Monk gets tactics right to frustrate sliding Saints
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.
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 for various reasons," 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.
"And what a goal - a fantastic strike from Jonjo which deserved to win any game.
"I thought we were good for the three points, especially in the second half.
"We came to frustrate them a little bit and in the second half we knew that if we used the ball a little better we'd get our chances and so it proved."
This was certainly not the free-flowing Swansea onlookers have become accustomed to, with the players instead displaying a dogged, battling side.
Monk heaped praise on match-winner Shelvey and captain Ashley Williams in the post-match press conference, while he downplayed a touchline spat with Ryan Bertrand.
The Saints left-back clashed with the Swansea bench after a lunge on Modou Barrow, which saw him sent off by referee Michael Oliver in the dying minutes.
"I thought it was a bad tackle, but I was more appealing because knew it was a free-kick," Monk said. "Whether it was a red card, I'm not sure."