Stephen Kingsley: Swansea City excited by Paul Clement
8th January 2017
Stephen Kingsley is convinced there are good times ahead under Paul Clement despite Swansea City's FA Cup loss at Hull.
Clement's first game in charge ended in a 2-0 defeat at the KCOM Stadium, where the Swans failed to take their chances and then succumbed to two late goals.
Despite the scoreline, Clement was encouraged by much of what he saw on Humberside.
And Kingsley says the Swans squad are in upbeat mood following the appointment of their new head coach.
"We are enjoying working under him and I think we are excited about what's coming up," the left-back said.
"Obviously we are in a difficult situation, but with the way he wants to play and the way he wants to get after teams, it's going to be really interesting to see what happens in the next few games.
"I think we are going to improve individually and as a team. It's going to be interesting. I think we are all looking forward to finding out what's ahead."
After their rousing midweek win at Crystal Palace lifted them to within point of safety, the Swans will refocus on their bid to pull clear of relegation danger following the Hull reverse.
They return to Premier League action against Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium next weekend.
And though the Gunners will start as favourites, Kingsley is targeting Clement's first home game for what would be a head-turning victory.
"We pick ourselves up after Hull, learn from it and move on to Arsenal, which is massive," he added.
"We don't just need a performance, we need to look to win - a good performance is not enough.
"We have cup finals from now until the end of the season. We will do our best and hopefully we can get that win."
Clement might have been celebrating victory in his first game in charge had his team taken their opportunities in front of goal.
Nathan Dyer, Fernando Llorente and Ki Sung-Yueng all had efforts saved by Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic.
Ki also saw a volley come back off the post just minutes before Abel Hernandez gave the Tigers the lead.
Josh Tymon then sealed Hull's place in round four with a breakaway goal in stoppage time.
"It was a missed opportunity for us," Kingsley said.
"We conceded two goals and the first one especially was not good enough from us.
"We played well in large spells of the game but we didn't take our chances. The manager said to us it wasn't a 90-minute performance, but there were positives to take from it.
"If we had scored in the first half, if Ki's shot goes in, if Nath's chance goes in, it's a different story. There are positives but we need to take chances."