Friday 25 May 2018

Clement holds his hands up

Swansea City 1-2 Watford

Watford player Richarlison celebrates the winning goal as Federico Fernandez of Swansea screams in frustration. Photo: Getty
Watford player Richarlison celebrates the winning goal as Federico Fernandez of Swansea screams in frustration. Photo: Getty

Phil Blanche

Paul Clement blamed himself for Swansea's third straight Premier League home defeat against Watford. Brazilian youngster Richarlison took Watford into fifth place as his 90th-minute winner gave them a 2-1 victory - the first time the Hornets have won three consecutive away games in the Premier League.

Swansea substitute Tammy Abraham had earlier cancelled out Andre Gray's first Watford goal to reward a better second-half showing from the hosts.

But that only came after head coach Clement had sent on Roque Mesa and Abraham at half-time and dispensed with playing three central defenders.

"We played really poorly in the first half and I have to take responsibility for that because I chose the shape of the team," Clement said.

Watford striker Andre Gray (r) celebrates with Andre Carrillo after scoring the opening goal. Photo: Getty
Watford striker Andre Gray (r) celebrates with Andre Carrillo after scoring the opening goal. Photo: Getty

"I chose the line-up and it proved to be incorrect, and I think I did the right thing to make the changes at half-time in terms of the shape and personnel.

"We took the initiative, had a lot more control of the game and got back in it.

"There looked like there was only one team who would go on and win it at that point.

"But in that position you must make sure you do not lose the game, and when I look back at their two goals they are gifts."

Watford boss Marco Silva was delighted his side had quickly put last weekend's 6-0 home defeat to Manchester City behind them.

"It was a tough afternoon last week, but it's in the past," Silva said.

"Our team showed they had forgotten what happened last Saturday, which was really important.

"We wanted three really important points and we've got our third win away in the Premier League, which is very difficult for a team like Watford.

"We started the game with some really nice football, we scored a goal and controlled the match well.

"But we needed to believe we could score the second to kill the match.

"If we'd have scored a second we could have been a bit more confident."

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