Plenty more work to be done, says Curtis
5th March 2016
Alan Curtis admitted Swansea's 1-0 victory over Norwich City was a "big statement" in their bid for Barclays Premier League survival but insisted there was still work to be done.
The Swans went nine points clear of 18th-placed Norwich after Gylfi Sigurdsson's second-half strike earned them a vital three points at the Liberty Stadium.
After a cagey first half, in which chances were few and far between, Sigurdsson swept home the game's only goal following a superb pass by home debutant Leroy Fer.
The victory was the perfect follow-up to Swansea's midweek win at Arsenal, but despite acknowledging the significance of the victory, Curtis insisted the Swans still have plenty of work to do to preserve their top-flight status.
"It's a big statement," admitted Curtis. "It gives ourselves some breathing space, but we're still only on 33 points, which is not enough for safety.
"There is still plenty of work to do. We'll be back in on Tuesday to focus on getting another massive three points at Bournemouth.
"We knew our next three fixtures would probably define our season, and that's just one out of the way.
"Overall, I thought it was a poor game and that we were poor first half. I think both teams got caught up in just how much the game meant to them.
"We made one change at half-time and controlled the game for long periods in the second half.
"The goal came from one of the best moves of the game, and Sigurdsson's finish was superb.
"We were a little bit tense at the end and invited them on to us, but I did feel that, overall, we deserved the victory.
"It will give Francesco (Guidolin) a huge boost. We received a message at the end of the game to say how delighted he was."
Meanwhile, Norwich boss Alex Neil was left frustrated to be on the receiving end of defeat following a cagey affair in South Wales.
"Both teams sensed it was a cagey affair," said Neil. "I don't think Swansea will feel they played better than us, but when they were on top for that ten-minute spell they managed to convert.
"I thought both teams looked relatively solid and resolute in defence. The crucial difference was that Swansea took their chances, while we didn't convert any of our opportunities."