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Paul Clement insists situation no different from when he took over at Swansea

Swansea manager Paul Clement insists his situation is no different from when he took over at the start of the year with the club in deep trouble.

A 3-1 defeat at Everton left his side rooted to the bottom of the Premier League with just 12 points from 18 matches - exactly the same record which saw Bob Bradley sacked to pave the way for the former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich assistant manager to come in.

He successfully guided them to the safety of 15th place and insists there is no reason why he cannot repeat the feat.

"I see the situation as when I took over on January 3, 12 points from 18 games," he said.

"We have an opportunity to get to 15 at the halfway point, which would be a better situation. That is what I have to focus on."

Swansea have managed just one win and four points from their last 10 matches and Leroy Fer's opener at Goodison Park was only their 10th league goal of the season.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's successful follow-up from Wayne Rooney's saved penalty on the stroke of half-time was a massive blow to the visitors and after former star Gylfi Sigurdsson curled home a brilliant second Rooney scored from the hosts' second spot-kick, generously awarded after Martin Olsson appeared to catch Jonjoe Kenny outside the area.

"We managed the game well to get to half-time at 1-0 and clearly it was a sloppy goal: a clumsy foul from the wrong side, a good save from the goalkeeper but the defenders have to follow it in," added Clement.

"It is a very good finish from Sigurdsson but very much an avoidable goal. Given that sort of time and space he used to do that for Swansea all the time, cut in from the right.

"The last one is not dissimilar to the first one; defender makes a clumsy challenge and I think contact is outside the box. Penalty, game over."

Clement's task was not helped by the loss of Wilfried Bony to injury in only the fourth minute.

"I don't even know what action he had done to create that injury. He has injured his hamstring, the physio has confirmed that," he said.

"How serious we are not sure yet. A hamstring is a minimum seven to 10 days."

By contrast Everton boss Sam Allardyce is riding the crest of a wave since his appointment late last month.

He has secured 10 points from the four matches he has been in charge with a further three coming in the match he watched from the stands the day before he was officially appointed.

"We conceded stupidly off a corner by not marking a man properly, one or our lads lets him go to score, and to recover from that it is very difficult in the Premier League," he said.

"Dominic's follow-up on the penalty was a massive bonus for us at half-time because that killed them.

"Sigi - wow - just what you need. You need a genius to change the game when it is in the balance and that is what we got and took us on comfortably to win the game.

"We have not folded, we have been resolute and determined to fight our way back into the game.

"We are now in the top half with 13 points from 15."

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