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Clement defends Swansea striker Llorente's work ethic

Clement defends Swansea striker Llorente's work ethic

A awful run of one point from six games has Swansea sitting 18th in the table, two points adrift of safety with five matches left to play as they prepare for the visit of 11th-placed Stoke. They know what is needed, intensity in training is there. I know him well and would be more than happy to speak to him.

But Mazzarri said he has been trying to get the message into his players" heads that it's still an important game and is "curious' to see what sort of performance they produce.

The manager admitted that everyone at the club was "gutted" and said they "went home disappointed with the result", adding: "But I urge everyone to stay behind us on Saturday and give us that extra bit we will need at home to get the result we all want".

The importance of beating Stoke is not lost on Clement with Swansea's next two games being at Manchester United and at home to in-form Everton. With that and Stoke's ordinary record on the road in mind, we'll back the home win.

"But it is unlikely we will both win every game".

The 23-year-old forward made his sixth straight start in the game and was substituted by Hughes in the 58th minute, shortly after the visitors had equalised.

Swansea manager Paul Clement has leapt to the defence of striker Fernando Llorente following accusations the Spanish striker does not try hard enough.

"I think everybody can see he is getting stronger".

"You see odd results every week and you know you can't rely on other teams picking up or dropping points, it has to be about what we do".

Swansea face Stoke on Saturday back in the bottom three and two points adrift from safety with five games to play.

Speaking on BBC's Match of the Day, former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard singled him out following another lacklustre display from relegation-threatened Swansea that extended their winless run to six games.

Goalkeeper Jack Butland was an unused substitute against the Tigers, returning to the matchday squad for the first time since fracturing his ankle just over a year ago.

Bilic told a news conference: "We are going to see".


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