Villa chief thrilled to pile the pressure on Sunderland

Jermain Defoe battles Villa's Scott Sinclair on Saturday
Jermain Defoe battles Villa's Scott Sinclair on Saturday
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TIM Sherwood has tried to calm Aston Villa’s delirious side, following the crucial 4-0 win at Sunderland, warning that they are not safe from the threat of relegation yet.

A second successive league win for Sherwood saw Villa leapfrog Sunderland into 16th place, while remaining only three points clear of trouble.

“There’s a long way to go. I just told the guys that in the dressing room,” said Sherwood.

“But we’re dragging people in with us and underneath us. That’s important. There’s still a lot of hard work to be done. It’s a fantastic step towards safety, but there’s still a lot of work to be done, we realise that.

“We have managed to drag Sunderland into it now and push them underneath us, but it’s all about next week now, Swansea at home, and getting the points.

“I’m sure our fans will be very jubilant and welcoming the players to a home fixture. The boys are looking forward now to playing at home in front of an expectant crowd. Losing becomes a habit, and winning does also, so we are hoping to continue that, albeit it’s only three games.”