Russell Martin | We have to take our chances when on top in games

1st February 2022
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Luton Town home Russell Martin

Russell Martin felt Swansea City paid the price for not scoring when on top as missed chances proved costly in a 1-0 defeat to Luton Town.

Harry Cornick’s 72nd minute goal gave the visitors the three points at the Stadium, but the hosts had their chances to take a positive result from the contest.

Michael Obafemi and Joel Piroe were denied from close range, Hannes Wolf was unable to convert and Ben Cabango was denied by the woodwork.

And the head coach believes a lack of a clinical edge in the final third is costing his side at the moment.

“I felt we had three huge chances and we didn’t score, they created the one big chance towards the end and took it,” he said.

Michael Obafemi

“Apart from that they had a couple of bits in the first half from set-pieces, a few balls flashing across goal but they did not cause us much harm, although they are a really good team who are well organised and you can see why they are doing so well.

“But we have to score when we are on top, how many times have I said that? It’s that little bit of quality in the final third.

“Michael has a brilliant chance, Hannes has a brilliant chance and in another game or two that might have been another outcome as I thought he was great tonight, and Michael did well too.

“Ben Cabango hits the post from five yards out and Ryan Bennett missed the follow-up, and it means we are really disappointed.

Ben Cabango Luton

“I did not see many problems with the performance in general, they made it hard for us when we did not beat the press.

“The lads are giving us everything they have got, that is all you can ask. We limited them to very little, we had a lot of the ball but we have got to make more of it.

“Unfortunately at the moment, it is not quite clicking in the final third and we concede such a poor goal. You cannot concede a goal like that.”