Russell Martin | We know what it would mean to our fans if we create history

28th March 2022
First team
Russell Martin

Russell Martin says he and his Swansea City players are desperate to put smiles on faces and create south Wales derby history on Saturday.

The Swans travel to face Cardiff City having won the reverse fixture 3-0 earlier in the season, thanks to goals from Jamie Paterson, Joel Piroe and Jake Bidwell.

It means they are in position to complete the first league double in the 110-year history of the derby; with the clubs having been in the same division on 33 occasions during that period.

Head coach Martin relished his first experience of the fixture back in October, and is excited about the opportunity the Swans have when they head to Cardiff City Stadium.

“We want to put smiles on the faces of our fans, we know what the game means and what it means to win the derby,” said Martin.

Jamie Paterson

“We know the scale of the game, we know we have a chance to make a lot of people very happy.

“We have to put that into emotional context for the boys over the coming days because they need to be aware of what it is going to take to go there and try and win because there is a good reason why no-one has been able to do the double before.

“It’s an incredible stat and I was amazed by it when I found out.

“We have the opportunity to do it, we have won the first game which means we can go there with less pressure than maybe they go into the game with.

“We’ll see what happens.”