Nigel Adkins laid credit at his side’s door for keeping Swansea quiet for the majority of the 1-1 draw at St Mary’s.
The gaffer was delighted with the team’s overall display, and although he was ultimately left frustrated to come away with a point, it lifted Saints off the foot of the table.
“I think we showed a good defensive resolve,” he told Saints Player.
“We got on the front foot and caused Swansea a lot of problems. We were on the front foot, caused lots of oohs and aahs which gave the referee lots of decisions to make, but one unfortunate decision from a young goalkeeper has resulted in the ball going in the back of our net.
“There are a lot of positives that we have got to take from this game and we will do.
“We dominated for long spells against a Swansea side who are very good at passing and that was shown in the first five minutes. I thought we had a very good defensive shape about ourselves and the players should take a lot of credit for that because they have worked very hard.
“Gaston Ramirez could have had a couple, so could Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana was very dangerous all afternoon. Jason Puncheon had a good game with Morgan Schneiderlin and Jack Cork deserves a special mention because I thought he was outstanding, as was young Luke Shaw and Nathaniel Clyne. José could have scored from a well worked free-kick thanks to a great ball from Gaston and Maya has had another good game. Gazza had one save to make in the first half which he did well and apart from that he had nothing else to do.”
The endeavor to try and win the game was on full show in the second half, and Adkins was pleased with the application both on the pitch and in the stands.
“The supporters and players are all having a go for each other. We are together as one at this football club and we have to take the positives because we got a point, we wanted the three and a clean sheet but we have to move on with the positives.
“We are eleven games into the Premier League and we are improving all the time.
“If you look at it it’s really exciting and we believe we can give every team all sorts of problems going forward which is what we have done this season because we have been scoring goals.
“We have improved at the back in terms of a resolve about ourselves, so there are a lot of good things that we are doing so we will stick at it.”
Saints were arguably denied two penalties in the contest for fouls on Adam Lallana, but although he hasn’t seen the footage back Nigel concedes that fortune hasn’t been on his side in recent games.
“I haven’t seen the replay yet,” he said. “There were a lot of shouts going up about them but we should have had a penalty the other night and didn’t get one.
“Just at this moment in time things aren’t quite going our way but we will keep working hard and I’m sure they will go our way.”