Russell Martin gives ‘frustrating’ Southampton verdict

Southampton manager Russell Martin is “frustrated” but believes that his team is improving after three games without defeat.

Saints head into the second international break after a 1-1 draw with Championship strugglers Rotherham.

“We have made massive progress since the first international break,” Martin told BBC Radio Solent.

“We’ve come a long way together as a group and everyone now understands what they are doing.”


Saints’ 1-0 lead over Millers was blown in the 74th minute at St Mary’s when Jordan Hugill lobbed Gavin Bazunu against the flow of play.

With a win, Russell Martin’s team would have moved into the Championship’s play-off places, but instead they are 10th, 13 points behind league leaders Leicester.


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Regardless of the outcome, Martin claims they dominated the game.

“It was such a dominant performance,” he went on to say.

“I can’t fault the performance, though there was one guy who booed and threatened to fight me at the end.”

“I don’t understand that because the fans have just witnessed one of the most dominant performances they will ever witness.”

“I believe everyone can see that we have progressed [since the first international break].”

“The loss is frustrating but we are in a good position to push on from here – the Championship is never easy.”




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