kick.

Swansea have now taken 13 points from the last 18 on offer, and this result saw them climb to sixth in the Championship table.

And Martin heaped praise on his players for how they have responded after a frustrating start to the campaign.

"I'm just so proud of the players for winning the game and showing character to come from behind," said Martin.

"I loved so much about the performance tonight, especially the courage to play. I don't think Steven [Benda] touched the ball until 27 minutes. They were outstanding, the players, so I felt really disappointed that we went 1-0 down.

"The way they bounced back, with the courage and intensity they showed for each other even in some scary moments.

“But when we are asking them to play and to be brave there will be moments like that and we have to accept that.

“There were a couple of big moments from Steven and a couple of brilliant chances for us as well. But to come here and have more shots and to play the way they did after such a big effort on the weekend, I'm so grateful first and foremost, and so proud.

"The fans certainly played their part, they were incredible. This run of results now is the reward for the belief they've carried on showing when we were having a sticky moment and the hard work they put in when we had a tough start to the season."

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