Russell Martin urges Swansea City to embrace Middlesbrough challenge

11th March
First team
Russell Martin training

Russell Martin has urged his Swansea City squad to embrace the challenge of hosting in-form Middlesbrough, and reach the levels of performance that have seen them trouble some of the Championship’s big-hitters this season.

The Swans host a Boro side who have enjoyed a rapid rise up the table under the guidance of Michael Carrick.

The Teessiders sit third in the standings, having been 21st when the former Manchester United midfielder took over.

The Swans, meanwhile, are looking to turn around a difficult recent run of results, but head coach Martin believes an improved second-half showing at Luton has given the group a jolt of energy.

And Martin pointed to performances against the likes of Watford and Burnley in SA1 as being examples of what will be required from his side if they are to dent Middlesbrough’s promotion aspirations.

Russell Martin Rotherham

“Michael (Carrick) has done a brilliant job. he's inherited a really good squad, they've really taken to what he wants,” said Martin.

“We've really enjoyed watching them and analysing them. They are a very good side and they're the form team in the league at the moment.

“They are on a brilliant run, It's a good challenge for us, a good game for us. It will be tough with how they play, but I really think we're capable of giving them a game and I am excited about it.

“They have used their financial power, and I am sure it has helped, but Michael has really ingrained in them what he wants. The style of play they have is very clear, and it suits the players they have got.

“So, it’s a great test for us, and I hope we can match the levels we showed against the likes of Watford, Burnley and West Brom.”