Swansea City appeared to have gotten it right with the second managerial change of the season when Paul Clement replaced Bob Bradley at the end of 2016 and the Swans later won four
of six games to climb into 14th place, five points out of the EPL relegation zone.
But the Swans have again hit on hard times, dropping back into the bottom three with a 3-1 loss to
Tottenham at home on Wednesday. Clement termed the defeat "heart-breaking" as Swansea led 1-0 in the 88th minute before conceding three goals.
The loss coupled with Hull City's 4-2 win
over Middlesbrough dropped Swansea two points into the relegation zone with seven games to play.
Swansea City Schedule:
April 8 -- at West Ham United (15th) April 15 -- Watford (10th) April 22 -- Stoke City (12th) April 30 -- at Manchester United (6th) May 6 -- Everton (7th) May 13 -- at
Sunderland (20th) May 21 -- West Bromwich (8th)
"The fact we've come out with nothing is heart-breaking," said Clement. "The players know the situation. We're in the bottom three
and there are seven games to go, and West Ham [Swansea's next opponent] are a team who've had their own troubles recently so we have to go there believing we can get a result. We need to get a result,
especially in the next two games because the games are running out now."
Spaniard Fernando Llorente is Swansea City's top scorer with 11 league goals but he hasn't scored in
the last month and has missed the last two games with an ankle injury. Clement hopes to have him back against West Ham on Saturday. The Swans need Llorente as they've only scored two goals in the last
"Things are very tight still. There are seven games to go and a lot of points to play for," Clement added. "We have to be encouraged by our performance for long periods of
that game. The players put in a good physical effort and we have to dust ourselves off and go again -- we have to be professional. We have to know how to deal with defeat and go again on Saturday."
In Swansea City's favor is a relatively soft schedule. West Ham has lost five games in a row to drop to 15th place, and no Swans' opponent is currently higher than sixth in the standings.
Hull City, by contrast, must play two top four teams: Manchester City on Saturday and Tottenham in the season finale.