Southampton boss Koeman not getting carried away

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman remained calm despite his side moving up to second place in the Premier League thanks to a 1-0 win at Swansea City, has reported.

The first half largely belonged to the Welsh club, for whom Wayne Routledge came the closest when his shot clipped to top of the crossbar. However, the game changed six minutes before half time when striker Wilfried Bony received his second yellow card for a foul on Saints defender Maya Yoshida.

Despite dominating large parts of the second half due to their one-man advantage, Southampton rarely created clear chances, but found a winner 10 minutes from time through Victor Wanyama, who found the far corner with his first goal for the club since joining in the summer of 2013.

After the game, when pointed out that his side are now second, Koeman said: “It’s nice for the fans and everyone who loves the [club] but as a manager, and as technical staff, we have to keep quiet and continue what we are doing.

“There is no time to celebrate or watch the table too much. Football changes very fast and you have to prepare yourself that way. It was a different win; a tough one, a difficult one against a strong Swansea.

“After the [sending-off], it changed. Always those kinds of decisions of the referee are difficult for one [team] and better for another. We had the patience to wait, create the positions and score a great goal.’

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