Date: 21st November 2007 at 11:34am
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He arrived with much anticipation from the majority of Swansea City fans who were hoping Darryl Duffy was the man to fire the club into the Championship.

The former Hull City striker has not delivered since his permanent switch to the Liberty Stadium in the summer. The Scot has only managed to score one goal in 15 appearances this season.

In comparison to his 5 goals in 5 games at the tail end of last season the striker has massively underperformed. This fact has not gone unnoticed by Roberto Martinez.

The Spanish tactician has signalled that Duffy’s poor form is about to improve ; the former Chester City player also cited the strikers injury problems that have blighted his season as a reason to his lack of goals.

Duffy sustained a groin injury against Leeds United back on the 22nd September and only managed 45 minutes in the 2-1 win over Swindon on the 2nd October.

Despite these concerns over his form Martinez has remained upbeat about the player.

Martinez toldThe Evening Post

‘Scoring is part of his make-up.’

Darryl has been very unfortunate – he has had a stop-start season with injuries.’

That puts extra pressure on him when other people are looking gat his statistics. He should be rated on his work rate, movement and what he gives to the team – that is what he needs to keep doing.’

I would not ask Darryl to just concentrate on scoring goals because I want him working for the team.’

Overall, I think he will get a good run of form and performances together and the goals will come.’

He has had too much of a stop-start season for my liking, but you can’t help it when players pick up injuries.’



The former Falkirk man has in recent months been frustrated with his performances which have clearly shown in his body language on the pitch.

Duffy is likely to feature on Saturday when Swansea City face Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.