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Thursday 8 December 2016

Cleverley: Sherwood has given us renewed belief

Tom Cleverley thinks Tim Sherwood has given the Aston Villa players belief they can survive but insists they are not safe yet - despite Saturday's win at Tottenham.

Christian Benteke's first-half header gave Sherwood's side a deserved 1-0 victory on his return to White Hart Lane, with the late sending off of Carlos Sanchez and knocks to Ciaran Clark and Gabriel Agbonlahor the only concerns for the visitors.

The win moved Villa six points clear of the Premier League relegation zone but, using local rivals West Brom as an example after Tony Pulis' men suffered back-to-back home defeats to QPR and Leicester, Cleverley knows Villa are not secure just yet.

"Definitely not," he said when asked if they where safe.

"Just look at West Brom. They looked safe a couple of weeks ago and they've been dragged right back in.

"We won't be taking our foot off the gas. We feel really positive If you'd said we'd pick up four points at the start of the week, we would have taken it.

"The gaffer has given us belief. He has put a bounce into people's strides again."

Since Sherwood replaced Paul Lambert in February, no player has scored more goals in the Premier League than Benteke as the Belgium international added to his midweek hat-trick in the draw with QPR with the winner at Spurs.

Sherwood has encouraged his players to feed his front players with early balls and Cleverley believes the 24-year-old is in great form.

"He's on fire, full credit to him," the Manchester United loaned added

"The goal came from switching the player to our full-back and the big man finished brilliantly."

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