Deserved Victory "Very Pleasing" Says Clement
Swansea City head coach Paul Clement punched the air in delight as he watched his side win a crucial relegation 6-pointer at home against Leicester City - thanks to first half goals from Alfie Mawson and Martin Olsson.
The boss walked over to the East Stand at the end of the game to applaud the fans for their support, as he punched the air in delighted after watching his team win another game against one of their closest relegation rivals.
What Clement has done is nothing short of incredible. We looked down and out, bottom with just 12 points when he came in on the day we beat Crystal Palace. 6 games later, we`ve doubled that tally to 24 and we`re 4 points ahead of the bottom 3, as opposed to being 4 points adrift of 17th just 6 games ago.
He`s brought in a number of key qualities so quickly, the confidence has shot through the roof, the defensive organisation has been a huge factor as we`re finally starting to keep clean sheets again.
Today, Jack Cork looked like a quality defensive midfielder again, having struggled to hold on to his first team place earlier in the season. Leroy Fer also looks more capable and is making far fewer errors - though they are still there - while Alfie Mawson - my man of the match - scored again and is improving every week.
The first goal today saw two defenders linking up as Mawson volleyed home! When we were relying heavily on Gylfi Sigurdsson for creating and scoring the vast majority of our goals, we`re starting to find them from other areas. New signing Martin Olsson hasn`t wasted no time in showing us all what we`ve been missing at left back. His best defensive performance today, and he scored the all-important second. Sigurdsson the creator, slicing a pass through the Leicester defence, carving them right open as the left back raced in behind to finish.
The Swans have definitely performed better under Clement, they had to do more defending in the second half than they would have liked, and they didn`t really look like getting a third, but they were able to show - yet again - their defensive solidity - a much-needed quality that Clement has brought in - together with team spirit and self belief - it`s got us wins - and quite a few of them in just a matter of weeks.
"The fans` response at the end was excellent,"
"They want to see their team doing well. They want to see their team working hard, looking organised, playing well and winning.
"I think they have seen some good results recently so they are happy.
"And for me, it was a very pleasing afternoon. I thought we really deserved the victory.
"We scored two really good goals and the one just before half-time gave us a lot of confidence.
"I was really pleased with the way we then saw the game out in the second half to get a positive result.
"I am very happy with the form of the team and the confidence of the team, although it`s only a small step we have taken towards our objective and we have to keep working."
Clement also admitted that he was never comfortable during the game, despite the 2-0 scoreline. A single goal from Leicester, who were on top for most of the second half, would have - like Clement says - shifted the momentum in their favour.
But if you can`t score, don`t concede - and that`s what we did - we held on - but in the end - Leicester - due to mostly a complete lack of a final ball quality - only managed a single shot on target - that Fabianski brilliantly saved.
"You are never comfortable at 2-0 because one goal can change the momentum of the game,"
"They had a couple of good moments and Fabianski made a good save.
"I didn`t feel comfortable at any point, but maybe the players did because they saw the game out really well.
"You look at what Leicester did so well last year, and a lot of it was about being competitive and winning second balls, showing grit and determination.
"We said before the game that at the very least, we would have to match them in that area, and I thought the players showed they were up for the challenge today."