July 21, 2024

Southampton manager Russell Martin has spoken as his team aims to catch Leeds United in the promotion battle.
Southampton manager Russell Martin believes his side will recover from their recent setbacks. The Saints have lost consecutive games, falling five points behind Leeds United in second and Ipswich Town in third.

Hampshire went 25 games unbeaten to climb the Championship table, but they will now spend the next two months catching up. That is a source of anxiety for many Southampton fans, given Leeds’ form in second place, but Saints manager Martin has maintained a calm demeanour as he designs a method for his team to win again.

Southampton manager Russell Martin has spoken as his team aims to catch Leeds United in the promotion battle.
Southampton manager Russell Martin believes his side will recover from their recent setbacks. The Saints have lost consecutive games, falling five points behind Leeds United in second and Ipswich Town in third.

 

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Hampshire went 25 games unbeaten to climb the Championship table, but they will now spend the next two months catching up. That is a source of anxiety for many Southampton fans, given Leeds’ form in second place, but Saints manager Martin has maintained a calm demeanour as he designs a method for his team to win again.

“We’ll be fine (in the promotion race),” Martin declared. “We’ve got eight weeks left of the season and still have the chance to be incredibly exciting and get rewarded but, like we did before, we have to stand up and be counted now.”We should score, but don’t. It has nothing to do with strategy. It is not appropriate to discuss such topics. We allowed two bad goals. I’m not sure how we don’t deal with free kicks. Maybe there is an offside; I have not seen it, but analysts believe there is. It’s a floating cross that loops into our aim. For the second goal, we don’t clear it twice, so it finishes up across our box for a penalty. That is the story of the game, nothing else – not tactics.”

 

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