Russell Martin | There's more to do, but we have made progress

10th August 2021
First team
Reading away Russ Martin

Swansea City head coach Russell Martin felt his side had taken another step in their progression with their display in the 3-0 Carabao Cup win at Reading.

Goals from Joel Latibeaudiere, Ben Cabango and debutant Joel Piroe saw the Swans book their place in the second round of the competition, and give Martin the first win of his tenure.

The visitors were always in control against a callow Reading side, and there was no doubting the increased confidence and assurance in their movement of the ball on a night where the margin of victory could have been greater.

While Martin knows there are greater challenges ahead, he was again pleased with a lot of what he saw from his players.

"I was really pleased with so much of the stuff we saw tonight," he said.

"It felt like it was progress from Saturday (at Blackburn). I said to the guys that no game of football is easy, despite the youth of their team.

“Ours wasn't exactly very experienced or very old, either. But the players made it easy for themselves in the way they approached the game.

Reading away Joel Latibeaudiere goal

“We had the intensity to react when we lost the ball, the aggressiveness when we went to press; so there's so much to be pleased with, but so much to still work on.

"We're really early on with what we want to do and what we want to be.

“But I'm very grateful for the players and their willingness to try and do what we're asking them to do.

“You look at our squad and Joel Latibeaudiere is a young guy, Ben Cabango is a young guy, Steven Benda is a young guy and they do not have masses of experience, but they are letting us infiltrate their minds with the way we want to play.

“At times tonight it was incredible, and at times it definitely needed improvement.

“But, on the whole, we're really pleased.”