Swansea improve survival hopes with Premier League win over Stoke

Alvaro Negredo is Middlesbrough's leading league scorer with eight goals
Alvaro Negredo is Middlesbrough's leading league scorer with eight goals
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23 April, 2017

A run of five wins from the first eight games saw the former Bayern Munich number two named the Premier League's manager of the month for January, but one point from the last six matches has put Swansea in real relegation danger again.

Marko Arnautovic stepped up from the spot but inexplicably struck his penalty high into the stands behind Fabianski's goal.

The result sees Swansea stay two points behind Hull City, following their win against Watford, while Stoke stay 11th. If the gap had gone to five points with four to play the task would have been very hard.

"We've been awful 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.

"That figure would not have been mentioned if we had won at Watford, or played differently". "I thought it was a must-win game and it was absolutely right".

"We must concentrate on our jobs".

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Stoke, meanwhile, have now lost five of their last six matches, and Hughes admitted that his team weren't up to level in south Wales.

Still, by then, it was job done and another three points towards the nine Clement believes they will need to ensure another season, at least, in the top flight.

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.

The win for the Potters against Hull last weekend was their first since the beginning of March when they defeated another team in the bottom - Middlesbrough. 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? "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.

"Results are what matter now, we're not too anxious about performances along as the points go in the bag".

"We must be better at handling the game and changing the opponent".


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