Russell Martin | We were missing a bit of energy and intensity, we're frustrated

15th April 2022
First team
Russell Martin Barnsley

Russell Martin felt his side had lacked energy and intensity, but was still pleased at how Swansea City fought back from a goal down to earn a point against Barnsley.

The head coach saw his side trail to a Claudio Gomes goal, but substitute Olivier Ntcham’s stunning strike drew the Swans level.

In a frantic final 20 minutes, the hosts pressed for a winner, with Joel Piroe, Hannes Wolf and Ntcham all forcing fine saves from Jack Walton in the Barnsley goal.

The Swans also had penalty appeals waved away as Obafemi had a close-range effort blocked by what looked to be a Tykes’ hand.

Martin’s side extended their unbeaten run to six games, but he admitted was frustrated they did not take all three points.

“I think the performance lacked the energy and intensity of the last three games,” he said.

“It's a really poor goal we concede, but when you go 1-0 down and get yourself back in it and make sure you don't lose, the mentality was good there. 

“I think we'll learn a lot from today, especially ahead of next season.

“It was a different pressure on the guys. I don't like using that word, but there was an expectancy from us with the form we've been in to beat a team near the bottom of the table, but it never happens like that.

Russell Martin Barnsley

“Every game in this league is really difficult, and it'll be a really good learning tool for us.

“It's really frustrating that we've dropped two points. We had some great chances at the end. We lacked a bit of composure and calmness.

“We got caught up in the frenzy of the game which it had turned into at that point.

“When we scored it was in the balance. It was really open, which doesn't really suit us, but we had to attack the game.

“After that I thought they were really tired with the amount of work we put into them with the ball. I thought we'd be strong enough to score, but we couldn’t quite manage it.

“The ref was really good today, but we should have had a penalty at the end with the handball.

“It's frustrating. I'm sure everyone feels frustrated, but we will use it to learn and improve, and we're still unbeaten in six games.”