Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Watford striker Richarlison prolongs Swansea City's home blues

Watford striker Richarlison prolongs Swansea City's home blues

Britton has played just 74 minutes this season, and Clement said: "Every player is always available for selection and the players on the pitch have to listen to that though, when the fans are calling for a player who is not even in the squad".

Brazilian youngster Richarlison took Watford into fifth place as his 90th-minute victor gave them a 2-1 victory - the first time the Hornets have won three consecutive away games in the Premier League.

Watford boss Marco Silva was delighted his side had quickly put last weekend's 6-0 home defeat to Manchester City behind them.

Earlier, Abraham had scored his first home goal - and third of the season - since his loan move from Chelsea.

"We were really poor in the first half".

The 29-year-old, who has managed only three substitute appearances in the league this season, has lost his place in the Silva's starting XI to summer arrival Andre Gray.

"On reflection that was a 95-minute game, but we only played for 40 minutes".

Swansea were edgy and error prone and their mood was summed up when Mawson gave a terrible back pass to Fabianski, five minutes before the break.

Abdoulaye Doucoure was then booked for pulling back Leroy Fer, but when a cross was worked from the right Bony failed to connect with a header that seemed to have his name on it.

The hosts were level in the 56th minute when Abraham showed his predatory instincts in the area, reacting quickest after Heurelho Gomes had denied Wilfried Bony's initial effort to sweep the rebound home from close range. This was met by a collective groan around the Liberty Stadium, with Swansea nearly certainly looking set to equalise before the half-time whistle after they enjoyed a unsafe 5 minute spell at the end of the half.

The switch gave the Swans greater urgency and Watford appeared unsettled by the increased tempo.

The Ivorian's loose touch allowed the visitors to break and after Swansea failed to clear Andre Carrillo's cut-back from the right, Gray turned in his first Watford goal.

Clement's changes worked nearly instantly as Abraham followed in to equalise in the 56th minute after Bony was smartly thwarted by Gomes.

The goal gave new impetus to the Swans and both Abraham and Bony nearly got on the end of crosses as Watford were forced to weather a storm.

Swansea City (3-5-2): Fabianski; Van der Hoorn (Abraham 45), Mawson, Fernandez; Naughton; Olsson; Fer, Clucas (Mesa 45), Carroll; Bony (Sanches 85), Ayew.

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