Manager Remi Garde has told Aston Villa’s official site that he believes the squad are still listening to him.
Garde has not had the desired impact at Villa since taking over from Tim Sherwood, and he has only won two league matches during his time at the Midlands club.
The French boss insists that Villa’s squad still believe in him, though, and he feels he saw proof of their faith through their performance against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
"I am relying on myself to be strong and find the right words for the players," Garde said.
"When I see that Tottenham game, I feel that the players hear what I say.
"We will now go to Swansea and try to win.”
Tottenham beat Villa 2-0 last Sunday, but the Claret and Blues’ display in the contest was slightly better than some of their recent performances.
Villa have been guilty of collapsing when going behind before, but they finished strongly against Spurs.
Garde’s men could have scored towards the end of the match, but Rudy Gestede blew a major opportunity, by slamming a close range shot against the crossbar.
Villa are now nine points adrift of safety, with time running out for them to launch an escape bid.