Russell Martin | We showed great belief to win, but we put ourselves in a tough spot

16th March 2022
First team
Peterborough away Russell Martin

Russell Martin praised the character and conviction of his Swansea City side as they came from behind to beat Peterborough, but urged them to learn the lessons of the period where they relinquished control of a contest they had been dominating.

When Michael Obafemi opened the scoring just before half-time at the Weston Homes Stadium, it was just reward for a display of real control from the visitors.

But they were unable to kick on following the restart and sloppy play allowed Sammie Szmodics and Jack Marriott to fire Posh ahead.

However, Swansea regrouped and levelled through Obafemi’s second of the night, before Joel Piroe applied the finishing touch in stoppage time to seal a 3-2 victory for Martin’s side.

And, while the head coach was pleased with how his side responded in adversity, he was not pleased they had managed to get themselves into a position where they were trailing.

“We were really controlled and really dominant, and we created a lot more than we did on Saturday (at Blackpool), which was really pleasing,” said Martin.

“Then for 15 or 20 minutes we totally lost control of the game, we started the second half so poorly, and I am still frustrated about it. In a way it has tainted how I feel about the win and about the points.

Peterborough away Joel Piroe

“The game should never have got to the point it did, but the fact we still went on and won is testament to the players and the work they put in before that period.

“They also showed the courage and mentality to wrestle back control of the game, to be brave and get back to being the team we want to go.

“For that 15 minutes or so, it was messy. We lacked composure and it was so different from the first half.

“We need to look at that and learn from that. They were more aggressive in the second half, but we have to deal better with that.

“I am proud we wrestled our way back into the game and won it, because that shows belief, that shows conviction.

“I am still frustrated about that poor spell we had, but the overriding feeling is that I am proud of the players for responding as they did, and I am pleased for the fans who were incredible again tonight.

“We have three points, we move on. We deserved it, but we have to learn from that spell.”