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Clement: Stick with us for key clash


15:30 18th April 2017

. . . Boss' message to the fans ahead of crucial home fixture

Swans boss Paul Clement has urged the Jack Army to stick with the team on Saturday to deliver the edge needed to secure a crucial victory over Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium.
With the Swans desperate to climb out of the last relegation spot with five Premier League games remaining, Clement believes home support will be vital with Stoke, Everton and West Brom still to visit SA1.
“The fans have been fantastic and I can’t thank them enough,’’ declared Clement. “They travelled in their numbers and got right behind us from the first to the last whistle at Watford. We were gutted they went home disappointed with the result.
“But I urge everyone to stay behind us on Saturday and give us that extra bit we will need at home to get the result we all want."

Paul Clement

With Hull still within two points of the Swans and safety, the magnitude of the clash was not lost on Clement.
He added: “I was asked many times in the fixtures leading up to Watford if it was a must-win game. I’ve always said that it’s another important game, but not must-win, because we still had a lot of games to play.
“Well we are now at a point where I have to say ‘yes, Stoke is a must-win’. It’s a massive game - the biggest game the club has had for many years, maybe since the play-off final.
“The players know the magnitude of the game ahead of us on Saturday and we must deliver.’’

Paul Clement

It was a view shared by assistant coach Nigel Gibbs, who added: “The supporters have been brilliant for us since we came in. And I know it’s been a very tough season.
“They travelled in their numbers to Vicarage Road again and you could hear them singing above the Watford fans.
“We are going to need everyone, not just the fans, but everyone at the football club to try and help us stay in the Premier League. It’s going to be tough, but that’s our ultimate goal.
“The fans have been terrific. They have been really supportive, but we will need them more than ever on Saturday.’’

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