Russell Martin | We showed our character again

21st January 2023
First team

Russell Martin praised the character of his Swansea City side after they once again came from behind to draw 1-1 at Queens Park Rangers.

After a bright opening from the Swans, the hosts had taken the lead through Jamal Lowe and had the better of the remainder of the opening half.

The visitors survived a couple of scares early in the second period, but grew into the game with the likes of Luke Cundle and Olivier Ntcham offering energy from the bench.

And they got their reward when Jay Fulton finished off a slick attack involving Cundle and Ryan Manning to make it 15 points secured from losing positions this term.

"I think we've had two tough away games, we have got four points from them, and in between that we've had to go 120 minutes," said the Swans boss.

"We tried to manage it as well as we could, but I think it had a little impact today.

"We are happy with a point, of course. I thought we started the game really well, but we couldn't make enough of those opportunities.

"We concede a really poor goal, it's a disappointing goal to concede, there's too big a distance between the back four in our own box.

Russell Martin

"Even more disappointing was the mentality of the team after that. We went a bit timid, passive and slow. There was a bit too much disappointment from conceding the goal.

“But I was really pleased with the character the players showed again in the second half. We don’t want to need to come from behind, but we turned the game around and after we scored I thought there was a real chance we could go on and win it.

"The subs who came on were excellent, Luke Cundle and Olivier [Ntcham]. Andrew Fisher made a big save, albeit from our mistake.

"We haven't actually been penetrated too much by one of the best attacking forces in the league so there is that bit of frustration.

“It’s a long answer, but the short answer is I'm pleased with a lot of it and a bit frustrated by some of it.

“But four points from two tough away games is a good return.”