Swansea won five of manager Paul Clement's first eight league games in charge but have gone off the boil in recent weeks and Routledge reckons the Welsh club will need to go on a similar run to avoid relegation. However, he went on to score just one more in his next 25 games, including none in his last 18. "As we sit here and speak about it, yes", Clement told a news conference when asked if he saw Swansea and Hull being embroiled in a straight fight for survival.
But Gomes was at fault as the visitors passed up a glorious opportunity to take the lead with a little over 10 minutes on the clock.
Now with six games left, and both Hull and Crystal Palace in fine form, they're going to find it incredibly hard to escape the drop, however, it isn't impossible. It is a game they must surely win. But the likelihood of that happening is actually very unlikely based on where the teams are in the league. "You have to hope it's a one off and you move on from it quickly". And the fact is, though they have beaten Chelsea and Arsenal, they still have a hard run-in.
He said: "We can't focus on anyone else or anything else. You can take your eye off the ball if you do and not deal with what you actually have a bit of control of, your own performances".
Etienne Capoue's goal on his return from injury proved the difference as Watford beat ailing Swansea 1-0 on Saturday (April 15) in their Premier League clash leaving the losers without a win in six games.
The 32 year-old Spaniard has 11 goals in 27 appearances for the Swans this season, and it could be his goals that keep Swansea in the Premier League come the end of the season - if he's fit its imperative he starts.
It looked as though Paul Clement would guide them to safety at that point, but the Swans have failed to win since the 3-2 victory over Burnley in March and face an uphill task to stay in the Premier League. Now in 10th, a top-half finish could yet be achieved for a team who have lit up the division so little that it has nearly gone unnoticed that Mazzarri has settled in well.
That will not be good enough for Swansea, but a point would suit Walter Mazzarri's Watford absolutely fine.