Russell Martin | We showed tremendous patience

15th April
First team

Swansea City head coach Russell Martin praised the composure and patience of his side after they continue their strong run of form with a 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town.

Ryan Manning grabbed the only goal of the game via a deflected volley with just over 20 minutes remaining to reward a dominant performance against a relegation-threatened Terriers side who were prepared to sit deep and soak up pressure.

The Swans also saw Ben Cabango hit the post and Morgan Whittaker fire just wide, but in the end it would be that solitary Manning effort that would settle the contest and make it four wins and four clean sheets from the last five games for Martin’s team.

"I'm really pleased with the players. Huddersfield were excellent with what they did, and we knew they’d make it difficult, watching their previous games and the run they have been on,” said the Swans boss.

"They probably had one really good moment in the game where the guy volleys over from a throw-in. It took a lot of concentration to make sure we didn’t give them too much.

Ryan Manning celebrates against Huddersfield

“The patience we showed in the game – I think if we have a little bit more composure and calm in the first half, we could have more opportunities. But I love the fact the lads were relentless in the second half.

“It's very difficult against a team who go man-to-man and leave very little space. It becomes about how hard you work in your position and there was loads of good stuff.

“In this sort of game, if you score early, it changes the way the game looks, but we weren't able to do that.

“We said it half-time, we have to stay patient and show a bit more care with the ball, not get anxious and the lads did that and the work they put into Huddersfield meant the longer the game went on the more it was in our favour.”