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Russell Martin | We will try and impose our own game

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Russell Martin insists his Swansea City side will be looking to impose their own game when they face Hull City this afternoon (3pm).

The Swans travel to the MKM Stadium in search of a first away league win since November, but have already produced some impressive performances so far in 2022.

Martin’s side saw their festive fixture schedule disrupted with postponements and a bout of Covid-19 within the squad, with the players not playing a league game for five weeks until the trip to Huddersfield a fortnight ago.

The Swans turned in a hugely impressive performance that day in a 1-1 draw before following it up with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Preston last weekend.

A goalless draw away at QPR followed in midweek as Swansea made it five points from a possible nine as they prepare to face a Hull side who have hit some form of their own.

They are really capable, they have some really good players, they’re really athletic and organised,” said Martin.

“They’re hard to break down, they’re a real threat at the top of the pitch, they have real energy, and they have a physical presence.

“The players will be aware of that , but we can only focus on ourselves and we’ll try to impose our own game on them.”

Shota Arveladze

Hull City will welcome a new manager into the home dugout this afternoon following the recent takeover of the club.

Following the departure of Grant McCann, the Tigers turned to former Rangers striker Shota Arveladze as their new boss.

Despite three straight defeats at the start of the year, Hull have responded well and secured back-to-back wins over promotion-chasing Blackburn and Bournemouth in recent weeks, keeping two clean sheets in the process.

And Martin is fully aware of the threat that the home side will pose, especially under the guidance of a new manager.

“It’s similar to the Barnsley situation, we went there and they had just changed their manager,” he said. “We didn’t know what to expect with how different they were going to be.

“We watched some games from his previous teams, so we’ve been looking to see what we can do. I really feel for Grant, I think he did a great job there.

“It’s a game I’m looking forward to after the last three games.”

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