Swansea City still believe they can beat the drop, says Paul Clement
Last Updated: 08/04/17 7:06pm
Swansea remain confident they can avoid relegation this season, despite losing 1-0 at fellow strugglers West Ham on Saturday, according to manager Paul Clement.
The Swans suffered a fifth straight league defeat on the road to remain deep in trouble, two points from safety with now just six games left to play in the campaign.
However, Clement is adamant his players have the belief to beat the drop.
"We all have to stay together in this, it is much easier if we all stick together and it will make it a little bit easier," he said.
"We have a big challenge ahead, six games to go, but we still have to have belief. And we will continue to work hard and give our best in every game."
Clement was honest, though, in his post-match appraisal of his side's lacklustre performance at the London Stadium, claiming the best team won on the day.
"At this time of the season, you just want to get a result, particularly after out last run of games, it was very important to try and get a result today," he said.
"We did not and I do not think we deserved to based on our performance over the 90 minutes. In the first half, there was a lot of anxiety and fear in our play.
"It improved second half on that side of things, but the quality, our shape, we lost some identity in the second half in the way that we normally play.
"Overall it was a poor game, anxious from both teams and it has obviously worked in West Ham's favour as they have got a massive three points today."
The Swansea manager opted to bring on both Luciano Narsingh and top-scorer Fernando Llorente at the break in order to add more bite to his previously toothless attack, but to little effect.
"It was a bad time to concede just before half-time, everything changes and we made two offensive changes at half-time, but it was not enough to get us back in the game," he said.
"He [Llorente] was only fit to start half a game. We would have liked him to play the whole game, but he was not ready. But we will now get a whole week's training into him and hopefully he will be ready for Watford next week."