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Clement delighted with 'big result' in battle to beat the drop

Clement delighted with 'big result' in battle to beat the drop

Had David Moyes's players not been quite so abject all season it would have been all too easy to surmise it had somehow spread to the city's football team on what swiftly turned into an excellent afternoon for Swansea City.

He told reporters: "Fans were showing their disappointment at me, and I didn't want to make it any worse so I went down the tunnel".

A win at Sunderland could guarantee top-flight status for Swansea if 18th-placed Hull lose at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The Black Cats continued to muster forays into opposition territory but, in truth, Clement's side were scarcely troubled as they took a huge step towards safety.

The Black Cats could not even raise a whimper as they fell behind with just nine minute gone when goalkeeper Jordan Pickford uncharacteristically misjudged Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick and Llorente squeezed between John O'Shea and Jason Denayer to head home.

"I have been with Real Madrid when there has been 85,000 there and it is not as loud as that (the Liberty Stadium) because they tend to sit and watch", he added.

The club said it was "extremely disappointed" as players had paid for 3,000 tickets to get as many as possible to the game at Sunderland on Saturday.

And on five minutes - Bradley's age - chants of, "There's only one Bradley Lowery" resounded around the ground from both sets of fans and a giant banner bearing those words was unfurled. Whether Moyes will remain at the helm come August is unknown and the home fans made it abundantly clear they want him gone. Victor Anichebe received similar jeers when, shortly afterwards, he trudged slowly off to be replaced by the infinitely more popular Wahbi Khazri.

Also timely was full-back Naughton's first goal for the Swans in more than 60 appearances.

Wahbi Khazri was the striker's replacement but it was a Seb Larsson delivery which nearly crafted a response seconds before the Tunisian's introduction, as Defoe was denied at the back post by Lukasz Fabianski. It took him longer to recover from an injury at Hull than he would have liked and we would have liked.

Sunderland appealed in vain for a second half penalty after Seb Larsson's free-kick struck Sigurdsson's arm and Billy Jones shot wide of an open goal moments later as Swansea held firm.

Relegated Sunderland did Swansea a massive favour by turning Hull over in their own back yard and that combined with their win over Everton means the Swans now have their destiny in their own hands.