Russell Martin stated he will never criticise his Swansea City players for making mistakes if they stick to his methods.
The Swans were involved in a frenetic opening-day encounter with Blackburn Rovers just six days after Martin was appointed as boss.
His side’s intentions were clear from the outset as Swansea boldly attempted to play their way out from the back and looked to dominate possession.
However, it came at a cost, most notably when Steven Benda fouled Tyrhys Dolan to concede a penalty in the second half at Ewood Park.
But following the 2-1 defeat to Tony Mowbray’s side, Martin praised his players for the way they stuck to task in Lancashire.
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“They’re human beings. Everyone makes mistakes,” he said.
“There’ll be a few fans saying we made way too many, but it’s football, it’s life.
“Steven will be fine. As long as he shows the same courage as he did after the goal, I thought he was brilliant with the crowd, getting used to that again and it makes it a bit more nervy for other people.
“But the way he still accepted the ball and made good decisions, he made a great save at the end when the game got a little bit open when we were chasing the game.
“I’ve told them, as long as their intention is good, they’re never going to get criticised in our own environment for trying the right things.
“I was really pleased with some of the stuff we played. I am disappointed for the players, first and foremost, because I felt they deserved more.”
Sam Gallagher fired Rovers into the lead 10 minutes before the break after Swansea were robbed of possession in their own half.
Ben Brereton Diaz converted from the penalty spot in the 47th minute before Jamie Paterson pulled a goal back for the visitors who were unable to find a late equaliser.
The Swans were dealt a blow shortly after scoring as Korey Smith was forced off due to a calf injury.
“Korey is hopefully not too serious,” said Martin.
“At this minute in time it’s a bit concerning because of what he felt, so we’ll just have to assess that.
“We’ll have some more news for you in the next few days, so that’s disappointing because I thought he was excellent until he got injured.”
Martin will now turn his attention to bolstering his squad.
He has already recruited free agent Paterson while Manchester United defender Ethan Laird and Ipswich Town midfielder Flynn Downes could both make the move to the Liberty Stadium.
“I think we will,” he said when asked if he hopes to make signings in the coming days.
“I can’t come out here and promise it because football changes very quickly and things happen that you can’t legislate for.
“We need some more guys in the building to help the ones we’ve already got. I think the guys already in the dressing room deserve a lot of credit for what they’ve done over the last year or two and the way they’ve attacked pre-season amidst all of the uncertainty that’s been going on.
“They do need a hand because we’re a bit light, especially in certain positions.
“We’ve been working really hard on that with Mark [Allen], Andy [Scott] and Julian and I’m confident we’ll have some new players in very soon.”
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