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Stand tall and we can stay up, says Tate

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11:07 19th April 2017

. . . as Swans legend backs Clement's men to survive


Alan Tate reckons Swansea City can win their Premier League survival fight if players and fans stand together throughout the run-in.
Paul Clement’s side are two points adrift of safety with just five games of the season remaining.
But Swans legend Tate is convinced Clement’s men can get out of trouble.
Stoke City visit the Liberty this weekend in what Clement has dubbed a must-win game, while Everton and West Brom are also due in SA1 before the campaign draws to a close in a month’s time.
And the Swans must travel to Manchester United and Sunderland as they look to haul themselves out of the bottom three. 

Swans huddle

Tate, who was part of the club’s most famous scrap to stay up back in 2003, believes unity is key at times like this.
“Everyone has to stand up and be counted,” he said.
“You cannot go into games like this with any passengers. It takes 11 men to go and win big-pressure games at the end of the season, and of course the lads coming off the bench are included in that as well. 
“It takes a group of men to stand together and, in a football sense, to live and die for each other.
“The fans also have a massive role to play. I know they have been frustrated at times this season but that all has to be put to one side now for the good of the club.

Swans fans

“The one thing about our fans is that once there is a cause, and the cause is our club, they are brilliant. They will get behind the team.
“I just urge them all to come to the Stoke game and support the lads no matter what. Even if we go a goal behind, we all have to keep believing that we can win the game.
“We don’t want any negatives. We have to trust the team, trust the manager and trust the club to go and do the right things.”
The Swans pulled five points clear of the relegation places after victory over Burnley at the beginning of February.
That success was a fifth in eight league games following Clement’s appointment in early January.

Paul Clement

But since the Burnley win, the Swans have taken just one point from a possible 18 to drop back into the danger zone. 
It has been a painful run, but Tate believes Clement’s team have the ability to turn their form around.
“Obviously the next couple of weeks are going to be big, but I think we are still right in it,” the fans’ favourite added.
“You can’t hide away from the fact that every game is big now. There are only three home games left. They will all be tough, but they are also winnable games if the lads can perform as we know they can.
“The crowd will be right behind the players I am sure. We all need to back them to the hilt and make it a hostile environment for teams coming to the Liberty.
“And no matter what happens, the crowd need to stay with the players because it’s a massive period for everyone involved with the club.”

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The fun-filled fan zone has interactive games including speed cage, football pool and football tables, along with live music courtesy of The C90s, competitions and giveaways, entertainment on the big screen and appearances from Lee Trundle as well as Cyril and Cybil, plus plenty of food and drink.
The fun continues after the final whistle at the Liberty, with the FA Cup tie between Chelsea and Tottenham being shown live on the big screen.
The #JacksZone opens at 12.30pm but both home and away fans are encouraged to arrive early as spaces are limited. Please note, the fan zone will be closed 15 minutes before kick off.
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