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Swansea boss Paul Clement hits back at critics: We are not complacent

23 April 2017, 02:09 | Violet Powell

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- The Swans have won four of their last six home Premier League games, having won just two of their first 11 at the Liberty Stadium this season.

"Clearly that wasn't our game plan, we wanted to affect them in terms of their confidence, they were not in great shape coming into this game and there was a little anxiety before the game".

Swansea City manager Paul Clement says that he is "very proud" of his side after their 2-0 win over Stoke City.

"Nothing changed between us and Hull but what has changed is we have got momentum now". I did believe it will be a match they'd win. "I am happy for our supporters as well". Everyone knows that they put in a good shift physically, and played well tactically and technically. If the gap had gone to five points with four to play the task would have been very hard.

Clement added: "I've said to the players that is what we're preparing for - a World Cup final - and the next game will be the same".

"Today's changed it. That's important psychologically going into the next four games, and the next one is a big test at Man United".

- There were just 60 seconds between Marko Arnautovic's missed penalty for Stoke and Tom Carroll's goal for Swansea. We got ourselves level, but then their substitutions turned the game.

Stoke were handed a reprieve in the 70th minute when Federico Fernandez clumsily brought down Xherdan Shaqiri in the box, prompting referee Michael Oliver to award a penalty.

In a flurry of activity on the stroke of half-time, Ki's superb throughball played in Jordan Ayew, whose cross-cum-shot flashed across the face of goal, before Saido Berahino headed straight at Lukasz Fabianski at the other end.

"We made it hard for ourselves, we didn't start quick enough and allowed them to have a couple of corners, a few opportunities and we conceded from one of them", Hughes told Sky Sports.

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.

They now have failed to score in six consecutive top-flight away matches for the first time since April 1985.

"We got a bit of luck".

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