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Russell Martin | QPR will present a different challenge

25th January 2022
First team

Russell Martin is predicting a different challenge for his Swansea City side this evening as they take on high-flying Queens Park Rangers (7.45pm).

The Swans travel to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on the back of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Preston – their first victory in five league games.

A stunning second-half strike from Ryan Manning saw Martin’s side take all three points in SA1, with attention now turning to two away games in the space of five days against QPR and Hull City.

Mark Warburton’s side are enjoying a fine run of form, winning seven of their last nine in the Championship to lift themselves to fourth in the table.

Swansea’s victory over Preston saw them move on to 31 points ahead of tonight’s rearranged fixture, with the games set to come thick and fast over the coming weeks.

And Swans boss Martin is predicting a tough test against the R’s this evening.

“They are a team that I really like, and they have a manager with great experience and play in a good style,” he said.

“They’ve had a lot of time together so they're really well drilled. They started the season well and they have just carried that on and built a lot of momentum.

“They have some really dangerous players, especially at the top end of the pitch so it will be a tough game, but one we can really look forward to after Saturday.

“We are going there excited and to see if we can bring the game we want on to the pitch. I think it will be a different challenge to the ones we’ve had in the last couple of weeks, but it’s one to look forward to and be excited about.”

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The Swans go in search of a fourth away win of the campaign this evening, with the last three points on their travels coming against Barnsley on November 24.

That 2-0 win was the last clean sheet prior to Saturday’s shutout against Preston at the Stadium, and Martin has been delighted with his team’s application on the road as well as seeking to see more progress from his side.

“We deserved (a win) one at Huddersfield, especially with our performance in the second half,” he said.

“But we’ve shown we can go away from home and be the team we want to be on numerous occasions this season.

“Somehow we didn’t win at Derby but I thought we were fantastic, at Barnsley we were great and for 70 minutes against Huddersfield we were really, really good.

“We have to make sure we go there and firstly, put in a performance that deserves a result and make sure we improve again from Saturday.”