Clement: Let's focus on performance

23rd November 2017
First team

Paul Clement has spelled out the need for his players to focus on performance this weekend as Swansea City look to turn their form around.

The Swans take on Bournemouth at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday as they look to end a painful run of four successive Premier League defeats.

Clement’s side have struggled on their own patch so far this season, winning just one of their six home league games to date.

And Clement feels the key to improving that record will be to concentrate on performance rather than a result.

The Swans manager dismissed the idea that Bournemouth could be billed as a must-win game, saying: “What is a must is that we improve our performance levels, because only when we do that will we have a chance of getting a win.

“In this league you can play very well and not get a result, but our focus has to be on getting a performance.

“After that, hopefully everything will fall into place.

“We are disappointed with the way we have been performing – poor performances have led to a lack of wins.

“Our focus, as always, is to try to be better.

“The crucial thing for us is improving our levels because they have not been good enough recently. That has to be the starting point.”

Clement acknowledges that there is some disappointment within his squad thanks to recent results.

But he will urge his players to remain upbeat when they run out to face Bournemouth.

“We are all disappointed because we know we are not doing well,” Clement added.

“But we are hoping to turn things around.

“I am focusing on my job and on the things I can affect – training, team selection, tactics, meetings.

"The team is lacking confidence, but I would like to see some more confidence in the team this weekend.

“I would like to see us playing better at home, getting our fans behind us and supporting us as much as they can because they can be a massive help.

“I think they will help us more if they see more from us on the pitch. That’s what we have to focus on.”