Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal calls for reaction from struggling squad

Mark Hughes: Southampton must be calm ahead of crucial game

Swansea City can not let the defeat to Bournemouth derail their Premier League survival hopes and have to respond with a victory against Southampton on Tuesday, manager Carlos Carvalhal said.

The Swans will be boosted by the news that a number of their players have returned to training during the week, given them a better chance of trying to achieve their aims.

Carlos Carvalhal's men spurned several chances but their failings in front of goal meant they remained very much in the relegation mire.

Carvalhal's main improvement has been an increase in attacking output from Swansea.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says staying up for another season can not be taken lightly. Despite only registering two assists this season his crossing has been useful for Bournemouth this season.

Despite witnessing Stoke City's confirmation of relegation just minutes prior, the visitors started slowly, with Bournemouth enjoying prolonged spells around the Swans' area during the opening exchanges.

With two games to go, a win against Swansea will go a long way in deciding that.

After a fantastic start to the season, Watford have been sliding down the table in recent weeks and are low on confidence, with the Hornets without a win in their last six games. Having conceded 2 or more goals in each of the last 5 games, and a total of 23 goals from the last 10, the Cherries are struggling with their defensive discipline.

Obviously, even if Cardiff do go up, the Swans may not be in the same league. The Norwegian is in hot form ahead of the Welsh side's visit having scored seven this season, three of which have come in his last five games. They were defeated by Liverpool and Manchester United, and prior to that had lost just three of their previous 14 Premier League matches.

A win sees the Potters rise above 19th but only to 18th place, while being equal on points with Swansea until they wait for a result in their fixture.

"These kind of games are massive games and it will add to the emotion of the competition".

The first of their two remaining games is against Southampton, in a clash which could decide the fates of both teams.

"We clearly haven't got what we deserved today", he told BT Sport.

Swansea City have given Southampton the opportunity to move out of the bottom three when they play on Saturday evening after defeat on the South Coast.

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