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Carvalhal hoping for a “miracle”

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Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal is now hoping for a “miracle” after their Premier League survival hopes were handed a huge blow by losing to rivals Southampton on Tuesday night

The Swans’ latest defeat has extended their winless run to eight games with Carvalhal’s side unable to secure a badly needed three points against fellow relegation rivals Southampton at the Liberty Stadium with Manolo Gabbiadini’s second-half proving to be enough to give the Saints a 1-0 victory.

Unfortunately for Swansea, they have a considerably lower goal difference than Southampton and even if Mark Hughes’ side lose to the Premier League champions Manchester City in their next game then it may still not be enough for the Swans do not make up a 10-goal difference when they face Stoke.

17th-place Huddersfield is level on points with Southampton, but they have a game in hand at Chelsea tonight with a point enough to secure their place in the top tier league for next season.

“It’s horrible that we do not depend on ourselves,” Carvalhal admitted to the club website.

“We still have a chance but we don’t depend on ourselves. Let’s see what happens tomorrow night. If we can still stay up after that, we must do our bit on the weekend and win our game.

“After that, let’s see if a kind of miracle can happen.”

The Portuguese coach refused to criticise his players.

“At the end, my feeling is the frustration of course with the score and the situation,” said Carvalhal.

“It’s very difficult for me to talk about this game. My players gave the maximum. They fought, they played with commitment, they played with heart and the fans pushed the team.

“We tried to put more players in attack to help the team but we didn’t achieve what we wanted.

“They scored from a corner and that had a big impact. After that, it was difficult because of the emotion of the game.”