Angel's delight with late winner
4th January 2017
Matchwinner Angel Rangel insists the Swans gave new head coach Paul Clement a good starting point after they claimed a crucial late victory at Crystal Palace.
Rangel came off the bench to fire home the winning goal to earn the Swans three vital points at Selhurst Park.
Clement, appointed earlier in the day, watched his new side put in a much-improved performance following a disappointing 3-0 home loss to Bournemouth.
The Swans were in front at the break, leading courtesy of Alfie Mawson's first goal for the club.
Although Wilfried Zaha volleyed home a stunning effort with seven minutes remaining, up popped Rangel to move the Swans to within a point of 17th placed Palace.
And it was a performance and result which Rangel feels will give Clement plenty of food for thought as he takes charge.
"The performance was one of the main things for us. The new gaffer told us that before the game," said Rangel, who replaced Neil Taylor with 20 minutes left.
"He said if the performance is there then the result will come.
"The confidence now takes a boost from that performance and result, and now we have to build on this.
"The performance overall, especially in the first half, was fantastic.
"It was a game in which we went through a lot of emotions and it was not an easy game to play, but it was one of our best performances this season.
"It's a good starting point for the new gaffer. Today was a great start, and now we have to keep working to get to where we need to be."
Rangel's goal was his first in 95 Premier League games - his last top-flight strike was a volley in the 3-2 win at Wigan in May 2013.
His emotions were evident as the 34-year-old wheeled away to celebrate in front of the Jack Army.
Of his strike, he said: "That goal meant a lot to me, the lads and the fans.
"Some people were probably wondering why I was that far forward, but I saw Leroy was looking for the chip and his pass was perfect. I was happy with my finish too - it wasn't bad at all!
"It was a winning goal and I am glad to have scored it, but without the organisation of the team and the hunger and commitment that we showed from the beginning it wouldn't have happened.
"The goal is great, but it is about the commitment and spirit we showed today. If we keep showing that then we have a chance."
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