10:30 21st April 2017
Manager wary of struggling Swans...
MARK HUGHES has highlighted the importance of managing both the game and the environment correctly at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Whilst last weekend’s triumph over Hull City dispelled any lingering threat of the Potters being dragged into a relegation battle, Swansea’s narrow reverse against Watford led to their boss Paul Clemet describing the forthcoming encounter as their biggest of the season to date.
With forthcoming fixtures against Manchester United and Everton on the horizon, Clement described tomorrow’s showdown as an absolute mist win fixture if his side are to retain their top-flight status.
“It is a hugely significant game for them I would suggest, just as it is really important for ourselves too,” he told the media during Friday morning’s press conference.
“Clearly given their position in the table they need wins and points, because draws don’t really move your position, so we know it will be a really challenging game for us.
“We faced a team struggling for points last week, and they gave their all but we managed to overcome them and we want to do the same this weekend too.
“I think it is all about managing the game in fairness for both sides, but especially from our point of view.
“We need to go there and understand their situation and hopefully capitalise on that by sucking their confidence away from them and making them ask real questions of themselves.
“We will only do that by starting the game positively and getting them on their back foot from the off - if we do that and effect the game positively then there is no reason why we can’t get a positive result.”