Garry Monk praises resolute Swansea

Southampton 0 Swansea 1: Garry Monk was pleased by the way Swansea not only managed to frustrate Southampton but leave St Mary’s with a first Premier League win of 2015.

Garry Monk praises resolute Swansea

Arriving on the south coast without a top-flight victory since St Stephen’s Day, few expected their rotten recent form to improve in yesterday’s late kick-off.

However, Swansea managed to frustrate the hosts, with a resolute defence and dollop of luck allowing them to eke out a 1-0 win, courtesy of Jonjo Shelvey’s fine, late strike.

“I am happy with the three points after what has been a difficult month for us,” Monk said. “We have lost players, had injuries, players away on international duty and suspensions. It has been difficult for us but I talked in the week about getting back to basics.

“We came here with a game plan and I thought we executed that game plan very well.”

This was certainly not the free-flowing Swansea onlookers have become accustomed to, with the players instead displaying a dogged side.

Things could have been so different had Lukasz Fabianski not reacted quickly to deny James Ward-Prowse a first ever league goal in the opening 10 minutes — the hosts’ best chance of a one-sided first half.

Swansea had to defend impressively to keep Saints at bay but were coming close on their rare forays forward, with Bafetimbi Gomis hitting a half-volley just wide and Shelvey hitting the post.

They were warning shots Southampton failed to heed as Shelvey made space to fire home from distance in a frantic finale, with Ryan Bertrand sent off for a nasty challenge on Modou Barrow after Ashley Williams made two goal-line clearances in quick succession to deny Sadio Mane.

Ronald Koeman did not think Bertrand’s challenge was worthy of a sending off.

“In my opinion, it is not a red card,” the Dutchman said. “These fouls in my opinion is yellow. It’s not a red card.”

SOUTHAMPTON: Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand, Steven Davis, Reed (Mane 63), Tadic, Ward-Prowse, Elia (Seager 90), Pelle.

SWANSEA: Fabianski, Naughton (Rangel 82), Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Fulton, Carroll, Dyer, Shelvey, Emnes (Barrow 16), Gomis, Barrow (Amat 90).

Referee: Michael Oliver.

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