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Swansea City 3 v 0 Cardiff City
SkyBet Championship
Sunday, 17th October 2021 Kick-off 12:00
Russell Martin reacts to his super Swans thumping Cardiff City
Monday, 18th Oct 2021 11:57 by David Cornish & Keith Haynes

It was a much anticipated South Wales derby that’s for sure. and Russell Martin, the swans coach with under three months in his role was delighted that his vision for his team came off in such a formidable way.

It takes a brave man, and in Martin’s case a very brave young man to stick to his ethic and strategy when some around you are starting to question your tactics. The more invested in the Martin revolution could clearly see that after eleven games things were changing, albeit slowly, they were changing. Those who said they were happy to have a season of consolidation in the championship were the first to attack Martin’s principles after five games, not many but they were there. And now after one of the greatest derby performances from any side in its history, may be its now time to take a step back and admire what the club are doing ?

One swallow doesn’t make a summer, but it’s autumn so personally I couldn’t care. What I saw yesterday from Swansea City was a machine ticking very nicely. The last fifteen of the first half got a bit pedestrian, but Cardiff City didn’t want to challenge Ben Hamer when he had the ball at his feet. The second half after a ten minute Cardiff rally was a masterclass in passing and team play. To see Matt Grimes advancing with the ball purposely and Flynn Downes mixing it with Cardiff’s rough house, one dimensional game was a pleasure to see as well. Bluebirds, they were more like Bilebirds.

Please excuse the pun, but Cardiff were never at the races.

On Jamie Paterson, Martin was extremely pleased. “He got a chant as he came into the dressing room from his team mates and staff,” said the Swans boss. “Pato’s understanding is growing, he’s playing in a different role to what he has played for most of his career I think and he’s being asked to do different things and he’s totally gone with it.

“When you’ve been playing in the Championship for as long as he has and you’re being asked to completely drop your ego and run really hard and wait until you get the ball it can be difficult, but he’s been incredible with how he’s taken it on added Martin. “He’s appreciated by us, not just on the pitch but what he brings off the pitch as well for his team mates and I think he’s really improving and that is the point of playing this way, trying to improve everyone whether they’re 33-years-old or 21 and we’re trying to do that. “You look at Kyle Naughton and Ryan Bennett and the way those guys have taken on what they’ve been doing – it’s very different to what they did last year and that’s not a criticism, they were really successful last year, but it’s completely different and the way they’ve taken it on is great and I’m proud of them for it.”

It seems that the hard work, the intensity of the training and desire to learn is rubbing off on every one. The win will bring confidence, but it was only Cardiff City, a team destined for a season of struggle with yet another manager who has no identity to his style of play, and yes, just like many who came before him. The next game is a huge test of the swans moral fibre on Wednesday night. And that’s where Martin is clearly looking now.

“Joel was back to his best today - he was tired after the last block of games. He hit the Championship wall, as I call it, which can happen with young players and especially to guys who have come in from abroad and aren’t used to that intensity. The games have been relentless, but he was fantastic today. They have a brilliant understanding of what each other wants - Pato and him. You’ve seen it repeatedly this season, it’s not a coincidence or a fluke, they’re two good players who understand and are connected with each other and it’s trying to build that connection between everyone on the pitch. I think you also saw brilliant actions today from Flynn (Downes), (Matt) Grimes and Kyle (Naughton). It’s about building relationships and that comes with time.”

And that relationship it is hoped will flourish again on what is the biggest game of the season this coming Wednesday.

May be we should leave the final words for now to man of the match Jamie Paterson. "The lads are buzzing,” said Paterson, who has four goals in his 12 appearances since joining on a free transfer following his release from Bristol City. “We have a great togetherness and belief amongst ourselves, we know what we're good at and we've stuck to that - we haven't changed at all. "We're just happy that we played our way, against a tough team. They were playing really direct and we matched that along with playing our own game."

So it’s on to Wednesday and a WBA side looking to make a quick return to the Premier League. It’s going to be a cracker we are certain. And it’s LIVE again on Sky Sports, this time it’s the main event.

The revolution is ok.

Photographs licensed from Reuters



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