Jordan Ayew grabs second assist as Swansea eye survival

Carroll scored only his second Premier League goal - and his first for Swansea - as Paul Clement's side claimed a first win in seven games with a precious 2-0 home victory over Stoke.

After Fernando Llorente had put Swansea ahead early on, Arnautovic fired over from the spot in the 69th minute, with Tom Carroll's deflected long-range strike wrapping up the points 60 seconds later.

Just before Swansea extended its lead, Stoke missed a chance to equalize when Marko Arnautovic sent his penalty high over the crossbar.

Despite the success, Swansea stay in the underside three and two points adrift of security, with Hull City having defeated Watford.

Hull manager Marco Silva thinks his players are handling the pressure well as the fight to remain in the Premier League reaches its crucial stage.

"We do look at the stats and believe it or not that is 20 metres more than he has done in other games", Clement said.

Hull made sure of the points nine minutes later when Sam Clucas found the top corner with superb 30-meter shot. Obviously they had a good result, but it is a small gap and they are still within touching distance.

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But the day belonged to Swansea, who beat Stoke City 2-0, and to Hull, who were 2-0 winners against Watford despite losing Oumar Niasse to a red card in the 25th minute. Tactically and technically they played well and hopefully this will give us that impetus we need to go and finish the season strongly.

Bottom club Sunderland did not play on Saturday but they are 12 points off safety with six matches remaining and could be relegated next weekend. "I know him well and would be more than happy to speak to him".

Bournemouth went into their home game with Middlesbrough on the back of a four-match winless run, raising fears they could be dragged into the battle for survival.

The Swans had their second of the match mere moments later, when a long-range effort from Carroll took a massive deflection off Joe Allen to arc over Jack Butland and into the net.

With sixth-placed Arsenal on FA Cup duty and Manchester United not due to face Burnley until 24 hours after Everton's visit to the London Stadium, Koeman's side had the opportunity to maintain the progress they have shown this season.

"We lost the game in the first period".

"I was a player once, unfortunately, subconsciously, if you reach your target you relax, so I am curious to see what is going to happen when we play on Saturday".

  • Ismael Montgomery