Angel hoping for Brighton joy

23rd February 2018
First team

Angel Rangel hopes Swansea City will enjoy another memorable trip to Brighton when they take on Chris Hughton's Seagulls side this weekend.

The club skipper will miss out tomorrow as he continues his recovery from a groin problem.

But he was part of the last Swans side who went to Brighton.

Roberto Martinez's men were 1-0 winners at the Withdean Stadium as they lifted the League One trophy back in May 2008.

Fast-forward a decade and the clubs are separated by just one point in the Premier League table, and both are looking to move away from the relegation zone.

“I remember we were up against a good team that day in 2008,” Rangel said. 

“We managed to win 1-0 and it was a great day to be involved in with the club.

“This time around it’s going to be good to go to a stadium where we haven’t played before. It’s good to see a club like Brighton in the Premier League because they play the right style of football.

“The motivational thing is that they beat us 1-0 at home, so we want to go there and beat them. We have great momentum and don’t want to lose that now.

“Also, they are one of our rivals in the table, so we want to get some points to help us climb away from danger.”

Rangel, who last played against Tottenham Hotspur on January 2, is currently stepping up his rehabilitation following surgery on his groin problem.

He is expected to be back in first-team training within six to eight weeks, and is hopeful playing a part before the end of the season.

“I have been in rehab for a few days now,” Rangel added. “I only had my operation last week, so I’m starting with some treatment and slowly building up to more physical work in a few days’ time.

“I normally heal fairly quickly so, hopefully, it won’t be too long before I’m back in training.”