Sunday 17 December 2017

By Nick Mashiter, Press Association Sport

By Nick Mashiter, Press Association Sport

Wayne Routledge hailed Swansea's powers of recovery after they sealed a last-gasp win at Aston Villa.

The Swans hit back from defeats to Liverpool and Tottenham to win 1-0 at Villa Park on Saturday and rise to eighth in the Barclays Premier League.

Bafetimbi Gomis' goal three minutes from time clinched victory and Routledge - who missed a fine late chance to make it 2-0 - admitted their comeback was vital.

"It was important to put a performance in and get the three points after two losses," the winger told the club's official site.

"We didn't play that badly in the two games, but when you don't pick up points, it's important you get back to winning ways as quickly as possible.

"Every Premier League game is difficult, so to dig in and win the way we did was very pleasing. The 40-point mark isn't a stopping point for us; we want to get as many points as possible before the end of the season.

"We always create chances, we kept a clean sheet and scored the crucial goal, so it's a nice feeling."

Gomis struck his sixth goal of the season to ease the pressure with the striker expected to replace Wilfried Bony after his January move to Manchester City, and Routledge praised the hitman.

He added: "Bafe is always in the right positions to score the goals. Hopefully today will be the start of a run for him.

"He's a good player who has played in the Champions League. We all see the quality he has.

"Hopefully today's goal will give him belief, so that he can score more."

Defeat left Villa three points above the drop zone and boss Tim Sherwood insisted they remain in a relegation scrap.

"We are right in it. Every point is vital and we need to pick up as many as we can to keep ourselves safe," he said.

"We want to do it as quickly as we possibly can but sometimes you get a kick and that's what happened to us today."

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan added to the club's official site: "Obviously we had a few chances but that's the game of football, it's one of fine margins. It's something for us to build on.

"We had a good feeling last week (after a 4-0 win at Sunderland) but we know now we can't get too high or too low."


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