Michael Laudrup declared himself satisfied as the Swans reached the third round of the Capital One Cup following a 3-1 win over Barnsley.
The home side started slowly but took a first-half lead through Danny Graham, and Luke Moore doubled the advantage with a neat finish from eight yards.
Barnsley pulled one back with 20 minutes left through Bobby Hassell but the win – and a place in Thursday’s third-round draw – was secured when Moore tapped home from a tight angle late on.
And Laudrup was pleased to see his side progress to the next round of the competition.
“I’m always satisfied when we win,” he said. “The first 25 minutes were not good for us; we played too many missed passes and we didn’t have the ball too much.
“Because we are a side that likes to keep the ball, when we don’t have it we can suffer.
“But the final 20 minutes of the first half were good and we got the goal because we were playing with a much higher tempo.
“I was also pleased with the second-half performance because we had a lot of players out there who played 90 minutes after not having many minutes under their belt.”
Laudrup handed debuts to defender Kyle Bartley and new signing Ki-Sung Yueng, with the South Korean only receiving international clearance earlier in the day.
And the Swans boss was pleased with how his new additions fared against the Tykes.
“They both did well,” he said. “The midfield three had never played together so that was important, and Kyle was playing his first game as well having only been with us for around 12 days.
“But I thought they did well and it is important for them to train with the rest of the squad and get to know them.”
Another talking point was the situation regarding Scott Sinclair, but Laudrup refused to be drawn on whether the former Chelsea player would still be at the Liberty beyond transfer deadline day on Friday.
“There is still so much that can happen in the next few days,” he said. “Lots of clubs are going to be interested in players and that’s normal.
“But things can change in the course of a few minutes and sometimes, if a club knows that three or four other teams want a player, then the price can go up and there’s nothing we can do about that.
“But if we do lose Scott, then we need to replace him. Before the season I said we needed a Plan B on the pitch and it’s the same off the field. We need alternatives.”
By contrast, Barnsley boss Keith Hill was pleased with his side’s display as they look to bounce back from a disappointing 5-1 defeat against Brighton last Saturday.
“I’m encouraged,” he said. “Especially after the performance at the weekend, but having said that I don’t think the result reflected our performance.
“We created a couple of good chances but we have been guilty of shooting ourselves in the foot and we did that again tonight.
“I thought all three goals were avoidable but we were up against a very good side who keep possession so well.”
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