Angel: "We deserved point"

26th December 2013

Angel Rangel felt the Swans deserved a point after Chelsea narrowly edged them out 1-0 on Boxing Day.

Eden Hazard scored the game's only goal, just before the half hour mark, to set Jose Mourinho's side on their way to three home points in the Barclays Premier League.

Despite Chelsea having several chances to extend their advantage, the Swans held strong and battled their way back into the game, running the home side close until the referee's whistle blew for full-time.

The defeat means Swansea remain in 11th position in the Premier League, but Rangel felt he and his teammates had done enough to earn the point that would have seen them move up into the top half of the table.

"To be honest, we are disappointed because, after the home defeat to Everton, we wanted to come here and get a result," explained the Spanish right back.

"We know it's not the easiest place to come, but after the game, we felt we could have got something.

"The goal came from a mistake, but we kept pushing until the last minute. We had a couple of chances but didn't take them.

"At the end of the day, we tried hard and gave everything. To come to Chelsea and only concede one goal, and to put them under pressure for 25 minutes, it shows we have character.

"It was a game where I felt we could have drawn, but that's football and we have to move on."

The Swans now face a trip to Birmingham to play Aston Villa on Saturday, and with the games coming thick and fast, Rangel believes it's crucial Michael Laudrup's side bounce back with a win.

He added: "We have lost two in a row now, so it's important we go to Villa Park and get something out of the game there.

"The Premier League is very competitive; no team can take anything for granted.

"We need points, so it's important we go there, put in a good performance and get the three important points.

"It's going to be a difficult game, but we will be up for it."