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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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A race against time

A Swansea win and a positive way for Alan Curtis to hand over to Francesco Guidolin, but does the Italian truly know what he has let himself in for?

A record 29 managers in the top four English divisions were sacked in the first half of this season. Time is not a commodity managers have, and the pressure will be on him almost immediately.

That's all from us, but we'll back with coverage of tomorrow's FA Cup third-round replay action. See you later.

Manager reaction

Swansea 1-0 Watford

Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores, speaking to Sky Sports: "Disappointed with the result. I am really happy with the performance in the second half. The team came back to put in a good performance. 

"I don't think we deserved to lose, but this is football. We are working in the same way, we are playing against amazing teams with amazing players. It is not easy to win but we don't like to lose four matches in a row. We know the target (40 points) is not far. I think we are close to winning."

Manager reaction

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Alan Curtis
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Swansea interim boss Alan Curtis, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was one of our better performances of the season. We could have done with the second goal but it is a huge three points.

"We needed to have a good start, we were down after three minutes against Sunderland, so the first goal is vital.

"The crowd played a huge part as well. Everyone is delighted and it is the start of a long road between now and the end of the season.

"I am sure the new manager will be more than pleased with what he saw. We need an experienced leader. We have put in some good performances but not got  the results. If he can use his experience to get the results then it will be good."

Post-match facts

Reaction to come from the managers but while we wait, here's a few match facts for you to get stuck into.

  • The Swans secured their first win in their last four top-flight games and only their second in their last 12 (D3 L7).
  • After winning four Premier League games in a row, Watford have picked up just one point in their last five top-flight games.
  • Bafetimbi Gomis has been flagged offside 33 times in the Premier League this season, 12 more than any other player.
  • Swansea have hit the woodwork a joint-league-high 14 times this season (level with Arsenal).

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Ashley Williams added that he had to go on Google to find out about Swansea's new manager when he got wind of his appointment. 

You weren't the only one Ashley.

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Ashley Williams celebrates
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Swansea captain Ashley Williams, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was massive for us, all the games are big for us now and we need to be picking up the points to move up the table."

That goal for Williams was his first at the Liberty Stadium for five years, and he added: "I was giving up hope going up on corners but I am just pleased to pop up with a goal and help the team get three points today."

Player reaction

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Swansea's midfielder Leon Britton, speaking to Sky Sports: "Today probably wasn't the prettiest of games but at this stage of the season three points are massive for us.

"When you have a new manager watching the game, everyone is out to impress of course. It has given everyone a lift.

"It is a big weekend because we dropped into the bottom three so we needed the win to get back out. A big lift."

A worry for Watford?

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Watford
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Four defeats in a row and one point from a possible 15 now for Watford. What's gone wrong?

You'd imagine their form over the first half of the season has done enough to keep them safe, but they are just eight points above the relegation zone.

Another defeat against Newcastle at the weekend, and things could start to get a bit nervy for Watford fans.

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Ex-Liverpool defender on BBC Radio 5 live

Troy Deeney
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"Watford are a counter attacking team and once they go a goal down, and the team that has scored retreats, they find it really difficult to get back into it.

"They didn't fashion too many chances and Swansea dealt well with them in the end. 

"I have forgotten the game already, though. It was that bad."

Ashley Williams and Alan Curtis
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Alan Curtis is savouring this one. He is on the pitch, big smile on his face, and is making a point of hugging every single player.

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Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at Liberty Stadium

"I have no idea what Watford tried to do, except sit. There was so little reaction throughout the game and Swansea got the three points. To be fair, that is all that matters."

FULL-TIME

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Swansea celebrate
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It wasn't pretty but Swansea win for the first time since Boxing Day to move out of the relegation zone.

CLOSE!

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Troy Deeney looks dejected
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So close Troy Deeney! The Watford man chests a ball down on the edge of the area and volleys goalwards, but the ball curls just wide.

Good finish to this game!

HITS THE WOODWORK

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Scrap that, Swansea are unlucky not to wrap this up as Bafetimbi Gomis hits the woodwork. The striker does well after losing his balance inside the area to retain possession but swipes an effort against the far post.

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Watford are cranking up the pressure as three minutes of injury time are shown on the fourth official's board.

Can Swansea hold on?

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It ain't pretty but Swansea just need 3 points tonight. Sorry commentators, the performance is secondary at times like this! #bbcfootball

'Terrible defending'

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Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at Liberty Stadium

"That was a terrible header from Neil Taylor, heading it back into the danger area. Absolutely incredible. That's only missed by inches and that could have been costly for Swansea."

CLOSE!

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Oh a real chance for Watford to snatch an equaliser! It all comes about from a shocking 'clearance' by Neil Taylor, who heads weakly across his own area and Jurado pounces on the ball, shooting just wide.

Meanwhile, Mamadou Obbi Oulare is on for Watford, replacing Valon Behrami for the final few minutes.

'Many players have struggled'

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Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at Liberty Stadium

Sung-Yeung Ki
AP

"Ki has been pretty peripheral. He hasn't made any real impression on this game. He's been one of many many players who have somewhat struggled tonight."

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Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales at the Liberty Stadium

"Swansea's fans are a supportive bunch, by and large, as their vocal backing for their struggling team has shown in recent weeks. But they have not taken to Bafetimbi Gomis this season. The Frenchman has lost his place in the starting line-up and has developed an unhelpful habit of being caught offside frequently. 

"He was flagged twice within a minute of coming on tonight, the second of which was greeted with ironic cheers from the Swans' supporters whose patience is wearing thin."

SUBSTITUTION

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That chance for Watford has left Alan Curtis a bit jittery and he decides to bolster his defence, bringing on Jordi Amat for Ki Sung-yueng. 

CLOSE!

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Six minutes remaining and Lukasz Fabianski is called into a rare bit of action as a corner is cleared only as far as Jurado, who volleys from 25 yards. It is well hit, but straight at Fabianski. Easy save in the end.

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I tell you what's happened to the Swans! We got rid of Dyer and left Routledge out for ages! They were the life and soul! #bbcfootball

SUBSTITUTION

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Bafetimbi Gomis
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On comes Bafetimbi Gomis, replacing Andre Ayew. He's getting a standing ovation. Not sure any player deserves a standing ovation for their performance in this game. Dire.

Old guard have done well

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Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at Liberty Stadium

Ashley Williams
PA

"I'm just trying to think about who's had a half-decent game for Swansea and it's mainly been the old guard... Williams, Sigurdsson, Britton... they've shown that it matters to play for this football club, that it matters to stay in the Premiership."

Swansea 1-0 Watford

...and it is poor from Ben Watson, straight into the Swansea wall. 

Meanwhile Bafetimbi Gomis is getting ready to come on for the final 10 minutes for Swansea.

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Good chance for Watford now as they win a free-kick just outside the Swansea area. Ben Watford is standing over it...

SUBSTITUTION

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Time is running out for Watford. Quique Sanchez Flores makes his first change as Ecuador international Juan Carlos Paredes comes on for Nyom.

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Ashley Williams
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This Swansea defence is 3 lambs being lead by a lion. Williams is so much better than his team mates. #bbcfootball

'No communication'

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Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at Liberty Stadium

Jack Cork
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"There seems to be so little communication between the players out there. Time and again we've seem Swansea players in space and they've turned in."

Swansea 1-0 Watford

This game briefly threatens to break into a moment of spontaneous excitement as Ki Sung-yueng loses the ball on the edge of the Watford area and the visitors break through Troy Deeney. The Watford skipper, with Odion Ighalo in support, dithers and Ashley Williams nips in to halt the attack.

Moments earlier, there were half-hearted calls for a Swansea penalty when a cross struck Ben Watson inside the area. 

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Modou Barrow is straight into the action as he has his shirt pulled by Nyom and wins Swansea a free-kick. Gylfi Sigurdsson clips it in, headed away.

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#bbcfootball You can see why Swansea have struggled - they don't seem to shoot - don't recall Gomes having to make a save

SUBSTITUTION

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This game needs a spark to get it going and Swansea boss Alan Curtis decides it is time to make a change.

On comes forward Modou Barrow for Wayne Routledge. Barrow is still looking for his first goal for the club since joining in 2014. 

Not sure he will prove to be the spark this game needs, but you never know.

Swansea lacking bite

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Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at Liberty Stadium

Jack Cork shoots
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"It's a slender advantage and Swansea haven't come close to adding to that. The Jack Cork effort was probably the closest they've come in 20 minutes."

YELLOW CARD

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Leon Britton is the first Swansea man to be booked tonight, handling the ball midway inside his half. Ben Watson takes the free-kick, hitting it high but the ball never comes down and sails well over the bar. He got that one all wrong.

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What happened to that lovely Swansea side of a few years ago that played attractive football? It's all very route one now. #bbcfootball

'Much better fare'

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Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at Liberty Stadium

Ashley Williams
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"All of a sudden Watford have shown up. We've got a team who want to win a game of football. We've got two teams participating now so it's much better fare."

Swansea 1-0 Watford

Swansea have had to soak up some Watford pressure, but they enjoy a rare attack in this half as Andre Ayew heads a high ball into the box down for Jack Cork, who has a go with a first-time effort. Just wide. 

They could do with a second goal.

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Troy Deeney
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Troy Deeney has struggled to make an impact in this game. He has had one touch inside the Swansea area and hasn't linked up well with Odion Ighalo at all.

Will Quique Sanchez Flores be tempted to make a change?