Paul Clement: Swansea City boss criticises his players

Posted September 11, 2017

Newcastle United will be without Rafael Benitez for Sunday's Premier League match at Swansea City as the manager recovers from an operation.

"Between the four of us we were making a plan of communication and it worked perfectly".

"There was a lot of expectation around him, which is normal, and he is a player that will get better and better with us, the more he gets to know team-mates and system and the more he understands the culture".

"I can't lie and say we haven't lost some good players". I thought they were better than us.

They nearly did go in front when Ayoze Perez forced Fabianski into saving with his outstretched leg. It's a good team, a great group that's got us promoted. "Even right up to the end, where we did continue to push, we couldn't get a decent ball into the box", he added.

Newcastle secured their first win of the season before the global break by beating West Ham 3-0, but boss Rafael Benitez is likely to be disappointed that he was not able to add to his squad before the close of the transfer window. I take responsibility for it.

"With Matt Ritchie's delivery, it is on a plate every time".

Tammy Abraham should have given Swansea the lead on the hour when he rounded goalkeeper Rob Elliot and seemed certain to apply the finish. It is the second time this season that Swansea have conceded in that fashion although Clement, pointing to their excellent record when defending set-pieces last season, refused to accept that the zonal-marking system is to blame.

"He has been active in the game and kept in touch with us throughout the game".

"Rafa was talking with us, " Moreno said.

There was a high sense of anticipation in Swansea before the game following the deadline-day signings of Renato Sanches and Wilfried Bony.

"I'm very happy with the way that the squad has shaped up", head coach Clement said.

Here is everything you need to know about the clash at the Liberty Stadium.