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Clement was offering moral support – Curtis

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 3 Jan 2017

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New Swansea City head coach Paul Clement came down to the touchline to offer “moral support” in Tuesday’s crucial 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace, says Alan Curtis.

Clement, who signed a two-and-a-half year deal to replace Bob Bradley at the Liberty Stadium, was supposed to take a watching brief at Selhurst Park but came to the dugout in each half.

The former Derby County boss watched on as his side claimed a dramatic three points with unlikely goalscorer Angel Rangel netting his first league goal since May 2013 in the 88th minute after Wilfried Zaha’s sensational acrobatic strike had cancelled out Alfie Mawson’s first-half opener.

And Curtis, who was in temporary charge, had no qualms with Clement’s presence as Swansea moved off the foot of the table to close within one point of 17th-place Palace.

“He [Clement] came down for some moral support, he made his presence felt at half-time,” Curtis said. “But there was not too much to say. We would have surprised a lot of people with our performance.

“It is a terrific result for us and a huge three points. The first half performance, we were excellent and we could have gone in with more than the one goal.

“We have been accused of lacking character but we came back and won it and I thought we deserved it. In training you can see the players have the ability, it is just the confidence that has been lacking. We deserved some luck.

“Any team under Sam Allardyce will come on strongly, they have some terrific players. We had 24 hours more rest compared to them and that may have made a difference.”  

 

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