Swans boss Martin hails character of Hannes Wolf

28th February
First team
West Brom away Hannes Wolf

Russell Martin was full of praise for Hannes Wolf after the Austrian delivered an outstanding performance at the end of a difficult week to help Swansea City to victory at West Brom.

Wolf was lively throughout at The Hawthorns, with he and Jamie Paterson dovetailing to great effect down the Swansea left.

He was denied a goal by a couple of defensive blocks, but he got an assist when another surge saw him lay the ball back for Cyrus Christie to score the second in a 2-0 victory.

The game came just a matter of days after the Austrian’s young Borussia Monchengladbach team-mate Jordi Bongard had been killed in a car accident.

Head coach Martin admitted the tragic news had affected the Swans loan signing, and hailed the manner of his performance in difficult circumstances.

"Hannes has had a really tough week. He's lost a team-mate in Mönchengladbach,” said Swans boss Martin.

West Brom away Cyrus Christie celebration

"I asked him if he was okay to play. It's been really tough for him.

“I had that when I was 21 at Wycombe. We've had a few chats and the guys have got around him incredibly well.

"For him to produce that performance tonight takes a hell of a lot of character. He was fantastic, he was a machine in the second-half.

"He's getting better and better in a different role to the one we probably envisaged him playing in. I'm really proud of him as I am of the rest of the players."