Vital Football

Latest Swansea City News

Martinez: 'Not Up To Standard'

Martinez: 'Not Up To Standard'

Swansea City boss Roberto Martinez says his side's performance today was not up to the standard we set at the start of the season.

Just over 11,000 fans were left frustrated yet again following a lackluster performance from the Swans as we drew 0-0 at home to Brighton.

Martinez said:

'The performance was not up to the standards we set early on in the season,''

'It was frustrating, disappointing and not good enough at times.

'I thought we created enough chances in the second-half to win the game, but we tended to force it too much. Perhaps the players let their hearts rule their heads because they wanted to win the game so much for the fans.

'You get strange days in football sometimes and, with the early kick-off, perhaps this was one of them.

'Swansea City are expected to win every game - and our targets have not changed - but no team in the world plays fantastically well for the entire 90 minutes.

'But I thought we finished well and hopefully we will give the fans plenty to cheer against Swindon at the Liberty on Tuesday.

'The season is a marathon and we will get better.''


Brighton boss Dean Wilkins complimented Swansea's start to the game, saying we were 'unplayable' in the first 20 minutes.

I honestly thought Brighton were the better side in the first half and forced De Vries into making some excellent saves early on.

Wilkins thought his side controlled the first half:

'I think that in the first half we had control of the game and got into some good situations,'

'What we do need to improve on is our finishing.

'Swansea got booed off at half-time, so we knew that the second half would be played at a higher tempo. And, to be fair, for the first 20 minutes Swansea were almost unplayable. Some of their movement and the quality of their play was fantastic.

'The thing that pleased me more than anything was our determination to hang on to what we had got, and I think that is where we have to come out of the game with an awful lot of credit.

'It was real heroic stuff at times in defence and the players really need to be commended about that.'


After two good performances at the start of the season against Oldham and then Nottingham Forest, the Swans are currently a long way off from matching that quality we set early on.

Whilst we outplayed those two teams, we're struggling to beat teams as of late and our quality in the last third and in the box just isn't good enough.

The fans are getting more and more frustrated each week and I'm sure today's poor display will affect Tuesday's night attendance in a negative way as we face Swindon Town.

Are you confident the Swans can improve?

CLICK HERE TO SHARE YOUR VIEWS



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

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Saturday September 29 2007
Time: 11:46PM

Comments

0
i'm glad he's finally realised!
GThomas
30/09/2007 00:24:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Swansea City Articles

Swansea City FC Walking Wounded - Injury Table

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Swansea City FC and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Tactical Match Analysis: Swansea City 2-0 Leicester City

Detailed tactical match analysis as Swansea City get another vital win under Paul Clement against fellow relegation rivals Leicester City.

Leighton James Says 'Get Sigurdsson Off Corners'

Former Swansea City winger Leighton James believes that Swansea City should add some variety to their corners

Does Possession Mean For Everything? (14/2/17)

Control of the ball or simply hit on the counter attack having soaked up pressure - it's an age old debate in football and a club's style for many is sacrosanct.

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 Leicester
Suggested By:
Fabianski3%
Naughton1%
Mawson63%
Fernandez1%
Olsson3%
Cork6%
Carroll5%
Fer9%
Dyer2%
Sigurdsson3%
Llorente1%
Routledge3%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 25 19 3 3 60 34
2 Man City 25 16 4 5 52 22
3 Spurs 25 14 8 3 50 28
4 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 50 26
5 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 49 24
6 Man Utd 25 13 9 3 48 17
7 Everton 25 11 8 6 41 13
8 WBA 25 10 7 8 37 3
9 Stoke 25 8 8 9 32 -6
10 West Ham 25 9 5 11 32 -9
11 Southampton 25 8 6 11 30 -3
12 Burnley 25 9 3 13 30 -9
13 Watford 25 8 6 11 30 -13
14 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 5 13 26 -14
15 Swansea 25 7 3 15 24 -23
16 Middlesbrough 25 4 10 11 22 -8
17 Leicester City 25 5 6 14 21 -19
18 Hull City 25 5 5 15 20 -27
19 Crystal Palace 25 5 4 16 19 -14
20 Sunderland 25 5 4 16 19 -22
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Swansea City Results (view all)

Swansea City Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Burnley (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Hull City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 18 2017 5:30PM : AFC Bournemouth (a)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Middlesbrough (H)
Barclays Premier League
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.BrianMannebach3
2.yugo233
3.Phil W3
4.KevinE2
5.GThomas2
6.Dennis Downing2
7.London Pete1
Write for Vital Football