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Swansea conceding too many ‘sloppy goals’ says manager Russell Martin

09 Nov 2022 3 minute read
Swansea City manager Russell Martin applauds the fans after the final whistle in the Sky Bet Championship match at the bet365 Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent. Photo Isaac Parkin. PA Images

Swansea boss Russell Martin has said that he was disappointed that his team were conceding “sloppy goals” after Birmingham’s late strike earned them a 2-2 draw at St Andrew’s.

The opposition Captain Troy Deeney equalized in the 89th minute of the Sky Bet Championship contest, leaving the Swansea manager ruing what might have been after Swansea had clawed their way into the lead.

“It hurts, it’s frustrating and it’s disappointing,” Russell Martin.

“We will get criticised because that’s something that has hit us this season but the players were brilliant for so long.

“It was always going to be a tough game as they’re in a great run of form and they’re a really athletic team.

“We started poorly, even though we had prepared the guys for it.

“We then scored two goals of brilliant quality – it was an incredible delivery for Matt Grimes’ goal from Joel Latibeaudiere’s cross. Our players are really early in their journey.”

Martin felt his team was hard done by, adding: “Birmingham had two shots on target and scored twice – Steven Benda didn’t have a save to make.

“We can’t keep conceding goals like that and we shouldn’t have conceded that goal at the end.

“We have conceded too many sloppy goals recently, but I can’t be too disappointed with the way we’re playing because how brave they are is amazing.”


Birmingham head coach John Eustace meanwhile heaped praise on Troy Deeney after the captain’s late goal.

Eustace said: “Troy has been excellent since day one. He is Mr Birmingham City and will go above and beyond for this club.

“He’s fantastic with the young players and the older players and with the community. We are very lucky to have Troy.”

Eustace was delighted with the application of his players, adding: “I’m delighted with the effort of the group. I thought we deserved a point with the character the boys showed.

“I thought we started the second half much better and deserved a point.

“You have to keep going. Did I think we’d run out of time? No.

“Swansea are an excellent, top team and for 25 minutes we were really good, then we lost our discipline with our shape for 10 minutes.

“If you do that against them, they will punish you. It was really bad defending from us for their first goal, although it was a fantastic strike.”

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