Our greater cutting edge made the difference, says Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino
MAURICIO Pochettino put victory over Swansea City down to Southampton's greater quality in front of goal — and paid tribute to keeper Artur Boruc.
Southampton chalked up their third successive Premier League win thanks to Adam Lallana's early goal and a late second from Jay Rodriguez.
But the 2-0 scoreline did not tell the whole story, for Swansea were the dominant side for long periods of the game and created more opportunities than their hosts.
Yet not for the first time this season, Michael Laudrup's men were guilty of wastefulness in the final third.
"It was a game where we took our chances and they didn't," Pochettino said.
"The fact that we got an early goal meant that we didn't have to take as many risks as we might have done if it was still 0-0.
"Especially in the last ten or 15 minutes of the first half, we lost the ball too easily and that caused us a lot of problems.
"But we did better in the second half. They didn't create many chances and we got the second goal and actually scored a third which was disallowed but should have been allowed to stand."
Pochettino had special praise for former Celtic keeper Boruc, who denied Wilfried Bony, Michu and Jonjo Shelvey.
"He was incredible," added the Argentine. "He did ever so well and we have full trust in him.
"We were able to keep another clean sheet which was a massive positive for us. We are happy with Boruc and with the rest of the squad."
Pochettino has claimed Southampton should be thinking about qualifying for the Champions League over the next couple of seasons, and the Swansea win continued their impressive start to the season.
And the former Espanyol manager reckons his players must now get used to greater expectations.
"The players will face more pressure because we are higher in the table," he said. "They need to learn that more is going to be expected of them.
"But I am fully aware that what we have done until now this season is all for nothing if we do not carry it on."