Russell Martin’s Middlesbrough assessment as Swansea City boss gives Ollie Cooper an update ahead of Millwall and Bristol City tests

Russell Martin admits that Swansea City’s mismanagement of play in the second half proved costly, as Middlesbrough defeated them 3-1.

The Swans held their own in the first half and led through what was Joel Piroe’s 14th goal of the campaign, with Michael Carrick’s men mustering just one shot on target in the first 45 minutes.

But Boro was far more lethal after the restart and, after Jay Fulton had a goal disallowed for marginal offside, saw Aaron Ramsey, Cameron Archer and Chuba Akpom bulge the net to win all three of the visitors’ points.

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“They had a lot of the ball in the first half, they are a good team with a lot of athleticism and good players,” he said. “We knew it would be a tough match and there would be times when we would have to suffer without the ball and work very hard, which the guys did.

“I was very pleased with a lot of it. We looked dangerous on turnovers and scored a really high quality goal. Then we actually started the second half better than we played in the first half and scored a goal that I’m still I’m not convinced he’s offside, it’s such a close call, I’m sure someone will have a better angle than I’ve seen.

“At 2-0 it’s a completely different game. But we didn’t manage the game well enough after that, we conceded a counter-attack from our corner and a playoff from his corner, which sums up where we are.” In fact.

“At 2-1, we were deep into it. They were a real threat on the counter attack in the second half, but then we got into the box and took a penalty and it took all the energy out of the game.” .


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