Date:Monday April 28 2008
After watching Swansea City score 9 goals past his Leyton Orient side this season, their manager Martin Ling says the Swans are the true League One champions.
Thanks to the ridiculous on-going saga regarding Leeds and their 15 points, the Football League is yet to award Swansea City the trophy despite leading the table by 9 points.
Martinez's side bounced back after a recent poor run of form at home, and played Orient off the park in the first half, scoring 4 goals to give them a huge lead at the break.
Martin Ling was highly respectable of the League leaders, asking his team to clap the Swansea side as they entered the field of play.
It was a very nice gesture to say the least and he said afterwards:
|''I decided on that because I felt Swansea deserved it,''|
''They are worthy champions and I thought it was right to show our respect in that way. We don't mind praising people who deserve it and this club deserve it after the season they've had.
''I like the way Roberto and his team have gone about things and I would like us to do something similar in the future.
''But saying all that, I didn't expect the generosity to continue once the game got under way.''
|''I said I wanted some pride at half-time because at that stage we were 9-0 down to Swansea over the season,'' |
''I told the players 4-0 could have turned into 10-0 if we weren't careful and I was pleased that we won the second half.
''Two of their goals should have been disallowed - the third was three yards offside and the fourth didn't even bounce on the line, never mind over it.
''We could have done without that hindrance, but that's not to paper over the fact that the better side won.''
|"The guard of honour (by Orient players before Saturday`s game) is a huge sign of respect. It`s great to see those things in sport and it`s a fantastic compliment when you get that from people you play against."|
"People in football know who is top of this league,"
"Your fellow professionals on the pitch know which players make the difference and that is why we are so proud of having five players in the PFA team of the year.
"It`s the same from the managers` point of view. When they talk about Swansea City, there has been a lot of positive feedback and compliments.
Date:Monday April 28 2008
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