Date:Monday March 10 2008
Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez has refused to let the shock 2-1 loss over Millwall ruffle Swansea as they see a club record of 19 unbeaten leauge games slip through the net.
The leauge leaders have not been accustomed to tasting defeat this season with only two leauge losses since November. Free flowing , attack minded football has been the rule not the acception for a manager who has demanded only the best from his squad.
It came as a shock when Millwall got off to a dream start when striker Lewis Grabbam connected with Ali Fuseini's deep cross to send the ball goal ward and past Dorus De Vries.
The Liberty Stadium fell silent after the restart when Jay Simpson On loan from Arsenal Simpson took full advantage of a defensive mistake and coolly slotted the ball past De Vries much to the jubilation of the 142 travelling Lions fans.
Swansea City were given a lifeline when Fabien Brandy was clattered to the floor unceremoniously by Ali Fuseini. Jason Scotland stepped up and made no mistake to bring the South Wales side back into the game.
The message from the Spaniard was clear, there is no reason to panic ahead of the visit of Tranmere Rovers tomorrow evening.
Character has been pivotal in the Swansea team brimming with confidence and Martinez believes that facet will be vital in the promotion run in.
He told the Western Mail:
'"We`ve had this before and it`s always a test of character and how you bounce back.These things happen and the result we had on Friday doesn`t affect our form at all. The boys are obviously disappointed, but they can`t wait to get on the pitch tomorrow. That`s the mentality we need at Swansea City."
'If we had given a poor performance and got away with a win, then I would be more disappointed than I am now.2
"You are going to win and lose games over the course of the season. But, if we are going to lose, that`s the way to do it."
Tranmere Rovers are the visitors to The Liberty Stadium tomorrow evening.
Date:Monday March 10 2008
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