Ronald Koeman was disappointed with Southampton’s performance in beating Swansea, but hailed Saints’ clinical touch.
Goals from Virgil Van Dijk, Dusan Tadic and Sadio Mane saw Saints cruising towards victory just after the hour mark at St Mary’s.
But perfectionist Koeman rapped his players for giving Swansea a glimmer of hope through Gylfi Sigurdsson’s late penalty.
“I’m satisfied with three points, yes, but maybe it was the best game of the season clinical-wise,” said Koeman.
“We didn’t create a lot of chances but we scored three times. But the performance was not very good, there were a lot of mistakes in possession.
“The win is important but it was not the best performance of the season.
“Swansea had some good chances, free shots, and we had to defend in depth much better than we did.
“We got the early goal, the second just after half-time, and then 3-0! But I expect more than just defending the result. Then you have problems, and they get a penalty. But maybe I’m too critical.
“It’s not easy to win against Swansea, or to score against Swansea, but we have to control the game much better than we did.”