Vital Football

Latest Swansea City News

Martinez Looking to The League

Martinez Looking to The League

Roberto Martinez has admitted that this season's top priority is the league, but says that will not stop his side going all out to beat Portsmouth.

The Swans travel to the home of the cup holders on the back of a ten game unbeaten run in the Championship, and Martinez has insisted that this is where the club's priorities lie.

However, the Spaniard is looking forward to seeing his team challenged in a top flight environment.

El Gaffer told the Evening Post:

'If we want to progress as a football club, the league has to be our priority,' Martinez said.

'To me it's like going to a five-star hotel for a night or buying a mansion.'

'If you are successful in the league, you are buying yourself a mansion. If you have a good cup run, that's just like staying for one night in the nice hotel.'

'That's why the Championship is my priority — but that doesn't mean we don't want to do well in the FA Cup.'

'We are through to the fourth round, we are going into a Premier League environment to face the holders and we have the full backing of our fans.'

'We recognise all that and we are taking this game very seriously.'

'We have to be very wary because Portsmouth are a very good side, but we still hope to find a way of being ourselves.'

'It's a glamorous tie for us and, if we can go and be competitive, a lot of positives will come out of it whatever the result.'

'Our fans have been fantastic this season.
'They have been one of our biggest strengths — and we hope to give them something back tomorrow if we can.'


Martinez has been known for changing his side for cup games, and it is likely there will be some changes in the starting line- up tomorrow.

However, it is highly unlikely to be the wholesale changes that we saw earlier in the season in the Carling Cup and in the Third Round against Histon.






Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Andy Morgan
Date:Friday January 23 2009
Time: 6:27PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Swansea City Articles

Match Analysis: Swansea City 1-3 Manchester City

Detailed tactical match analysis of Swansea City's 3-1 home defeat against Premier League leaders Manchester City

Some Thoughts After The Defeat To Man City

Some observations after yet another League defeat, but the signs were more encouraging after a much needed improved performance

Rate The Players: Swansea City 1-3 Manchester City

Rate the players' performances in the 3-1 home defeat against Manchester City

Guidolin: 'Today I Saw My Team Grow Up'

Guidolin was pleased with his side's improved performance in the 3-1 defeat against League leaders Manchester City

Archived Vital Swansea City Articles

Vital Swansea City articles from

Site Journalists

VitalSwansea
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Vote for your man of the match vs Manchester City
Suggested By:
Fabianski3%
Rangel3%
van der Hoorn55%
Amat0%
Naughton3%
Britton24%
Cork0%
Fer3%
Sigurdsson3%
Routledge0%
Llorente6%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 6 6 0 0 18 13
2 Spurs 6 4 2 0 14 7
3 Arsenal 6 4 1 1 13 8
4 Liverpool 6 4 1 1 13 7
5 Everton 6 4 1 1 13 6
6 Man Utd 6 4 0 2 12 5
7 Crystal Palace 6 3 1 2 10 3
8 Chelsea 6 3 1 2 10 1
9 Southampton 6 2 2 2 8 1
10 WBA 6 2 2 2 8 1
11 Watford 6 2 1 3 7 -1
12 Leicester City 6 2 1 3 7 -3
13 Burnley 6 2 1 3 7 -3
14 Hull City 6 2 1 3 7 -5
15 AFC Bournemouth 6 2 1 3 7 -5
16 Middlesbrough 6 1 2 3 5 -3
17 Swansea 6 1 1 4 4 -5
18 West Ham 6 1 0 5 3 -9
19 Stoke 6 0 2 4 2 -11
20 Sunderland 6 0 1 5 1 -7
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Swansea City Results (view all)

Swansea City Fixtures (view all)

Oct 1 2016 12:30PM : Liverpool (H)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 15 2016 3:00PM : Arsenal (a)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League
Oct 31 2016 8:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 6 2016 3:00PM : Manchester United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Everton (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.forest fan9
2.Dennis Downing7
3.KevinE5
4.yugo231
5.Woody1
6.Phil W1