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Saints boss happy as safety in sight

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted his side's goalless draw at Swansea had been a low-quality fare but was happy to secure a point and edge nearer to Premier League safety.

The Saints are now eight points clear of the drop zone, and well placed to survive having been written off by some at the start of the season.

"It was not a very good game but we are unbeaten in six and I am happy with the clean sheet, "said Pochettino. "Maybe we should have won because we created the best chances but their goalkeeper made two outstanding saves.

"I don't think we lacked impetus, but we did not have the fluency we normally have. I don't know if 39 points will be enough for us to stay in the Premier League, we just have to go on and try and win the next game, that is always our goal."

Swansea are all but guaranteed another season in the top flight, but their campaign is tailing off as they equalled their previous longest winless run in the Premier League of five games.

Manager Michael Laudrup was keen to focus on the pluses. "We did so well on occasions until the last pass. It is so important and it is an area we could have done better in.

"I think we should have won but when you don't you have to accept a draw and look on the positive side. We had conceded two goals in each of our last four games and we have now kept a clean sheet," he said

Irish Independent