Two goals in the final five minutes gave Carvalhal a dramatic debut victory as Swansea boss. The Swans looked to be slipping to defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road, with Andre Carrillo's 11th-minute strike separating the sides.
But Jordan Ayew levelled in the 86th minute and substitute Luciano Narsingh scored an unlikely winner with the match heading into injury time. The result lifted Swansea off the bottom of the table and provided former Sheffield Wednesday boss Carvalhal with a dream start to his tenure in South Wales.
He reckons a dramatic 2-1 victory at Watford in his first game in charge may have changed the odd opinion – but concedes that the Swans still have a huge amount of work to do.
Nevertheless, an upbeat Carvalhal is adamant his side can pull off a great escape.
“I said to the players before the match that if you ask 100 people who understand football, 100 people would say Swansea will be relegated," he said.
“Now maybe 98 of those 100 people will say we will get relegated – maybe two of them will think we will not get relegated, but it's still a very small percentage.
“We are still not in a good position, but confidence is higher now and belief is higher.
“And I can tell you that me, my players, the chairman and our fans are not in the 100 people.
“We believe we can stay up. It will be very tough and we have just taken the first step, but we believe."