Russell Martin wants Swans to carry identity and intensity into Luton clash

18th September 2021
First team
Russell Martin

Russell Martin has challenged Swansea City to channel the positivity of their recent home performances into another front-foot display at Luton on Saturday.

While disappointed to take just two points from a possible six against Hull and Millwall at the Stadium, there was no denying the dominance and control the Swans had for long periods of this games.

Head coach Martin believes his side made big strides in the right direction as they continue to implement a new style of play.

And he wants them to carry that on as they come up against the Hatters and Nathan Jones; who Martin and Luke Williams know from their respective spells with Brighton.

“They will be a tough test for us, they have a clear identity and a manager who – although he had a spell away – has worked with a group of players for a long time,” he said.

“They have got better and better with every season, they have improved on what they are doing and have recruited well.

“They bring real intensity and togetherness.

Russell Martin training

“Nathan Jones is someone we have a lot of time for. Luke Williams knew him at Brighton, and I know him through various colleagues and he was a player at Brighton when I was a young lad there.

“So, he has done a brilliant job and it’s a tough place to go.

“But that’s the next test for us, we have had two home games and looked how we want to look moving forward.

“Now it’s about going away from home and bringing that identity onto the pitch and that intensity in a third game in a week.

“If we do that, I am confident we can do what we want to do but it’s down the players and their mentality.

“But, first and foremost, we have to match their spirit and aggression because they can play some good stuff off the back of that.”