Carvalhal: We will try to do our part against Stoke

May 09, 2018, 01:14
Carvalhal: We will try to do our part against Stoke

West Brom have been relegated from the Premier League following Southampton's 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Swansea City.

But despite coming up with the goods against Mauricio Pochettino's side on Saturday afternoon, beating the Londoners 1-0 through Jake Livermore's stoppage time strike, they play in England's second tier next season, following Southampton's win at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night.

Huddersfield have a game in hand but face daunting fixtures against Chelsea and Arsenal.

Manolo Gabbiadini converted a close-range shot in the 72nd minute as Southampton moved three points above the drop zone and nearly guaranteed its place in the Premier League next season thanks to a superior goal difference to its rivals.

With two games each left and West Bromwich Albion hot favourites to be relegated along with Stoke City, either the Swans or the Saints, locked on 33 points, look likely to be the third side for the drop.

"We must try to do our part and see if a miracle can happen", Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal said.

"Now we don't have things in our hands", he said. All the others, we dominated and were better than our opponents.

Since Moore's appointment, West Brom have taken 11 points from a possible 15 to keep alive the hope of a great escape.

Pulis' replacement Alan Pardew was also sacked after a run of poor results , and caretaker manager Moore took over for Pardew in April.

But it leaves West Brom five points adrift of the safety zone with one match to play.

Darren Moore's men needed the game at the Liberty Stadium to end in a draw to keep their survival hopes alive, but Manolo Gabbiadini's victor confirmed West Brom's relegation.

The Italy striker has been used mostly as a substitute in recent months and he came off the bench again in the 68th minute against Swansea, with Southampton heading toward an unsatisfactory draw.

Four minutes later, he was in the right place at a corner to turn the ball home - with the aid of a deflection - after Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski pulled off a reflex save from Charlie Austin's volley. Yet Carvalhal is convinced that home advantage will make all the difference in turning around this parlous situation with Swansea enjoying their last two matches at the Liberty Stadium against Southampton and doomed Stoke on Sunday.

Austin was guilty of wasting another chance when he headed straight at Fabianski but he was the architect of the only goal. "It can be done, I suppose". I never put the responsibility on our players.

Stoke was in the bottom three when it fired Hughes in January, and he took over at Southampton in March. "I thought they were enormous tonight".

"Possibly the Cup game was the game that was hard for us".

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