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'It showed': Russell Martin says Sheffield United had something his Swans side didn't

Swansea City manager, Russell Martin, has admitted that his team simply couldn’t match up to the physical and athletic attributes of the Sheffield United players yesterday.

Martin saw his side dismantled at Bramall Lane as a blistering first 45 minutes completely took the game away from the Swans. Goals from Morgan Gibbs-White, Billy Sharp, and George Baldock ensured it was 3-0 at the break, before a late fourth from Gibbs-White again put the seal on things.

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The win for United moved them up into sixth place in the Championship table. Swansea, meanwhile, are left lingering in the lower reaches of mid-table with little to play for other than pride.

And speaking following the game, Swansea boss Martin believes that United’s physical nature and Premier League experience was a huge difference.

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“We’re playing against men here who have a lot of Premier League experience. They’re physical and athletic, and it showed, it really showed. There was a big difference in the physical profile and make-up, and it really showed I felt,” Martin said in his press conference.

United face Blackburn Rovers this week in what could be a huge game in the playoff race. Rovers hammered the Blades last time out at Ewood Park, winning 3-1.

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It is abundantly clear that this Sheffield United side is enjoying life under Heckingbottom, McCall, and Lester. There is zip, work-ethic, and intensity about our play that we’ve not seen since the earlier Wilder days.

Martin’s comments here reflect that thought process. Swansea, on the whole, were poor. But a lot of it was down to United’s doing as they forced the young Swans into mistake after mistake.

Overall, another fine day at the office for the Blades and plenty for the Swansea gaffer to take away to the analysis room for his own side.


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