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Bradley vowing to cling on and guide Swans to a happy new year

Middlesbrough 3 Swansea City 0

By Mark Staniforth

Defiant Swansea boss Bob Bradley will continue to look to the future despite coming under increasing pressure after his side's 3-0 defeat against Middlesbrough.

Two Alvaro Negredo goals and a third from Marten de Roon sent the Swans second bottom of the Premier League table and left some among the small army of travelling supporters calling for the American's head.

Bradley has struggled to get the best out of his players in his 17 games in charge and they failed to respond to his call for more resilience.

Bradley said: "We've talked about the possibility of improving in all areas in January and that hasn't changed, but the matches between now and January - two homes games against West Ham and Bournemouth - are important.

"For the first time (against Boro) we didn't take care of business against a team that is right around us in the table. That's going to be important and of course now we'll look at our next two matches because winning home matches in this battle is going to be the real key."

Home boss Aitor Karanka praised the resurgent Negredo, who has swatted some early criticism since scoring two goals in the 2-2 draw at Leicester at the end of last month.

Karanka said: He (Negredo) needs to have those chances to score. He scored against Leicester and has had chances in other games but he knows adding goals is very important for his confidence.

"But for the other players on the pitch, even when he is not scoring goals they feel that he is contributing to the team."

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