Swansea manager Russell Martin has expressed his delight with his side’s performance in the 2-0 win at Barnsley.
Goals from Olivier Ntcham and Jamie Paterson in the second half secured a much-needed win for the Swans. Martin’s men are now four points behind the play-off spots. They finished a two-game run without a win at Oakwell but have only won two away games out of eight championship Games.
It was a tough test against a Barnsley side who have only won two league games so far this season.
The Welsh dominated the game the whole time but had to wait to finally break the impasse.
About the victory of his side Martin said: “I’m very happy and proud of the guys, it was a really dominant and controlled performance.
“There was a lot of single-mindedness and a lot of patience, but a real understanding of their roles, each other’s roles, and the focus and detailing.
“We had the discipline to keep structure and not get frustrated or scared, it was brilliant to see.
“I enjoyed the first half, I know it might not have been that exciting for the neutral, but I felt like we put a lot of work into her legs and took Barnsley’s energy away while the half went on and she got deeper and more got deeper.
“We had a couple of half-chances, but the message at halftime was to maintain that level of intensity, attention to detail, and focus.
“They did it brilliantly, the courage they showed – even late in the 1-0 game where it can be easy to take the easy option and play percentages – was just amazing.
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States difficult to prepare Martin
Swansea boss Russell Martin said it was difficult to figure out how Barnsley would play on Wednesday night.
The new manager of the Reds Poya Asbaghi took command for the first time. The former Swedish U-21 coach’s last club was on the Swedish side. IFK Gothenburg.
Russell said: “It was hard to know what to expect.
“We watched the coach’s Gothenburg teams and we watched their game on Saturday.
“You had good moments against Fulham, more so than tonight.
“They were really hard to break, they did a lot of work, especially from the ball, and they stuck with it and worked hard.
“We capped any scary moments by being so disciplined that they had a few moments early in the second half where they pushed up and the crowd was energized, but there weren’t many from the game.
“This allowed us to stay focused and focused, I was happy that the goal came and something opened afterwards.”
Swansea face reading at home on Saturday. As 9th they will try to close the gap to the first six places.
Martin hopes that his team can now build on the victory in Oakwell. They’ve only lost once to Liberty this season as they’re trying to turn it into a fortress.
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