Russell Martin | Winning is a habit and we want to build on recent performances

17th January 2023
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Sunderland away Russell Martin

Swansea City head coach Russell Martin wants his side to continue to their run of good performances and develop the winning habit by booking their place in round four of the FA Cup against Bristol City tonight (7.45pm).

The Swans have won two of their last three Championship games, pushing league leaders Burnley all the way in the other, and head into the contest under the Swansea.com Stadium lights on the back of a 3-1 victory at Sunderland.

After the long trip to Wearside, attention turns to the cup with the Swans and the Robins facing off again, having draw the original tie 1-1 at Ashton Gate.

The Swans boss admits an additional game is not ideal following a hectic festive period, but that makes not one iota of difference to his desire to set up a home tie against Chesterfield or West Brom in the next round.

“It is a game we want to win, I think winning is a habit and it’s a good one to get into,” he said,

“We have won two of our last three in the league and have strung together a run of good performances and the challenge will be to continue that.

“I think both teams would probably tell you it is a game they could have done without after a busy period, and we know we had an opportunity to ensure we did not need a replay given we had the lead after a dominant first half in the game at their place.

“With all the travelling we have done we will have to see how everyone recovers, but it may well be a chance for some guys to get minutes.

“Our substitutes brought some good energy at Sunderland on the weekend and those guys may get a chance to start and show us what they can do.

“The team has been performing well but every time you pull on the shirt it is an opportunity for us to learn and improve and we will be going out there to win and try and set up another home tie in the next round.”

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