Saturday 16 December 2017

Paul Clement: Swansea have every right to celebrate if they avoid relegation

Swansea boss Paul Clement says the club should celebrate avoiding relegation from the Premier League
Swansea boss Paul Clement says the club should celebrate avoiding relegation from the Premier League

Paul Clement says Swansea have every right to celebrate if they avoid falling out of the Premier League.

Swansea enter the last two games of the season one point above Hull in the final safety position of 17th.

It is a far cry for a club who have finished 11th, ninth, 12th, eighth and 12th in their five previous seasons in the Premier League.

But head coach Clement, who was appointed in January as Swansea sat bottom of the league with 12 points from 19 games, insisted escaping relegation would be a source for celebration.

"If you look right back to the start of the season and say Swansea are going to stay up and there's going to be massive celebrations, people would tell you 'That's not great, we don't want to hear that,'" Clement said.

"But in the context of the situation - three managers in one year, bottom at the halfway point with only 12 points, massive goals conceded - I think, absolutely yes, we can celebrate if we stay in the league."

Swansea head to already-relegated Sunderland on Saturday with their destiny firmly in their own hands.

Two wins - Swansea entertain West Brom on the final day - and Clement's side will be safe.

Swansea would also secure a seventh season in the top flight if they beat Sunderland and Hull - who are at home to Tottenham on the final day - lose at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Palace need a point against Hull at Selhurst Park to guarantee their own survival.

"There's lots of different scenarios," Clement said. "But the only thing I've spoken to the players about is taking care of business on Saturday.

"We can't look further forward than that because we've got to try and get the right result.

"If we do that we're obviously going to put a lot of pressure on not only Hull, but Crystal Palace as well.

"I just want to be in a position come Sunday when they play each other that we've got our part of the job done."

Last weekend's win over Everton moved Swansea out of the relegation zone, with Sunderland's 2-0 win at Hull doing them a massive favour.

And Clement said Sunderland's victory on the back of their relegation underlined the danger lurking on Wearside.

"That game shows us that they (Sunderland) are still working hard," Clement said.

"They got a strong result there and now it's their last game at the Stadium of Light in front of fantastic support.

"Maybe it's the last game for some players at that club as well and they will want to do really well.

"Although they've had a difficult season they will want to finish off strongly, so mentally we are prepared for a tough game."

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