Russell Martin | We should have won, it was such a dominant performance

12th November 2022
First team
Huddersfield away Russell Martin

Russell Martin was frustrated his Swansea City side did not head into the World Cup break with three points at Huddersfield, but was proud of a completely dominant display in their draw at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The head coach saw his team have 16 shots on goal, with six on target, against the Terriers, while they also had over 75 per cent of the ball.

Michael Obafemi went closest as his fierce strike was tipped onto the crossbar, while Ryan Manning, Joel Latibeaudiere, Jay Fulton and Joel Piroe all forced saves from Huddersfield keeper Lee Nicholls.

Martin was disappointed his side’s display did not end with a full three-point haul, but he was pleased with the manner of their performance away from home.

“It was a brilliant performance, we are frustrated not to win,” he said.

“They did not have a shot on target until the 92nd minute, we were so dominant, the lads were so brave be it against a low block or an aggressive press on the rare occasions they looked to do that.

“I am proud of the group, it has been a heck of a run of games stretching back to the Hull game which was at a time when things did not look so good in terms of points and the league position.

“We have drawn three games this week, we could easily have won all three, and this was the best and most dominant performance of the three.

“I am frustrated we did not win but I am proud of what the guys have given us and the way the fans supported us today.

“We have been on the bus every day this week, it’s been a lot of travelling and I love watching the guys play with that intensity and bravery at the end of a week like this. It’s incredible.

“We have young guys who will benefit from the break and the time to work, we have three guys we hope have a great time at the World Cup and we are excited to come back to work after a few days off in the coming week.

“There are areas to improve and areas we need to add in because it’s not easy to turn games into what we saw today.

“We should never take it for granted because you don’t often see games that are almost attack against defence, as it was for long spells today.

“We need to add in detail to help the players more, to recrate moments in game to help us solve problems on the pitch.

“The players are working and running so hard for us and for the fans.

“We should have won, but I can have no complaints about the performance.”

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