Swansea manager Paul Clement celebrates his side's winner against Burnley.
Swansea manager Paul Clement celebrates his side's winner against Burnley. Stu Forster

Swans hoping to continue climb to safety

FOOTBALL: Swansea City manager Paul Clement says every point is vital ahead of the crucial clash at Hull City in the English Premier League tonight (AEST).

Clement has masterminded a Swansea revival since arriving at the club in early January.

The Swans' last-gasp 3-2 win over Burnley last week moved the club five points clear of the relegation zone, and a win over the 19th-placed Tigers would ensure a gap of nine points between the two teams.

Relegation rivals Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and Sunderland are all absent from action because of the FA Cup and Swansea can take advantage with three points, but Clement said any positive result would do.

"The target is to finish 17th or above, it is as simple as that," he said.

"When I came here there were four teams in it at the bottom, now it is seven, but it could easily become four teams or nine.

"It is still very close and those gaps can change at any time, both for you and against you.

"Our focus is game to game, we had a very important victory last weekend after losing at Chelsea and we go into this game knowing it is very important for both teams, our advantage is not much."

Also tonight, Bournemouth hosts West Ham and Everton is at home to West Brom.

In the FA Cup, under-pressure Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be hoping to avoid the biggest upset in the history of the competition when it takes on National League side Lincoln City at Emirates Stadium.

The part-timers are managed by Danny Crowley, whose assistant is younger brother Nicky.

"We know that if we can get on the right side of the result, it would probably be the greatest upset in the history of what is the biggest and best cup competition in the whole world," Danny Crowley said.

"It's not every Saturday morning you wake up with that opportunity."

Middlesbrough takes on Manchester City in tonight's other cup quarter-final, with Spurs playing Millwall tomorrow and Manchester United taking on Chelsea on Tuesday morning.

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