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"I'm looking forward to enjoying the last game of the season with them at the Liberty on Sunday".

Sunderland's final home outing of the 2016-17 campaign ended in disappointment as Swansea City coasted to a 2-0 win - and the brink of survival - at the Stadium of Light.

By kick-off, Hull may find that a point would be enough to keep them in the hunt - if Sunderland pull off another upset win over Swansea - but in all likelihood they will have to go for a win over Palace, which would be their first on the road since their 2-0 victory at Swansea in August. Headed at the beginning of the season Sunderland before the team was set, the task to keep a residence permit in the Premier League, but the Scottish specialist failed to complete the assignment.

Sunderland, whose only change to the side that won at Hull was Seb Larsson's recall for the injured George Honeyman, faced an uphill struggle after conceding the early goal.

But Sunderland could and possibly should have prevented it, with the World Cup victor sending a bullet header into an empty net after Pickford came and failed to collect.

"If we win that game then the pressure is all on Hull". "And I'm sure the fans will feel the same way after everything they've been through this season".

He said: "I think the players should get motivated themselves personally, but after our performance the previous week, you wouldn't think it was anything to do with motivation so we went into the Swansea game quite high off a good result and I thought we made a couple of chances, but, ultimately, the first goal makes it hard".

"If you look right back to the start of the season and say Swansea are going to stay up and there's going to be massive celebrations, people would tell you 'That's not great, we don't want to hear that, '" Clement said.

No other player in Clement's squad boasts the Ghanaian's close control and Swansea are reaping the benefits, exploiting the forward's dribbling ability as a form of hold-up play and a way to win free kicks, from which Sigurdsson has predictably proven highly risky.

MF Leon Britton, 8 - Made three interceptions and again dictated the tempo for Swansea.

The diminutive midfielder might be small in stature, but certainly not in character. It would have taken some kind of footballing miracle for Sunderland under David Moyes to have turned that around.

Swansea head to already-relegated Sunderland on Saturday with their destiny firmly in their own hands.

Sunderland can only hope to play spoiler, and put together a rare winning streak following last week's surprising win over desperate Hull City.

And if the Tigers lose at Crystal Palace, Swansea's survival will be confirmed at Hull's expense.

The Swans aren't safe just yet, but with Clement's tactics clicking and Britton's leadership uniting the players, this side have the best chance of the three sides fighting to avoid the last relegation spot.

MF Tom Carroll, 8 - Most of Swansea's play on the day went through Carroll, who ended with 89% passing accuracy.


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