As the first international break of the 2021-2022 season finishes, Russell Martin gave his pre-match press conference ahead of the Championship game with Hull City at the swansea dot com stadium this weekend.
Hull who made an immediate return to the Championship after being relegated to League One in 2020, have made a slow start to the season, having having won just once in their opening five league fixtures – a thumping 4-1 win at Preston at the start of August.
Martin will therefore no doubt be looking to add to ensure that the Tiger’s miserable form continues, whilst boosting his own sides return of 4 points from the opening 5 games.
The referee for the game between the two sides will be Keith Stroud, who also officiated the Swans first home game of the season against Sheffield United.
Martin on the international break
“It’s been really nice to have a block of time to work with the players and get more ideas across and more clarity in what we’re doing. I’ve really enjoyed watching them train in the way they have.”
“Physically they’re in a better place than they were two weeks ago, that’s for sure.”
“We need to make sure we attack the games with real intensity and conviction in what we do.”
“We’ve had a bit of time now to settle down, my family are down now which really helps. It’s been a great period for us both on and off the pitch.”
The Swans new signings
“Michael’s going to take a bit of time to get match fit. Olivier lacks match minutes but he’s ready to go. We’ll have to manage their minutes.”
“They’ve all been really impressive and added to the dynamic in their own individual ways.”
Thoughts on Hull City
“They were really good last year, they were physical, strong and really well organised. It’s going to be a tough game, they started the season brilliantly and had a tough run after that.”
“It’ll be interesting and one I’m really looking forward to.”
Seven games in 21 days
“It’s a really important period, it’s been like a mini pre-season for us in terms of the work we have been able to put in.”
Here is the full pre-match press conference from Russell Martin:
With the swansea dot come stadium now operating at full capacity, Martin will no doubt be hoping that a large vociferous crowd can help his team and new signings get that all important 3 points come the final whistle.