After a frustrating first half which saw Swansea on top but fail to find the net, Garry Monk’s men made the breakthrough Wayne Routledge in the 47th minute.
I am bitterly disappointed. It hurts for me, the players and the fans
Ole Gunner Solskjaer
Nathan Dyer doubled the home side’s lead with 11 minutes remaining, before Swans striker Wilfried Bony, signed by sacked Michael Laudrup, put a turbulent week for the club behind them with his eighth league strike of the season.
“We weathered a storm in the first 10 minutes and we were happy enough but we made a bad start to the second half,” Solskjaer told BBC Sport.
“Goals change games but we had two massive chances to equalise. They didn’t go our way and then we got caught out. We wanted to press them high up the pitch and we switched off right at the start of the second half and they worked the opening well.
“I am bitterly disappointed. It hurts for me, the players and the fans. Every win from now is important, we have two home games to come and they are huge games. I am sure we will get a response.”
Meanwhile, Swansea interim manager Monk was thrilled to make a winning start to his reign following Laudrup’s dismissal during the week.
“Of course I am excited. I have played in lots of these games, but it is all about information and keeping a clear head,” Monk said.
“It doesn’t feel like an audition. The chairman asked me to take over with the first team and I would do anything for this club – be it the under-eights, the academy or the first team. Fortunately it was the first team and there is no prouder man than me tonight.”
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