Guidolin's delight at job well done
1st May 2016
Francesco Guidolin declared it a "job well done" after the Swans beat Liverpool 3-1 to mathematically guarantee their Premier League survival.
Andre Ayew's first brace of the season inspired the Swans to an impressive victory over Jurgen Klopp's side, while Jack Cork scored his first goal of the campaign with a stunning strike.
Following an encouraging start by the Swans, they were rewarded for their efforts when Ayew headed home the opener in the 20th minute.
Cork then doubled Swansea's lead with a sumptuous curling effort to give Guidolin's a two-goal cushion at the interval.
Christian Benteke pulled one back for the Reds after half-time with a stooping header, but Ayew's second goal - just minutes after Benteke's - quickly dashed any hopes of a revival for the visitors.
The victory moves the Swans up to 13th in the Premier League and opens up an unassailable 11-point gap between them and third-from-bottom Sunderland.
And Guidolin expressed his delight at retaining his side's top-flight status for the 2016-17 campaign.
"I am happy for my players," said the Swans head coach. "We were "safe" three weeks ago but not mathematically.
"We have two games to go but today I am happy and feel I have done my job very well.
"I am proud because this is my first time in the Premier League, and it was not an easy season for Swansea or an easy start for me.
"Thank you to my staff and players - I am very happy.
"The players showed that they are not 'on the beach', which I was already sure of.
"Against Leicester we played like we did today for the first 30 minutes. The difference was that we scored two goals today, while last week we conceded two in 30 minutes."
Meanwhile, for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp it was a far more disappointing afternoon.
"We didn't play as well as we could," said Klopp. "We tried to bring fresh legs and fresh minds. I'm disappointed because I know we could have played better.
"The first two goals were too easy for Swansea, but they deserved the win.
"We have to accept this, prepare again and play much better.
"Today, it didn't work too well, but it's not a problem for the future."