Steve Cooper admitted gritty matches have become the theme throughout football of late after Swansea City claimed a hard-fought win over Luton Town.
The Swans claimed all three points at Kenilworth Road thanks to Conor Hourihane’s early strike – his fifth since he joined the club on loan from Aston Villa in January.
Victory over Nathan Jones’ side lifted the Swans up to second place in the Championship, although the Hatters created numerous chances to earn something for their efforts.
And the Swansea boss admitted sides have been more pragmatic of late as they continue to adjust to the rigours of what is a brutal campaign.
“Always happy with three points. A clean sheet, we scored a good goal, and overall, it was a really tough game,” he said.
“Luton being the team that they are at home, they don’t lose many games. With the pitch, the wind, it had the making of the type of game it was, which wasn’t a pretty one.
“We’ve kept a clean sheet, scored that goal, got the three points and I think we should just focus on that and nothing else really and say well done to the lads.”
And when pressed on his side’s style in recent matches, he responded: “I haven’t seen a pretty game for a while in the Championship.
“It’s a football trend at the moment, sticking with it and keeping going. It’s hard.
“It takes a lot to win a football match. I’m just glad that we showed a little bit of quality in the right moment to get that goal. In terms of desire from the boys, five changes today to freshen things up, one or two were forced on us, brilliant.
“We’re trying to play as we do. Sometimes it’s easier in other games. Luton, and it’s not their fault, but they’ve had a full week of rest.
“But I’m not letting any negativity come into the camp, certainly not from outside.
“I think we need to focus on what the lads are actually doing here. They are working really hard. We’ve got 10 points out of the last 12 after losing to Bristol City when we played really well.
“I’m only looking for positives that these boys are giving themselves and the football club.”
Swansea are now unbeaten in their last four matches while they have kept a league high of 18 clean sheets.
They face Bournemouth on Tuesday night before hosting Cardiff City at the Liberty Stadium four days later in what will be their final outing before the international break.