Russell Martin | There can be no complacency, we need all our energy and intensity

8th October 2022
First team
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Head coach Russell Martin says his Swansea City side must guard against complacency and be ready to maintain their levels of energy and intensity against Sunderland this afternoon (3pm).

The Swans are one of the form teams of the Championship having gained four victories in their last five games, including two impressive hard-fought victories away at West Bromwich Albion and Watford.

A tally of 13 points from the last 18 on offer has seen Martin’s men into sixth place in the Championship table.

Similar to the Swans, the Black Cats are in the upper reaches of the table as they enjoy their return to the second tier after play-off success last term.

Despite a run of three successive draws, it has been an impressive start for Tony Mowbray’s men.

And Martin expects the visitors to be ready to take the game to his side, and knows the Swans squad will need another big effort at the end of a tough week.

“The easiest trap to fall into after the last two games for us is that we go in thinking we are going to win,” he said.

“When you achieve what they did [promotion from League One], it builds a certain spirit, they’ve got that in abundance.

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“Tony [Mowbray] has gone in there as manager, and he’s obviously tweaked a few bits, but they still play with the same intensity and energy.

“We’ve watched quite a bit of them, and I’ve really liked what I have seen. They have lots of really good footballers.

“One guy I’ve played with is Alex Pritchard. On his day he can be a really top performer, and Sunderland as a team have a good togetherness.

“I think the best thing about them is they’ve kept the momentum they had from League One and they’ve come into the Championship with no fear at all, which is really refreshing to see.

“So we are going to need the energy and intensity we showed in our recent games, and hopefully with plenty of people through the door the players can feed off what I am sure will be a brilliant atmosphere.”