​Swansea's interim manager Alan Curtis praised his side's performance in their scrappy 1-0 win over Watford on Monday night, which saw captain Ashley Williams head home in the first half to secure three hugely valuable points for his team. 

The Swans had slid into the relegation zone over the weekend, but the win was enough to haul them back above Newcastle and into 17th place - and relative safety, for now. 

In quotes on the ​club's website, Curtis said: “It is a massive win. I thought we were excellent in the first half, especially. The players showed the quality they have, but I also thought the spirit they showed was superb. We got a bit edgy in the second half, perhaps because of the situation we are in, but I thought we deserved the win over the 90 minutes.

“If we could have got that second goal, it would’ve eased the tension, but the three points takes us out of the bottom three, and psychologically it gives us a big lift. I thought the crowd played a huge part in the win too, especially when Ash was heading every ball and we were winning tackles. We have two tough games coming up, but certainly this victory will give everyone a lift.”

He also talked about the appointment on Monday of the club's new head coach Francesco Guidolin, who will appear to outrank Curtis, having the final say on matters of team selection. 

He said: “I’ve always been happy if the club thought it was necessary to bring someone in. I think our performances have been good, but we haven’t had the results the performances have warranted. We’re bringing in an experienced coach, who can hopefully help us turn those positive performances into results.”

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