But it’s a night­mare for Cle­ment and Swans

Wales On Sunday - - SPORT -

MAN­AGER Paul Cle­ment ad­mit­ted “tooth­less” Swansea are where they de­serve to be after de­feat by Stoke con­demned them to bot­tom spot in the Premier League ta­ble.

Wil­fried Bony gave the vis­i­tors the lead in only the third minute against his former club, but goals from Xher­dan Shaqiri and Mame Diouf late in the first half earned Stoke a 2-1 vic­tory.

A fan­tas­tic late save from Jack But­land pre­vented Ryan Shawcross scor­ing an own goal that would have given Swansea an equaliser but Cle­ment made no at­tempt to sugar-coat things.

The Swans boss said: “I be­lieve we’ve gone bot­tom of the ta­ble to­day and I can’t say that we’re un­lucky. We’ve lost 10 games now, it’s not been through mis­for­tune: ‘Oh, we’re the un­luck­i­est team in the world’.

“We de­serve to be bot­tom be­cause we’re los­ing too many games, we’re not con­sis­tent enough through a 90-minute pe­riod.

“We started the game very well, got a good goal and after that we played some de­cent foot­ball un­til the mis­take where Leroy (Fer) was dis­pos­sessed in a very dan­ger­ous area and they cap­i­talised on that. The sec­ond goal, we’re too deep.

“Men­tally we’re not in a good state. You go down hav­ing led and we didn’t play well from that point.”

Cle­ment had de­scribed the match as a cup fi­nal, such was its im­por­tance, and the re­sult makes next week’s home clash with West Brom ab­so­lutely crit­i­cal.

“Some­one asked me where we can go from there,” he said. “There’s nowhere else we can go but up.

“We’re at the bot­tom of the ta­ble and it’s cer­tainly not a po­si­tion we’re happy to be in. We’re a very dis­ap­pointed team, club, dress­ing room – this is clearly a sit­u­a­tion that is not very good. Next week is mas­sive. Again.”

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Paul Cle­ment looked a man un­der pres­sure as Swansea lost to Stoke

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