'It's in our hands - let's do it'

5th May 2018
First team

Carlos Carvalhal remains confident Swansea City will win their fight for Premier League survival despite their 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth.

Ryan Fraser’s deflected 37th-minute shot proved the difference as the Swans succumbed to a third successive loss.

The result means they remain under big pressure at the bottom of the Premier League despite the fact Stoke were relegated following defeat to Crystal Palace earlier in the day.

West Brom remain alive after their extraordinary run continued with a last-gasp victory over Tottenham, while Southampton's 1-1 draw at Everton means the Swans have dropped into the bottom three on goal difference.

The Swans face the Saints at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday before Stoke visit SA1 on the final day of the season.

And Carvalhal is taking heart from the fact that with two home fixtures to come, the Swans’ fate remains in their hands.

“I am not worried,” said the Swans manager.

“Why? Because we depend on ourselves. When I arrived, if I said in that moment that we would have two games to finish to stay in the Premier League, nobody would have believed me because of the really bad position we were in.

“We have got to this moment and everything is in our hands, so let’s do it. If we do our job, we know we stay in this league.

“We have played better at home since I arrived. The fans have made a big impact and we believe we can do well at home on Tuesday.

“We depend on ourselves. We don’t have to listen to what other teams are doing. We play two home games to finish so we are happy with that.”

The Saints clash always looked like being a hugely significant fixture, and so it has proved after the Swans’ seven-game winless streak.

“In all circumstances it was going to be a big game that decides a lot of things,” Carvalhal added.

“Like I said, when you looked when I arrived, nobody would believe me if I said this game could decide things.

“But that is the case and it’s in our hands at home. We must only look at ourselves and now we must do our job.”