Clement Reaction After 10th Premier League Defeat
Paul Clement shares his thoughts after watching his Swansea City side lose their tenth Premier League game of the season, as we go bottom of the table.
It was the perfect start to a game that Clement described as a 'cup final' in Thursday's press conference, as Bony fired in first time from a left-sided cross. But after a promising half an hour or so, the Swans let Stoke walk back into the game as Fer ran into a group of Stoke players not far from the edge of his own box. Having lost possession, Shaqiri was able to get in and finish past Fabianski after an assist from Joe Allen.
Clement was right that we probably were the better side in the opening 30 minutes, but it proves yet again that we were up against a completely average side in Stoke. Their first 2 shots on target, within four minutes of each other, resulted in goals. For the second, Crouch was completely unmarked as he flicked on a direct ball as Diouf finished well inside the box.
With just over a half of football left for the Swans to get themselves level, they didn't really get close to doing so. Abraham was anonymous for the most part, though that wasn't down to him, but for the lack of attacking creativity behind him in midfield. Ayew was the attacking player in the diamond instead of Renato Sanches, but he didn't show any promise in a new role for the former Aston Villa man.
A lack of width once more never helped our cause, and we're seeing the same things every single match guaranteed, as the Swans simply try to get the ball wide for a full back to cross in an attempt to create chances. The very fact that Clement pursues with this method of attack is enough in itself to get rid of him. He's lacking an ability to be versatile in his approach, he can't implement anything new and the team - despite severely lacking quality, desperately needs a new leader to bring in some new ideas.
Clement told Sky Sports:
'The performance sums us up. At times we played good football, we got off to a great start, scored with the kind of move we spoke about, and up until they scored their goal we were the better team. Then we gave the all away in a key area. The goal is a gift. The second one is very typical of their style at times; long ball, we are a bit deep, and you can't expect to always win he ball in the air against Peter Crouch.
'At 2-1 though there is a long time to go and I'm really disappointed with the way we continued after that point. We didn't play well and we deserve to be bottom of the table the way we have been playing.
'We are alright Monday to Friday, but that's not what it's about is it? I can control the line-up, what we do in training, how we communicate that to the players. But clearly that isn't working at the moment and I have to find other ways.'
That last comment doesn't sit well with me either. We've heard before how Clement likes to step away from responsibility for defeats and poor performances. Suggesting here that the players are okay Monday to Friday when he's in charge in training, but then a match comes and they can't perform.
He's also said that before that he has to try 'other ways', but he just hasn't. There's nothing new in our performances, in our setup and the way we try to attack and create chances. It's all the same stuff, the same problems, the same lack of movement and the same predictable passing patterns. Surely now the club have to take action?