Having lost back-to-back home matches against league leaders Leicester City and a Watford side without an away win since January, a long trip to Lancashire to face in-form Blackburn was not an ideal prospect.
The Swans, however, produced a commanding performance to end Rovers three match winning run. Liam Cullen scoring the only goal of the game with a curling left-footed effort on the half-hour mark.
It should have been more with chances a plenty and two goals disallowed. It was though for Duff a pleasing performance after a tough week on a ground where the Swans have failed to pick up a win at since 1971.
“We’ve had a hard week, to come such a long way leaving on Thursday morning after getting beaten twice is tough,” said Duff.
“I didn’t think we were brilliant on Tuesday, but we didn’t deserve to get beat. Today we were better with the ball, started really well and had a couple of chances early on.
“We tweaked a couple of things in the press and picked them off a lot. Then for the next 50 minutes, we dominated the game. The fact that they made two subs at half-time proves how dominant we were.
“The clean sheet is another pleasing aspect. Every one we’ve had now we’ve won the game and that shows the importance of keeping them. You only have to score one instead of having to score two or three to win a tough game.
“We used the ball well, passed it well. We’ve had a good goal disallowed and one disallowed for offside.
“Jamal [Lowe] has had a penalty turned down apparently with there being not enough contact, he’s the wrong side of his man and is about to shoot and gets brought down. Why would he just fall over? Without getting too involved with the referee I don’t think he gave us a lot today.
“Pato [Jamie Paterson] has had an open goal where he has got caught in two minds and with 65 minutes gone, we could be three or four nil up.
“The players know that they’re human. No matter how much we tell them to drop out and play and play up the pitch, they go into protection mode. Even then on the counter, we had moments and the most pleasing thing for me was they gave us everything.
“If we can keep showing that resilience and togetherness and be good at set-plays, we can do more work with the ball, which is where we want to get to. There are aspects of the game we are really pleased with and you’re always going to be happy with a win.
“I’m really pleased for the supporters too because it is a long way, and they came in good numbers and made good noise. We have disappointing performances and results sometimes, and they’ve stuck right through. Hopefully, they’ll enjoy their journey home.”
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