Date: 18th March 2009 at 11:32am
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Roberto Martinez says he can’t wait for his side to have an upcoming 2-week break.

The Swansea boss suffered his first back-to-back League defeats last night as QPR beat us 1-0 at Loftus Road.

The Spaniard has admitted that his squad desperately need a break and a busy recent schedule, but having said that, Burnley for example have played 51 games this season and are still looking strong for a top 6 place.

Martinez is not using tiredness as an excuse, he made 5 changes last night to freshen up his side and yet we still struggled to perform.

He said:

‘We have another very important game at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday where the boys will be asked to give it their all,”

‘Then we’ve got a 15-day break after that – and it can’t come quick enough.

‘We need to freshen ourselves up both physically and mentally. We are paying the price for playing 11 games in 36 days.

‘The way we play, it really takes it out of us. It’s very demanding and that’s why we need everyone fresh. It probably affects us more than any other team in the Championship.

‘I said before the game that the results this week won’t be pivotal in our quest for the play-offs. But if we are going to push for the top six we need to be fresh and ready to play on top of our game.

‘What will be pivotal for us making the play-offs is how we use the international break to get the freshness back.”

‘Yes the boys are tired, but that’s no excuse,”

‘You have to be able to adapt to situations like that.

‘It was disappointing not to get the result we were looking for. We lost to a soft goal from a set-piece, and to lose in that way hurts.


It would be a huge shame to end the season with a dramatic loss of form after an excellent campaign this year in the Championship.

Martinez and the squad have exceeded all expectations and have surprised a lot of people with the quality of football we’ve played and how well we’ve done following last year’s promotion from League One.



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