Date: 18th March 2015 at 8:19pm
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A confident Tim Sherwood says Swansea City at home is a game they can win as they look to continue their improving run of form.

Sherwood hasn’t had a bad start to his managerial career at Villa Park by anyone’s standards. He’s won two FA Cup ties to see Villa through to the semi-finals of the competition, and more importantly – he’s looking for his third consecutive League win as he continues to ease their relegation worries.

The vast majority of their fans believed they were certs to go down before Lambert’s sacking. They could barely score a goal, let alone get a League win and it took his final 14 games to score 7 goals – the same amount that Sherwood has managed in his first four.

Sherwood is one of those marmite-like managerial characters – you either love him or hate him. It’s quite a suitable metaphor, as Villa fans now love the new man in charge after hating his predecessor Paul Lambert.

The former Spurs caretaker boss doesn’t lack confidence – at all – and he sees a home game against Swansea City as another opportunity to get a win.

‘We’re going the right way. It’s all about getting a bit of momentum and I was convinced when we won our first one that confidence would flow through the squad. We want that to continue.’

‘I know myself, playing in front of a big expectant crowd, that it’s difficult. It takes brave players. I’m not talking about running around kicking people – not that – I’m talking about winning the ball in the correct areas of the field, one v ones and I think we have turned a corner in that regard.

I want them to play on the front foot and show pace on the counter-attack. We’ve got a lot of pace here. I want to play with wide guys, I want them to work hard and want our defence to be responsible.

We’ve done all of that. We are improving. Hopefully we can get enough points to stay safe and then play with a lot more freedom.’

‘You’re only one result from it falling away again. I remind them of that all the time. You’re only as good as your last game. We can dwell on this one for a week and then go again against Swansea.

The lads realise I won’t let them take their foot off the peddle, there’s still a long way to go. We’ve got a game we think we can win at home to Swansea. It would mean huge strides towards us being safe.’

The Swans will definitely want to prove Sherwood wrong on his first point, and right on the second. His side are hopefully just one result away from ‘it falling away again’, but they’ll need to be very wary of Villa’s newly-founded attacking pace, thanks to the likes of former Swan Scott Sinclair and the improved Agbonlahor.

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