English Premiership

Carvalhal: Swansea must keep on swimming

2018-02-12 09:40
Carlos Carvalhal (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal told his team keep it up after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Burnley took them further away from the drop zone.

Ki Sung-yueng found the bottom corner to give the Swans their third win in their last four matches and lifting them up to 15th in the Premier League standings.

"When we arrived we were in the deep ocean," said Carvahal, who took over from Paul Clement in December with the Swans bottom of the league. "It was very deep and dark. We saw no fishes.

"We won some games, to put our noses out of the water. It was the first time we'd smelled the fresh air. Now, in this moment, we have started swimming and we can now go to the coast. But we must continue to swim to reach the coastline."

Carvalhal was asked about what has changed since he took charge and results improved, with only one loss in their last seven league matches.

"There is not one reason," he said. "I'm central to things but I'm not more important than anyone at the club. I take risks to change the formations, we create a new dynamic.

"I'm happy with my players because they are working very hard. It was a difficult game, we knew it would be. But it's a deserved win. We created more chances, we controlled the game very well, especially in the second half."

While the Swans are resurgent, Burnley have lost their swagger after a period of impressive form earlier in the season, and have now gone 10 matches without a win.

"I think it's just beginning to catch up with us," Dyche said, having also had a number of players out injured.

"Not through all of this run, there's been some very good performances, but it's just caught up with us a bit. It's important in these next couple of weeks, then hopefully we'll get some bodies back.

"It was a tight one. Not a great game but I don't think either team was worried about that. It's about points on the board. Another week where there's not a lot in the game, we had a few chances without being clinical."

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