Belfast Telegraph

Swansea's Jordi Amat gives his backing to Bob Bradley despite heavy loss

Swansea defender Jordi Amat insists manager Bob Bradley has the backing of the players despite Saturday's 5-0 defeat to Tottenham.

Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen both scored twice and Son Heung-min hit the net with a flying half-volley at White Hart Lane to send Swansea bottom of the Premier League table.

It means the Swans have won only once in the league since the opening day of the season and Bradley's men have conceded three or more goals in five of their last seven games.

Amat, however, believes changing the manager is not the answer.

"He has our backing," Amat said. "I don't think more changes will be good for us, we need to stick with him, stick together and get ready for these cup finals.

"We need better performances and we hope to show that this week.

"There was anger there in the dressing room and disappointment as with everyone we did not expect that."

Swansea kept Tottenham at bay for 38 minutes but the floodgates opened after Kane opened the scoring from the penalty spot.

Referee Jonathan Moss's decision to award the spot-kick was controversial as Dele Alli threw himself to the ground despite minimal contact from defender Kyle Naughton.

"I think it was not a penalty," Amat said.

"It was a difficult decision, I was close to it and it was not a penalty. It was too easy for them to start from there, we conceded the goal and then they got another one on half-time.

"It was tough, we tried but right now is a difficult moment for us but I believe in us, there is a strong team here and we need to be better and show it."

Swansea now face a crunch Christmas period which includes fixtures against Sunderland, West Brom, Middlesbrough, West Ham and Bournemouth.

The home game against Sunderland on Saturday appears particularly crucial, given the Black Cats also sit in the relegation zone and only two points ahead of the Swans.

"Next weekend is so important for us because it is a cup final," Amat said.

"It will be must-win, one of the most important games of the season and of my time here.

"We have to learn and try and be ready for next week. The previous two games were better, our ideas were clear and we need to come back like that."

Kane's double capped off a special week for the striker, who signed a new contract to stay at Tottenham until 2022 on Thursday and now has six goals in his last five matches.

"I was itching to get the hat-trick," Kane told Spurs TV.

"I had a couple of chances towards the end where the keeper pulled off a good save and then a couple of tired finishes, you could say, but I'm happy with the two goals and the most important thing is the three points."

Tottenham remain fifth in the table but are now only three points behind Manchester City in fourth.

""It was a very good performance," Kane said.

"It started a bit slow, we had to be patient, they obviously came to frustrate us and drop off but we moved the ball quicker today, we created a lot of chances, obviously got the first two goals before half-time and then the third straight after.

"That really gave us the momentum for that second half and we went out there and got the big win."


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