Swansea stops rot by beating Stoke but still in drop zone

"It was a game that summed up our last few away performances to be honest". "I thought it was a must-win game and it was absolutely right".

Swansea have consummately failed to kick on after Paul Clement's promising start to his tenure at the Liberty Stadium: they've now gone without a win in their last six, losing five of those, and have failed to score in their last two games.

"Nothing changed between us and Hull but what's changed is we've got impetus now". I did feel it would be a game they would win. "I know him well and would be more than happy to speak to him".

"If the gap had gone to five points with four games left I think it would have been very hard for us. In the event that you are away you 've got to be sure to are in the match and don't surrender early which is really what we did", Hughes told BBC Sport.

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"I want my players to play the same as what we show at home, but I want them calm".

- There were just 60 seconds between Marko Arnautovic's missed penalty for Stoke and Tom Carroll's goal for Swansea.

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

"The second half we were the more dominant side, but obviously the match-defining moment was the penalty", Hughes said.

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"We went to Stoke confident that we could pick up points, but it wasn't to be", added the big centre back.

In a flurry of activity on the stroke of half-time, Ki's superb throughball played in Jordan Ayew, whose cross-cum-shot flashed across the face of goal, before Saido Berahino headed straight at Lukasz Fabianski at the other end. We made a sloppy start, deserved to go behind and then went on to dominate for long periods.

"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".

- Tom Carroll's goal was his first in the Premier League since Boxing Day 2015, when he scored for Spurs in a 3-0 win against Norwich. "We are pretty well covered in that position, we have quality and we have experience, but you never say never".

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