Carlos Carvalhal backs his goal-shy forwards to keep Swansea up after wasteful display at Bournemouth

The Swans dropped into the bottom three after they went seven games without a win with a 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth

Jonathan Veal
Sunday 06 May 2018 13:35
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Carlos Carvalhal's Swansea face two huge fixtures to maintain their Premier League status
Carlos Carvalhal's Swansea face two huge fixtures to maintain their Premier League status

Carlos Carvalhal has backed Swansea City's forward arsenal to keep the Swans afloat in the Premier League after they fired blanks at Bournemouth yesterday.

The Welsh club's 1-0 defeat at the Vitality Stadium leaves them seven games without a win and inside the bottom three after Southampton picked up a point at Everton.

They had plenty of chances on a sun-baked south coast but Mike van der Hoorn, Jordan Ayew, Martin Olsson and Nathan Dyer all missed key chances in the first half, meaning Ryan Fraser's strike for Bournemouth proved decisive.

That left them without a goal in their last three games, something they will have to rectify in their two-game Liberty Stadium survival mission.

The Swans welcome Southampton in a monumental clash on Tuesday before ending the season against already-relegated Stoke, needing to realistically win both to survive.

"We will score," Carvalhal said.

"I am not worried because I have players who can score. Even if they are not scoring, we achieved goalscoring situations against Chelsea and Everton.

"In the Chelsea and Everton games, we deserved much more than we got and I believe in my players and I believe they can score because we have got goalscorers in the team.

Carvalhal watched his side fail to score once again against Bournemouth

On the game against Southampton, Carvalhal knows its importance.

"In the circumstances it will be a game that will decide a lot of things, we knew about that since we arrived," he said.

"If I told people that we can decide things in that game no one would believe me.

"Our fans can make a big impact and I believe we will stay in the Premier League."

While Swansea's fate is still in the balance, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe can sit back and enjoy the prospect of a fourth successive season in the Premier League.

Fraser got his side over the line, ending a five-game winless run, when he curled in from 20 yards after Andrew Surman's short free-kick just before half-time.

Thanks to Swansea's wastefulness they posted a first clean sheet in 12 matches and that pleased Howe.

"I thought in both halves we were much better. Our goalkeeper made a couple of great saves and they were key moments in the match," he said.

"It's been a long wait for a clean sheet, we have been working so hard behind the scenes to improve our defensive record and we got our payback today.

"It was a real solid effort."

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