Llorente outjumps Stoke to keep Swansea survival bid alive

23 April, 2017, 02:00 | Author: Lorraine Moran
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Speaking on BBC's Match of the Day, former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard singled him out following another lacklustre display from relegation-threatened Swansea that extended their winless run to six games.

"I believed we wanted three wins and a draw".

Swansea manager Paul Clement changed his team shape for this game, having favoured a 4-3-3 during his time at the club he chose to employ a diamond system to allow Sigurdsson more attacking freedom.

"Nothing changed between us and Hull but what has changed is we have got momentum now".

Clement had called the contest a "must-win game" before kick-off as he predicted that Hull would beat Watford at home.

"I felt a more positive, vibrant dressing room", Swansea head coach Clement said. We've got a couple of massive home games coming up, but we know we need to be picking up points in the two away games we have left as well.

"We had plenty of possession without really creating the chances we needed, a lot of our stuff petered out and we were finding ourselves going in the other direction".

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"If the gap had gone to five points with four games left I think it would have been very hard for us".

- There were just 60 seconds between Marko Arnautovic's missed penalty for Stoke and Tom Carroll's goal for Swansea.

"But we've got to deal with this one against Stoke because if we don't, then we might not have a World Cup final in the next game".

Arnautovic sent his 69th-minute spot-kick, awarded for Federico Fernandez shoving over Xherdan Shaqiri, high over the crossbar moments before Carroll's deflected drive. At 1-0 for the most part we were okay but clearly the game has changed on missing the penalty - if we could get back on terms, who knows?

"We went to Stoke confident that we could pick up points, but it wasn't to be", added the big centre back.

Clement's appointment at the start of the year saw a marked improvement in form with five wins from his first eight games.

They now have failed to score in six consecutive top-flight away matches for the first time since April 1985.


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