Swansea and Middlesbrough play out scrappy stalemate

Boro had a couple of half-chances in quick succession when Gaston Ramirez teed up Alvaro Negredo but Alfie Mawson blocked his effort in the area, before Kyle Naughton was on hand to cut out a second attempt from Stewart Downing. A Swans win would leave the Teessiders eight points from safety and would surely spell an end to their time in the Premier League.

The average number of points needed to stay up in the 13 seasons since West Ham's demotion is 35 - and beating Middlesbrough would take Swansea to within five of that mark.

BY THE time that Middlesbrough take the field at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow lunch-time, 106 days will have elapsed since they last sampled the sweet sensation of a Premier League victory.

Despite enjoying success as assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea, Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, Clement says keeping the Swans in the top flight would eclipse anything he has achieved in his career so far.

"If they make a mistake high up the pitch, then they've got another 70m to recover and defend".

"The squad sense the important of this game". This is no different. But Gestede missed a sitter at the death and Boro are running out of games.

Ki Sung-yueng, Jefferson Montero and Kristoffer Nordfeldt were the last three Swansea players to return from worldwide duty and all are likely to be on the bench.

- Middlesbrough (9) have kept more clean sheets than any other Premier League team now in the bottom six.

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"I think it will go right down to the final games of the season, if not the final game", he said.

Swansea have lost three of their last four league games and are just three points above the relegation zone, with Clement hoping to get positive results during the run-in.

However, Agnew is relishing the opportunity and is refusing to be bowed by the pressure of the situation he has inherited.

"I haven't changed anything from what I did at the start to now", he said.

"When I go home, I'm quite relaxed".

"The focus is on.the remaining nine games and at the end of the season we will know what level we are at and plans can develop from there". Middlesbrough also see the return of a defender in the shape of Daniel Ayala after their back line has been diminished lately.

"The training intensity, the way I communicate with the players, it's the same kind of thing".

Uruguay striker Cristhian Stuani is also available after recovering from his exertions on worldwide duty, but defenders George Friend (calf) and Calum Chambers (foot) are still out.

  • Lawrence Cooper