Swans in trouble after Mawson mistake gives Watford 1-0 win

Joy Montgomery
April 16, 2017

But a sudden drop in form, with one point from the Swans' last five games, coupled with some good result for relegation rivals' Hull City, has cast them two points adrift of the pack with just six games to go in the Premier League.

Swansea City must add an element of feistiness to their game if they are to kick-start their bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League at Watford on Saturday, winger Wayne Routledge has said.

Etienne Capoue capitalised on Mawson's sloppiness to score the only goal of a boring encounter, the 1-0 win taking Watford onto 40 points and all-but securing their top-flight status. "If we do this I don't know where we will be until the end of the season but that will be the mentality". It is clear what happened with the goal. "It is not something you expect from your central defender in that area of the pitch".

But Capoue takes it as he scored his sixth of the season, and his first since November, to take Watford to the relative safety of 40 Premier League points.

Soon after the restart, Sigurdsson got a strike away to signal Swansea's intent for the second half, but Watford were delivering another solid performance under Mazzarri and Janmaat nearly made it two with a powerful effort from distance. But I have always said to the players that if they are going to do that, they should not get too excited when people are praising them and they should not get down when they are being criticised.

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The France worldwide showed cunning to steal the ball of the toe of Mawson and finished well after seeing his initial effort saved.

A goal from Etienne Capoue proved to be the difference as Watford claimed their third triumph in four games, while Swansea remain in the bottom three after failing to find the breakthrough at Vicarage Road.

The 32 year-old Spaniard has 11 goals in 27 appearances for the Swans this season, and it could be his goals that keep Swansea in the Premier League come the end of the season - if he's fit its imperative he starts.

Taylor, who died in January, had two spells in charge of the Hornets and the ex-England boss is remembered fondly in these parts.

Provisional squad: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Carroll, Ki, Fer, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Llorente, Ayew, Nordfeldt, Kingsley, Amat, Van der Hoorn, Britton, Fulton, Montero, Narsingh, McBurnie, Borja, Roberts.

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