Llorente outjumps Stoke to keep Swansea survival bid alive


"I thought it was a must-win game and it was absolutely right".

The defeat, Stoke's fifth in their last six league outings, came to typify that of a team left with little to play for this season, with the Potters in relative safety sat 11th in the Premier League.

"Nothing changed between us and Hull but what has changed is we have got momentum now". Granted, none of these sides has been proficient away from home, but then Stoke have not been good on the road either: they've failed to score in five on their travels, four of which they've lost. They are not happy with the last result and what I feel during the week is our players train hard.

"When you lose 3-1 and still get the applause they gave us and saw the spirit they showed in turning up, that's brilliant but now we need them at home".

"We had plenty of possession without really creating the chances we needed, a lot of our stuff petered out and we were finding ourselves going in the other direction". In the event the difference had gone to five points with four to play the job could happen to be quite hard.

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"I hope the players respond, they have not responded well over last six games when pressure has been there, but we have to perform to alleviate it".

Ayew then almost got a third for Swansea, breaking free on the counter but Butland was there again to keep Stoke in the game.

Marko Arnautovic stepped up from the spot but inexplicably struck his penalty high into the stands behind Fabianski's goal.

In the second half, Stoke were looking for the goal and took hold of the ball much more than the first half. At 1-0 for the most part we were okay but clearly the game has changed on missing the penalty - if we could get back on terms, who knows? "We are pretty well covered in that position, we have quality and we have experience, but you never say never".

Borja Baston, Swansea's record signing, has struggled to find his feet in the Premier League this season, although has improved his form in recent games as the Swans start to scrap for points.

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