SWANS RE­VIVE HOPES OF SUR­VIVAL

Swansea send out Hull of a warn­ing to rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals af­ter Lib­erty vic­tory

Wales On Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHRIS WATHAN [email protected]­line.co.uk

SWANSEA City boss Paul Clement has warned rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals Hull his team are com­ing for them af­ter a dra­matic day in the Pre­mier League sur­vival race.

Goals from Fer­nando Llorente and Tom Car­roll gave the Swans the re­sult they needed against Stoke in a match that had been dubbed ‘ a must-win’ by the man­ager fol­low­ing a dis­mal run of form.

The gloss may have been taken off the 2-0 vic­tory at the Lib­erty by Hull’s own win by the same score­line against Wat­ford, but Clement has no doubt the tri­umph could prove a turn­ing point for his men de­spite them re­main­ing two points adrift of the Tigers and still in the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

“We are two points be­hind Hull and breath­ing down their necks and we will do that un­til af­ter the very last game,” he said.

“It was the first time I’ve called a game ‘must-win’ and I feel I was right with the fact Hull won again at home, a game I was sure they would win.

“Had the gap gone to five points with four games left it would have been very dif­fi­cult.

“And although the points dif­fer­ence hasn’t changed, what has changed is that we’ve put be­hind us a poor run of form where we picked up very few points and hadn’t been per­form­ing. This has changed that and it is im­por­tant psy­cho­log­i­cally.

“We have a big test against Manch­ester United but we have our con­fi­dence back, not just from win­ning the game, but the way we played.”

The man­ager also had spe­cial praise for club le­gend Leon Brit­ton, who pro­duced a su­perb dis­play af­ter be­ing re­called to the side for the first time un­der Clement.

The skip­per re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion from the Swans faith­ful when he was sub­sti­tuted in the clos­ing mo­ments, and the boss hailed the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the fans’ favourite ahead of next week’s trip to Old Traf­ford.

“It’s right he was given a spe­cial men­tion,” he said. “It’s the first min­utes he’s played un­der me but the way he’s been as a pro­fes­sional, he’s con­tin­ued to re­ally get be­hind his team­mates.

“I re­ally looked to him to­day and he did it bril­liantly. He played with a ma­tu­rity and he couldn’t give any more, he had ran him­self into the ground. It was a real cap­tain’s per­for­mance.”

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PIC­TURE: MICHAEL STEELE

Tom Car­roll cel­e­brates after scor­ing Swansea’s sec­ond goal against Stoke City at the Lib­erty Sta­dium yes­ter­day to keep the Swans in the hunt for Premier League safety

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