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Carlos Carvalhal admits gamble backfired in crushing Brighton defeat

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Carlos Carvalhal admits his gamble backfired as Swansea dropped back into the relegation zone after being thumped 4-1 by relegation rivals Brighton Hove and Albion.

A Glenn Murray double and goals from Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia brought the Swans 10 game unbeaten run in all competitions to a grinding halt.

The only goal for Swansea came from substitute Tammy Abraham with a 85th-minute consolation goal - a long-range effort which deflected in off Dunk.

It was a deflating defeat for Carlos Carvalhal who has been driving his team's revival after beating big name teams like Liverpool, and Arsenal.

The Swans manager admits his gamble to bring on attackers Andre Ayew, Luciano Narsingh and Tammy Abraham, with his side trailing, backfired.

Brighton simply exploited the gaps at the back.

When we were losing 1-0 I was thinking we must change things, so we put Ayew in attack. We took the risks because we were not happy to lose and we wanted to try to win. So we put Luciano and Tammy on.

It was a big bet and with a big bet you can win lots of money or you can lose lots of money. We knew if we scored one we could win, but we also knew if they scored another on the counter-attack it would be difficult, and that's what happened.

That's football, that's the life of a manager. If it works the manager is a genius. We tried everything to try to win, but Brighton deserved to win. We lost the gamble."

– Carlos Carvalhal, Swansea City manager

Swansea are now in 18th place.