Swansea stops rot by beating Stoke but still in drop zone

by Noah Mcgee April 23, 2017, 2:14

"We've picked up very few points in the last six games and hadn't been performing that well either".

"Clearly that wasn't our game plan, we wanted to affect them in terms of their confidence, they were not in great shape coming into this game and there was a little anxiety before the game".

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is hopeful of having midfield duo Joe Allen and Glenn Whelan back available for the Premier League clash with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

"We've been bad on the road but our home form puts us in a position where it's still in our hands and while that's the case, we've got massive belief in the manager (Marco Silva)", he said.

Hull, who are two points better off than Swansea in 17th position, have a kinder-looking run-in, starting at home to mid-table Watford on Saturday.

"I felt a more positive, vibrant dressing room", Swansea head coach Clement said. In the event the difference had gone to five points with four to play the job could happen to be quite hard.

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"I hope the players respond, they have not responded well over the last six games when pressure has been there but we have to perform to alleviate it. If you are away you have got to make sure you are in the game and don't concede early and that is what we did", Hughes told BBC Sport.

Swansea were given a huge helping hand when, with the score at 1-0, Marko Arnautovic blazed his 69th-minute penalty high over the crossbar and into the disbelieving Stoke supporters behind the goal.

"We hadn't got going".

Saido Berahino then came close to scoring his first Stoke goal, he met Allen's cross ahead of Federico Fernandez with his shoulder but the ball flew wide of the post. "We know we may need patience, but we want to cause them problems".

Borja Baston, Swansea's record signing, has struggled to find his feet in the Premier League this season, although has improved his form in recent games as the Swans start to scrap for points.

- Tom Carroll's goal was his first in the Premier League since Boxing Day 2015, when he scored for Spurs in a 3-0 win against Norwich.


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