First league win delights Puel

By SFC Media Sun 18 Sep Saints vs Swansea

Claude Puel was delighted with his team’s performance after they bagged their first Premier League win of the season.

Saints beat Swansea City 1-0 at St Mary’s, on the back of substitute Charlie Austin’s second-half goal, as they kept the momentum going following the 3-0 Europa League win over Sparta Praha on Thursday.

The margin of victory should perhaps have been greater, with the team creating a significant number of clear opportunities, but in the end the one strike proved to be enough.

"I think it was a very good performance, because it was a difficult game,” Puel told Southampton’s official YouTube channel.

“We had many situations where we didn't score and it was important to keep the good attitude, to keep the good spirit and to continue the work and to play good football.

“I said congratulations after the game to my players, because to win this game with things going against us was very difficult, and sometimes also the decision of the referee was contrary, and it's a very good win together. For the future it will be important.”

Puel, who made six changes from the side that won in midweek, also explained the absence of Jay Rodriguez and James Ward-Prowse from his matchday squad.

"Jay has a little injury and we're going to look at this tomorrow and James was the player off for the day, for recovery,” Puel said.

“It's important to keep all the players with good possibilities and good energy to play."


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