Swans Suffer Late Spurs Heartbreak

But boss Paul Clement is looking forward to West Ham.

Paul Clement urged his players to dig deep and come back fighting after a “heartbreaking” 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur saw Swansea City slip back into the Premier League relegation zone. 

The Swans looked on course for a famous victory heading into the closing stages of a remarkable game thanks to Wayne Routledge’s early goal.

But despite some gallant defending from the home side, title-chasing Spurs levelled on 88 minutes when Christian Eriksen’s deflected shot dropped perfectly for Dele Alli to tap home.

With the Swans reeling, the visitors snatched the lead in the first minute of stoppage time when Son Heung-min’s drive beat Lukasz Fabianski.

And as the Swans threw men forward, Eriksen wrapped up Spurs’ victory in the fourth added minute.

“That result is very tough to take, for me, for the players and for the fans,” Clement said.

“We got off to a really good start. We scored a route-one goal with a ball over the top. (Jordan) Ayew did really well and produced some good skill to find Routledge.

“That gave us a lot of belief. We had to defend a lot tonight, but we did that very well against a very good, technical, offensive side.

“We had a fantastic chance with (Kyle) Naughton which deflected just wide, then on 88 minutes the equaliser comes.

“It was a little bit unfortunate – a cross-shot deflects off (Alfie) Mawson and goes right between (Fede) Fernandez and (Leroy) Fer.

“But at 1-1, you still have to try to get the draw.

“To come out of the game with nothing is pretty heartbreaking, really.”

The Swans are back in action at West Ham on Saturday and, with just seven games now remaining this season, Clement admits they must start putting results on the board.

“We have to be encouraged by our performance for long periods of this game,” the head coach added.

“The players have put in a massive physical effort very soon after our last game, but we have to dust ourselves off and go again.

“We are professionals and we have to deal with hard times and go again.

“The players know the situation we are in. We are in the bottom three now and there are seven games to go.

“West Ham have had their own troubles recently and we have to go there and try to get a result.

“We need a result, certainly in the next two games, because the games are running out now.”

Clement paid tribute to Ayew, describing his performance against Spurs as the January recruit’s best yet in Swans colours.

Ayew’s fellow frontman Fernando Llorente, meantime, could be back in the squad for the Hammers clash.

“He has trained well in the last two days and we are hoping he is going to be okay for Saturday,” Clement said.

“He wasn’t ready to play tonight.

“I thought Ayew played really well. He worked really hard and he enabled us to press more at the right times because he is athletic. He can be satisfied with his performance.” 


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