Watford 1 Swansea City 0: Capoue goal sinks struggling Swans

Swansea's goalless draw at home to Middlesbrough a fortnight ago is the only match from which Paul Clement's side have gained a point since beating Burnley at the start of March.

Swansea City must add an element of feistiness to their game if they are to kick-start their bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League at Watford on Saturday, winger Wayne Routledge has said.

The result all but secures Watford's place in the top flight for another season, although they were a touch fortunate to down a battling Swansea side for whom Gylfi Sigurdsson twice went close.

After an initial improvement following Clement's arrival in January, the Swans have slumped and head to Watford on Saturday having picked up just one point from their last five games.

They welcome Stoke to the Liberty Stadium in a week's time, and Clement feels his side need to take all three points after the Potters beat 17th-placed Hull to keep the gap at two points. And while there is still very much a chance of survival, the Swans' manager believes it will come down to a head-to-head scrap with Hull City, who go into the latest round of matches two points ahead in the league standings.

"He will be a loss to us, but this is an opportunity for another midfielder to come in, possible someone who is fresh".

"It was a better performance than last week at West Ham, more spirit and confidence in the players but not the quality where it was needed. If we do this I don't know where we will be until the end of the season but that will be the mentality". "You can not focus too much on what goes around us".

As Watford poured forward they were nearly caught out from a pacey Swansea counterattack, although Ki Sung-yueng could only shoot straight at Gomes at the end of the move. But I have always said to the players that if they are going to do that, they should not get too excited when people are praising them and they should not get down when they are being criticised.

But a lapse in concentration here could prove so costly at the end of the season as he dawdled just long enough to be mugged of possession by Capoue for the game's only goal.

"When the boss came in we went on wonderful run".

  • Delores Daniels