Routledge urges Swansea to show 'steel' against Watford

Clement's side have not won in their last five and picked up just one point in the process

Capoue's 42nd-minute victor took Watford to the magical 40-points mark - but left Swansea two points adrift of safety with five games left to save their Premier League lives.

For Swansea, though, the gloom deepens as they remain entrenched in the bottom three - the bright start to Paul Clement's tenure a distant memory - two points shy of fourth from bottom Hull.

Etienne Capoue capitalized on Mawson's sloppiness to score the only goal of a tiresome match in the 42nd minute.

The result all but secures Watford's place in the top flight for another season, although they were a touch fortunate to down a battling Swansea side for whom Gylfi Sigurdsson twice went close.

Influential midfielder Jack Cork will be missing for Swansea, having twisted his ankle in their defeat to West Ham last weekend.

Their sole consolation from another tough away afternoon came in the form of 17th-placed Hull City also losing, beaten 3-1 at Stoke City.

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri: "Until the maths and the numbers say we are not safe then we are not safe".

Swansea defender Alfie Mawson was caught in possession and though his goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski managed to block Capoue's first shot with his legs, the Frenchman slammed home the rebound to give Watford the lead.

Early in the second half, the lively Sigurdsson fizzed a 20-yard effort narrowly wide of Gomes' left post, before Watford responded through Daryl Janmaat, whose long-range effort forced Fabianski into a smart stop.

And despite great vocal encouragement from their travelling fans, the visitors were unable to break down their hosts and salvage a much-needed point. "They had a hard defeat against Tottenham last week but we are expecting a big challenge, and I think every game is going to be a big challenge until the end of the season".

Swansea boss Paul Clement says his players continue to believe in their Premier League survival mission despite being stuck in the bottom three after their dismal defeat at West Ham last week.

Keeping the ball out of the Watford onion bag will be largely dependent on how the Hornets deal with the infuential Icelandic playmaker, who has started all but one of their Premier League games this season.



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