Steve Cooper praised Swansea City’s “heart and soul” as they started the new Championship campaign with a hard-fought win over Preston.
Morgan Gibbs-White’s first goal for Swansea proved enough for the visitors to leave Deepdale with all three points on Saturday.
Cooper said his side’s performance against a team who were among those pushing for a play-off spot last term was hugely pleasing.
“Any result here is always a good one”, the head coach said post-match. “It’s a really tough place to come and you’ve seen the record they had here last season.
“I thought our performance was good. First half we got into some good positions and didn’t quite capitalise on creating that chance on goal.
“In the second half we kept it going, [Jake] Bidwell’s onside and should’ve put us 1-0 up. We’ve seen it back on the screen, and it would have been a fantastic goal and brilliant for Bidwell.
“But as Bidwell does, he keeps going and doing the right thing, he gets in again and it’s some brilliant play from Andre [Ayew] and Gibbs-White gets in the area to put it in. It was a brilliant team goal.
“We had to show the other side of the game then to see out the result. We had a lot of balls in our box, but Freddie [Woodman] hasn’t really had a save to make which tells you everything about our heart and soul in the latter stages of the game. But it’s a really good start.”
Victory ensured Swansea remain unbeaten on the opening day of a league campaign since 2013.
The Swans are also yet to taste defeat against the Lilywhites in five meetings, with the Lancashire outfit since dropping out of the Premier League two years ago.
Cooper admits his side showed tremendous experience against Alex Neil’s troops, although he stressed the Swans must not get carried away with the result.
“There’ll be ups and downs. Let’s not get carried away,” he added.
“It’s a really good result and the players did show experience older than their age, certainly the younger ones.
“But there’s going to be times where they have little mistakes as well, but as we do we stick with them, we grow from the good and the bad stuff and continually try to get better.”
Swansea return to action against Birmingham City at the Liberty Stadium next weekend.
Cooper is hopeful of clinching more signings in the near future, although in terms of exits, Joel Asoro looks set to complete a loan move to Serie A outfit Genoa.
Speaking about the former Sunderland winger, Cooper said: “I can’t clarify much. I know they’re interested him him, but I’m not too sure where the deal is in terms of whether it’s completely right for us, him or Genoa.
“I’ll find out a little bit later on, but there is truth in it.”
And on further incomings or outgoings, Cooper said: “Nothing since Thursday when we last spoke [at a press conference].
“We are looking at things that we’d like to do, and maybe it’s going to be a mad couple of weeks, but there’s no real update.
“We certainly are looking to do one or two if we can.”