Sunday 19 February 2017

Guidolin eyes Swans safety

Stoke City 2-2 Swansea City

Phil Medlicott

Published 03/04/2016 | 02:30

Francesco Guidolin, Manager of Swansea City applauds the away supporters after the match. Photo: Getty
Francesco Guidolin, Manager of Swansea City applauds the away supporters after the match. Photo: Getty
Bojan Krkic of Stoke City celebrates scoring his team's second goal. Photo: Getty
Jakob Haugaard of Stoke City makes a save. Photo: Getty
Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is beaten by a header from Stoke player Ibrahim Afellay. Photo: Getty

Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin believes his team need three more points to complete the job after they took another step towards Premier League safety with a battling draw at Stoke.

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After going 2-0 down via an Ibrahim Afellay header in the 13th minute and Bojan Krkic strike in the 53rd, the Swans produced an unlikely-looking comeback to secure a point as Gylfi Sigurdsson and substitute Alberto Paloschi netted in the 68th and 79th minutes respectively.

With six games left to play they remain in 15th position, still 10 points clear of 18th-placed Sunderland, who drew 0-0 with West Brom yesterday and have seven matches to go.

Guidolin had said in the build-up to the Stoke fixture he felt four more points would be required to ensure Swansea avoided relegation, taking them to 40.

And when asked after the draw at the Britannia Stadium if he thought the Welsh side were now safe, the Italian said: "No. I think we need three points. I asked after our match about Sunderland and saw their result. The season is not finished - for us or any of the teams.

"It is important to play in the future, like next week (against Chelsea at home) for example, with this character and courage."

Although Stoke had appeared firmly in control up until the hour mark, Guidolin insisted he had been happy with Swansea's performance throughout.

"It was a good transformation in the second half, but I saw my team play well in the first half as well," said the 60-year-old, whose side have lost only one of their last five games and won three of them.

"My team played with personality, and I am happy."

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