March 22, 2015 10:53:00 UK
Tim Sherwood has told his Aston Villa side not to be too downhearted by their late 1-0 defeat at home to Swansea City, which ended a run of three straight wins.
Bafetimbi Gomis netted the only goal of the game three minutes from time at Villa Park to leave the hosts still looking nervously over their shoulders in the battle to beat the drop.
It’s disappointing to lose in that manner. I think we deserved a point.
But Sherwood, although he was upset at the concession of a late winner, called on his players to remain positive as they battle to preserve their Premier League status.
He told reporters: “It’s disappointing to lose in that manner. I think we deserved a point. They were better than us in the first period. I thought, after the break, we looked the most likely to score.
“Losing so late makes it even more disappointing. There comes a point in the game when, if you look like not winning it, you make sure you don’t lose it.
“That’s twice it’s happened now and we have to try and address that.
“It’s difficult to not be downhearted, but when I took over we were in a hole, there were no smiles and morale was low. The spirit is a lot better in the camp and we have to make sure we don’t take this defeat too hard.”
Villa, who are currently three points clear of the drop zone, are 5.50 to be relegated this season, with Sunderland 2.25 and Burnley 1.72.
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