Swansea vs Stoke 22nd April 2017: EPL Preview and Predictions
- Author: Aubrey Nash Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 2:13
We have struggled in the last few games at a crucial stage of the season.
"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".
Swansea City boss Paul Clement admits their Stoke City clash is a must win.
"In key areas of the field we lacked that, you've obviously got to be able to retain the ball in the opposition half and create chances".
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 know him well and would be more than happy to speak to him".
"When you lose 3-1 and still get the applause they gave us and saw the spirit they showed in turning up, that's brilliant but now we need them at home".
"It's the first time I've called it as a must-win game and I was right", Clement said.
"We hadn't got going".
"If the gap had gone to five points with four games left I think it would have been very hard for us".
"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".
"The second half we were the more dominant side, but obviously the match-defining moment was the penalty", Hughes said.
Xherdan Shaqiri was brought down inside the area on 69 minutes with the referee pointing to the spot, Marko Arnautovic stepped up and blasted the penalty high over the bar as the Potters skied their big opportunity.
"But we missed, and they go down the other end and score from a deflected shot".
The 23-year-old forward made his sixth straight start in the game and was substituted by Hughes in the 58th minute, shortly after the visitors had equalised.
"You see odd results every week and you know you can't rely on other teams picking up or dropping points, it has to be about what we do". Their loss to Spurs in early April was the first time they'd lost in five outings at the Liberty Stadium, and in that four-match undefeated run they'd put Southampton, Leicester and Burnley to the sword.