Russell Martin will have been a relieved man last Friday as he finally got his first league win as Swansea City manager.
After arriving from Milton Keynes Dons at the start of the month, Martin was winless in three Championship outings until he took the Swans to Ashton Gate to face Bristol City, and a goal from Dutch striker Joel Piroe settled the contest.
Martin has taken over in the dugout from Steve Cooper and he’s immediately tried to implement his playing out from the back style, but with a thread-bare squad some players have had play out of position, including Ryan Manning who is filling in as a left-sided centre-back.
Despite having some talented players at his disposal, Martin is hamstrung by the fact that some aren’t currently fit, with the likes of Korey Smith, Connor Roberts, Flynn Downes and others missing.
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He’s still been able to name a relatively strong line-up though, with just one change made from the victory over the Robins last Friday with Ryan Bennett coming back into the fold ahead of Brandon Cooper.
Swansea fans have been reacting to the line-up – and there’s a lot of frustration as to Morgan Whittaker not getting a start after his hat-trick against Plymouth Argyle in the Carabao Cup.
Would rather Whittaker upfront but good team 🔥🦢
— Elis 🦢 (@scfcelis) August 28, 2021
this has to be a joke??? Why is whittaker on the bench & cullen starts🤣🤣🤣
— john (@johnthommo888) August 28, 2021
Don’t understand Cullen starting over Lowe at the moment but we move. Midfield looking tasty 😋
— AMY 🦢 • #HerGameToo (@amyclement94) August 28, 2021
What does cullen do to deserve a start
— Vickers🏴 (@Lukevickerrs) August 28, 2021
Whittaker scored a hat trick in mid week what more can he do to start
— Casey (@caseyr58) August 28, 2021
Whitts in and that is perfect imo
— Cie Meisl (@j_meisl) August 28, 2021
Idk about this one jack army https://t.co/oODXSOLl2M
— Andrew🇵🇷 (@prajramos) August 28, 2021
Surely this is Cullen’s last chance https://t.co/B8zLV5zBgW
— Cal (@SCFCcal) August 28, 2021
BACK THE BOIS 🦢⚽️🏴 https://t.co/8sYdwXpYV4
— Robert (@chipprob) August 28, 2021