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FT: Southport 3-2 Wrexham

Wrexham narrowly missed out on a draw away to Southport, losing 3-2.

Wrexham were awarded a penalty after Gerry McDonagh was brought down in the box by Liam Nolan, allowing John Rooney to even the score. It look as though the game would finish two all, but Nolan got his second of the game in the 87th minute sealing with win for Southport.

Final score: Southport 3-2 Wrexham.

HT: Southport 2-1 Wrexham

Wrexham are trailing 2-1 against Southport in the National League.

Jordan White opened the scoring at the Merseyrail Community Stadium, catching the deflection from Gerry McDonagh's shot at goal. Southport came back with an equaliser from Liam Nolan shortly before Delial Brewster made it 2-1 for the homeside just before the whistle.

Swans defender Taylor says team lacks confidence

Neil Taylor says the Swans have low confidence at the moment as they face a relegation battle in the second half of the season. Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Archive/PA Images

Swansea defender Neil Taylor admits his team faces an uphill battle to stay in the Premier League despite the impending arrival of Paul Clement as the club's new manager.

The Swans suffered a fourth straight defeat in losing 3-0 at home to Bournemouth on Saturday, and at the halfway point of the season they lie bottom with only 12 points from 19 games.

Former Derby boss Clement is expected to leave his post as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Bayern Munich in the next 48 hours to become the third manager at Swansea this season.

If it is to be Clement the boys will work as hard as they can and hopefully he can help to turn it around. But we know how difficult it's going to be.

We realise the performances that we're giving are not of a good standard and we're a team with very low confidence at the moment. We've got to be honest about that.

– Neil Taylor, Swansea defender

Clement should be in the stands at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night, taking a watching brief as caretaker Alan Curtis tries to restore morale to a side which has conceded 13 goals in four games and 44 in total this term.

Read more on this story over at ITV Sport.


FAW calm as Chris Coleman linked to Swansea job

Chris Coleman has been linked to become the new Swansea manager. Credit: PA

The Football Association of Wales is relaxed over reports that Swansea are weighing up a move for national team manager Chris Coleman, it has emerged.

Coleman has been linked to become the new Swansea boss as they seek to fill the gap left by Bob Bradley's dismissal on Tuesday evening.

The Premier League club could make an official approach for Coleman - who was born in the city and played nearly 200 games for the club at the start of his career - within the next 24 hours.

FAW bosses discussed the mounting speculation over Coleman's future on Wednesday evening but they believe it is far from a done deal if Swansea come calling for a man who guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 last summer. A move to Swansea could significantly improve upon Coleman's current salary of around £500,000 per year.

Swansea are keen to make a swift appointment after sacking Bradley just 85 days after the American was appointed.

Former Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs is also in the running to become the new manager.

Bale heads to the homeland for Christmas

Wales star Gareth Bale has tweeted a photo of himself heading home to Wales for the holidays.

The tweet shows Bale in a surgical boot having undergone surgery on his damaged ankle.

His tweet says, 'Back home to Wales for the Christmas break'.

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