Angel: Support is just fan-tastic
19th November 2013
Angel Rangel insists the Swans are ready to feed off the Jack Army's passionate support at Fulham as Michael Laudrup's side return to action following the international break.
The Swans will be backed by just over 1,700 away fans at Craven Cottage on Saturday after the club sold their allocation for the fixture.
And the Spaniard insists the loyal backing of the supporters can provide a massive lift to the team as they look to record their third league win of the campaign - and a third consecutive win at Craven Cottage.
"As a player, when you walk out of the tunnel and look up at the away end and see it packed - that gives you a boost," said the right-back.
"Our fans have shown how loyal they are to the club because they are there every week no matter where we are playing. Ever since I've been here, the support for away games has been incredible from League One through to the Premier League.
"I remember playing at Chelsea and we took a few thousand to Stamford Bridge and all we could hear on the pitch were our fans singing our names and 'Who are we? Jack Army'.
"And at Wigan a few seasons back there must have been 4,000 - if not more - when we won 2-0 up there. It does make a big difference.
"But it is not just the amount of fans we take - it's the noise they make.
"Sometimes we can forget that we are playing away because the constant signing of our fans make it feel like we are at the Liberty.
"So it's something the players really appreciate. Hopefully we can give the supporters plenty to sing about on Saturday."
Craven Cottage has been a happy hunting ground for the Swans in recent times, with a 2-1 victory in London last season following up the 3-0 win in the previous campaign.
But Martin Jol's side had the last laugh last season as they won the final game of the campaign 3-0 in SA1 - the first time they had beaten the Swans in the Barclays Premier League.
Rangel added: "We've done very well at Fulham in the last few seasons. It has really clicked for us in the last two games there - we played very well - and hopefully we can make it three on the trot.
"But obviously they came to the Liberty in May and won 3-0 in the final game. That's not to say we are out for revenge or anything like that.
"That was last season, and now we are focused on getting another win to help us this season.
"We were very unlucky against Stoke not to pick up three points. We showed a lot of spirit to come back from 2-0 down, but there were plenty of positives to take from that game to move forward even though we did not win."
While the Swans have sold out their allocation for the away end on Saturday, there are tickets available in the neutral area of Craven Cottage.
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