Pre-match report for our next game: Swansea, Saturday, 24th February 2018

PREMIER LEAGUE; Brighton v Swansea

ALBION CHECKBOX; lld wlw ldw dwd ldl lld wld dll dwd - Wins = 22.2%, Draws = 37%, Loss = 40.7%

FEBRUARY; West Ham 3-1 (H), Stoke 1-1 (A), Swansea (H)

BOTTOM EIGHT; Bournemouth v 13 Newcastle 28pt, 14 Brighton 28pt v 16 Swansea 27pt, 15 Palace 27pt v Spurs, Burnley v 18 Southampton 26pt, Leicester v 19 Stoke 25pt, 20 West Brom 20pt v 17 Huddersfield 27pt.


Manager; Carlos Carvalhal left Sheff Wed to take over from Paul Clement at end of 2017 and a positive results bounce followed immediately. Whether coaching charisma is enough practical motivation to ensure PL team survival has yet to be determined.
LATEST; P27 W7 D6 L14 F20 A37 GD-17 Pt27 Po16 = 1.00pt/gm. Wins = 25.9%, Loss = 51.8% - Carlos Carvalhal & Paul Clement.
Halfway; P19 W3 D4 L12 F11 A26 GD-15 Pt13 Po20 = 0.68pt/gm. Wins = 15.7%, Loss = 63.1% - Paul Clement.
Start; P10 W2 D2 L6 F7 A12 GD-5 Pt8 Po17 = 0.80pt/gm. Wins = 20%, Loss = 60% - Paul Clement.

INS; January Window - Andre Ayew (West Ham 15m), Andy King (Leicester loan), Andy Yiadom (Barnsley 2m).
Carlos Carvalhal recently said, +we have an expression in Portugal, it is time to put all the meat on the barbecue+

P13 W2 D4 L7 F9 A19 GD-10 Po16 = 0.76pt/gm or 37% of total points tally to date. Wins = 15.3%, Loss = 53.8%
Reverse Sequence; ddw lll lll ldwd - an extraordinary series revealing vagaries of fall of fixtures as the season unfolds.

LEICESTER 1-1, Carlos Carvalhal said, +a point is gold dust. The boys were amazing. It shows the mental part of the team is good+
NEWCASTLE 1-1, +when I came two weeks ago we were given 0% chance to stay up. Perhaps now we have a small chance+
WATFORD 1-2, +we believe we can stay up but it will be very, very tough until end of the season. We made the first step+

LIVERPOOL 5-0, Paul Clement left the club rock bottom & chairman Huw Jenkins now perused a list of suitable candidates.
EVERTON 3-1, Swans remained rooted to foot of the table after a fairly even contest stats-wise bar a 2 goal away deficit.
STOKE 2-1, Paul Clement said, +I have to do better. We do not create enough or score enough. We have to keep fighting+

CHELSEA 1-0, a single goal conceded meant an away defeat & stats showed vast home superiority for each basic indicator.
BURNLEY 2-0, +we are playing under potential and I have to find a way to break this cycle - to get the best out of players+
ARSENAL 2-1, American co-owner Steve Kaplan mighta been worried by the Welsh outfits lack of participation despite scoring.

WEST HAM 1-0, +we have to create more & score more. The application from training ground to pitch is not connected+
SPURS 0-0, +we were under pressure - came with a specific plan to be difficult to break down. Good defending should be applauded+
PALACE 0-2, +there were a couple of nervous moments because we did not make good enough use of the ball+
SOUTHAMPTON 0-0, +I understand fans frustrations but after suffering so much defensively it was more important not to lose+

HE DID IT; midfielder Ki Sueng-Yueng said, +Carlos Carvalhal is brilliant and doing a fantastic job. He has changed the players. Everyone knows what to do on the pitch, so he has made a big difference+

LETS DO IT; Andre Ayew said, +the squad are fighting and doing really well. Stay focused and work harder and get more results and lets see where we are going to be+

FA CUP; Sheff Wed 0-0 (A) in 5th rnd.
Poss 43%-57%, on target 4-4, off target 4-3, blocked 3-4, o/s 5-1, crosses 19-23, corners 6-6, tackles 30-18, fouls 13-7, yellows 2-1, subs 2-3. Gate - 19,427.
ALL HEART; Carlos Carvalhal said, +it was an emotional comeback after just eight weeks. At the end it nearly made me cry seeing a fan whose birthday it was+


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