Paul Clement admits Swansea were not at the required level in Brighton loss
Last Updated: 05/11/17 7:52am
Paul Clement admitted that his Swansea side did not play at the required level to win as they slumped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Brighton at the Liberty Stadium.
Although England call-up Tammy Abraham went close to scoring on a couple of occasions and Luciano Narsingh hit the bar in stoppage time, Swansea drew a blank at home for the third time at home in the Premier League this season.
Swansea were booed off the pitch by their supporters at the end of the first half after falling behind to Glenn Murray's goal and again at full-time after failing to grab an equaliser and Clement suggested that his players are bereft of confidence at home.
He said: "Another narrow defeat, it's the sixth game that we've lost by the odd goal but my first reflection on that performance is that if you play at that level, you can't be expected to win a Premier League game. The standard that we're playing at is much higher than that and for me that's the most disappointing thing.
"When I see the team play here at home, I see players who are clearly affected by the first goal going in, the confidence of the team and individual players is low, things are not being done at a basic level and that's a consequence of the confidence of the group at the moment.
"We can't make excuses, our job is to deal with difficult situations and we have to work hard, even harder than we are at the moment, to get this right."
Swansea's defeat, coupled with Bournemouth's 1-0 win over Newcastle, means that they have slipped into the relegation zone and their next match is against in-form Burnley at Turf Moor after the international break.