Clement proud as Swans see off Terriers

14th October 2017
First team

Paul Clement paid tribute to his players after Swansea City beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 to register a first home win of the season.

The Swans went in front three minutes before half-time when an error from Town keeper Jonas Lossl let in Tom Carroll and the midfielder teed up Tammy Abraham to score.

And the home side doubled their advantage three minutes after the break when good work from Luciano Narsingh led to a chance for Jordan Ayew.

The Ghana star’s shot beat Lossl and was helped over the line by Abraham, who got in ahead of Huddersfield defender Zanka.

From that point on, the Swans were relatively comfortable, with Lukasz Fabianski banking a fourth clean sheet of the campaign to round off a fine day’s work.

“I feel good about what the players did today,” Clement said.

“It was an important game for us based on how we have been playing at home and how we have been attacking.

“From the first whistle we were very positive with our attacking and with our pressing high up the field.

“We thought they would try to play from the back as they normally do and we had worked on winning the ball high up the pitch in training.

“We also had attacking intent today. We had willing runners getting into spaces behind the opposition.

“Okay the first goal was a mistake, but we persevered with pressing high up the field and we forced the error.

“We then started the second half well and got another goal, which gave us the platform to go and win the game.”

The Swans started with wingers for the first time this season, with Narsingh and Ayew operating either side of Abraham.

Clement felt the new system helped increased his team’s threat – but argued it was also down to the players’ approach.

“We have four clean sheets in eight league games now which is good, but we also managed to find that attacking impetus that we haven’t had,” he added.

“Maybe the change of shape helped that to a degree, but I think the mentality of the players helped too. There was lots of energy and willingness to work for each other, and that was important.”