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It’s the weekend Russell Martin has to deliver
Friday, 24th Sep 2021 17:54 by David Cornish

I’m seeing the signs are you ? The extra shots, the braver football, the more dominance of the ball, and players not in the starting eleven being able to come in to the side and do the same, we saw that at Brighton. Yes, it’s all got clarity for me.

It must be very hard for those swans fans who desperately want premier league football back at all costs, be that financially or unethically. For me, it just isn’t like that. I wanted Russel Martin to come here, and when a poster mentioned his name in the manager melee of John Terry and Jody Morris I saw sense in the appointment. Personally, I thought getting Russell Martin and his coaching set up to Swansea City was a coup in itself. The finances were around half a million to do so, plus to carry on paying Steve Cooper. Then to support him in some excellent signings with more ability than we already had at the club was a bold move.

Olivier Ntcham proved his worth last Saturday at Luton whilst the hatters tried pathetically to clog their way to a win, the swans played some beautiful football and destroyed them in the second half. Again a team with nine changes, had they been more composed in the box did the same away at Brighton on Wednesday in the league cup. If anyone isn’t seeing progress at the club with a completely different way of playing, they are either doing it on purpose for a reaction, or don’t see the benefit in what the club is doing.

It’s blatantly obvious the football at Swansea is far better, and to say it isn’t based on the fact the results aren’t there is a bit short sighted. Okay, we all want three points every game, but we all signed up to this, buying tickets, going to games, involving ourselves in the social media, and discussions with mates. Yes, we all knew where this was going. The 400 or so hardy souls at Brighton are proof that the club has the right mentality and supporters to back Russell Martin to the hilt.

However, that said Martin too needs to recognise what he has on tap already at the club. It’s not a one way street. Morgan Whittaker and Joel Piroe are two players who should be linking up for a long run of games together, that would see rewards I'm certain.


Room has to be found for the likes of Morgan Whittaker, a superb talent

I’m personally looking forward to tomorrow’s game, it’s an opportunity to see improvement, and witness again those new ideas that are slowly coming off for Russell Martin. I’m also hopeful we see a few goals in the Huddersfield net. I say that because like many I too think it’s time to start delivering home performances that offer more than hope. Yes, it’s time for those many chances to start hitting their targets and adding to the weekly improvements, and quickly.

There is always a time in football for the talking to stop, much the same as it is for fans to do the same and support their sides. Tomorrow at home is a prime opportunity to do that. We all hope for progress and visible improvement, now we have to hope for goals and our club now has to deliver them.

Swansea City take on Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon at home, kick off is 3pm


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