Swansea City manager Russell Martin is confident that his methods will deliver impressive results as the Welsh side bid for their first home win of the season against Millwall tomorrow night.
The Swans have yet to net at home in the Championship and are the joint lowest scorers in the division with four goals. On Saturday they drew 0-0 with Hull City at the Swansea.com Stadium.
“We’ve had two clean sheets at home against two opposition who set up differently,” said Martin. “We have more passes in the final third than anyone in the league, so we’re getting there a lot – it’s just unlocking the door and making sure we create.
“We used to get labelled a little bit as fairly slow at our previous club [Milton Keynes] – it’s completely false. We had more touches in the box than anyone else in the country, apart from Norwich and Manchester City.
“We’re in the final third a lot [at Swansea], now the next step is taking more risks in the final third and not worrying about losing it. We lived through this before [at MK] – we know the pain you have to get through to get to where you want to get to.
“We didn’t win the league last year. We were brought in [at Swansea] because someone looked at the vision of the team and the statistical data we had at our previous team and thought ‘with Championship players and the guys we have this could be really great’. The process can be painful but we have to be so uncompromising and staunch in our beliefs with that…and we are.”
Asked about wanting that first league win on their own patch, Martin said: “Just for the players. Selfishly I want to experience it. It was nice in the cup, but it’s not the same without the size of crowd there.
“They [Millwall] are a team with a real clear identity and a manager who knows this league inside out – a really experienced and really good manager. They are going to come here and work extremely hard to try and make it really difficult for us. They have a very aggressive mentality and they are very strong from set-pieces – very big and powerful.
“It is going to be another test but, if you look, every single week in the Championship you’re coming up against really experienced teams, really strong teams and really powerful teams.”
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