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Sherwood is staying positive

Tim Sherwood has vowed Aston Villa will not slip back into "depression mode" after their late defeat to Swansea.

Bafetimbi Gomis' winner condemned the hosts to a 1-0 defeat and left them just three points above the Barclays Premier League drop zone.

It ended Villa's three-match winning run which had seen them climb out of the bottom three and reach the FA Cup semi final.

Villa boss Sherwood admitted morale was on the floor when he replaced Paul Lambert in February and, as the relegation battle intensifies, insisted it will not get so low again.

He said: "We can't take this defeat too deeply or we'll slip back into that depression mode which I don't want.

"It was very low (when I arrived), they were on the floor, they hadn't won in seven Premier League games and I don't expect them to be doing cartwheels around the training ground.

"It has picked up and it has picked up with a few results and the belief that what we're doing is the right way forward. This is a little blip and a bump in the road and we need to get over it.

"It was low when I came in but it's turned around now."

Christian Benteke was substituted as he continues to struggle with a hip problem which could mean he misses Belgium's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Cyprus and Israel.

Tom Cleverley also limped off with a groin problem and Sherwood is missing injured skipper Ron Vlaar, Philippe Senderos, Joe Cole, Nathan Baker, Matt Lowton, Kieran Richardson and Aly Cissokho.

He said: "Let's hope we can get some bodies back on the training pitch. We have two fit defenders at the moment.

"I have an update every other day and I hope they are closer. Time will be a healer, whether games will come too quick for a few of them remains to be seen.

"I don't think Tom would come off if he hadn't got something."

Gomis' sixth goal of the season snatched a deserved win for Swansea, his first since collapsing at Tottenham at the start of the month - a result of a vasovagal condition which lowers his blood pressure.

The hitman has replaced Wilfried Bony as the Swans' main striker after Bony's January move to Manchester City and boss Garry Monk believes it will take time for the striker to become a consistent scorer.

Monk said: "He has played at the highest level, played Champions League football and he's scored a number of goals every single season.

"It has been difficult with Bony doing so well and his game time was limited. It does take time to settle and the team need to adapt to a new striker as well.

"That's what we've been working on. Bafe could have had five, six, seven goals since Bony left but the way he is contributing is very pleasing for me.

"Since Bony has left he's been top, he is very clever and just needs to get a bit sharper. I'm sure it will come."

Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson added: "Everyone's happy for him. He's having to back up what Bony did for the club, that's not easy there's a lot of pressure on him.

"But he got the goal, that's two in three or four now so hopefully he can push on and get some more between now and the end of the season."

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