Russell Martin | We should have had at least a point from the game

18th February
First team
Russell Martin

Russell Martin felt his Swansea City side should have been leaving Ewood Park with at least a point after they suffered more late heartbreak against Blackburn Rovers.

The Swans had much the better of the opening half in Lancashire, with Joel Piroe, Ben Cabango, Harry Darling and Jay Fulton all unable to convert good chances.

The contest was more even after the break, with Andy Fisher making a good stop to deny Ben Brereton Diaz and Ryan Manning clearing a Tyrhys Dolan effort off the line.

But the game looked to be heading for a goalless draw until one defensive lapse saw Dom Hyam’s cross flick through to Daniel Ayala, who bundled in a header at the far post in the final minute of the 90.

And head coach Martin was disappointed to see his young squad come away with nothing for their efforts.

“We should not lose the game, we should be coming away from here with at least a draw,” he said.

"We have some really good chances in the first half, I don't think they had anything of note, but we don't score the first goal again and it keeps the game hanging in the balance.

"In the second half they changed formation and it helped them a little bit. But we didn't show anywhere near enough intensity with the ball.

"The intensity without the ball today was great, even the way we defended, we limited them to very little. The amount of times we regained the ball, the team pressed really well and were really aggressive.

"But we should make the most of it, some of the opportunities we gave ourselves from that position, I don't know how we don't have more shots or a goal, because I think if it's their team with the front three they have, it's probably a different story.

"They score a goal from second phase from a set-piece, it's happened far too much. To lose it is madness really.

“Maybe we would have taken the point and not been happy with what we had, but to lose the game is madness really.

“it's inexcusable, frustrating and really disappointing.”