Llorente outjumps Stoke to keep Swansea survival bid alive


I've seen the players battling and going hammer and tongs in training this week.

Steve Bruce's resignation during pre-season was followed by that infamous five-a-side photo taken during a training getaway by some more self-depricating members of the City camp, and at the time look up a significant proportion of the club's playing squad.

Next up for Swansea is a tough trip to Manchester United on April 30. Three months ago they managed to win at Sunderland which happens to be the only three points they have won away from home in 2017. "As we stand, it is out of our hands".

"We've been awful on the road but our home form puts us in a position where it's still in our hands and while that's the case, we've got massive belief in the manager (Marco Silva)", he said.

"But we're right behind them, breathing down their necks, and we'll do that to the very last game".

"As it was we missed the penalty and they went up the other end and got a deflected shot that loops over Jack Butland".

Clement's appointment at the start of the year saw a marked improvement in form with five wins from his first eight games.

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Butland's nervy return to action continued just after the hour mark, Stoke's goalkeeper fumbling Sigurdsson's free-kick into the path of Alfie Mawson, who could not apply the finish.

"It is normal pressure, big pressure yes but all the teams have pressure, " said Silva at his pre-match press conference. They are not happy with the last result and what I feel during the week is our players train hard.

"But we've got to deal with this one against Stoke because if we don't, then we might not have a World Cup final in the next game".

"Results are what matter now, we're not too anxious about performances along as the points go in the bag".

Hughes is hopeful of having of having two midfielders back available for this weekend's contest in his native Wales, in compatriot Joe Allen - a former Swansea player - and Glenn Whelan.

Stoke's England goalkeeper Jack Butland started for the first time since fracturing his ankle on global duty 13 months ago. "As fans, we cant let it go quiet during a barren spell in the game".