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Swansea hoping for miracle to avoid relegation, says Carvalhal

Hughes was mobbed by his players after Southampton sealed a famous win Hughes was mobbed by his players after Southampton sealed a famous winSTU FORSTER GETTY IMAGES
| 11 May, 2018, 04:45

West Bromwich Albion manager Darren Moore was named the Premier League manager of the month on the day the club were relegated from the division.

Substitute, Manolo Gabiadini scored the only goal of the game on 72 minutes in a rather tiresome game that was devoid of quality and reeked of desperation from both sides.

Gabbiadini had only been on the pitch for four minutes and it was only his fifth goal of a hard season for the Italian.

Swansea City are 17th on log sheet with 33 points minus 27 goals, while Southampton are 16th with 36 points minus 18 goals.

The Baggies - now on 31 points from their 37 games - had hoped to reach the final day and repeat their memorable escape of the 2004-05 season.

The 52-year-old took charge of the side on 28 December 28, replacing Paul Clement. Problems off the pitch added to the disappointment on it when a mid-season trip to Barcelona made the headlines for the wrong reasons.

A 4-1 hammering of West Ham in March, moved the club up to 13th, three points clear of the relegation zone.


However, the game is up for West Brom, who can not escape the bottom three heading into the final weekend.

However, despite ultimately succumbing to relegation West Brom have seen an impressive upturn in form of late delaying their demotion - having accrued 11 points from an available 15 since former defender Moore took over as caretaker manager.

The Marriott hotel last night defended its decision to cancel Southampton's booking.

Southampton had to organise another hotel 35 miles away before their vital relegation decider against Swansea, a game they went on to win 1-0 anyway.

Due to the goal difference it could all but seal Swansea's fate.

The defeat leaves Swansea three points adrift of Huddersfield, who play their game in hand at Chelsea tonight.

But, they will also have to hope that Southampton loses by a huge scoreline (at least a goal differential of six or more should Swansea fall short in scoring) against Manchester City in the last matchday.

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