Clement: ‘We were the better team in the first half by a mile’

Date published: Saturday 30th September 2017 6:12

Swansea boss Paul Clement thought Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham was “harsh” on his battling side.

Diafra Sakho came in from the cold to hit a last-minute winner and dig West Ham manager Slaven Bilic out of a hole.

The London Stadium was almost in open revolt following an insipid 89 minutes from the home side.

But Sakho, who if he had got his way on transfer deadline day would now be in France playing for Rennes, climbed off the bench to secure a 1-0 win and bail out his boss and leave Clement feeling hard done by.

Clement told the BBC: “We just did not defend that last attack very well. I thought we were the better team in the first half by a mile, without creating anything. I think the result was a little harsh in that I don’t think that they weren’t better than us as such.

“They created a really good scoring chance which is what we didn’t do.

“We did not stop the cross coming in, did not defend it in the box and if you concede that late you do not give yourself much chance.

“A combination of the delivery and the movement need to be better in the final third. We are closer to getting the balance right, but there is still work to be done.

“We have a massive game against Huddersfield after the international break and we have to concentrate on that.”

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