Russell Martin seeks intensity and desire

13th February 2022
First team
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Russell Martin says his Swansea City side will need to show intensity and a desire to work for each other if they are to complete a rare league double over Bristol City.

The Swans beat the Robins 1-0 back in the reverse fixture in August, with Joel Piroe netting the winner at Ashton Gate.

If they can repeat that outcome and take three points on Sunday it will be the first time since 1958 that the Swans will have won home and away league fixtures in the same season against their rivals.

Bristol City enter the game on the back of a 2-1 win over Reading in midweek, while forward Antoine Semenyo’s form saw him named Championship player of the month for January.

So head coach Martin knows a tough test lies in wait, but is confident in his side’s abilities to shown their own capabilities.

"I watched Bristol City on Wednesday night, a team that have found a way of working that suits them and makes them a real threat at the top end of the pitch,” he said.

"Behind that, they have people who are willing to work very hard and we know we will have to bring a real intensity and work ethic to the game.

“It’ll be a brilliant atmosphere. I hope we can replicate the same atmosphere we had, especially from the second half against Blackburn.

"Tuesday night against Stoke is the only game where I think we didn’t play well. We have to make sure we put in a performance on Sunday, and if we do I'm sure it’ll help us get what we want."