Angel: Price paid for "silly mistakes"
23rd March 2014
Angel Rangel admits Swansea City paid the full price for "silly mistakes" at Everton.
The Swans went down 3-2 at Goodison Park, having got back onto level terms following the hosts' 19th-minute strike.
But two goals in the space of five minutes after the break gave the Swans a mountain to climb at Goodison Park, with Ashley Williams' last-gasp header proving not enough in the end.
And Rangel, who laid on the cross for Wilfried Bony to equalise just past the half-hour mark, conceded the five-minute spell cost the Swans a chance of bagging some much-needed points.
"Losing that game was very disappointing for us because we had created a lot of chances, particularly in the second half," said the Spaniard.
"We fell behind to the penalty, but we came back very strongly after that and we were on top for the last 15 minutes of the half.
"The goal gave us a lot of encouragement, and you could see that in our performance for the rest of the first half.
"We wanted to come out for the second half and build on that, but we have to admit that we made some silly mistakes.
"And, as we have found in recent games, we were made to pay for them.
"We were 3-1 down then, but the encouraging thing is that we continued to create a lot of chances.
"Everton had to defend very well, and although we got one back late on, it just wasn't enough.
"So when we look back at it, the frustrating thing is that if we did better in that five-minute spell, then we could have got something from that game."
Following Saturday's results, the Swans remain four points off third-bottom Sunderland.
Garry Monk's side sit on 29 points from 30 games ahead of Tuesday's trip to Arsenal.
The Swans know what it takes to win at the Emirates Stadium, having won 2-0 in the league last season.
The Gunners are smarting from Saturday's 6-0 defeat at Chelsea, but Rangel insists the Swans must head there confident of bagging some vital points.
"Both teams go into the game on a losing note, and I think they will want to make up for their result at Chelsea," added Rangel.
"We need some points to move ourselves away from the teams in the relegation zone, but, of course, it will be very tough at Arsenal.
"But we have shown in our last performances that we can create chances to score, and if we can take them then we have a good chance of getting something at the Emirates."