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Leroy Fer expects Swansea to climb the table after rediscovering team unity

Leroy Fer believes Swansea will start climbing the Premier League after rediscovering their unity.

Swansea remain one place off the bottom of the table after being held 0-0 at home by Bournemouth on Saturday.

But the draw represented progress for Swansea after four straight defeats had left head coach Paul Clement facing awkward questions over his future.

"The previous weeks were hard because in games we had to get a result we didn't," Fer said.

"You could see in the performances that we weren't playing to our ability.

"But we came together and had a very good week.

"We told ourselves to be a team again, like we were at the end of last season.

"We have to be that again - one unit. That's what we showed and I was pleased with that."

Clement felt Wilfried Bony's disallowed strike on the stroke of half-time should have stood.

But referee Stuart Attwell ruled that Jordan Ayew had shoved Nathan Ake before Swansea's stand-in skipper smashed home.

Substitute Fer wasted a glorious chance late on after Cherries goalkeeper Asmir Begovic pushed his first effort straight back to him.

But Fer believes Swansea will head to Chelsea this week with renewed confidence.

"We can look forward to going there, especially after this performance," Fer said.

"We have to keep it in mind how we played here and try to do even more on Wednesday.

"They are the champions and they are going for the title again, so we have to be ready for what's coming.

"We got a point at Spurs (in September) and we must do the same that we did against them.

"The fans felt in the last few weeks that it wasn't going the right way, but I hope they saw that we gave it our all and we were up for the challenge."

Bournemouth have now lost only once in five league games, three of which they have won, to climb out of the bottom three.

That run has been based on a solid defensive platform with the Cherries having kept three successive clean sheets in the top flight for the first time.

Centre-half Ake said: " We didn't create a lot of chances and we were sloppy on the ball, but in those days you have to keep a clean sheet and at least get a draw.

"It was a game we could have lost earlier but we have learned from the start of the season.

"We knew our start to the season wasn't great and we had to step it up.

"In the last month we have been playing better and getting points."

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