Swans boss Martin delighted by impact from bench

29th October 2022
First team
Olivier Ntcham Bristol City goal

Russell Martin hailed the impact of Olivier Ntcham and his fellow substitutes in helping Swansea City come from behind to claim a point at Bristol City.

The Swans had trailed to Tommy Conway’s first-half strike with less than quarter of an hour remaining at Ashton Gate.

Head coach Martin used all five of his available subs and Ntcham, who was among that number, was the man to find the net via a superb volley which took a small deflected on its way into the bottom corner.

It was the Cameroon international’s fourth goal of the season, putting him level with Joel Piroe at the top of the charts for the Swans.

And Martin was delighted with the impact he got from the bench.

“It is Olivier’s goal and I don’t think we would allow anyone to take it off him,” said Martin when asked if the strike had taken a deflection.

“It looked pretty clean to me before it flew in, and I am pleased for Olivier.

“Whenever you have a player out of the team, you want them to react in a positive way.

“You want them to train brilliantly, which he does, and react by performing on the pitch and impacting the game.

Bristol City away Olivier Ntcham

“He's done that every time he's come on. He'll be desperate to get into the team and stay in the team at some point.

“He respects that the guys in front of him, Luke [Cundle] and Ollie [Cooper], have been brilliant. It's great to have players really knocking at the door.

"I thought all of the subs impacted the game in some way. Ryan Manning helped us, Kyle Naughton to help us on the ball in that last phase.

"Armstrong [Oko-Flex] had a really good impact, really positive and really direct and then for Pato [Jamie Paterson] to get back on the pitch is brilliant for us."