Southampton recorded their first Premier League win of the season by defeating Swansea City at St. Mary’s Stadium on Sunday after a goal by Charlie Austin.
The Saints were coming off a 3-0 win over Sparta Prague in the Europa League, and Austin’s goal in the 64th minute gave the Southampton fans something to cheer about. The win brought them up to 14th place in the standings. Manager Claude Puel was delighted to have picked up the first three-pointer of the season.
“I think it was a very good performance, because it was a difficult game,” Puel told the club’s official website after the match.
“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 made six changes to his side compared to the Europa League tie against Prague, as he wants to keep players fresh. Both Jay Rodriguez and James Ward-Prowse were left out of the 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 explained.
“It’s important to keep all the players with good possibilities and good energy to play.”