Russell Martin | We go to Burnley with no fear

15th October 2022
First team
Russell Martin

Swansea City head coach Russell Martin believes that with the right intensity and approach his Swans side have nothing to fear from their away fixture against Burnley this afternoon at Turf Moor. (3pm kick-off).

The Swans are full of confidence on the back of five wins in their last six matches as they make the long trip to Lancashire to face the high-flying Clarets.

Two of those five victories have come away from SA1 against tough opposition in Watford and West Bromwich Albion. The Swans' travelling support have had plenty to cheer about this campaign only witnessing one defeat on the road. A 2-1 loss at the end of August against Middlesbrough. 

Today’s opponents Burnley have been equally impressive and are on a strong run of form of 11 games unbeaten in all competitions. This run has seen the Clarets move into fourth place in the Championship table.

It’s at home where Vincent Kompany’s Clarets have been most impressive making Turf Moor a fortress this season. They are the only side in the second tier who remain unbeaten at home in the 2022-23 season.

“For me I think Burnley are one of the best teams in the division. I love the way they play; they are really similar in terms of style and approach”, explained Martin. 

“It’s obviously a change in culture for them. They have a lot of new players and a new manager. They’ve all bought into it really quickly and know what they’ve been brought to do.

“We’ve watched them and enjoyed watching them. I hope they feel the same about us. It will be a really good game of football. I think it will be a great advert for the Championship. 

“I think it’s really important that we keep the guys confident and don’t let them feel too comfortable. Make sure there’s still confidence and that the hunger doesn’t tip over into complacency. 

“That’s the biggest challenge for the group now is to keep driving on and keep wanting more. 

“We want to go to Burnley on Saturday and be the team we want to be. I think that the only thing we can control is the way that we work. The rest of it will take care of itself. It’s another tough challenge, but it’s one we’re excited about. 

“I think if the players can go there with the same courage and intensity that they’ve shown in the past two away games, against West Brom and Watford, they have nothing to fear. 

“Fear versus courage. If we show more courage than we do fear, then we have a really good chance."