Swansea City suffered a last-minute defeat at the Liberty Stadium.
Paul Clement’s decision to stick with the back-five formation that brought him a point against Tottenham Hotspur was questioned by furious Swansea City fans after the club lost at home to Watford this weekend.
Clement, who is now three games without a win, admitted to Wales Online that he got it wrong after watching the Hornets’ Richarlison pop up with a last-minute winner, but that did not stop Swans fans expressing their dissatisfaction:
5 defenders and 3 holding center mids. Absolute shambles.#swans— SG (@stevegriff90) September 23, 2017
5 in defence is OK at home if WBs are competent in attack and allow the midfield to push up. Dont think we have the calibre required #SWANS— Crocusville (@Crocusville) September 23, 2017
Negative tactics. Negative mindset. Negative performance. Negative result #Swans ☹️— Andy Tidy (@andytidy_80) September 23, 2017
Poor tactics again by Clement, played better second half but you can't be losing to teams like Newcastle and Watford at home #Swans— Craig Bowen (@craigbowen1989) September 23, 2017
Clement got so much wrong first half. Selection. Shape. Tactics. Better second half but lack of ambition first half shocking. #swans— Huw Lewis (@huwlew) September 23, 2017
Clement got it all wrong today, 5 at the back against a team that conceded 6 last week? At home aswell. #swans— Sam Ace (@itsSamAce) September 23, 2017
Why we set up so negatively today is beyond me.First half utter gash! #Swans— Helen Evans (@HelenEvs_74) September 23, 2017
Yes our players need to take some blame but so does Clement. Pick the right formation & side before the match we don't lose that game #Swans— David Scourfield (@Swans_Dave) September 23, 2017
Swansea have now lost all of their opening three home games this season, a feat which is only matched in the Premier League by rock-bottom Crystal Palace.
Equally, only the Eagles have scored fewer than the three goals the Swans have managed at any venue this term.
It seems Clement, who dropped Tammy Abraham and Renato Sanches to the bench against Watford, will have to break free of his pragmatism if he wants to pick up points in future.
With West Ham, Huddersfield Town and Leicester City on the horizon as the club's next three games – the latter two of which are at the Liberty Stadium – improved performances and results will be imperative to keep those calling for an early change of manager at bay.