Stoke game a 'must-win' for Swansea in relegation fight

A terrible run of one point from six games has Swansea sitting 18th in the table, two points adrift of safety with five matches left to play as they prepare for the visit of 11th-placed Stoke.

"Against Stoke the fans need to bring a huge atmosphere to the game", he was quoted as saying by the club's official website. The most Fernando has done in a game since I've been here is 65 metres sprinting.

But Mazzarri said he has been trying to get the message into his players" heads that it's still an important game and is "curious' to see what sort of performance they produce.

"You can not look at a player in isolation, but I don't get the feel that Fernando does not care or is not showing passion".

"If we stay up why wouldn't we be interested?".

The importance of beating Stoke is not lost on Clement with Swansea's next two games being at Manchester United and at home to in-form Everton. When the season finishes we can have those discussions about our own players and potential targets.

The 23-year-old forward made his sixth straight start in the game and was substituted by Hughes in the 58th minute, shortly after the visitors had equalised.

Swansea boss Paul Clement has defended Fernando Llorente against accusations that the World Cup victor does not work hard enough. The Swans are two points adrift from safety, but there are plenty of points left to be played for and they have every chance of remaining in the division if they starting winning games. If I had seen something different in terms of mood - flat or lack of belief - I would be anxious. If they don't then I will get angry. He needs a goal, which is what all strikers need, just to settle into a club. "Also in these six matches I will see who's going to stay next season".

As a case in point, despite delivering a promising performance last Saturday the Tigers suffered a disappointing result when beaten 3-1 by Stoke City, a game in which Maguire took little consolation from scoring his second goal of the season.

The pair have trained this week after missing the Hull match due to a hamstring problem and virus respectively. "They travelled in their numbers and got right behind us from the first to the last whistle at Watford".

  • Julie Sanders