Clement: It is down to us to turn things around

23rd October 2017
First team

Paul Clement reckons it is down to Swansea City’s players – and the club’s staff – to begin turning home form around when they face Manchester United on Tuesday night.

The Swans were beaten on their own patch by Leicester City over the weekend, with the Foxes becoming the fourth visiting side to take three points in five Liberty Stadium fixtures so far this season.

United are another of the clubs who have won in SA1 in 2017-218, and Clement admits the Swans must dig deep if they are to exact some revenge in the Carabao Cup fourth round.

“I think we are lacking a bit of confidence at home,” Clement said.

“I don’t blame the supporters for that at all. It’s down to us.

“We have had a meeting involving the players and the first-team staff. I said in there that there is not anyone outside this room who can sort out our performances.

“When we perform at the level we are capable of defensively, offensively and individually, our crowd will get more excited about what they are seeing on the pitch.

“It’s down to us to make that happen.”

The Swans have done okay on the road so far this season, claiming draws at Southampton and Spurs and winning at Crystal Palace.

There have also been travelling triumphs at MK Dons and Reading in the Carabao Cup, but results at home have been demoralising.

United, Newcastle and Watford all won in Wales before the Swans saw off Huddersfield.

Clement hoped his side had turned the corner after the Terriers success, but they took a backward step against Leicester.

“At the moment I am seeing some inconsistency in our performances,” he added.

“We need to find more consistency as a team and also as individuals.

“I said going into the Leicester game that we needed to expect the best Leicester, now it is the same thing with Manchester United.

“We have to expect a really good Manchester United to come here because if we don’t, we are vulnerable.”

Jose Mourinho’s United side won 4-0 in the Swans’ first Liberty fixture of the season, but the scoreline that day was harsh on the hosts.

“That was a tight game for 79 minutes,” Clement recalled.

“We are really looking forward to facing United again and we’re glad the game has come around quickly after Leicester.

“This is a different competition, but it’s a competition we want to do well in. We are looking for a response to Saturday and we are looking to progress.

“If we are going to do that, we know we are going to need a strong defensive performance while we’ll also have to create some chances.”