Martinez: We Have Set Our Standards
Swansea City downed fellow promotion rivals Leeds United 3-2 in a thrilling game at the Liberty Stadium yesterday.
It was Swansea who dealt the first blow of the game from Andy Robinson who earned a free kick after an Alan Thomson foul on the edge of the area. The scouser stepped up to take the resulting free kick , to fire it into the top left hand corner past a stranded Casper Ankergren in the Leeds Goal.
The lead only lasted minutes when an under fire Dennis Lawrence hashed a clearance to show in league one's top scorer Jermaine Beckford to fire home from close range.
Up stepped Captain Garry Monk to reclaim the lead after he sent a powerful header past Ankergren after latching onto a Paul Anderson corner.
Swansea were down to 10 men after Dutch midfielder Ferrie Bodde was adjudged to have stamped on Jonathan Howson in the centre circle.
It could have proved a vital turning point for the visitors but it only galvanised a resilient Swansea outfit.
Against the run of play Jason Scotland secured a vital 2 goal cushion when he outmuscled two markers to slot home just before the break.
Leeds came out after the restart with purpose and got their rewards less than two minites after the restart when Alan Thomson fired his free kick past Dorus De Vries who got a touch but could not prevent it from going in.
The home side hung on for a vital 3 points which saw Swansea go 5 points clear of 2nd placed Nottingham forest who were beaten by Gilligham 3-0 at Preistfeild.
Despite the breathtaking performance Roberto Martinez has being coy about the clubs chances of securing promotion at the 3rd time of asking.
With the 2nd half of the season yet to be played Martinez knows that Standards must be maintained.
He Told The Western Mail
|'Whoever beats Leeds sends a message out and opens the eyes of others - but what we care about is this club, and the attitude and desire of these players here is something I am proud of.'|
This was a great victory. It was a big occasion, but if anything the game proved to be better than the occasion, with some outstanding football.'
I don`t know about people saying we can now be champions - all I know is we have players with talent, and a group of players who are concerned about winning their next game.'
We have set our standards but we have played very well in our last five games - that consistency is hard to get, so it is very pleasing.2
Martinez will hope that Swansea can claim another 3 points on New Years Day as they face Swindon Town at the County ground.