insists the Swans’ unique character will ensure they will be raring to go when Everton visit the Liberty next week.
Michael Laudrup tasted defeat for the first time since taking over at the Liberty as the Swans went down 2-0 at Aston Villa.
Goals in each half were enough to earn Villa their first league win under new boss Paul Lambert, with David Moyes’s Everton up next for the Swans.
Matthew Lowton volleyed home after 16 minutes before debutant Christian Benteke took advantage of Ashley Williams’ mistake to slot home late on.
But Tate feels the Swans’ spirit will help them come through their first setback of the season in readiness for the home clash with the Toffees.
“There’ll always be ups and downs in this league,” he said. “We have got to bounce back now against a very good Everton team.
“To be fair, we have a good attitude and character within this squad, and we don’t go over the top when we win and we don’t hit rock bottom when we lose.
“We’ll just get back to training now and make sure we are fully prepared for a tough game with a very good Everton side.”
Tate made his first league start since he led the team out for the club’s first Premier League match last season at Manchester City.
With Chico Flores suspended and injuries ruling out Kyle Bartley and Garry Monk, Tate partnered Williams in the heart of defence.
Tate added: “I was pleased with my performance. It was a normal performance from me – pretty solid and nothing fancy. That’s what I’ve been like for the last few years, so I was happy with how I went.
“Ash was solid too, but he was unlucky with the mistake. He tried to keep us in possession by heading it back to Michel instead of nodding it back where they could win it.
“He didn’t get on it and the lad has gone on and got his goal. It’s unfortunate, and it’s happened to Ash in the last two games, but no-one is pointing any blame – that’s now the way this squad operates.
“Ash has been a rock for us since the first day he came in, and he’s been one of our most consistent performers.
“It won’t affect him because he knows his quality and he’ll be fine for the next game against Everton.”
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