Charlie Austin strikes again as Southampton beats Swansea 1-0

  • Charlie Austin strikes again as Southampton beats Swansea 1-0

Charlie Austin strikes again as Southampton beats Swansea 1-0

Nevertheless Puel has seen enough to remain confident that first Premier League triumph is close.

"It will be important for us and our fans also, because it is important to keep a good efficient team, to score and be rewarded for all of the many good things we can make in our game".

Manager Claude Puel is expected to make wholesale changes to the team that ran out 3-0 victors at St Mary's, as he prepares to restore the players he rested in the week.

"I think it was a very good performance, because it was a hard game", Puel told Southampton's official website.

We think the Saints have a good chance of getting their first victory of the season against the Welsh club, providing they go with this starting XI...

"But it is more important for us to focus on the win".

Southampton's Nathan Redmond, left, vies for the ball with Swansea City's Jack Cork, during the English Premier League soccer match between Southampton FC and Swansea City, at St Mary's, in Southampton, England, Sunday Sept. 18, 2016. Predict the score for this match and the rest of this round's Premier League fixtures in our Predictor game.

Southampton manager Claude Puel heaps praise on his side following their 1-0 win over Swansea City.

Charlie Austin put the Premier League outfit in the lead in the fifth minute from the penalty spot and doubled the advantage on 27 minutes.

"It was a good result for us in Europe, now it is important to carry on the same work in the Premier League", said the French coach, who had spells in charge of Monaco, Lille, Lyon and Nice.

The Saints last failed to win any of their opening five games of a Premier League season in 2000-01.

Swansea, meanwhile, are without a win in league play since defeating Burnley on opening day (3L, 1D).

Only Chelsea (seven) have allowed their opponents fewer shots on target than Southampton (10) in the first four matches of the season, but Saints have conceded six goals. The reason why it was like this was they scored the first goal, compared to games against Sunderland and Watford.

Their next three top-flight matches after this are at home to Manchester City and Liverpool and away at Arsenal.