Russell Martin | We're moving in the right direction

15th September 2021
First team
Preston away Russell Martin clap

Russell Martin has called on his players to keep building and enjoying their performances as Swansea City face their second home game in four days.

Following a 0-0 draw with Hull City at the weekend, the Swans are back in action in SA1 tonight when they host Millwall (7.45pm).

Despite being denied victory against the Tigers, Martin was hugely impressed by his team’s performance in which they dominated possession and struck the woodwork. He was also encouraged by the way his players have taken to his instructions on how he wants them to play.

Now, he says, the last piece of the jigsaw is finding the end product in the final third as they target a first home league win of the campaign.

Ethan Laird

“We were frustrated not to have won last weekend, but the players showed they are moving in the right direction,” said the Swans boss.

“The guys showed they are enjoying it. We watched the game back on Monday, and they saw the connections being made on the pitch.

“To win at home in the league is important for the players. I want to experience it too. We’ve won at home in the cup, but now we need to do it in the league.

“The quicker we get that first home win in the league the better as it gives everyone more belief.

“We need to find the missing piece we didn’t have on Saturday, but that will come.”

Jamie Paterson

The Swans face a Millwall side that sits a point above them in the early standings.

The Lions picked up a useful point at West Brom last time out, and are unbeaten in their last three games in all competitions.

And Martin expects Gary Rowett’s side to offer another tough test of their credentials.

“They have a clear identity and have a good manager,” added the Swans boss. “They’ll come here and work extremely hard to make it difficult for us.

“They have an aggressive mentality and are strong at set-pieces.

“Every singly week in the Championship you come up against powerful, strong teams.

“But we are at home and we have to build a really good performance from last Saturday. We have to back that up.”