Mixed feelings for Clement in final tour fixture

23rd July

Paul Clement admitted he had mixed feelings from Swansea City’s final game of their American tour.

The Swans signed off a ten-day tour Stateside with a 0-0 draw against third tier side North Carolina FC in Raleigh.

After an opening draw with MLS side Philadelphia Union, Clement’s side beat Richmond Kickers 2-1 before their final game of the tour.

It proved a frustrating night for the Swans at the WakeMed Soccer Park, with Leroy Fer, Jordan Ayew and Mike van der Hoorn all denied by the hosts.

And Clement insists while he was buoyed by the amount of chances his side created, he expected more from the visitors.

“We made hard work of the game at times tonight,” he said.

“I was encouraged by the start we made. We had a good control of the game and we looked like we would be a real threat.

“We got in behind them early on, but for some reason our level of play deteriorated.

“In the second half we started okay. Then I made the changes and it became very stretched and disorganised in the end – it was almost like a basketball game with it going end to end.

“I am surprised it ended 0-0 because we had a lot of chances. They played three different goalkeepers and each of them pulled off many saves.

“It is unbelievable we didn’t convert any of our chances.

“We limited them to one good opportunity in the first half and a half chance in the second half, so that was an encouraging element of our game.”