Russell Martin says his Swansea City players answered questions about their own character by securing a point against Luton Town.
The Swans trailed 3-0 at the break after a truly abysmal showing in the opening 45.
Luke Berry opened the scoring for the Hatters before Elijah Adebayo struck twice as Nathan Jones’ troops took full control of the contest.
Martin made a triple substitution at half time, sending on Joel Piroe, Olivier Ntcham and Ben Cabango at Kenilworth Road.
Jamie Paterson got Swansea back into the game just after the hour mark before Ntcham and Piroe both struck to earn the visitors a dramatic point.
And Martin says his players proved they fully believe in the methods of the new regime after sealing a point in Bedfordshire when the odds were stacked against them to do so.
“There was no blame. I felt really calm about it. There’s no point in shouting and ranting,” said the head coach when asked what he told his players at half time.
“It was about questioning them and asking them how they want people to leave this game feeling about them as people, not as players.
“The people that have travelled here, they expect a bit of fight. It would have been really easy to feel sorry for ourselves with how bad the first half was.
“So I said I just want you to come out and fight and stick to the work we’ve been doing.
“The first half was nowhere near where we want to be or have been in the last two games.
“We were really disappointed with how that went, and the beauty of the process and clarity in what you’re doing is that we’ll learn from it for sure. It can’t happen again, it won’t happen again.”
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The trio of subs made ahead of the second half were key to Swansea’s turnaround in Bedfordshire.
And Martin could not hide his delight with the efforts of those who were introduced off the bench against the Hatters.
“The second half was incredible. I’m so grateful to the guys and so proud of them – the guys that came on, and the players who were already on the pitch feeling that pain, that took some real courage to dig in and to play that way,” said Martin.
“We were outstanding and we should have won it in the end. It was attack versus defence in the second half. They had a couple of moments on the counter, but that will happen when we play like that.
“Joel was brought to the club before us, but he suits exactly what we want to be. The club have obviously done their work.
“Olivier was one we were desperate to bring in. I don’t need to tell you why.
“Ethan [Laird] the same. We worked with him last year. Pato [Jamie Paterson], the shift he puts in, outstanding.
“These are the guys we brought to the club to try and help us bring the vision and the team we want, and they’re going to do that.
“None of them are quite at 100% either which is the best thing because we know they’re going to keep improving.
“Walshy [Liam Walsh] was only going to play 60 minutes, again, someone who is not fully fit, but we needed Olivier’s energy and drive and we needed Joel Piroe because he’s our goalscorer.
“It [subs] was really simple, makes complete sense and fortunately for me, it paid off.”
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