Paul Clement: Swansea City must build on Liverpool win
30th January 2017
Paul Clement has urged his players to build on their Anfield triumph by toppling Southampton tomorrow as he bids to inspire an upturn in fortunes at the Liberty Stadium.
The Swans banked their best result of the season when they stunned Liverpool on their own patch last week.
But Clement has warned that the 3-2 success on Merseyisde will be quickly forgotten if his team fail to deliver against the Saints.
And the Swans head coach admits that a record of two wins in 11 home Premier League games this season is not good enough.
"It's really important to back up what we did at Liverpool with another good performance," Clement said.
"It's about performing week-in, week-out and that's what we are looking to do.
"Winning at Liverpool was a bonus, but this is the type of home game is where we have to be looking to do well.
"We have to be better at home. Away results, especially against the big sides, are bonuses.
"But we have to got to be more consistent at home."
The Swans failed to win any of their opening six home games of this top-flight campaign, eventually breaking their duck in that 5-4 thriller against Crystal Palace in late November.
They followed that win up with a 3-0 triumph against Sunderland in their next Liberty fixture, but have since lost three in a row - and conceded 11 goals in the process - on their own patch.
After taking some encouragement from his first home fixture, the 4-0 defeat to Arsenal, Clement reckons the Swans can trouble Southampton if they get the little details right.
"Anything is possible - we proved that with what we did at Liverpool - but we have to concentrate on producing another performance," he added.
"If we don't perform right, if we don't show the right attitude and intensity, we are not going to win the game.
"But if we get the details right, we will have a good chance.
"I think the Liverpool performance and result came at a good time for everybody - for the fans, for the players and for me also.
"Coming out of the bottom three, but most of all producing that performance at a difficult place to play, was good for us.
"Now we have to build on that against Southampton."
Clement revealed that new recruit Luciano Narsingh is set to play some part tomorrow night having recovered from a calf injury.
Ki Sung-Yueng is also available after a calf problem saw him miss the Liverpool win.
Leon Britton (calf) is expected to return to training next week, while Oli McBurnie will miss the Saints clash because of a minor problem.
Clement on a possible swap deal involving Neil Taylor and Aston Villa's Jordan Ayew
"It's not done yet, but it's close to being done.
"We brought Martin Olsson in from Norwich which meant we had three left-backs, but I only really need two.
"Neil has been a great servant for this club. I had a really nice discussion with him this morning.
"He said he wanted to take this opportunity and I supported that. it's the right time for to have a new challenge and we wish him all the best.
"We will then bring in a young offensive talent in Jordan Ayew. He can play out wide or in the middle and I like that versatility in a player."
Clement on the possibility of further recruits
"We were interested (in Lisandro Lopez) but it went no further than that and that deal will not happen.
"We have four centre-backs and I think at this point that they will be the four we have once the window is closed.
"It's looking as though Marvin Emnes will go back to Blackburn on loan.
"I am pretty clear about where we are and I think that will be it."
Clement on Southampton
"They did really well against Liverpool last week and they also did very well in their last league game against Leicester.
"They are a good side and I expect a good game between two sides who try to play football.
"Claude Puel has done really well there. His team are good to watch and play good football."