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Swansea beat Burnley 1-0 yesterday at the Liberty Stadium and that left their manager Carlos Carvalhal with some very positive words about his team when he spoke after the game.

Their results since he replaced Paul Clement have been remarkable. They looked a team doomed to almost certain relegation but after this latest win he said: “When we arrived we were deep in the ocean. It was very dark. There were only stones and no fish, we couldn’t  see anything.

“After that we won some big games against Liverpool and Arsenal, but it  was only last week that we got our nose out of the water to breathe some fresh air. That was the first time we smelled the air, but in this moment we have started to swim and now we can look to the coast. We know the direction we need to swim in because we can see the coast, but there’s a long way to swim before we get there.”

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He added: “I am very proud of my players. We played against a difficult team to beat, with the third best defence in the league, and we knew it would not be easy to score against them. But we felt in the second half that my players wanted to win a lot and we tried to help them by putting more attacking players on. We took some risks, but they were controlled risks because we have trained this way.

“There is a famous coach in Portugal, Quinito, who says ‘we put all the meat on the barbecue to try to win the game’. That is what we did today. We had Kyle Naughton in the right corridor and Sam Clucas on the left, then three forwards. We thought we could win and in the end I think we deserved it. We could have been happy with a point and stayed as we were, but we put players on to try to win and we did it.”

With no game next week, Sean Dyche is taking the squad away for warm weather training next week, but they go on the back of a defeat and he admitted: “I don’t think we were effective enough today and they just about edged it on the performance.

“The margins are fine between a performance that can win and one that doesn’t and they are a good advert for that. This is a side that nine games ago had nowhere near that endeavour, energy, workload and will to win that game. The new manager comes in and suddenly all of that comes together and the crowd are right behind them now, but that’s football.

“We came here to a side with a bit of energy about them. I don’t think that had too much to do with the game overall because it  was a tight game with nothing in it really before they got on the right side of those margins.

“We’ve found that lately, partly due to our own doing at times. I didn’t think we were nearly as good today as we have been, and although we created some chances we are a bit huff and puff at the minute. We have got a lot of injuries and it’s just about taking its toll now. I think the lads have done well, but it’s taking its toll, so the next two weeks will be important, to see if we can get some of them back.”

He did confirm that both James Tarkowski, who has missed the last three games, and Chris Wood, who has been out since coming off injured against Spurs on 23rd December, are close to a return and we also had Stephen Ward back on the bench.

He added: “We have to make the most of what we’ve got at the minute because of the injuries. It’s a great chance for those lads to come in and play, but I do think they now need reinforcements, so it will be interesting to see how many players we can  get fit again before the next game in two weeks.

“We are in every game and that’s pleasing, but we have to correct the run we are on, quite obviously, and we do need some of those players back fit. This group has given me everything and they now need to see their mates back fit, so the squad has more depth to it.”

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