Swansea boss Clement rues missed chance to beat Boro
- Author: Regina Holmes Apr 03, 2017,
Apr 03, 2017, 2:32
A free-kick awarded on the edge of the box with less than ten minutes remaining would have left Boro fans with their heart in their mouths and Swansea fans on the edge of their seat as Sigurdsson lined up a shot, which on replay showed the ball was blocked by the hand of Clayton.
But referee Bobby Madley frustrated Clement and the majority of fans inside the Liberty Stadium crowd when he pointed for a corner rather than to the penalty spot.
"Any point you get is valuable but we are disappointed not to win the game", Clement said, as quoted by BBC Sport.
Swansea are now one point above Hull, who occupy the final relegation place, with both sides having eight games to play.
On a weekend when Hull, Crystal Palace, Leicester and Watford were winners in the bottom half of the table, the draw did little to ease either side's relegation worries.
They are now 19th, five points adrift of safety with 10 games remaining.
The Swans can also look at this game as a revenge match after Boro handed them one of their heaviest defeats of the season, beating them 3-0 at the Riverside in December.
"We have missed them because they have been influential not only in terms of defending but particularly attacking from their positions".
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Player ratingsSwansea: Lukasz Fabianski: 7, Kyle Naughton: 7, Federico Fernandez: 6, Alfie Mawson: 6, Martin Olsson: 8, Jack Cork: 7, Tom Carroll: 7, Leroy Fer: 7, Luciano Narsingh: 6, Gylfi Sigurdsson: 7, Jordan Ayew: 5.
Next up for Swansea is a home game with title challengers Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night, and Clement is unsure whether top-scorer Fernando Llorente will be fit for that clash after missing the Boro game with an ankle injury.
The Swans host Boro at the Liberty Stadium with both teams desperate for victory to preserve Premier League status.
"It's what the kids dream of, gives them something to aspire to and we've worked so hard to get into the Premier League, we have to stay there".
"But we didn't actually lose too many players to global duty, and we've had some good training sessions since everyone has been back". "But they will gain confidence and belief from the performance". It's good that the game comes round so soon.
We tried a few things differently in the second half when it was clear that that wasn't going to work against this Middlesbrough defence, but it still wasn't good enough.
"I would be naive to think there aren't players speaking to the families and agents about what happens if we go down".