Sunday, April 29, 2007

I think the Swans can do it!!!!

Martinez worry for player safety

Swansea City boss Roberto Martinez has admitted he was worried for the safety of his players after a pitch invasion following Saturday's victory.

Carlisle supporters invaded the pitch following their side's 2-1 defeat to Swansea at Brunton Park.
And at one point in threatened to turn nasty with Swans striker Lee Trundle needing a police escort off the pitch.
"I was worried for the safety of my players. It was such a late goal and emotions were high," said Martinez.
The way we bounced back was a credit to the players Swans boss Roberto Martinez
"Lee, Kristian O'Leary and Izzy Iriekpen got caught up in it and they needed protection and the security did a fantastic job.
"It is hard for the FA but it is an important issue and one they need to look at. Maybe they need more security before the final whistle because the health and safety of the players is very important."
The Swans' play-off push continues after Darryl Duffy's late goal secured all three points for Martinez's side.
They are currently in seventh place on goal difference, and will secure a play-off place if they win and sixth placed Oldham slip-up on Saturday.
Martinez was delighted with the way his side played against Carlisle and the character they showed in scoring their late goal to secure all three points.
He said: "I wouldn't say we left it late, we performed from the first minute and I thought we should have had a bigger advantage at half-time.
"But we didn't and the character and the way we bounced back was a credit to the players.
"Both sides knew that they had to win and that made for a fantastic game it was really stretched and was box to box throughout.
"Carlisle came out second half and threw everything at as but the way we played made everyone very proud."
Goal-hero Duffy was delighted to score the winner, his fifth in four games.
He said: "The last minute is always a fantastic time to score and it made it even sweeter to get three points. They complained about hand-ball but it came off my chest.

"Both sides wanted to win the game and both teams had to go for broke and it was great to get maximum points."

Story from BBC SPORT: 2007/04/29 12:29:17 GMT© BBC MMVII

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