Rodgers hails 'complete performance'
Brendan Rodgers praised Swansea for the way they played with and without possession during their win over West Brom.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 17/09/11 7:45pm
Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers praised his side for the way they played with and without possession during their 3-0 win over West Brom.
The Swans cruised to their first win in the Premier League, scoring their first league goals in the process through Scott Sinclair, Leroy Lita and Nathan Dyer.
"It was a real complete performance today," Rodgers told Sky Sports. "We were very good with it [the ball] and our organisation without the ball was excellent.
"We've always had great confidence in the way we play. I thought we were just missing that wee bit of luck in one or two of the [previous] games.
"Overall, the performance today was outstanding against a very good team. Roy [Hodgson] has done a great job at West Brom, but for us to control the game as we did was very good.
"And it's no more than the players deserve because they've been outstanding and it's great to get those first three points."
Emotions were running high ahead of the game following the recent death of Rodgers' father and indeed the four miners who died in a Swansea Valley colliery earlier this week.
A minute's silence was staged before kick-off in tribute to the deceased, and Rodgers took to the field to give a lengthy applause in return to the home support after the final whistle.
"Swansea is a very special club with special supporters," he said.
"They've given me everything since I've been here and I was just applauding them and giving them my token of thanks for all the support I've received in the last week or so, which has been phenomenal."
After scoring their first goals in the England's top flight since 1983, Rodgers was still keen to praise his defence, who were rock solid in foiling every West Brom attack.
"It's a hallmark of our game," said Rodgers. "People pick up on our style in which we play. But there's also a great steel about it. That's our third clean sheet in five games.
"Last year in the Championship we had 22 clean sheets in 46 games - in nearly half the games we didn't concede."
The only down side to the comprehensive win was a late head injury to full-back Neil Taylor.
The defender required lengthy on-field treatment before being stretchered off, culminating in nine added minutes of stoppage-time.
Rodgers, though, does not believe the injury is as serious as first feared.
"I think he'll be fine," he said. "He's obviously taken a nasty knock on his head and he showed great courage in getting it."