Russell Martin | We were not good enough in either box

20th August 2022
First team
Russell Martin shouts instructions to Swans players

Russell Martin admitted his Swansea City side had not been good enough in either box following the 2-0 defeat against Luton Town at the Stadium.

The Swans fell behind when Allan Campbell fired home from a half-cleared set-piece, before Carlton Morris struck to finish a Luton counter-attack after the break.

Swansea’s two clearest chances fell to Joel Piroe, but they could only get two of their 14 attempts on goal to hit the target.

And head coach Martin acknowledged the Swans had not shown the aggression or clinical edge required at either end of the pitch, and felt the relinquishing of a lead late on in midweek against Millwall had been a factor.

“We let the two minutes of madness at the end of the game on Tuesday impact the game today,” said the Swans boss.

“In the two boxes today, and in our box for two minutes on Tuesday, we have not been convincing enough.

“We have not shown aggression, and we have paid for it on the second phase from a set-piece again.

“Then the second goal is a counter-attack where we have been on top, it was wave after wave of attack.

“We let Cameron Jerome win the ball to take them up the pitch and we leave Ben Cabango one on one with Carlton Morris. It is those moments.

“I would be worried if the players were not performing, but between both boxes they are doing some unbelievable stuff. We are one Michael Obafemi tap-in at Rotherham and seeing out the final two minutes on Tuesday away from being fourth in the table.

“It is that close to being a successful start to the season, but we are not there because of the moments I have talked about.

“I understand the frustration and anxiety, but we have a very young group of players who will get better and are trying to learn and get through those moments.

“Some people might see it differently, it is frustrating but we have no option other than to learn and grow as quickly as possible.”