Angel: We need to pick up points
20th January 2014
Angel Rangel has issued a rallying cry to his team-mates to start picking up some crucial Premier League points.
The Swans slipped to 15th in the table following Sunday's home defeat against Spurs, leaving them just three points above the relegation zone.
Michael Laudrup's men now face an important home game against Fulham at the end of the month before matches against West Ham, Cardiff and Stoke.
And with five of the current bottom eight still to come to SA1 this season, Rangel knows the importance of the next couple of months.
"We are entering an important period," he said. "We are just above the relegation zone and we now have games coming up against teams in and around us.
"They are all in the same position but we need to pick up some points in those matches."
Sunday's defeat against Spurs was Swansea's third home loss in a row - with Laudrup's side having won just twice at the Liberty all season.
It also meant the Swans had won just once in their last ten league games, with an FA Cup tie coming up against Birmingham next weekend.
Swansea started well against in-form Spurs, going closest when Wilfried Bony rattled the crossbar.
But the visitors took a half-time lead when Emmanuel Adebayor headed home, with Chico Flores putting into his own net shortly after the break.
Adebayor helped himself to his second to wrap up all three points before Bony pulled one back for his 14th of the season in all competitions.
"It was a disappointing result," said Rangel. "But it is always difficult when you play the top teams.
"We created chances in the first half, but we couldn't convert them and we know we have to take them because we want to score more goals than we have been.
"They were good on the counter attack and probably could have scored a couple more than they did."