'We are frustrated - we want this'

2nd November 2017
First team

Paul Clement has revealed how Swansea City’s players are desperate to deliver in their key home fixture against Brighton this weekend.

The Swans are in need of a result having dropped to 17th in the Premier League table after back-to-back top-flight defeats against Leicester and Arsenal.

Their record at the Liberty so far this season is poor, with just one victory and four defeats in their five SA1 league fixtures in 2017-18.

But Clement is in upbeat mood heading into the Brighton clash because of the attitude he has seen on the training ground since last weekend’s narrow loss at Arsenal.

“The focus has been good,” said the Swans boss.

“We have some injuries, but the players who are fit are well capable of putting a good performance in on Saturday and they want to do that.

“They want it. They are as frustrated as anybody.

“You can talk about frustration and how results haven’t gone our way. Of course the fans are disappointed, but there’s no-one more disappointed than me and the players.

“There’s no better place to start improving our record than this Saturday against Brighton. It’s a very important game because we are at home and we’re playing against a team who we should be competing with.

“We had a very similar game against Huddersfield last month. We knew we needed to start that game well, to perform better and to win. We did that.

“Now we have to try to do the same thing against Brighton.”

The Swans have been beaten on their own patch in the top flight by Manchester United, Newcastle, Watford and Leicester already this season.

And Clement acknowledges that form at the Liberty has to improve as his team look to reach 20 points by the midway stage in the campaign.

“I can honestly say we have done okay away from home, not great but okay, and picked up a respectable number of points,” he added.

“Performances away from home have been satisfactory, but where things haven’t been right is at home.

“We know we have to be better. We want to get to 20 points as fast as possible – we want to be on 20 at least by the halfway point in this season.

“We have nine games to go before halfway so we need to win four of them. This is a game that we really have to try to win.”